How to clean a kitchen sink in 5 steps

Washing the kitchen sink may be the last item on your to-do list, but it’s an important task nonetheless. Here’s how to clean a kitchen sink in five simple steps.

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How many times have you put off cleaning your sink? Just because you rinse it with tap water daily doesn’t mean it’s clean. In fact, it might be the dirtiest item in your kitchen. Think about it, every day you turn to your kitchen sink to wash greasy cutleries, raw meat and dirty cups. Imagine the amount of filth that touches your sink! Unpleasant, isn’t it? 

To keep it clean and gleaming, follow the step-by-step below for how to clean your kitchen sink in five simple steps. 

Here’s a list of items you need to clean your sink:

How to clean your sink in 5 steps

Step 1: Empty the sink

Remove every single item, including sponges, from your sink. Make sure it’s clear before you start the cleaning process. Then, give it a quick rinse to wash down any crumbs or grime. 

Step 2: Bring out the baking soda

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Dredge the entire sink with baking soda. Use a brush or a sponge to scrub every inch of the sink. Work from the outside in so you can wash down the dirt easily. 

For porcelain sinks, scrubbing can damage its surface, so your first line of attack should be the least abrasive. Use hydrogen peroxide to remove stains.

As for stainless steel sink, you can use a clean cloth dipped in hot water for a quick clean. For stubborn stains, add dish soap into the mix to wipe the surface before rinsing it with clean water and let it dry thoroughly.

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Step 3: Wash it down with vinegar

Rinse the sink with white vinegar, the chemical reaction will cause the baking soda to fizz and bubble. Then rinse your sink again, but this time with warm water to send everything down the drain pipes. For stubborn stains, repeat step two and three until it’s clean. 

Step 4: Rub the sink with lemon peel

Next, rub the entire area with a lemon peel to deodorise the sink while keeping it shiny. 

Step 5: Don’t forget about the faucet and handles

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You can use normal dish soap to clean these items. For hard-to-reach places, equip yourself with a toothbrush and scrub. If you have lime buildup on your faucet, add a spoon of white vinegar to your soapy water mixture and give it a scrub — it should do the trick. 

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Why is it important to clean your kitchen sink?

You might not see it but chances are the kitchen sink is filled with bacteria because it’s the one place you go to clean. Who knows what sort of bacteria, virus or organic matter is present on the surface of the sink. Eek! This is why it’s prudent to wash your sink. Not only can you stop bacteria from spreading, but you’re also doing your due diligence to keep you and your family’s health in check. 

How often should you clean your sink?

Make it a point to scrub your sink every day. You can do it after dinner when you’re cleaning the plates. It’s just one extra step every day to flush the drain and prevent any built-up grime. 

But if you’re looking to deep clean it, you can do it every week (or fortnightly if you rarely touch the sink). Just follow the steps above and your kitchen sink will be back to its original state in no time. 

How to clean clogged drains?

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To unclog drains, first, you need to pour a cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by a cup of white vinegar. Then, cover it up with a stopper and wait for about 15 minutes. Once the time’s up, remove the stopper and pour boiling water down the kitchen drain to clear the clog. 

Should you leave dirty dishes overnight?

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We know that you’re tired and you just want to lie down on your sofa and scroll Instagram, but leaving dirty dishes overnight may cause you more harm than good. If you choose to tackle this chore the next day, be prepared to deal with stubborn stains and grimes on your dishes. Not to mention, these dirty dishes will attract all kinds of pests like cockroaches and ants to your home as well. So why risk all these when you can wash them off in less than 5 minutes?