How To Clean Porcelain Sink: Simple, Easy & Frugal Trick

Here's such a dramatic difference between the before and after pictures from a reader, Dayna's vintage sink.


how to clean porcelain sink, before, during and after pictures
And do you know who helped her figure out how to clean her porcelain sink? It was you guys on the Facebook page!

A while back Dayna sent in several before pictures of her 1930's sink, and this was her exact question:

Need some help. We have this vintage sink in our house. I LOVE IT SO MUCH. But it has a very dingy look and I would like to know if there is something I can do to fix it.

Bar Keepers Friend uses around your home
There were lots of suggestions, but one that was mentioned, over and over again, was to use Bar Keepers Friend.

For those unfamiliar with this product, it is a staple in my home, personally. It can be used in so many ways, and in fact, I've actually collected quite a few of them at the link (click the picture of the product) because this stuff is amazing.

For a long time it was difficult to find outside the Midwest, since the company is based in Indiana (where I live), but you can find it in many stores now, or through the Internet. Look for it low on the shelf since it is pretty inexpensive (and a little goes a long way), next to other powdered cleansers such as Comet and Ajax.

But unlike those products Bar Keepers Friend doesn't use bleach, but instead oxalic acid, which means it is very good at removing hard water scale and rust stains as well.

It is one of the best cleaners for everyday porcelain cleaning, as you can see from these before and after photos.

Because what Dayna did was use BKF (what many users of the product call it) and look at her dramatic results!

She said, "You all may remember my post about this stained porcelain sink from the 30's - as suggested I use 'Bar Keepers Friend.'

To use it, just get a sponge or cleaning cloth, sprinkle some onto the surface, wet your sponge and you're ready to remove all kinds of stains and dinginess and make your porcelain sparkle again.

I think it looks great! And so simple, easy and frugal. A wonderful combination! Thanks so much Dayna for asking your question, and then I'm so glad you showed us the results!

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So how do you clean a porcelain sink? I'd love to hear what you've done. You can share your tips here or read others already submitted for multiple varieties of kitchen sinks and I'll add them to the site.

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Comments for How To Clean Porcelain Sink: Simple, Easy & Frugal Trick

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Love how it looks
by: Mrs Bert

I wish I would've seen this post a couple years ago, as we also had the same vintage sink and finally just replaced it during renovations. I loved it so much, but thought it would be too much work to keep it in the design when we updated the kitchen. Now thinking we could have kept that old fashioned charm had we only known what to do with it to keep it looking nice.

Baking soda and Dawn
by: Anonymous

Wet the sink, sprinkle baking soda all around. Squirt with a few shots of dish soap and scrub away with a scrub brush or sponge.

Deep Cleaning
by: Kate at Cleaning Gig

I often use Bar Keepers Friend on the first visit when getting a customer started. I agree the results (especially for porcelain) can be amazing!

Limeaway worked for me
by: Anonymous

I recently spilled some Limeaway in the sink and didn't realize it for about 30 minutes, rinsed it out and couldn't believe how clean it became. It took rust and stains without any scrubbing. Sweet accident!

Grandmas way
by: Anonymous

My grandmother simply uses bleach and hot water, let sit overnight. It always looks so white the next day.

BKF amazing
by: Erika

I used bar keepers friend on my mother in laws white porcelain sink when they moved in her new home several years ago. She said she'd have to replace it because it looked terrible. I had some at home and brought it over one day and cleaned her sink. It came out looking brand spanking new and still does. Don't throw away your old sinks !! :)

Love Bar Keepers Friend
by: Anonymous

I too am from Indiana and grew up watching my mom clean with Bar Keepers Friend. It doesn't scratch the surface like some cleaners and it cleans porcelain like brand new!

Another way to clean porcelain sinks
by: Anonymous

I found this one somewhere on the internet. Sprinkle the damp sink with baking soda, let set a few minutes. Then using a scrubber, scrub the baking soda. Now spray with peroxide and let set 30 minutes or so. Rinse. The sink will look amazing. I am allergic to bleach and was desperate to find an alternative.

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