Fixing Scratches in an Enameled Cast Iron Sink

Dear Home Ec 101, I have a fairly new (less than 1 year old) cast iron Kohler sink, it is the shiny black one, the manual recommended using the Kohler cast iron sink cleaner and I have used it regularly and I have used a plastic mat on the bottom of the sink, to try to prevent scratches. Yet I have some minor scratches. Is there any way to … [Read more...]

Quick tips: shiny sink redux


I got this in the mailbag this morning and wanted to share with you readers: Dear Ivy, You know there's more than one way to shine a sink. :-) I use the FlyLady method, which although time consuming, produces a wonderful shine on my stainless steel sink. First, you fill the sink with warm (not hot!) water and add 1/3 cup bleach. Let this … [Read more...]

How to Clean Corian


Dear Home-ec 101: I have Corian counter tops and sink. The sink is stained because my family never cleans it. I try to clean it, but even with a special Corian cleaner or bleach, I cannot get the stains out after several cleanings. The counter tops are clean, but dull. I tried a counter top polish and it did nothing. What am I doing … [Read more...]

How to have a shiny sink

Dear Home Ec 101, How in the world do you get your sink to stay so shiny? Signed, Im in ur house, lookin @ ur sink Ivy says: Get out of my house. Seriously, you're creeping me out. But while we're here, I'll go ahead and share my secrets to a super shiny sink. First, wash it out so any funky bits are gone. Dry it with a dry towel, … [Read more...]

How to Clean


Dear Home-Ec 101, My house is a wreck. I'm scared to open the fridge, I swear something growled at me the last time I grabbed a soda. I think a dust bunny ate the baby. Help Me! Signed, Don't Know Where to Start. Heather Says: I begin with the kitchen sink, it's a small area and it can be conquered! Empty your sink of all … [Read more...]