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How To Clean A Plastic Sink

There are a lot of benefits to acrylic sinks. They do not readily transfer heat, so dishwater stays warm for longer.

They are easy to repair. They absorb shock well, so you are less likely to damage your dishes when washing.

They are lightweight and easy to install. 

The polycarbonate plastic used in plastic sinks can be molded into any shape, making them very versatile as a kitchen sink or bathroom sink. Acrylic sinks are reinforced with fiberglass and resin, giving them a stain-resistant surface.

They are durable (if you are careful) but still will not last as long as enamel or stainless steel. 

Plastic sinks are often found in laundry rooms or mudrooms. You can choose a stock shape and color, making them a cost-effective option.

Installation is more manageable than an enamel, composite, or stainless steel sink, perfect for a DIY project.

These utilitarian sinks are often subjected to the worst of our cleaning needs. Over time, they can build up grime and stains.

Fortunately, many cleaning products are safe to use on acrylic, and you can keep your sink sparkling clean with just a bit of elbow grease.

Acrylic sinks can scratch fairly easily; never use steel wool or other abrasive cleaning materials. You can safely clean your plastic sink using simple household ingredients and warm water.

Method 1: Vinegar And Water

Vinegar And Water

Start by spraying the entire sink with white vinegar and water. Use about 1/4 cup of vinegar to 1 cup of water.

Scrub the sink with a soft-bristled brush. 

Method 2: Add Baking Soda

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For particularly tough stains, add baking soda to vinegar to create a fizzy cleaning solution. You can target a particular stain with a baking soda paste.

Combine three parts baking soda with one part water. Apply the paste to the stain and scrub with a soft cloth or gentle brush.

Method 3: Dish Soap

Dish Soap

Rinse the sink with clean water, plug the drain, add a few squirts of dish soap and fill the sink with hot water. Let the soapy water sit for half an hour to soak the sink before draining.

If any stains remain, scrub them directly with soap or white vinegar and a soft cloth.

Method 4: Lemon Juice

Lemon Juice

You can squeeze fresh lemon juice directly onto any stubborn stains. Use a scrub brush to work the juice into the blemish.

The lemon juice works as both a natural disinfectant and bleach. Remember to use a non-abrasive sponge or brush to avoid scratching the plastic surface.

Method 5: Denture Tablets

Denture Tablets

Denture tablets can lift stains off your plastic sink in the same way they are designed to lift stains off false teeth. The brightening agent in the tablets will leave your sink looking brand new!

Plug the drain and fill the sink with hot water. Plop in multiple denture tablets (five for a smaller sink up to 10 for a large utility sink).

They will immediately begin fizzing. Leave them to sit for an hour or two, then drain.

You can even safely leave the water fizzing overnight.

Once the water has drained, wipe down the sink with a sponge. You may need to remove some residue from the tablets; it will be easiest to do so before it dries. 

Method 6: Chemical Cleansers

Chemical Cleansers

For really persistent stains that can’t be removed with your household ingredients, you may need a commercial cleaner (and some more elbow grease!). You can find cleaners on Amazon that have oxalic acid, bleach, or calcium carbonate that will help you remove stains.

Read the ingredients carefully, remember that some chemicals are unsafe to combine. Use a non-abrasive sponge or rag in some hot water, and scrub away the remaining stains. 

The Best Way To Manage Stains Is To Prevent Them

How To Clean A Plastic Sink

Some simple daily maintenance will help you keep your sink free from stains. Everyday use, soap scum build-up, hard water, etc., can all accumulate and stain your sink.

If you wipe down your sink after every use, you will minimize stains.

If you spill something in the sink, clean it promptly and thoroughly to prevent staining. Polishing your sink’s faucet with a soft cloth every day will also keep it looking shiny and new.