Due to the continuous contact with water, it is not easy to have the sink always shiny and glossy, as we often end up with stains or halos that are not at all beautiful to look at! Since they are limescale stains, they appear with a white halo and tend to dull the surface of the sink until it loses all its beauty! But luckily, today we will see together some tricks to make a dull sink shiny and like new again!

Baking soda

The first remedy we propose is to use baking soda, which boasts cleaning, degreasing and stain removing properties. It also has a mild abrasive action that can remove dullness. All you need to do, then, is to mix just enough baking soda with plain water until it forms a kind of baking soda cream and apply it, then, directly to the steel sink. Leave it on for about 10 minutes, then rinse and wipe it off with a soft cloth or paper towel. Your sink will be as shiny as if you just bought it!

White vinegar

When it comes to pantry home remedies, one cannot fail to mention the much-loved vinegar, which is known precisely for its cleaning and polishing properties! Not surprisingly, it is used to polish kitchen steel to a mirror-like shine! So, pour some vinegar on a soft microfiber cloth and wipe it directly on the steel sink to be cleaned. After that, rinse with lukewarm water and dry thoroughly with a soft microfiber cloth and you’re done!


After baking soda and vinegar, how can lemon be missing from the roll call? This ingredient, known for its many properties, acts as a natural rinse aid that can even make glasses that have halos shine! Add, therefore, the juice of two lemons to 1 quart of water and then soak a soft cloth in the resulting solution. After that, rub it lightly over your sink, focusing more on the stains and halos and, finally, wipe it off with a soft, dry cloth: the steel of your sink will never be shinier than it is now!

Flour trick

Although it may seem like a bit of a wacky trick, flour can actually be a godsend for polishing your steel sink, thanks to its mildly abrasive and absorbent action. First, we ask you to dry the sink perfectly after cleaning it, lest water buildup can make the flour sticky and thus make it harder to remove. Then, pour the flour over the entire surface of the sink, taking care to pay extra attention to the spots on which there are stains and halos, and wipe with a paper towel or soft cloth. Then, use a rag to wipe away excess flour, so that it cannot get into the drains and clog them, and rinse with warm water-you can mirror your sink!

N.B We remind you to be careful not to let flour get into the drains or crevices of your sink.

Olive oil

If you have always thought of olive oil as a kitchen-only ingredient that can make our dishes tastier, then you have always ignored its many properties in household cleaning! First of all, it is a natural polish that can make even wooden surfaces shine!

To try it, then, on your sink, we suggest you pour a few drops of olive oil on a soft microfiber cloth and pass it, then, on the steel sink several times, making circular movements.  After that, let it act for a few minutes and wipe with a soft cloth soaked in white vinegar so as to remove any traces of oil. Finally, all you have to do is wipe the surface with a soft dry cloth or paper towels and goodbye stains and halos on the sink!

Denatured alcohol

A final remedy we recommend involves the use of denatured alcohol, which, although not exactly natural, still has an environmentally friendly approach. We also remind you that it is also used to make glass and mirrors shine by removing all halos! Pour, then, on a microfiber cloth a little ethyl alcohol and pass it, then, on the surface, insisting more on the points where stains and halos are most concentrated. Finally, wipe very thoroughly with a dry cloth and: your sink will look as good as new!


We recommend that you always choose a non-abrasive cloth so you don’t risk scratching the steel.