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 soak for 3 hours. 3 shall be the number of hours and the number of hours shall be 3. Four shall it not be and five is right out. When the three hours is up, you drain the sink and dry it with a towel or wash cloth. Lastly, you spray it with regular Windex and buff to a high shine. After that, unless you spill something really ucky in your sink and get it nasty again, all you have to do is Windex and buff.

I<3 shiny sinks

mailbag.JPG Ivy says:

What a great idea! Fly Lady is not my personal style (I can not handle shoes in the house. Or 42 emails per day.) but she has some wonderful ideas and this one is great! While we’re on the subject of bleach, I wanted to remind our readers to never mix bleach and ammonia.

Have you got some quick tips to share with us? Let us know!


  1. hotmama2u79@gmail.com on November 4, 2011 at 2:31 pm

    I finally made it to day 4 of the Flylady. I just can’t get past the shoe thing either. I went with flip flops as a compromise but I do love love love the habit forming technique and my shiny sink!

  2. hotmama2u79@gmail.com on November 4, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    Like the Monty Python Reference. Right on!

  3. deneicer1 on November 4, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Some window cleaning products CONTAIN AMMONIA…..BE CAREFUL!

  4. stacie on March 6, 2007 at 12:28 pm

    We have a stainless steel sink in our kitchen at work, and our cleaning lady puts furniture polish on it and buffs it after she cleans the sink — that mofo GLISTENS! Also it helps to repell grime, she says…

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