How to Remove Stains from a White Kitchen Sink Without Scrubbing

White kitchen fixtures and appliances look pristine when new, but after a few months or years of use, they will show stains. Food, beverages and cookware can stain a white kitchen sink and make it look downright nasty. Learn a quick and easy way to clean a white kitchen sink without hours of scrubbing.

Scrub your dishes, but clean your white sink with bleach.
  1. Clean surface dirt, grime or food off your white kitchen sink with warm water and a wash cloth. Remove any solid food particles or splatters.

  2. Find a white hand towel or washcloth that is the same size as the bottom of the sink. Lay the towel flat in the sink to verify the size. It is better to use a thin rather than a thick absorbent towel.

  3. Dampen the towel or wash cloth with hot water. Wring out excess water and lay the damp towel flat in the bottom of the sink.

  4. Pour approximately 1 to 1 1/2 cups of straight (undiluted) bleach and saturate the towel. The bleach will seep through to the sink and stay in contact with the surface of the sink. (This is why you want to use a white towel.)

  5. Let the bleach-saturated towel sit in the sink from 30 minutes to several hours. You may need to add more bleach to the towel as some will evaporate.

  6. Spot check your progress by peeking under the towel. When your sink has reached the desired cleanliness, remove the towel and rinse the sink well. Your sink will be sparkling white and, best of all, you didn't have to do any vigorous scrubbing.


When you have finished with the bleach-soaked towel, rinse it out thoroughly and wring it well. Use caution that it does not come in contact with any other towels or clothing as bleach will ruin colored fabrics.


Be careful when working with bleach. Make sure your kitchen is well ventilated. Turn on a fan and open windows and doors. Never mix bleach with ammonia. This can cause toxic fumes that are very dangerous. Make sure small children are not near the kitchen sink when you are using this cleaning method.