There are many parts of the house that need cleaning. Most of the time, people think that those areas are the toilet bowls, floors, and the garage. But those aren’t the only dirty places in your house.
Your kitchen sink is also one (if not the) of the dirtiest areas in a home. It’s a misconception that because there’s soap that falls on the sink that it gets cleaned. In reality, the dirt doesn’t go with the soap suds. Think about all those food residues that get poured over to the sink. With that amount of dirt, your sink will definitely be a candidate for a mess.
Why You Should Clean Your Sink
To motivate you even more, here are some reasons why you should start the habit of cleaning the sink:
- It lengthens your sink’s life
A sink can last up to 50 years but if you don’t clean it regularly, it will last for less. You also don’t want to repair your sink all the time because it’s costly. Besides, if you can extend your sink’s life for 10 more years, then you have more time to save up. This means that you can prepare for buying a new sink when it needs replacing.
- It’s for hygienic purposes
The fact that sinks get dirty should be enough reason for you to clean it. But to emphasize this point, just imagine your clean dishes touching a sink that has yesterday’s food residue. It’s gross, right?
- It prevents diseases from starting
When too much dirt stays on your sink, there is a high chance that bacteria will form. Bacteria causes a lot of illnesses so the moment there is food, remove it right away. Make it a point to clean your sink at least once a week so that bacteria do not build up.
How To Clean Your Kitchen Sink
So now you’re wondering at how dirty your sink is that you’re itching to clean it. But what’s the best way to do so?
Use baking soda. Baking soda is a known all-purpose product that helps in disinfecting and whitening things. Baking soda is also a mild product that helps break up the food particles without damaging the sink. Most households have this at home but if you only have kitchen sink cleaning powder, this will do for now.
Here’s how to clean your kitchen sink with baking soda.
- First is you have to clear the sink of dishes. You shouldn’t clean the dishes and the sink at the same time. This might save you time, but it won’t clean both. Remove all dishes and put them on the rack.
- After cleaning the dishes, remove the food residue in the sink. This means that there shouldn’t be any bread crumbs or grains of rice. Remove the food clogged in the drain, too.
- Once it is all cleared, sprinkle baking soda all over the sink. Use enough powder to cover all parts of the sink, even the sides. Putting baking soda on all the surfaces will break down the food residue that got stuck on the sink. Even if you don’t see any food there, this step makes sure that you get rid of the stubborn residue.
- Prepare hot water but do not pour it over the sink first. If your faucet does not supply hot water, boil some in a kettle.
- When you already have hot water, start wearing your gloves. Get a dishwashing liquid and pour a small amount on the coarse side of a dish sponge.
- Pour a small volume of water over a section of the sink then scrub it with the sponge. As much as possible, start from the topmost part of the sink. Usually, it’s the top area of one side. When you scrub, don’t scrub too hard. This might damage your sink. But scrub just enough to remove the visible stains on the sink.
- Continue scrubbing each section starting from one side to another. Allow a few seconds in one area before you move on to the next.
- After scrubbing the whole sink, don’t forget the drain. First pour hot water in it to melt the food residue. If you can reach the drain, pour baking soda and clean it with soap and a sponge.
- Rinse the whole sink with water. Be thorough in removing the soap so they don’t leave soap stains on the sink.
Tips in Cleaning Your Sink
Even if the steps above are simple, there are a few things that will help make cleaning easier.
First is remove all the things that will block the sink. Remove all the dishes (or clean them when you do) and all the food remains. Remove the strainer and clean it with dishwashing liquid so you can clean the drain.
Another tip is to wear gloves. This is so you can keep your hands dry and away from bacteria. You don’t want to use your bare hands dealing with residue.
You can also put a rubber mat on the sink (like the mats you see in shower areas) so that silverware won’t make marks. When you pick a rubber mat, buy one that fits well on your sink. This mat will prevent scratching that damages the surface of the sink.
And finally, don’t let acidic substances remain on your sink. The sink is like your teeth. If acid stays on it for a long time, it creates stains – cavities in your teeth. But you can never do away with acidic food and drinks. What you can do is to pour the acid directly to the drain so it doesn’t the damage the sink itself. You can also just clean the dishes right away.
Now that you know that your sink is one of the dirtiest areas in the house, you should make it a point to clean it. Always use disinfectant and always scrub it until it shines. Doing this will prevent germs from forming and the sink from getting damaged.