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Why You Should Dump Flour in Your Sink

A bag of flour is spilled next to pieces of grain.
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Dumping flour into your sink might seem counterproductive. Wouldn’t it get all gummy and end up clogging the drain? Actually, no. While we don’t recommend pouring a whole bag of flour down the drain, turns out, a few tablespoonfuls into your sink can actually help to clean it.

If you have a stainless steel sink and you’re tired of water spots, streaks, and more, break out the flour bag.

Stainless steel sinks are durable, sharp-looking, and pretty common in households across the country. But, no matter how much you clean them, water spots and streaks can remain. But flour to the rescue. This pantry staple will work wonders when it comes to polishing your stainless steel sink.

First, give your sink a thorough washing and dry it out with a towel. Give it a light sprinkling of flour, and buff the flour into the sink with a paper towel or cloth. Imagine you’re buffing your car! You’ll quickly see food particles, stains, and water spots disappear. Your sink will look shiny and super clean.

King Arthur Flour, Organic All Purpose Flour, 32 oz

A little flour in your sink will go a long way in keeping it clean.

Why is flour so effective when it comes to cleaning a sink? It gets into the micro-grooves and helps to pull out extra dirt that traditional cloth and sponges might miss.

So, the next time you’re wondering how to clean a sink to make sure it’s sparkling, give it a good scrub with your favorite cleaner and follow it up with a good flour polish. Flour is not just for baking anymore, and it’s something you’re bound to always have on hand.

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