How To: Clean & Remove Scratches From A White Farm Sink (Like The Ikea Domsjo)

Many of us who have installed the big white farm sink from Ikea (the Domsjo) end up shedding a tear or two when we notice our first grey scratch on our beautiful shiny white sink.  It’s a sad, sad moment but it has to happen in order to break you in so you don’t spend the next several months washing overloaded sinks of dishes in absolute fear  ;)

Before we had a dishwasher I spent the better part of 6 months hand washing dishes and scuffing my sink here and there.  I do baby it quite a bit because it looks absolutely beautiful when it’s shiny and clean but there were a few places where I couldn’t remove the gray scratches. Even though they were small they drove me crazy!


I tried baking soda, bleach, vim, TONS of products that made my sink shine but nothing was removing the gray scratches and scuffs. I read online ages ago about Bar Keepers Friend but I couldn’t find it! Thankfully my friend The DIY Mommy told me that she spotted it at Canadian Tire!

Friends, it’s the answer to all your scuffy gray problems  (can I get an Oprah hallelujah!)


It does a fantastic job of keeping your sink shiny and white…the scuffs and scratches wipe off and if there are any rust spots left in your sink from forgetting to wash a mason jar ring (ahem) they’ll come right off as well.








So there you have it. For a few bucks your sink will look brand new!

About Amanda

Amanda Robinson is the eco-chic, green living, fitness loving mom behind Natural Mommie. Since 2009, Amanda Robinson has been the source for moms to learn how to bring more balanced green beauty, eco-friendly, sustainable, organic products into their homes without being too “crunchy” or “granola”. Amanda is passionate about design, wellness and inspiring moms to make more eco-friendly and healthy choices without having to trade in their stilettos for Birkenstocks. In addition to Natural Mommie, Amanda is also the owner and designer behind Top Knot Style - a beautiful collection of handmade oversized luxury knitwear.

21 thoughts on “How To: Clean & Remove Scratches From A White Farm Sink (Like The Ikea Domsjo)

  1. You are my hero! I have this sink & live in the country with well water- not so good for my sink! I’m off to Canadian Tire! Thanks!

      1. Thank you so much for posting this. I’m going to head out and get some. Have you noticed your sink change colour? mine seems to have a tint around the drain.. Maybe from coffee? or tea? I hope this works to get that out as well.

  2. Your kitchen and bathroom makeovers are two of my favorites I’ve seen online. We have to reno ours as well and I’m fairly certain they are going to have a very similar style to yours. While I love the white sink however, I don’t think I can handle the fussiness of keeping it looking great. And for me, if baking soda, vinegar and lemon juice won’t clean something, it doesnt belong in my house because it will never look good.

    1. Thanks so much Bethann! It’s so fun to renovate your home and make it your own. And I have to agree with you – if you’re not into the extra steps to keep it looking nice it might be best to go with something else. Unless you can live with the little imperfections! They’re not THAT noticeable…but in my mind, however…LOL

  3. Yes, Bar Keepers friend works great! The powder version can also do the trick as well as Soft Scrub. My mom had a similar type in the 90’s and I remember her using both of these products. Thanks for sharing.

    1. I picked up the powder version too! It works so great…I’m really happy I found them in-store!

  4. I’ve been looking for barkeeper’s friend! Thanks for the tip on where to find it. I don’t have a white sink (yet!) but I’ve heard it works wonders on other things too.

  5. I didn’t think that I can remove the scratches! Lovely post! I am cleaning my sink tomorrow! Greets, Mitcham Carpet Cleaners Ltd.

  6. Hi Amanda!

    I bought BKF Soft Scrub after reading this post to get the little tiny nick/scratches off my new Domsjo sink, and it didn’t make any difference for me. Any tips / steps that I’m possibly missing? I’m possibly missing something from your post because, for some reason, most of the photos aren’t loading for me (just showing as big black squares)… so sorry if I’m asking something you’ve already answered!

    Thanks for your time!


    1. I use the cream soft cleanser on a dry flannel rag and sort of buff them out with it. Then get everything wet and do a good wipe/wash. Unfortunately it won’t get rid of the marks left by nicks. Those are actually chips in from your ceramic/porclein. Hope that helps!

      1. Thanks for responding! I’ll give it another go and see if any thing else comes off. It makes sense it can’t get rid of actual nicks… I guess I was just hoping against all hope!

  7. I love your house, my soon to be husband and I just purchased a century home and I have your if account as my inspiration for how I want it to look ;)
    A quick question; I also have the Sophie Canron dishes and am curious if you would use this cleaner on the grey spots I have found on my bowls and such?

  8. I just saw this post on Pinterest. Am thinking of getting a Domsjo sink, and am looking at faucet options? I was wondering what faucet you have on your sink, and if there are any photos of it in your blog. Thanks!

  9. This is a very original and useful cleaning tip! I also have scratches like this one on my new white sink and I really need to remove them. I am a perfectionist when it comes to cleaning and I love when my bathroom is shiny and spotless! Thank you for the post! :)

  10. I hear you can buy this stuff at Menards too!! I have some scratches in my new sink in hoping this will help!! Thanks for the idea!! Hoping it works! I have this same sink and scratched mine cleaning up some pieces to my 50s stove..dumb mistake!!

  11. THANK YOU! I just had my DOMSJO sink installed and already see lots of gray marks! I googled it and found this post! I see that my local Target carries Bar Keepers Friend. So I will be getting some ASAP!

  12. Brand new Ikea farmhouse sink, first day, grey mark, tried a few things to get it off, didn’t come off. Bought Bar Keepers Friend – DONE! You do have to rub hard but it works.

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