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How to Get Brown Stains Off My Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink

Amanda Flanigan

Regular use of your stainless steel sink will leave brown stains and discolorations on the surface. Stainless steel is a durable material for sinks and with the proper care and cleaning lasts for many years. However, aggressive cleaners can leave the surface of the sink scratched and cause more harm than good. Instead, thoroughly clean the sink with safe and inexpensive household items.

Do not use scouring pads on the stainless steel sink as they can damage the surface.

Step 1

Saturate a sponge in pure white vinegar. Scrub the brown stains carefully with the saturated sponge. Rinse the sink with cool water and wipe dry with a lint-free towel. Continue if the stains remain.

Step 2

Add 1 tbsp. of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide to 3 tbsp. of cream of tartar. Stir the peroxide and tartar together to form a thick paste.

Step 3

Apply a dollop of the thick paste to a clean, damp sponge. Scrub the brown stains with the paste in the direction of the grain.

Step 4

Rinse the paste off the stainless steel sink with cool water. Dry with a towel.