How To Polish a Stainless Steel Sink with Flour (Yes, Flour!)

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This has to be the strangest kitchen cleaner ever, but yes, if you want to bring brilliant shine to your kitchen sink, flour is the answer. While you might think that dusting a sink with flour produces the opposite of clean, the reality is that it absorbs dirt and acts as an abrasive product to break down existing bits of food, grease, and grime. Sarah, an author at The Kitchn website, has written about this helping tip for how to clean the kitchen sink. According to her, cleaning a sink with flour will remove all the built-up bits of food and restore its shine, which is difficult to achieve with other methods of cleaning. Despite the weirdness of using flour for cleaning, you must try it. Guaranteed, once you start buffing your kitchen sink with flour, you will be doing it with all the sinks in the house.

As far as household cleaning tips go, you may not feel that a shiny sink is all the rage, but this task is about more than that. Not only will you be polishing up a stainless-steel sink’s appearance, but you will also be giving it a deep clean that it otherwise won’t get. This is because the flour can get into the microgrooves of the sink and pull out food and grime that is trapped there. For this purpose, this cleaning strategy is ideal to implement once a month so that you have the most sanitary sink possible. The flour gets dusted around the sink drain too, which helps remove dirt from where food particles normally collect after draining the sink after doing dishes. If you have ever surmised over how to clean kitchen sink drain, this is a good place to start, because removing food particles from the top of the drain should reduce the need for cleaning the inside of the drain itself.

The best cleaning products for kitchen are often items already found in the kitchen. Items like flour, baking soda and water are natural and safe for most people to consume, which is why they figure into household cleaning so much. Now you can add the buffing powers of all-purpose flour to the list as well. If you don’t want to waste good flour on cleaning the sink, you could use leftover whole-wheat flour which has a tendency to go rancid quickly. Just keep flour that has expired or gone bad in a separate area of the home so that you can use it for this cleaning purpose. If you have unusually heavy stains on your stainless steel sink, rubbing the surface with salt is another excellent way of removing them. Salt is grainy, and therefore, the perfect abrasive material for removing harsh stains.

No matter if you want to clean your sink with flour on a weekly basis or once a month, it will become an important addition to your cleaning regime. Thank you to Sarah, an author at The Kitchn website, for sharing her instructions on cleaning a stainless steel sink with flour.

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