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try this:

Gentle Scouring
Ceramic and stainless steel sinks are typically scoured with powdered cleansers containing bleach, or cream-type cleansers that combine scouring powder with bleach, detergent and other ingredients. These are effective, but ordinary baking soda -- sodium bicarbonate -- is a capable scouring powder that's also gentle on your skin and the environment. To clean your sinks and faucets, sprinkle lightly with baking soda and then scrub gently with a moist cloth or sponge. The soda removes most day-to-day soil and washes away easily with water.

Stronger Scouring
In some cases, a sink might be dirty enough to require a more potent scouring powder. When baking soda alone doesn't provide enough friction, add a small amount of salt to your sponge. Either fine sea salt or regular table salt will provide a more robust scrubbing action to conquer stubborn dirt and residue (see References 1, 2). If salt doesn't provide enough scrubbing power, mix your baking soda 50/50 with laundry soda. Wear gloves -- laundry soda is much stronger than baking soda, and is caustic.

Pads and Brushes
As an alternative or in addition to stronger scouring powders, use a brush or scrubbing pad. These improve the efficiency of your baking-soda scrub by providing extra friction to remove dirt. The most common varieties are made of metal, which can scratch sinks; or plastics, which aren't environmentally friendly. Choose a brush made with natural bristles, or scouring pads made from natural substances like wool. Alternatively, consider a natural sponge or section of loofah as your scrubbing tool of choice.

And here is a link to the full article:

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Do you have alternative suggestions? Some of us are on septic systems and we have to be very careful what goes down our drains. Some folks also recycle the gray water for our plants, again being careful what we collect.

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Shiny Sink 101
Many members have asked, ďHow do I clean my sink until it shines?Ē To answer this question, FlyLady wrote an essay on it, ďShiny Sink 101.Ē Hereís to a great shine!

Note: Follow this procedure the first time you shine your sink. You do NOT need to follow this method every day. Just keep up the shine with a little window cleaner.

Dear Friends,

I want you to smile from ear to ear when you gaze upon your shiny sink. I have heard every excuse in the world. Even old sinks can look new again with a little elbow grease. Here is how you do it:

Note: Be sure to rinse well between each step!

1. Take all the dishes out of the sink.

2. Run some very hot water into the sink and fill it to the rim. If you have a two-sided sink, only do one side at a time. Then, pour a cup of household bleach into the hot water. Let it sit for one hour. Now, pull the plug with a pair of tongs. If you donít have tongs, then scoop some of the water out of the sink into the other sink and use your hand to pull the plug. Make sure you wear gloves so the bleach doesnít irritate your skin, and donít get the bleach water on your clothes.

3. Rinse your sink well.

4. Use some powdered cleanser (Comet, Ajax, or baking soda) and scrub your sink. Be sure to rinse ALL of the cleanser from the sink.

5. Take a sharp edge, such as a butter knife, and clean around the rim of the sink, just like you would clean dirt out from under your fingernails.

6. Clean around the faucets. You may need an old toothbrush or dental floss.

7. Now, get out your window cleaner; I use Windex. Give it a good shine.

8. If you still donít like the way it looks, then you can try some car wax. Just know in your heart that you have cleaned it very well now, and it doesnít have to be perfect. Our perfectionism is what got us in this situation in the first place!

9. Every time you run water in your sink, take your clean dishtowel and dry it out (I lay out a clean one every night as part of my before-bed routine). Before you know it, you will be doing this everytime you leave your kitchen! The rest of the family will, too. No more water spots. You will have a clean and shiny sink.

10. Donít have a fit if someone doesnít take as much pride in your sink as you do. It is very easy to fix. You have already done the hard part; you will never have to go through this process again. Daily maintenance will keep it looking this way all the time. Nasty, hurtful words are not as easy to repair. Just be sure and tell your family what you are trying to do. They will think you have gone crazy.

11. If you donít have a dishwasher, donít worry. A dishwasher is just a dirty dish disposal. Clean out a place under your sink and put a dishpan in there. Teach your family that instead of putting their dirty dishes and glasses in the sink, place them into the dish pan. Get into the habit of putting your dishes away as soon as they have been washed and are dry. No more leaving the dish-drying rack on the counter or in the sink. Put it away under the sink when you have finished. If your old one is nasty, you may want to soak it in the sink full of bleach water at the same time you soak the sink, or go buy a new set.

12. To insure that your family remembers this, put a note in the sink. It will get their attention and remind them where to put the dishes. Be patient! They have never been taught, either. It is going to take some practice.

Now if you have a stainless steel sink, I recommend all of the above directions with one extra instruction added: after you soak your sink, rinse well, and use SOS pads to scrub it. This will buff the finish. It will look like new.

If you still canít get it to shine after the Windex, put a light coat of lemon oil or olive oil on it. I mean just a tiny bit on a cloth and rub it. This will make you smile. Some people have had very good results from Bar Keepers Friend.

Go Shine Your Sink!

Angela
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