As you all know, there can be no clean kitchen without clean sink. Even if your whole kitchen is tidy, it will still look messy if you have dirty, cluttered and crusty sink. But keeping our kitchen sink clean is not an easy task, since it is usually repository for every dirty dish in the house.
So, to make your life easier we have prepared most comprehensive and detailed article about how to clean your kitchen sink.
Change your habit, keep your sink empty
If you want to keep your sink clean and shiny first thing you need to do is to stop putting dirty dish in the sink and start putting it directly into dishwasher.
If you don’t have dishwasher, you need to develop the habit of washing the dishes after each use. Yes, it sounds
like a lot of work and not very appealing, but think about alternative. Leftover food in the dishes rotting at room temperature for days in the sink.
How To Clean Your Kitchen Sink
What Do I Need?
- Baking Soda
How Do I clean it?
Mix one cup of vinegar and five tablespoons of baking soda in bowl, be careful because the reaction is violent.
Your sink and disposal strainer can get disgusting, they are a source of bad smell that will make you hate spending time in your kitchen. So, the first step is to place them in bowl where you prepared cleaning solution and let them sit for about 15 minutes.
To thoroughly clean sink and disposal strainer in your bowl you can actually take both of them apart, remove the rubber gasket to clean it more thoroughly with toothbrush and reach inside edges.
We recommend doing this once a month.
Now you can start cleaning your sink, all you need is one cup of vinegar and spray bottle. Spray the entire surface of sink and let it sit for about 10 minutes.
Scoop the baking soda from the bottom of the bowl with sponge cloth and start scrubbing the sink. You already sprayed the sink with vinegar and it removed all the hardcore stains, so be careful and don’t push hard so you don’t leave scratches on surface.
If you somehow scratched your sink or it was scratched before, do not worry, you can fix it. Use wet sandpaper to remove all the scratches, then apply toothpaste as a fine abrasive to bring back the shine. Once done, it will look as good as new.
Unclog & Deodorize Sink Drain
If your sink drains slowly or you notice bad smell coming out of it, you may have some buildup that you need to clear out of your drain.
To do this you need to take a cup of baking soda, dump it down the drain and leave it to sit for about an hour.
Then after an hour of waiting you will boil three cups of vinegar in a kettle. This serves double purpose as you will in the process also descale kettle. You will take that vinegar and dump it down the sink, this will unclog it and remove all the bad odors.
Clean The Blades & Deodorize The Garbage Disposal
You can repeat the same steps we did for sink to clean and deodorize garbage disposal. Different solution can be ice cubes, you toss some ice in the disposal and run it.
You can also store leftovers from limes, lemons, grapes and oranges in your refrigerator and then use them for this purpose, not only will it clean the blades but you will also eliminate odors and make your sink smell nice too.
Last but not the least – The Faucet
The faucet is technically not a part of the kitchen sink, but as they say, you cant have a clean sink without a clean faucet!
Chrome or Nickel Faucet Cleaning
If your faucet is made of chrome or nickel you need to clean it with water – vinegar solution (ratio 50:50).
Mix the solution in spray bottle and spray the faucet. Leave it to sit for a few minutes, then you wipe it with dry microfiber cloth. Make sure your cloth is dry so that it don’t leave stains on the faucet.
Copper, Brass, Stainless Steel or Bronze Faucet Cleaning
These are usually more expensive faucets. So it is best you just use simple dishwasher soap or specialty cleaner that faucet manufacturer recommends.
And there you have it, everything you need to know to keep your sink clean, shiny and fresh. Totally organic solution with no chemicals or poisons, and you can do it all in under half an hour.