Almost five years ago we bought our home – a craftsman style bungalow that was built in 1927. We fell in love with our house because it has a lot of charm – beautiful hardwood floors, arched entryways, picture frame molding, and an old porcelain kitchen sink that I used to find impossible to clean.
Over the years, that sink has caused a lot of anguish. I’ve tried everything to keep it clean – using wash tubs when scrubbing dishes, scrubbing it with scouring powder, and even obsessively cleaning it each and every night. The result? I was frustrated and the sink still wasn’t clean.
Then I found the secret for removing stains from a porcelain sink – a little bit of bleach and a few paper towels.
How to Remove Stains from a Porcelain Sink
Start by using a sponge and some dish soap to quickly wash out the sink, getting rid of any food splatters and dirt that can easily be wiped away.
Next, using a kitchen towel to dry your sink. It doesn’t need to be completely dry, a few water spots here and there are no big deal, but you don’t want it soaking wet.
Line your sink with a single layer of paper towels. (I tried being “green” by using a proper kitchen towel, but the bleach disintegrated the fabric – so I went back to paper towels).
Pour about 1/4 cup full strength bleach on the paper towels. After about 30 seconds, you’ll see that the bleach has spread, soaking into the entire layer of towels. Let the towels sit for a few minutes, then gently lift them up to see how things are going. Keep the towel in the sink until it is as clean as you’d like.
Because my sink is wide and shallow, after I’ve bleached on side I use a set of tongs to gently slide the towels over to the other side of the sink. If you need to do this as well, take care not to pull on the towel as it shreds quite easily.
If I have a particularly tough stain, after I’ve finished bleaching the rest of my sink, I use tongs to gather the rest of the paper towel into a ball and set it directly on top of the stubborn stain. This usually does the trick.
At my house, the kitchen is a pretty busy place, so I only bleach the sink once a week. The rest of the time, I live with the stains. I just keep plenty of dishes piled up so I don’t have to look at it.