Tips and Tricks for a Clean Kitchen Sink
We get it.
Cleaning the sink probably isn’t top of your to-do list and, to be honest, it’s not the most enjoyable household chore to do.
However, leaving a pile of dishes in the sink with food scraps is the fastest way to turn your kitchen from the heart of the home to a smelly space you’d rather avoid. Like most things in life, a little bit of cleaning on a frequent basis is going to make your life so much easier.
At Appliances Today, we are proud to offer an extensive range of sinks you can purchase for your new home or renovation.
But whilst a sparkly new sink is all good and well, you need to regularly clean and maintain it to keep it spick and span.
So, whether you’re about to purchase your new kitchen sink from Appliances Today or you just need to maintain and clean your old one, here are some handy tips for keeping your sink fresh and clean.
Make It A Habit: A little bit, every day help keeps the kitchen sink stink away
They say the simplest solutions are often the best and when it comes to cleaning your sink, whether it’s an undermount sink or a small inset sink, doing a little bit every day is the best way to keep it nice and shiny.
Every night after dinner, fully clean your sink of dirty dishes, pots and pans, and either fill the dishwasher or handwash these items for regular sink cleaning.
Additionally, make sure you scoop out any food scraps and thoroughly rinse the sink drain to help minimise foul smells. Use plenty of soap and hot water to remove any stubborn bits of food. Once done, give it a once-over wipe with a rag to remove excess water and leave it sparking clean!
If you don’t have the time to do this every night, then it’s not the end of the world.
However, you will want to try and make sure that you can give your kitchen sink a good clean using this method at least three to four times a week if you want to stop any serious debris and smells from building up.
The sink stinks! How to deep clean your dirty kitchen sink.
If it’s too late to for the little bit every day approach, then you might need to consider giving your kitchen sink a deep clean.
Of course, as with any sink clean, you’re going to want to start by completely emptying the sink. Stack the dishwasher or handwash any dishes that are in the sink and remove any food debris left in the sink.
A pre-clean rinse should remove any obvious crumbs. However, if there are big chunks of food you’ll need to scoop these out and bin them.
Next up its time to get on some rubber gloves and start scrubbing!
Stainless steel is a more durable material than most other sink materials. The slick surface, unlike white kitchen sinks, avoids stains and is much less likely to rust. Acidic foods, chlorine, and abrasive scrubbers, on the other hand, will damage the finish of a stainless-steel sink.
If you have a stainless-steel kitchen sink, don’t be scared of giving it a bit of elbow grease when you start scrubbing! If you’re cleaning a white kitchen sink or a porcelain sink you need to be careful of the chemicals you choose. These sinks can also be more susceptible to staining or rust.
A simple trick to get rid of rust is to sprinkle salt on a lemon half and then scrubbing down the sink. Once you’ve santised the sink, the next step is wiping down the faucets and handles.
Use soapy water – regardless of your kitchen sink type – to do this.
Next, you need to clean the drain.
To do this you can use baking soda and white vinegar in following these steps:
- Use baking soda and vinegar in a 1:2 ratio (one part baking soda, two parts vinegar)
- Pour baking soda down the drain, followed by a slow pour of vinegar
- Wait 15 minutes
- Remove residue with boiling hot water
As well as removing nasty odours and smells, this method will also help unclog your drain!
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