Has it been several days, maybe longer, since you last scrubbed your kitchen? The telltale sign that your kitchen needs cleaning is a dull grimy sink.
Our kitchen sinks see a lot of action every day from dirty hands and used cookware to house plants and more. We’d like to think running water and rinsing out regularly will help but no amount of water will prevent the bacteria from taking it over.
Learning how to clean kitchen sinks is an important skill to keep your kitchen looking great and keep you healthy. Regardless of the type of sink you have, there are many great ways to keep your sink sparkling like new.
Is your kitchen sink in need of a deep cleaning? Add these cleaning tips to your regular cleaning schedule to make it a habit.
Kitchen Cleaning Tools and Materials
If you walk down the cleaning aisle at your local grocery or general store, you’ll find hundreds of different types of cleaning products.
You can opt for an expensive harsh chemical or you can use the safe supplies you already have at home! You’ll save time, money, and also help the environment.
You will need:
– Rubber gloves
– A soft, non-abrasive cloth or scrubber
– An old soft-bristled toothbrush
– Baking soda
– Rubbing alcohol
– Fresh lemon or lemon juice
– Olive oil
– White vinegar
– Dish soap
You may not need all of these materials depending on the sink you have. They are safe, however, for most sinks and will make deep cleaning your kitchen sink faster and easier.
1. Rinse and Dust With Baking Soda
Remove all dirty dishes, food leftovers, and the dish rack. Rinse the sink out with water to remove any other loose liquids and grime that may be lingering. Once rinsed, dust the entire basin including the sides, with baking soda.
Add a little dish soap to your sponge or scrubber of choice. Gently start scrubbing your sink starting from the top of the sides and working your way down.
Try to push the grime and scum into the drain area. Stains or tough water residue may need a little extra manual work.
For those with an undermount sink, make sure to carefully scrub in the crease between the countertop and sink. Grime and mildew will build up in this area. A soft toothbrush works well and won’t damage the sink or countertop.
You can add more baking soda and dish soap as needed. After scrubbing, rinse the sides, creases, and the bottom of the sink well with water.
Repeat the process if you find lingering stains or grime. Mix lemon juice with the baking soda to kill bacteria and add a fresh scent.
2. Vinegar Removes Water Stains
You can apply vinegar to your sink by misting it on with a spray bottle or with a damp cloth. Buff the vinegar into the sink to shine it and remove any water residue that remains. Vinegar is a natural stain remover and disinfectant.
Vinegar is acidic and can cause problems with some sink materials. Don’t let the vinegar sit for too long. Buff and remove the vinegar right away to prevent any issues.
3. Dry the Sink
After your hard work, the last thing you want is for your newly cleaned sink to get dull right away from water residue. When you’re done cleaning the sink, dry it by wiping out the water and remaining vinegar.
If you have a stainless steel sink, you can add extra shine by using olive oil. Dab a small amount of olive oil on a dry cloth and rub it into the basin of the sink. Work into the direction of the grain and your sink will…
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