Since holiday parties are about to get into full swing, I figured this little tip would help make your kitchen sparkle for your guests! A year or so ago, I was talking with my sister-in-law, and somehow cleaning stainless steel sinks was brought up. I mentioned how I hate mine and I can't do anything to make it shine, especially without using chemicals. She mentioned that she remembered her dad buffing out their sinks to make it shine. It totally made sense! Well, I tried buffing it and my arms got too tired; plus, it's really hard to get into some of those angles with your elbows and what not. So, I have a time saving tip for that too :)
Here's the before of our sink. Even after scrubbing it with soap. Gross, huh? Yeah. Well, that's like 7 years of grime that just doesn't like to come off. I have never seen this sink shine since a week after we bought the house. I've used Comet and multiple other cleaners, and it does nothing for the shine.
I'm not too sure behind the science of this, but the vinegar acts as the cleaner and de-sanitizer while the baking soda is the abrasive, helping cut through the grime.
Okay, so now that the sink is clean, it's time to make it shine even more. So, buffing worked, but I needed something a little more. So, I decided to buff the sink using canola oil. I'm sure you can use vegetable oil or olive oil too. I just did about the a tablespoon into each section of the sink, used a rag and buffed the sink. Wax on, wax off type of thing :)