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How to Clean Your Kitchen Sink

One of the most overworked areas of our homes is also one of the most overlooked when it comes to cleaning. Your kitchen sink is a dumping ground for dirty dishes, grimy pots and pans, and food scraps. Over time, a build up of food, grease, and grime can become unsanitary and cause odors. Make regular deep cleaning for your kitchen sink part of your regular cleaning with these proven tips.

Steps to Clean Your Kitchen Sink

Once you master these simple steps, your kitchen sink will sparkle.

Step 1: Gather Supplies

Keep the following supplies on hand to make regular cleaning simple:

  • Dish soap
  • Rubber gloves
  • Non-abrasive scrubbing pad
  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Lemon
  • Salt
  • Hydrogen peroxide

These supplies are non-toxic and inexpensive. They also have additional uses, making them easy to keep on hand.

Step 2: Clean and Sanitize the Sink

Clear your sink of dishes and any food items. Rinse your sink to rid it of any debris and crumbs and get ready to scrub. Put on those rubber gloves and let's get started.

Clean a Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink

Stainless steel sinks have a finish that prevents them from rusting or staining. When cleaning a stainless steel sink, use non-abrasive cleaners so that the sink's finish is not damaged. Avoid using cleaning supplies with bleach. 

Sprinkle baking soda over the wet surface of the sink basin. Use a non-abrasive sponge with some dish soap and start scrubbing the sides of the basin. Work your way down to the bottom of the sink, scrubbing any scum or grime. Rinse with water until all baking soda residue is gone. Use a microfiber cloth to dry and polish the stainless steel basin, leaving it free from water spots.

Clean a Porcelain Kitchen Sink

Shiny porcelain sinks look fabulous when they are sparkling clean. They are, however, prone to staining and rust. The best way to restore a porcelain kitchen sink back to its original glory is with a combination of salt and lemon juice. Sprinkle some course salt onto a lemon half and scrub the sink with it. This method will remove any rust and food stains. Rinse and follow up with some warm, soapy water. Dry with a microfiber cloth.

Clean a White Kitchen Sink

Similar to a porcelain sink, white kitchen sinks stain without proper cleaning. Rinse the sink of any debris and sprinkle baking soda on every surface of the basin. Next, spray hydrogen peroxide and use a sponge to scrub. The chemical reaction between the baking soda and hydrogen peroxide will help lift stubborn stains and leave a shiny white finish. Rinse and dry with a microfiber cloth.

Step 3: Clean the Drain and Disposal

If you are experiencing foul kitchen smells, they are likely coming from the drain or disposal. If you suspect that the drain is the stinky culprit, use one part baking soda and two parts white vinegar. Pour the baking soda down the drain first and then the vinegar and let it sit. After 15 minutes, pour boiling hot water down the drain to wash away any residue that was loosened by the mixture.

If you have a garbage disposal, it is important to clean it regularly to avoid grime build up. Place lemon wedges, salt and a few ice cubes down the disposal. Turn on the water and run the disposal until the ice is gone. It is that simple to eliminate disposal smells and freshen your sink workspace. 

Step 4: Wipe Down and Polish Faucet

If you kitchen sink faucet needs some attention, all you need is a sponge, an old toothbrush, and some soapy water. Start with the sponge and soapy water. Use the toothpaste to scrub build up in hard to reach spots and little crevices. If your faucet has water spots, add a bit of white vinegar to dissolve the build up. Polish with a microfiber cloth for a brilliant shine. 

A sparkling clean sink is an important part of a beautiful kitchen. If your kitchen sink is old and damaged, it may be time to replace your kitchen sink with a new one.