20 Reasons Why You’ll Wonder How You Ever Lived Without The Pink Stuff
If you follow #CleanTok, you might have noticed this pastel pink paste cropping up in video after video. What's with all the hype?
The Pink Stuff has recently become a social media sensation, making waves on TikTok as a purported miracle cleaner that tackles hard-to-remove stains and messes. In fact, the hashtag #pinkstuff has nearly 200 million views. While its distinct rosy hue explains some of its viral success, the product reportedly can hold its own when it comes to cleaning a wide variety of surfaces. Read on for 20 uses for The Pink Stuff to try in every room of your house.
1. It Cleans Glass Cooktops
Since it doesn’t include bleach or ammonia, The Pink Stuff is touted as a nontoxic cleaning option that still manages to offer excellent performance. Instead of harsh chemicals, The Pink Stuff harnesses the power of baking soda, which is mildly abrasive but gentle enough to use on fragile surfaces like glass cooktops. It left my stovetop looking brand new without requiring any elbow grease. The product also works just as well on classic electric cooktops.
2. It Defeats Stains on Kitchen and Bathroom Sinks
Whether your sink is made from stainless steel, ceramic, or porcelain, The Pink Stuff works hard to remove stains, water marks, and limescale staining. The product was created by Star Brands, and while The Pink Stuff cleaning paste is their most iconic product, they make a number of other formulations, each of which are said to serve a distinct purpose. Some of the most popular are the cream cleaner and the multi-purpose spray, which is marketed as an all-around cleaning product.
3. The Pink Stuff Revives Tile Grout
The grout between kitchen and bathroom tiles often looks dirty, especially if it was originally a light color like beige or taupe. The Pink Stuff paste can bring grout back to its original shade. For the best results, apply the product to the affected area and allow it to sit for 10 minutes before wiping it away with a damp cloth.
4. It Removes Stubborn Food from Pots and Pans
When your regular dish soap doesn’t do the trick, try The Pink Stuff to remove burnt or caked-on food from the cooking surface of your pots and pans. Always let your cookware cool completely before applying the product and avoid using The Pink Stuff on uncoated cast iron, which has a porous surface that should only be cleaned with gentle cleansers.
5. Shower Drains Shine After Cleaning With The Pink Stuff
Whether your shower’s drain is made from metal or plastic, it likely accumulates plenty of gunk between cleanings. The Pink Stuff, however, can make it look brand new in seconds. While the paste works well on most bathroom surfaces, the brand’s Miracle Bathroom Foam Cleaner is designed to remove dirt and grease as well as limescale stains.
6. It’s Tough Enough for Outdoor Furniture
While there are countless uses for The Pink Stuff in your home, it’s handy for outdoor applications too. When your outdoor furniture becomes scuffed or stained, try The Pink Stuff for a solution. Apply the pink paste using a soft microfiber cloth or sponge and then rinse it off with cold water for the best results.
7. The Pink Stuff Turns Burnt Toasters Like New
It would be easy to assume that the scorch marks on top of a toaster are permanent, but a quick swipe of The Pink Stuff can make them disappear. The product also works well on other small kitchen appliances like microwaves, toaster ovens, kettles, and more. Be careful, however, when using the product on high-shine stainless steel, because it could wear away at the finish.
8. It Degreases Cupboard Interiors
The insides of kitchen cupboards inevitably get dirty, whether from dripping olive oil bottles or cookware that’s been put away without being thoroughly cleaned on the bottom. Since The Pink Stuff can cut through grease, it should leave your cupboard interiors and pantry shelves looking spotless in no time.
9. It Restores Glass Baking Dishes
Glass baking dishes always seem to develop some level of staining over time that can be difficult to remove with regular dish soap. Glass is easy to clean with The Pink Stuff, and while the standard paste will get the job done, this task is also the perfect time to try out the Miracle Cream Cleaner.
10. It Lifts Red Wine Stains from Hard Surfaces
When you spill red wine on your coffee table or countertop, it can leave a permanent stain if it isn’t wiped up immediately. Luckily, even older red wine stains are no match for The Pink Stuff. It reportedly will leave your surfaces looking as good as new, whether they’re made from glass, marble, ceramic, or granite. Be aware, however, that the paste isn’t compatible with painted or varnished wood.
11. The Pink Stuff Cleans Oven Interiors
It happens to the best of us: something your baking pie or casserole bubbles over or overflows, leaving a sticky burnt mess at the bottom of your oven. Unfortunately the oven’s self-cleaning option may not be a match for the most caked-on spills. Coat the affected area with The Pink Stuff and allow it to sit for 10 minutes before wiping it away and rinsing the surface with water.
12. It Removes Rust on Tools, Kitchen Utensils, and More
Rusted tools, hardware, and kitchen implements can lose the red using The Pink Stuff. For rust removal, apply the pink paste generously to the rusted area and allow it to sit for between 10 and 15 minutes. Then use a microfiber cloth to rub it in in a circular motion, ultimately revealing the unblemished surface underneath.
13. It Revives Scorched Cookware
If you flip over your favorite stainless steel pans, you’ll likely notice that the bottoms have darkened over time. The Pink Stuff is designed to make your cookware look brand new by buffing away those dark stains and revealing the shiny metallic finish underneath. While the product didn’t totally eliminate stains on my tri-ply saute pan, it made a major improvement.
14. The Pink Stuff Fixes Scuffed Paint
Scuffs on painted doorframes and baseboards create a shabby appearance, but you can remove them using The Pink Stuff. Since The Pink Stuff paste is so powerful that it might cause paint to peel or chip if left on for too long. To avoid this, make sure to wipe up the paste immediately or use the all-purpose cleaner.
15. It Cleans Door Frames and Window Frames
When your outdoor door and window frames get dirty or start to look grimy, the Pink Stuff cleaner has got you covered. Exterior door and window frames are typically made from vinyl, PVC (polyvinyl chloride) or uPVC (unplasticized polyvinyl chloride), all of which are easily cleaned with The Pink Stuff.
16. It Cuts Though Grease on Barbecue Grills
The grills of a barbecue become caked with residue from everything you cook on them, and unlike pots and pans, they’re not typically cleaned after every use. The flames only act to further adhere food particles to the grill’s surface. After soaking and scrubbing their surface with The Pink Stuff, however, that caked-on grime will virtually disappear.
17. The Pink Paste Works Wonders on Sneakers
When your sneakers start to look more gray than white, consider cleaning their soles with The Pink stuff to make them look like they did when you first unboxed them. Always do a patch test in an inconspicuous area before cleaning something new with The Pink Stuff to ensure it doesn’t have any adverse effects on the material.
18. It Erases Sticker Residue
Is there anything more annoying than bringing home a new mirror or picture frame only to find that the store’s price sticker has left behind a sticky residue? While there are plenty of DIY tricks to get rid of it, some of them—like olive oil—create a whole new mess of their own. The Pink Stuff will leave glass surfaces completely clean after allowing the cleaner to sit for a few minutes.
19. It Gets Grime Out of Window Tracks
Both interior and exterior window sills build up dirt over time, and the tracks where the window panes slide back and forth often feature narrow grooves that are tricky to clean. Use a toothbrush or small cleaning brush to scrub The Pink Stuff into the tracks to remove that unsightly dirt and grime.
20. The Pink Stuff Deep Cleans Wheels on Bikes and Automobiles
Any good bike trek involves a little dirt, mud, and grease. Bring some shine back to the spokes and frame of your bike with The Pink Stuff. Use it as a light degreaser and rust remover or just to whittle away at the dirt that gathers on bike or auto wheels. Be sure to test a small patch before applying the cleaner to your entire auto wheel or your bike seat.
The prices listed here are accurate as of publication on 11/29/21.