I found the best solution for clean sinks! My sink was pretty bad prior to this. I’ve lived in the same house now for 21 years and I have a porcelain sink. We use well water that has iron in it, which gets filtered through a water filter, but we often still get iron in our water anyway. Iron turns things yellow, like white porcelain sinks. It’s not the easiest thing to get off.
Another thing about porcelain sinks is they get black scuff marks from pans and various dishes. My sink had such a build up of black marks I thought it was permanently scratched up. I didn’t really know it was just a scuff mark on top of the porcelain. When I painted my kitchen, and kitchen cabinets I knew I either had to find a solution for my sink, or get a new one.
The Best Stuff Ever!
After some googling and some researching I learned about Bar Keeper’s Friend and Pumie Scouring sticks. These are seriously the best stuff ever for cleaning porcelain sinks. I was a little nervous about using the pumice stick on the sink, but I watched a lady do it in the following video which gave me confidence to give it a go.
Pumie Scouring Stick
I decided to buy the Pumie scouring sticks because they are made specifically for this purpose and have a wide variety of uses. You can read about them, and buy them, on amazon. Or buy them at Lowes or Home Depot, and maybe Walmart. I bought mine at Lowes. Initially I had to scrub with the pumice stone quite a bit to remove my black marks and several scrubbings with the BKF cleanser for clean sinks.
Bar Keepers Friend
This is the BEST kept secret! I wish I would have known about this stuff years ago. This is all I ever need to use on my sink now. I haven’t had to use the pumice stick because I keep up with the scratches on a regular basis and it only takes like a minute or so to clean my sink. BKF comes in both liquid and powder and I have used both.
Powder Vs Liquid
In the beginning I used the liquid more often, but I discovered after about a year that even if you try to remember to shake it up when you use it, the solid stuff settles to the bottom and gets dry enough that it doesn’t mix in. So there is more waste and it gets watered down from the settling. The powder gives you more abrasion to work with, which I like better for the scuff marks. And obviously that makes the powder more cost-effective, plus it’s less expensive anyway. You would think BKF would be expensive, but it’s not. It’s only a couple of dollars for a 12 oz. can at Walmart. You can get it at places like Lowes or Home Depot, or if you like the convenience of amazon you can buy it there.
Here you can see the black scuff in the left sink (top right) and how dull and grey my sink look compared to my first scrubbing with BKF and the pumice. The more I’ve use it, the whiter my sink becomes.
Two years later my sinks look better than ever. I love this easy and effective solution for clean sinks.
The Bar Keeper’s Friend also worked to take off some hefty grease from the center of my stove elements.