How to Keep a White Kitchen Sink Really and Truly Clean

White sinks are very popular in kitchen design, but can be a little trickier to keep clean than stainless steel sinks. With a few household ingredients, you can keep your white sink clean, stain-free, and scratch-free, too!

For general cleaning of a white sink, it's a good idea to keep a cleaning scrub on hand. To make your own white sink cleaner, you only need few ingredients that you may already have in your kitchen pantry.

White Sink Cleaning Scrub Recipe (and How to Use)

White kitchen Sink
credit: Stephen Paul

Things You'll Need

  • 1 cup of baking soda

  • 1/4 cup of Castile soap

  • 15 drops of lemon essential oil

  • 1/4 cup of water

Mix the ingredients together and store in an airtight container like a Mason jar or plastic container.

To use, apply a tablespoon to a damp cloth and lightly scrub your sink, then rinse away. The baking soda helps to scrub away any food particles without scratching, the Castile soap helps to disinfect the sink, and the lemon essential oils helps remove stains!

How to Remove Pan Marks from a White Sink

One of the downfalls of having a white sink is pan marks. They can make it look like your sink is scratched, but typically it's just a mark left from the steel. No worries, because these can be removed easily with the sink cleaner above and a scouring (or scrubber) pad. Simply apply some of the sink scrub to a damp scouring pad and work it into the pan marks using a circular motion, then rinse away!

How to Remove a Rust Ring from a White Sink

If you leave something metal in your white sink, it can cause a rust ring or mark. The best way to remove rust from a white sink is to sprinkle the stain with kosher salt and use the inside of a half of a lemon to work the salt into the rust stain. The acid from the lemon and the coarseness of the salt work together to lift and remove rust stains without scratching.

How to Remove Tomato Stains from a White Sink

Stains from spaghetti sauce, ketchup, or any other tomato-based foods can be a white sink owner's worst nightmare. Fortunately, there are a few ways to remove tomato stains from a white sink.

If the tomato stain is pretty new, scrubbing it with the sink cleaner and a scouring pad will usually remove the stain with ease. If the tomato stain is more set in, you can use 1/2 of a lemon and a sprinkle of baking soda to remove the stain. In cases where the tomato stain is really tough to remove, add a little bleach to it and let it sit for three to five minutes, and then rinse really well with warm water.

These easy cleaning tips will help keep your white sink looking fresh and clean for years to come!


Jessica Kielman

Jessica Kielman

Jessica owns two blogs, Mom 4 Real and Pour Me a Cocktail. She has been sharing easy cleaning tips, recipes and ideas with her readers for over 7 years. She has been featured on the Rachel Ray Show, TODAY Parenting, MSN, Country Woman Magazine and more.