Unveiling the secret on how to clean your kitchen sink so it’s sparkling, fresh, and bacteria-free!
How to Clean Your Kitchen Sink
Often overlooked in the cleaning routine and a huge breeding ground for bacteria, your kitchen sink is actually the second dirtiest place in your house – even dirtier than your toilets!
But cleaning it and keeping it clean doesn’t have to be a hard task- in fact, if you put in the work once then do some simple maintenance, your sink can maintain its fresh functionality and aesthetic appeal. Here’s how:
- rubber gloves
- hot water
- 1 cup of bleach
- all-purpose cleaner or baking soda
- old toothbrush or electric spin brush
- clean sponge or wash cloth
- butter knife or toothpick
- white vinegar
- window cleaner or olive oil
TIPS BEFORE YOU GET STARTED:
- Be sure to rinse your kitchen sink in between each step so you aren’t mixing cleaners that can create a dangerous gas.
- Make sure you wear gloves. You will be working with bleach and you don’t want to irritate your skin.
Step 1: Clear it Out – Before you start scrubbing, clear the sink of any dishes, sponges, or clutter. This not only gives you a clean slate but also allows you to access every nook and cranny of the sink.
Step 2: Rinse and Remove Loose Debris – Give your sink a good rinse to remove any loose debris. Use warm water to help soften any stuck-on gunk.
Step 3: Let it Soak – Fill your sink up all the way with very hot water + 1 cup of bleach. Let this water sit for 30-60 minutes, then drain the sink and rinse it well.
Step 4: Scrub It – Use your favorite cleaner or baking soda and a clean sponge, toothbrush, or spin brush to scrub your sink. Be sure to focus on stains, spots, areas around the drain, and clean around the rim of the sink where the sink meets the counter. Rinse well.
Step 5: Detail Scrubbing – Use a butter knife or toothpick to dig out any tough scum or grime.
Step 6: Don’t Forget the Faucet – Scrub the faucet with your cleaner and sponge. Use the toothbrush or spin brush to get in the cracks of the hardware. Once finished, wipe the entire faucet with a damp cloth.
Step 7: Make it Shine! – Using some window cleaner, wipe the sink to make it nice and shiny. If you have a stainless steel sink, you can enhance its shine by polishing it with a few drops of olive oil on a soft cloth. Buff the sink until it gleams!
In just a few simple steps, you’ve transformed your kitchen sink into a sparkling masterpiece. Repeat these steps as-needed to maintain that fresh, clean feel. Happy cleaning!