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How to Clean A White Sink (3 secrets, without harsh chemicals)

by | Mar 11, 2019 | clean + simple, Decorating Inspiration

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How to Clean A White Sink (3 secrets, without harsh chemicals)

For years and years I’ve talked about the significance of emptying, cleaning and polishing my sink every day.

My whole perspective on my home and housekeeping and even my mood changed when I started practicing this one daily task. It’s a magical habit, if you ask me!

A related question readers often ask is “how do you clean your white sink?” or “how do you keep your sink so white?”.

White sinks do seem to end up with marks, stains and scum on them that can appear difficult to clean.

So today I thought I’d give you the three secrets to how I keep my sink clean and white!

How to Clean A White Sink (3 secrets, without harsh chemicals)

1. We clean our sink daily.

Like I said, this is a magical habit! It not only boosts my mood to wake up to a clean sink and keeps us from getting too far behind in our housekeeping tasks, but it keeps our sink looking clean and shiny! The longer you let junk and gunk build up on your sink, the more difficult it is to clean.

2. We keep a metal rack in the bottom of our sink.

Our metal racks (with rubber feet) help keep any pots and pans set in the bottom of the sink from scratching or marring the surface of the sink. We remove them to clean the sink or when we just want the sink to be pretty :).

3. We use a plant-based product.

You might think you’d need to use heavy duty products to get a white sink shiny and clean, but you definitely don’t! In fact, you not only don’t want toxic products on your sink, you don’t want them in your body or on your skin or in your lungs. I ditched the use of toxic products years ago (you can read my health story here) and am so glad I did!

I try to make cleaning all the things as simple (and affordable) as possible, so I don’t use a lot products, ingredients or steps to clean.

I’ll share my versatile plant-based product and three simple methods I use to clean my sink below!

How to Clean A White Sink:

  1. Quick sink scrub: To give a sink a quick scrub, sprinkle baking soda around the sink and then spray with My Thieves Household Cleaner (it’s toxin free and a concentrate so you just use one capful in a 16 ounce spray bottle filled with water, or dilute less as desired, it is about $1 a bottle).

Scrub with a sink-safe brush or sponge! Rinse away. Voila!


I like to make this soft cleaning paste to use as needed. It’s convenient to have on hand, really easy to make and your sink will feel so fresh and pretty after using it!

1/2 cup baking soda
3 capfuls thieves household cleaner
10 drops lemon essential oil (helps clear away gunk or sticky residue)

Mix and use the paste as needed with a sponge or brush.

So clean and shiny, without harsh chemicals!

3. Deep clean with the Thieves Kitchen and Bath Scrub

I’m absolutely LOVE this new Thieves kitchen and bath scrub, it works SO well! It really gets the stains and scuffs out of my white porcelain sink and makes our bathroom super clean. This will be a new household staple for deep cleaning, I give it my stamp of approval!

How to Clean A White Sink (3 secrets, without harsh chemicals)

I’ve really simplified my cleaning products and ingredients. The Thieves Household Cleaner cleans almost everything (mirrors, countertops, glass, floors, fabric, laundry stains, rugs, washable slipcovers, stoves, marble, tile, upholstery, etc) in addition to kitchens and bathrooms. Make the soft paste (above) and get the Thieves Kitchen and Bathroom Scrub and your home will be clean without harsh toxic chemicals!

If you don’t have Thieves Household Cleaner and Thieves Kitchen and Bath Scrub, give them a try! Click here to get my recommended cleaning products. No starter kit required! If you have an inactive account with YL you can also reactivate with me when you order! My member referral number is 3731456. Using my referral will also get you access to my Dwell Well Collective private instagram and support.

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Keeping your sink clean what I call a “domino habit.” Mastering this ONE habit will lead to so many other good things for the mood of your home, including a happier less stressed YOU! Read all about simple daily habits and tips in my book Make Room for What You Love.

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How to Clean A White Sink (3 secrets, without harsh chemicals)
How to Clean A White Sink (3 secrets, without harsh chemicals)

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How to Clean A White Sink (3 secrets, without harsh chemicals)


  1. Teresa

    I can’t live without thieves! Thanks for the baking soda tip. And, the metal sink rack is a must too.

  2. Chrisy

    Have you ever had any issues with it staining/fading anything?

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      No, nothing at all! But just to be safe I always recommend spot testing first on anything you’re concerned about.

  3. Diane Dickson

    I am remodeling my home and specifically my kitchen – totally taking out the cabinets and redoing. I have always had a stainless sink. I have picked out a white sink this time but am hesitating. Your thoughts would be appreciated.

  4. Carolyn

    I’m curious what the Thieves cleaner has in it that cleans any better than just using baking soda? I’ve had good luck using first vinegar, then baking soda on a fiberglass bathroom sink.

  5. Johnson Amira

    It’s a beautiful sink. We have had it for about a year & I have only used the cleaning products recommended for the sink, and the finish is loosing it’s shine. I will try your stated tips for sure. Thanks for sharing, Melissa.

  6. Jo Jo

    Great info, Melissa.. Thank you!

  7. Niki Jones

    I’ve always been looking for tips on cleaning handmade delicate rugs. Can baking soda do for them too? Thanks in advance!

  8. Cathy Burton

    What is the best way to clean and shine a Stainless Steel sink?

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