Tips To Cleaning A Kitchen Sink
Your kitchen sink could be one of the dirtiest surfaces in your home when, in fact, it should be one of the cleanest. We put our sinks through a lot; washing fruits and vegetables, meat, poultry and anything else in the house that looks dirty. Do I even need to mention the dirty dishes, pots and pans that sometimes sit in the sink a little longer than usual? I like to say I am letting them soak, which is actually code for “I don’t feel like washing the dishes right now.”
Simply rinsing your sink, even with hot water, until it appears to be clean is not going to get rid of the germs and bacteria that can build up. Here is what you need to know clean and sanitize your kitchen sink.
It is important to rinse your sink thoroughly after each use as the salt and acid in foods can damage the finish of some sinks. While rinsing is necessary, it is not going to get your sink clean; but a good scrub will do the job. Use your judgment to determine how often based on how much use it gets. Add a few drops of a mild dish soap to warm water and use a nylon sponge or soft rag to scrub the sink gently. You can also use an all-purpose cleaning spray for a more thorough scrub. Rinse the soap or cleaner completely and dry the sink with a soft cloth.
The seal around the top of the sink and faucet can get pretty gross over time and is often overlooked. Use a soft bristle toothbrush soaked with baking soda paste (baking soda mixed with water) or mild soap and gently scrub. Rinse and wipe with a soft rag. Repeat this process until the rag is clean.
Faucets and Handles:
Use your soapy solution to clean faucets and handles as well. If that doesn’t do the trick, a clean cloth soaked in white vinegar should get rid of any leftover fingerprints or water spots and will also sanitize the areas.
Another area that may not receive regular cleaning is the garbage disposal. The rubber flap on the garbage disposal can get pretty nasty. Use the same technique to clean the flap as you did for the to remove any gunk that has built up.
There are two effective methods for removing stains using items that you most likely already have in your home. Slice a lemon in half and apply baking soda to the cut ends. Scrub stains with the lemon half, reapplying baking soda as needed. Once you have finished, you can put the lemons into the garbage disposal, running it for a few seconds to freshen it up.
Line the bottom of your sink with paper towels. Pour vinegar in the sink to soak the towels. For bad staining, let them sit overnight. Remove the paper towels in the morning and rinse the sink clean.
The bottom line is you need a little more than a hot water rinse to properly clean your kitchen sink.
However, it does not require much work or time on your part so it should be an easy cleaning task to add to your list.