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How To Polish a Stainless Steel Sink with Flour

Why Polish the Sink? Why Not?

Why would one polish your sink? I can hear the angry mobs now: "I'm just doing good to get my dishes done and the sink empty! Why would I ever imagine polishing it. Isn't that like the brass on the Titanic?" Well, technically, yes — it is. But, still. Sometimes a little polishing is good for the soul.

This very satisfying trick is an essential when moving into or out of an apartment, when important company is coming over, or on an afternoon when you're really into the cleaning vibe. It's simple, easy and really makes things look the best! Pull out your flour and let's see how to turn this pantry staple into a cleaning workhorse.

How To Polish Stainless Steel with Flour

What You Need

Supplies & Equipment
Kitchen cleaner OR hot soapy water
Kitchen towel
Paper towel OR soft rag


  1. Wash the sink thoroughly: Clean the sink with a spray kitchen cleaner or hot soap water. (See our tips here for cleaning stainless steel with vinegar, too.)
  2. Dry the sink: Buff the sink dry with a clean towel. Do not skip this step! It sounds silly, but any water left in your sink will turn into instant goo and not end well. Don't forget the sides of the sink and the top of the drain.
  3. Sprinkle the sink with flour: Cover half or one side of your sink with a thick dusting of flour. (Yes, this will feel intrinsically wrong.)
  4. Buff the flour: Using a paper towel or soft cloth, buff the flour into the sink like you are waxing a car. Keep buffing and don't forget the drain, rim around the top of the sink, handles, knobs and little grooves where dirt likes to hide. You'll see bits of food start to disappear and things begin to get shiny.
  5. Repeat and buff: Buff and remove excess flour.
  6. Forbid anyone from using it: Just kidding!