~ Say goodbye to ring around the drain ~

I love Pinterest.  I just love it so so much.  Pinterest is awesome for finding inspiration for all sorts of things like art projects, baking, fashion and other great ideas up to and including the kitchen sink…literally.   I found this awesome tip from here via pinterest on how to clean my kitchen sink.  The blog is called Homemade Mamas.

My sink is dirty…like really dirty.  We are coffee drinkers, wine drinkers, and food eaters.  All of which finds its leftovers going into the sink and causing all sorts of stains.  Even after scrubbing it using Comet with bleach I was never able to get the deep down stains which created a ring around the garbage disposal mocking me each and every time I looked at it.  I honestly thought my sink was a lost cause, much like my poor baking sheet.  Luckily, I have found saviors for both!

Here’s what our sink looked like before we attacked it with some mega cleaning power.  See how bad the disposal side is?!  yuck.

And a close up in case you didn’t get enough…

If your sink is as dirty as mine, you probably already have all you need to remedy the situation in your house.  Score one for not having to make a trip to the store for extra cleaning supplies!

  • Bleach
  • Baking soda

First, Dane mixed 1/4 cup of baking soda with an 1/8 of a cup of bleach (gotta love a man that helps clean…and helps with blog posts 😉 ) as recommended by the Homemade Mamas.  This created a slightly soupy mixture.  Oh, and make sure to open a window or two because this stuff smells very strong!

It seemed to thicken up a little while sitting, but stirring it up made it watery.

I had imagined that the proportions suggested by the Homemade Mamas would be slightly more pasty and less liquidy, but we went for it anyway.  Dane just wore some thick dish gloves to apply it to the sink.  (This next picture really shows how even though most of the sink came clean, there were still some imbedded stains around the disposal that we being stubborn.)

We could immediately tell that it was getting the majority of the sink clean.  But, we thought that a slightly more pasty mixture would be better for the worst of the stains.  We mixed another batch using 1/4 cup baking soda and 1/16 cup bleach (4:1 mixture).  This created a paste that didn’t go down the drain.

Dane continued to use a gloved hand to rub the paste on the sink.

Then we let it sit for about 15 minutes.

Doesn’t it look delicious?

After 15 minutes, I used a sponge to lightly scrub the sink.  Then I rinsed everything thoroughly.  I was seriously amazed at the result!  So shiny and clean!

Here’s a close up of that really stubborn spot.

I wish I had a photo of what it looks like when I scrub it with Comet to compare.  The result was even better than I expected!

And because we all love a good before and after…

If you have any porcelain that you can’t seem to get clean, then I would definitely try this!

I’m thinking that my shower may be up next…wondering if it will work on the plastic…I’ll be sure to let you know!

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One Response to ~ Say goodbye to ring around the drain ~

  1. Amy says:

    Thanks for the tip! My sink is even worse than yours :-)

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