how to clean stained porcelain toilet

Michelle asked:  How do I clean the aluminum scuff marks off of my porcelain kitchen sink? These marks are the result of washing pans in my sink. They don’t come off when I scrub with Comet.

When pots and pans leave reminders on your kitchen sink, they can be a real bear to remove. There are several natural products that work well as well as products you likely already have in your home. Here are a couple of cleaning methods that can be used to rid your sink of the ugly grey streaks and restore its beautiful shine.

Baking Soda Method

You Will Need:

  • Baking soda
  • Windex
  • Sponge or soft cloths

Steps to Remove the Marks:

  1. Begin by sprinkling baking soda over the surfaces that are marked. It may help to spray the sink lightly with water first, so the baking soda will stick. Do not leave standing water in the sink.
  2. Spray the surface lightly with Windex.
  3. Scrub with a soft cloth or sponge until the stains are removed.
  4. Repeat as necessary.

Using Environmentally Safe Cleaners

You Will Need:

  • Select one of the following cleaning products:
    • Bon Ami
    • Shaklee’s Scour
    • Oxy-Scrub
  • Water
  • Soft cloths or paper towels

Steps to Remove the Marks:

  1. Select one of the cleaning products above.
  2. Sprinkle the surface of the sink with the cleaning product.
  3. Moisten a paper towel so that it is just barely wet. (Drying your hands on the towel will provide the right amount of moisture.)
  4. Scrub the surfaces with the paper towel or soft cloth.
  5. Repeat as necessary.


No Scrub Method

You Will Need:

  • Baking soda
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • White paper towels
  • Spray bottle.

Steps to Remove the Mark:

  1. Plug the sink.
  2. Spray the sink lightly with water. You just need enough to wet the surfaces.
  3. Sprinkle all of the surfaces with baking soda. Don’t skimp, it’ll take plenty.
  4. Cover the surfaces with paper towels.
  5. Spray the paper towels with the peroxide.
  6. Allow it to set for several hours.
  7. Remove the paper towels and rinse the sink with water. The sink will be white again!

Additional Tips and Advice

  • Do not use abrasive cleaners as they can damage the surface of the sink.
  • Pumice is often suggested for removing stains, but can be difficult to use correctly to achieve the desired results.
  • Check your auto department for some wheel polish. These products are designed to remove metal marks and some have found they work to remove them in the sink as well.
  • One site user (Thanks!) reported having success with AutoGlym Car Paint Remover.
  • Another side user (Thanks!) reported having success with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.

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