Chemical Free Sink Clean

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This ible will show a quick, safe and chemical free method for cleaning stains from a stainless steel or chromed sink.

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Step 1: Soft Abrasion

First let me warn you only to use this method for stainless steel and chromed sinks, do not use on copper, ceramic or porcelain sinks as it will damage the surface.

So back to it, I don't like to pass strong chemicals to the waste water system but I also don't like stains on my sink.

I have found that traditional nylon scouring pads are not tough enough, but I always have aluminium foil in the kitchen.

Take a sheet, scrunch it into a loose ball and clean in a circular motion with the water running slowly. You may need to make subsequent scourers as the ball will tighten and become a smooth rounded ball, when this happens it is no longer effective.

Step 2: Result

As you can see it does a good job and it cost nothing other than a little elbow grease.

I have also used this method for cleaning machine parts, just always ensure what you are cleaning is a harder metal than aluminium and your good.



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    4 Discussions


    2 years ago

    Will this work on stainless knives? I've noticed that over time a kind of cloud appears on my knives--even the top-quality ones--and it's hard to get rid of. I've used Barkeeper's Friend but it's some kind of wicked acid and nearly impossible to rinse clean. FYI, the could appear exclusively on brushed stainless, not on mirror-finished knives.

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    Left-field Designsobillo

    Reply 2 years ago

    yes it would work, the cloud appears faster on brushed stainless because of the microtextured surface. baby oil will also help to maintain the shine but be sure to wash it off before eating with the knives

    obilloLeft-field Designs

    Reply 2 years ago

    Thanks, smurray! Re baby oil: I don't worry about it myself; it's just mineral oil, which is edible (occasionally used as a laxative) w/a little fragrance added.

    Lectric Wizard

    2 years ago

    Back when cars had chrome bumpers we used this trick to remove rust spots & polish them.