Normally people do believe that a kitchen sink doesn’t need any cleaning as soapy water runs through it daily.
But, that’s a myth only! A kitchen sink easily gets all the germs since it welcomes stagnant water, stingy dishes, food particles, and gunk almost all the time.
That said, without proper cleaning, it’s simply impossible to keep your kitchen safe from germs and other microbes.
Now, you might ask that how can I clean my kitchen sink effectively? This is where I’d come to your rescue.
Being obsessed with kitchen, I love cleaning my sink every once in a while to keep it away from dirt and gunk.
This guide, therefore, contains all information regarding how to clean kitchen sink the right way. I’ll help you get through every step one by one.
Have a look:
How To Clean The Kitchen Sink? – The Right Ways
Things You’ll Need:
Before starting the cleaning operation, you need to have some things ready at your disposal. For instance,
- Rubber gloves – For keeping your hands safe.
- Scrub Sponge – For Cleaning the Sink.
- Liquid Dish Soap – For Making Cleaning Mixture.
- Baking Soda – Plays an Important Role in cleaning the sink.
- White Vinegar – Removes gunk and smell.
- Lemon and Salt – For Making Solution
- Old toothbrush – For cleaning the edges
- Olive and Lemon Oil – (Optional)
Steps to Follow:
Emptying the Sink:
Clear out the sink completely. Make sure that no dish or cutlery item left behind. Remove big food particles with your hands while wearing the gloves.
Making Dish Soap Solution:
Next up, you have to make the dish soap solution, which is really simple.
Take a bowl full of mild water and add two to three drops of liquid dish soap into it. Stir the solution until it develops bubbles.
Using Soft Sponge:
Soak a soft sponge into the solution completely and start scrubbing the sink thoroughly.
Go from sink walls to cleaning basin as well as a strainer and scrub with a little bit of pressure.
Remove as much gunk and grime as you can with this step. Soak the sponge again into soap solution if it’s not creating a foamy texture.
Using Old Toothbrush:
Up next, you’ll have to utilize an old toothbrush in case the gunk doesn’t get removed with the sponge.
Simply dip it into the soap solution you’ve made and start scrubbing the walls and edges of the sink thoroughly.
Scrub the entire sink if you think it’s still grimy.
Utilizing soft sponge and an old toothbrush will remove most of the food particles and dirt from the sink.
However, if these two steps don’t do the miracle, then you need to go a bit aggressive with your kitchen sink.
How to Clean Kitchen Sink with Baking Soda?
Clean out the sink from foamy soap and sprinkle some baking soda over it. It’s a mild abrasive, so you don’t need to worry about the sink at all.
After covering the whole kitchen sink with baking soda, either use a sponge or toothbrush to scrub the edges and walls completely.
Right after you get done with removing residue and gunk from the sink via baking soda, you have to rinse it.
Simply splash white vinegar on baking soda and it will start developing bubbles. Use water to help the mixture get drained down the sink easily.
White vinegar also works like a charm when it comes to removing foul smells from the kitchen. I highly recommend it for cleaning the kitchen sink the easy way.
Removing Serious Stains from the Kitchen Sink:
One of the kitchen sink cleaning hacks I use more often requires table salt and lemon.
If the above methods fail to clean out stubborn stains and residue, then simply sprinkle some table salt over the stained area.
Let it settle down for 2 minutes. Then, cut lemon into two and scrub it over the area completely.
Keep on scrubbing it until the residue gets completely dissolved.
Rinse the sink again with hot water to make sure that the residue isn’t there anymore.
Removing Lime From Sink, How?
Don’t worry! I’ve got a hack that will help remove white and chalky spots from your kitchen sink as well.
Take a paper towel or a small cloth and dip it into white vinegar for a minute. Place it on lime spots for a while and rinse it with water accordingly.
It will remove the spots hopefully!
How to Make Kitchen Sink Shiny?
It’s common that even with proper cleaning, the kitchen sink doesn’t shine much. That’s because you have only cleaned it and haven’t done anything else.
I recommend either dipping a cloth with olive oil (for stainless steel sink) or lemon oil (for porcelain sink) and rubbing it over the sink gently.
Use a dry cloth to remove any excess oil and enjoy a clean and shiny kitchen sink after all.
How to Clean a Sink Faucet in Simple Steps?
Just like the sink, your regular kitchen faucet also needs proper cleaning and maintenance.
Here’s how we are going to clean it properly:
Things You’ll Need:
- Liquid dish soap – That’s obvious.
- Soft Sponge – For scrubbing.
- Floss – For removing minute food particles.
- White vinegar – For final touch.
Steps to Follow:
Make the dish soap solution in a bowl with mild water.
Secondly, dip a sponge in it completely and start scrubbing the faucet with it gently.
Properly scrub the faucet’s handles and knobs.
Rinse it out with water and see if any gunk remains or not.
In case there’s lime build on the faucet, then simply dip paper towel in white vinegar and place it on the white spots. Let it absorb properly. Finally, rinse the faucet with mild water.
Cleaning rim of the faucet could become difficult with a soft sponge only. I recommend using a piece of floss to remove any grime or food particles from rim properly.
Last but not the least, it’s better to clean the kitchen sink faucet with a damp cloth daily to prevent hard water spots.
How to Clean Garbage Disposal? Personal Cleaning Hack Revealed:
Last thing to do would be to clean garbage disposal. For that you need:
- White vinegar
- Orange or any other citrus and
- A Fruit pit.
Hear me out:
Freeze half a cup of vinegar into an ice cube tray. After that, throw one of the cubes into the disposal and turn it on. The ice helps keep the blades sharp, meanwhile, vinegar removes the foul smell from the garbage disposal.
For removing vinegar odor, simply throw orange peel into the machine and let it run thoroughly.
Similarly to collect grease from the machine, use a fruit pit or a dry chicken bone. It will collect all the grime and grease making garbage disposal as clean as possible.
Cleaning the kitchen sink ain’t much difficult. With the right steps and methods, you can surely bring back its shine and make it clear of germs and microorganisms too.
That said, I’ve shared almost all cleaning hacks that I knew. Follow them and see whether they’ve helped you or not.
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