How to Clean a Porcelain Sink – Tips to Make Your Sink Look Like New

How to Clean a Porcelain Sink - Use these tips and techniques to learn how to clean a porcelain sink to get rid of dirt and stains to make your sink look beautiful again.

Over time you might find that your beautiful porcelain sink begins to get dirty and stained. You might start to see black marks, yellow stains, build-up more. I am going to share with you a simple and effective tips to show you how to clean your porcelain sink to get it looking sparkly and new. 

I personally think a porcelain sink can give character to a kitchen or bathroom. I especially love seeing them in country homes. They fit perfectly in that classic look. I will share two different methods to cleaning your porcelain sink, so you can choose which is best for your needs. Both methods work great and have made my sink look like new! The two options each use different products to do the trick. 


How to Clean a Porcelain Sink


Recipe 1 – Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide


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  1. Simply wet down the whole sink. Then take a soft sponge with a scrubbing side (not metal) and sprinkle baking soda onto the sponge.
  2. Scrub the whole sink with the baking soda and wet sponge. Add more baking soda if needed.
  3. Then pour some hydrogen peroxide on the sponge, enough to soak it. Rub that all over the sink and let it stand for 15-20 minutes. 
  4. Rinse the whole sink, and scrub away any stains you might see. Then dry with a soft towel when it is all clean. 

NOTE: If you have stubborn areas that need more attention. Just repeat the baking soda and peroxide, and let it stand a little longer, and then rinse and scrub again. 


Recipe 2 –  Dish Soap, Bleach Cleaner, and Bar Keepers Friend 


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  1. Wash the sink with Dawn dish soap (I prefer the blue one). You can use other soaps, I just find best success with the blue Dawn. 
  2. Then take a bleach counter cleaner and spray all over the sink. Let it stand for 10 minutes, then wash it away. Wipe down the sink with a sponge or soft cloth as you rinse away, to help remove any marks on sink. 
  3. Lastly take the Bar Keepers Friend cleaner and sprinkle onto the areas that are still stained or marked up. Let it stand for just a few minutes and then with a wet sponge, rub the troubled areas with a soft sponge in a circular motion. 

As you can see, with a few different cleaners your sink can get clean in no time! Sometimes your sink won’t need each of these steps, but they do work great at getting rid of the stains and marks! 


  1. Julie Wood says:

    I am going to try the baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to clean my sink and a non scratch sponge. This will really get my sink clean! Thanks for the tips.

  2. shelly peterson says:

    Thanks for these great ideas. I will have to try them out.

  3. These recipes are really useful! I’ve always cleaned our sinks with baking soda. Never really thought to use hydrogen peroxide.

  4. These tips are going to be a big help to a lot of people. We have a stainless sink now, but we used to have a porcelain one, and we had a really hard time keeping it white.

  5. My sink drives me crazy, thank you for a way to make it get clean again! Right now I am constantly fighting with it trying to deal with making sure it looks shiny but alas I haven’t found the magic formula. Appreciate you sharing this!

  6. I always use lemon and sugar/salt because we have stainless steel in the kitchen, but I’ll have to make this concoction for the bathrooms for sure.

  7. I can’t wait to try this. I want everything sparkling, but don’t want to rub too hard.


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