Introduction: How to Clean a Porcelain Sink

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Every-time that I clean my stove top; I get black marks in my porcelain sink.  I have been avoiding harsh chemicals to clean my house so this Instructable is how I clean my sink using friendlier products.  My sink is the original sink from the late 30's.  There have been many tenants over the years and I think for its age and use the sink looks pretty good. 

Step 1: Products

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To clean this sink I used:

Baking Soda.

Step 2: Tools

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Sponge with a safe texture for cleaning.
Bar towels.

Step 3: Scrub

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Wet the sink.
Wet the sponge.
Sprinkle Baking Soda on the sponge.
Begin scrubbing the surface.

Step 4: Peroxide

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Add Peroxide to the sponge.
Scrub some more.
Let set for 15 Minutes.

Step 5: Rinse

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  • Rinse the sink thoroughly.
  • Scrub any remaining spots.
  • Rinse again.
  • Buff dry with a bar towel.
  • Done!

Step 6: Sunshiine's Final Thoughts

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As you can see the Baking Soda and Peroxide did wonders for the marks.  I use these products a lot around my house and I am very pleased with the results.  Just think; I did not have to use harsh chemicals and the sink is beautiful!  
Thanks for stopping by and have a super weekend!


LukeL10 (author)2015-11-02

Sunshine hydrogen peroxide is water with one more oxygen atom. It is very safe.

sunshiine (author)LukeL102015-11-04

Thanks again Luke, I hope your day shiones~


LukeL10 (author)2015-11-02

One of the worst things you can do is use an oily product to shine surfaces. It will trap bacteria unless you really scrub at the surface. I work food safety in a food processing plant.

sunshiine (author)LukeL102015-11-04

Thanks for sharing this information Luke, It is very useful. I will make changes to my tutorial. Have a great day.

AppalachiaAngel (author)2012-08-09

Another cheap friendly way to clean stuff like this is using white and my mother use vinegar for EVERYTHING that need s cleaned

Thanks for sharing! I appreciate your input! Have a great day!

lemonie (author)2012-02-18

Baking Soda and Peroxide are chemicals you know?


MsJan (author)lemonie2012-08-06

I have MCS and I can use these products where almost all on shelf items I cannot. If you can put it in your mouth than it should be a safe product. I use peroxide as a mouth wash. I wash my hair with baking soda and clean my toliets with it plus many other uses. It is a natural product.

lemonie (author)MsJan2012-08-06

It is a natural product?
From where is 'peroxide naturally obtained, and how natural is the Solvay Process to you?


sunshiine (author)lemonie2012-02-18

I will need to change my wording I guess. Any suggestions?

bajablue (author)sunshiine2012-02-18

Personally, I think your wording "I didn't have to use harsh chemicals" is perfectly acceptable.

sunshiine (author)bajablue2012-02-18

Thanks for your input bajablue! He was referring to the title I had before. I changed it after he made the comment. Have a great evening!

bajablue (author)sunshiine2012-02-20

That makes sense! ;-)

MsJan (author)2012-08-06

So so glad to see someone else knows how to clean without adding more toxic products to our earth. I only use peroxide, baking soda, and vinegars mainly for cleaning. People should do a web search for uses of vinegar. There is tons of ideas and this is a way cheaper and safer way to go. A Healthy Home Has No Smell.

sunshiine (author)MsJan2012-08-06

Thanks for stopping by and for leaving a comment! More and more people are using natural products! Hope you have a wonderful day!

MsJan (author)sunshiine2012-08-06

Not enough have realized what those toxic products can do to us. Hope the word gets out and people learn more about the products they are buying. Was nice you took time to reply. :-)

sunshiine (author)MsJan2012-08-06

This is catching on actually! Thanks for sharing! Have a great night!

praise_song (author)2012-02-28

Your sink looks fabulous! Great job!
I'm going to try this method on my fiberglass shower stall.... it gets a brown stain around the lower edge, due to hard water, body oils, soap scum, etc. I do use baking soda for lots of stuff, but the mixture of baking soda AND peroxide (which is a bleach!) just might do the trick. For me, the hard part is the instruction to "wait 15 minutes". I like results NOW! haha!

Also: I use alcohol in a 32-oz. spray bottle (very inexpensive). It deodorizes and sanitizes stuff ... counter tops after dealing w/ raw poultry, sinks, glass ware, crystal, removes carpet stains, removes smell of cat barf or other pet accidents,'s great stuff! Just thought I'd throw that in; you can add it to your list of household cleaning products. Vinegar is another really great cleaning product, that is inexpensive and highly effective!

Thanks for the great instructable!

sunshiine (author)praise_song2012-02-29

Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I hope it will work for you! Have a splendorous day! Sunshiine

canucksgirl (author)2012-02-17

You're welcome. You did a great job on the instructable.

BTW I would have rated this, but it won't let me. The others worked okay, but I'll have to try again on this later.

sunshiine (author)canucksgirl2012-02-17

Thanks for trying. I have tried to rate other peoples Ibles and have the same problem. It will be nice when they get all the bugs worked out.

Hoopajoo (author)sunshiine2012-02-18

I find that if you refresh the page a few times (3-6 times) the rating stars will eventually appear. Not sure why this is, but like the non-enlarging thumbnails, I'm trying to find a solution (for the thumbnail issue, Adblock Plus is the problem and updating the filter subscription solves the issue).
I gave you full stars! I need to do this on the tub in my house (original from the 1930's). Our kitchen sink is too small for some of our larger pots so we have to wash them there until I can upgrade the kitchen sink.

canucksgirl (author)Hoopajoo2012-02-18

I've had success with reloading the page several times, but it doesn't always work. The main thing is, the staff is aware of the issue and is working on getting it fixed, (as well as the thumbnail photos), so hopefully it'll get solved soon.

sunshiine (author)Hoopajoo2012-02-18

I have used my tub that way also. This method works great. Thank you for commenting! I will have to try refreshing the page. Thanks for rating and please remember to have a great day!

pecospearl (author)2012-02-18

Maybe the preferred word would be harmful. Baking soda is a very benign and natural product with so many uses as you have proven once more. Your sink looks great!

sunshiine (author)pecospearl2012-02-18

I appreciate your suggestion! Thanks.

canucksgirl (author)2012-02-17

Wow! Remarkable results. Especially for a sink that old. It looks almost brand new when you were done. Great job! ;)

sunshiine (author)canucksgirl2012-02-17

Thanks for the compliment and for commenting!

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