How to Remove Stains From Porcelain Sinks

The sinks in both our kitchens and in bathrooms see quite a bit of action from day to day. Considering the fact that they are mostly used for cleaning, it is then very important that sinks remain as clean as possible. This should be a priority on anyone’s list of household chores.

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Every once in a while, you may find that you come across a particularly dirty sink or even stains in your sink. Here are a few ideas on how to remove stains from porcelain sinks:

Bleach Paper Towels

When you’re looking to bring back that shine to your porcelain sink, try lining the sink with paper towels and then soaking them with bleach. Let the towels sit for about 30 minutes before throwing them out. It’s important to rinse the sink with water soon after. This process is not recommended for color porcelain as it may actually cause the color to fade.

Lemon Juice

Another solution for getting rid of stains in your sink is to use a mixture of lemon juice with powdered borax. Take a half-cup of powdered borax and mix it with the juice of one-half of a lemon. Once you have a paste made, dab some on the end of a sponge and rub it over the stain in your sink. You’ll need to apply a little elbow grease as well and be sure to rinse with water. You’ll be surprised at just how well this mixture works to remove stains in sinks made of porcelain, stainless steel or any other material.


At some point, you may notice that lime deposits have formed on your faucets or in your sinks. Lime deposits show up as small white spots and aren’t easily wiped away. They require something a little stronger, like vinegar. Take a paper towel that has been soaked in vinegar and wrap it around the area of your sink or faucet that has lime deposits. Let it sit for 10 minutes or so and then buff it off with a dry paper towel.

Peroxide and Baking Soda

Here’s another idea you might try that has worked for many people before. You’ll need baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, a dry towel and a sponge. Start by getting your sponge wet and then sprinkling the stained area of your sink with the baking soda. Use the wet sponge to scrub the soda over the stain and let it sit for minute. Then add the peroxide and scrub for a few more minutes. Let this sit for another minute or 2 before wiping it all away with a dray towel.

Keeping your sinks clean helps them work efficiently and last longer. To keep the plumbing system in your home running smoothly or for help with plumbing repairs, call Boydco Plumbing today at 602-335-0323.