Your sink is to your kitchen, as your bed is to your bedroom – meaning, even if your whoooooole kitchen is clean, it’ll look messy, if you have a messy, cluttered, crusty sink..
But keeping the sink clean and shiny is a tall order, let’s face it, the sink is usually the repository for every dirty dish in the house, so with that in mind, and because many of you have asked, here’s a few handy tips to help you keep your sink empty, clean AND shiny!
Keep your sink empty
Easier said than done, I know – but the real secret to keeping a clean sink is to not leave stuff in there – in the first place – and trust me, I know people who believe the sink is some sort of magical transporter, transporting dirty dishes directly from the sink and into the dishwasher..So, if you know one of those people or – are – one of those people – all you need to do is start putting dishes directly in the dishwasher and not in the sink – do this everyday for a couple of weeks and soon enough, you’ll create a habit – and end up always putting your dirty dishes where they belong ANNNND you’ll have a cleaner sink! 🙂
If you don’t have a dishwasher, then the habit you have to embrace is washing your dishes after each use – and while that might not sound overly appealing, I believe it’s better than the alternative of having food rot away at room temperature for 4 days…
How to clean your sink
So now that the dishes are gone, your sink has developed a thick layer of skin, literally. Grime, grease, bacteria and debris will be left behind and can stain or at the very least, leave your sink looking grungy. If you have a stainless steel sink, like I do – cleaning it is easy. You want some sort of detergent or soap to clean and then some sort of mildly abrasive product to scrub away the build up, which often forms when dishes are left in the sink. I remove debris from my sink traps and then spray the sink with all purpose cleaner, or dish soap and water, or even vinegar and water. Then, I use, uh…ahem…baking soda. We here at Clean My Space use baking soda so much…. we put it on payroll…I love baking soda for its gentle abrasion and deodorizing properties. It won’t scratch and offers us both abrasion and deodorizing power. Once the sink is sprayed down, sprinkle baking soda all around the sink and leave it for a few moments. then, scrub with a sponge and rinse with hot water, which is key. Get all debris and baking soda granules down the sink and buff with a dry cloth.
If you notice brown stains forming in your drain or around your drain, those are stains. To clear this up, just create a paste of dish soap and baking soda and apply to the area. Leave it for a few moments and then scrub gently with a cleaning toothbrush. If you have a high polish sink, be extra careful that you don’t scratch it by using a soft sponge and nothing too abrasive.
You can also use this method on Porcelain and plastic sinks..
Clean your sink traps
Your sink traps can get disgusting…have you ever smelled one? They trap old food, and cling to odours and bacteria like..uhh…well, it’s just gross. I don’t want to pain that picture for you, just use your imagination. So, to clean it, which I recommend to do monthly, take yours apart if you can, soak overnight in soapy water and baking soda and then rinse and replace. Get into all of the nooks and crannies with a small cleaning toothbrush and rinse well. You can also place it in the dishwasher, but I always feel it is cleaned best when disassembled and soaked.
How to shine your sink
A sparkling sink is the hallmark of a clean kitchen, so here’s my ultimate sink-shining tip. There are a few ways to shine stainless steel sink, but my favourite is using rubbing alcohol – which works wonders on any stainless steel surface..Just use a mixture of 1 part rubbing alcohol to one part water, spray the sink down and then wipe everything dry with a clean cloth. Boom. Sparkle.
Unclog the drain
If your sink drains slowly – or if you have noticed a little funk in your kitchen – you may have some build up that you need to clear out of your drain – to do this, simply take about a cup of baking soda and dump it in the drain..then, you’re going to leave it there and do nothing for an hour…..next – boil a about 3 cups of vinegar in a kettle – and the coolest part about doing this is you actually descale your kettle at the same time!
..take the boiling vinegar and dump it down the sink and your sink won’t stink no’mo..
Garborator (Garbage Disposal)
I don’t have a garbage disposal or “garborator”, but for those of you who do – you can use the same steps we just talked about to get the drain unclogged – to also clean your garbage disposal..A cup Baking soda down the drain and then 3 cups of boiling vinegar as a chaser WITH the garbage disposal running..
To keep odours at bay – cut up a lemon – or a lime – or a grapefruit or even an orange – any citrus fruit will do – plop the slices into the disposal and turn it on to rid yourself of the garborator funk..or just do this any time you have used citrus peels for good measure.
Shine your faucet
Finally, the faucet, while not technically a part of the sink, it’s close enough – so let’s clean it too..For chrome and nickle faucets – All you need is a spray bottle with a 50/50 vinegar and water mix and a microfibre cloth to do away with any build-up – just spray on the vinegar mixture on the faucet and faucet handles and let sit for about a minute – then take a clean, dry microfibre cloth and wipe to a shiny finish!
If you have pesky water spots, just spray with vinegar and leave for a few minutes, then wipe off with a dry cloth and they should be gone.If you have copper, stainless steel, brass or bronze faucet – it might be best to use simple dish soap – or even a specialty cleaner depending on the finish..
If YOU have a cleaning question, leave us a comment in the box down below – that’s where we get all of the ideas of these videos – so, let us know about your cleaning conundrum..