So here's how to get a shiny sink Reagan style.
- Remove dishes from your sink and rinse food gunk down drain. Run disposal.
- Put in sink plugs.
- Fill BOTH sides of the sink with hot water (as hot as possible).
- Add 1 cup of bleach OR ammonia to each side and continue filling with water until water is at the brim. (Side note: I perfer the ammonia to the bleach because if you drip the bleach water on you or a sink towel you'll get a bleach stain.)
- Let your sinks soak for 15+ minutes. (Let's be honest, if you sink is pretty nasty soaking might take an hour).
- Using tongs OR dishwashing gloves, pull the plugs. Remember the water is HOT. *If you used bleach DON'T touch your clothing!*
- Rinse Why rinse? Because you'll be adding other cleaners and you can't mix bleach/ammonia cleaning products. It produces deadly gasses--much more serious than those produced from too much refried beans and greens.
- Get a rag and some Comet (or Ajax or a non-abrasive cleaner) and scrub the inside of your sink. A sludgy grey goo will come off. You never knew that was on there, did you? Don't use steel wool or harsh abrasives--they will scratch your sink).
- Rinse. Yes, again. I use Comet with bleach and I don't want to mix that with the ammonia-based Windex that I use.
- Dry with a towel.
- Now spray your sink with a glass cleaner and wipe it out with a paper towel.
Your sink should be super shiny now.
To maintain the look, simply wash all your dishes in the bathtub. Just kidding.
Every time you use your sink, DRY it (leave a towel right by the--even your kids will catch on but I make no promises about husbands. I'm not sure my DH has ever noticed that the sink is shiny).
If you don't want to maintain it, do this once every month or so. You'll be glad you did (especially after you see the grey goo. Part of you will always think--ick, the sink is filthy unless I can see my face in it!).