You probably think of your kitchen sink as nothing more than a place to wash and drain dirty dishes, but there’s so much more you can do with it to keep your kitchen clean and fresh! That’s why we’ve put together these eight great ideas on how to clean your kitchen sink. With just a little extra effort, your kitchen sink will be squeaky clean, germ-free, and ready to shine in no time!
1) Keep it clean
It’s no secret that your kitchen sink will be a petri dish for bacteria if you don’t clean it regularly. Every week, give your sink a thorough scrubbing with soap and water. Wipe up any food scraps or drips with paper towels and make sure to scrub in between each of your drain tiles. It might seem like an annoying chore at first, but keeping your sink clean is a must for good hygiene—and will help keep it from smelling funky!
2) Remove Stains Regularly
Stains are sneaky and hard to remove, especially when they’ve had time to settle into your sink. If you clean your sink regularly even if you just use a little water and dish soap or lemon juice—you’ll be able to keep stains from setting in so deeply that they require additional scrubbing. For extra help with tough spots, try using baking soda or a gentle cleanser.
3) Deep Cleaning
If you’re in need of a more thorough clean, then use vinegar and baking soda as your weapon of choice. Mix about a cup of each in a spray bottle and add warm water until you have a gallon leftover. Spray it on your dirty sink and watch it foam up! Let it sit for 5 minutes before scrubbing off with a sponge or rag.
4) Disinfectant Solutions
One of the best ways to clean your kitchen sink and remove smells is with a good disinfectant. Look for disinfectants with bleach, and you’ll be able to tackle 99% of germs and bacteria that get in your sink or on its surface. Dilute some in water, spray it all over, let it sit for a few minutes, then wipe it off with a wet rag or sponge; rinse off any residue after you’re done.
5) Use Natural Solutions
When it comes to cleaning your kitchen sink, you may want to consider natural options. Many people don’t realize that chemicals in cleaners can damage your plumbing and pipes, which then results in having bigger repairs down the road. Switching over to green products is not only better for your home but for Mother Earth as well. Try a simple mix of vinegar and warm water—it’s good for everything from cleaning countertops and sinks to deodorizing dishwashers.
6) Avoid Strong Odors
Whether you use lemon juice, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, or water with baking soda and dish soap, cleaning your kitchen sink is no longer a chore when you’re armed with an odor-neutralizing spray. For example, 2/3 cup of baking soda mixed with 1/2 cup of water mixed with several drops of lavender essential oil make for a great air freshener around your kitchen. Now all you have to do is clean your sink!
7) Choosing the Right Materials
In order to be sure your kitchen sink will remain clean and last a long time, it’s important that you choose high-quality materials for your kitchen sink. Not only does quality matter when choosing materials for your sink, but also when choosing what type of material is best. It may seem like stone is an obvious choice for a sink; however, it can actually ruin other parts of your kitchen if it isn’t properly maintained and cleaned regularly.
8) Place the Sink in Its Proper Location
Whether you have a dishwasher or hand wash your dishes, it’s important to keep your sink in a place that allows water, soap, and food scraps to drain easily. You don’t want your kitchen sink clogged with food debris—not only is it unsightly, but it also attracts pests and will encourage mold growth in your home.
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