How to Clean Your Kitchen Sink

Your kitchen sink can be the dirtiest place in the house – it can even surpass the toilet bowl in terms of germy-ness. Raw meat, leftover food particles, and family hand washing can make the kitchen sink a not-so-awesome place to drop a carrot into. So when we talk about spring cleaning, we count the kitchen sink as amongst the most important parts of your home to clean. 
how to clean your kitchen sink
Kitchen sink photo courtesy Taber Andrew Bain via Flickr
And it’s not just the sink basin – you also will want your drain, sponge, and kitchen tiles to be freshy-fresh too.Here’s a step-by-step guide to get your kitchen sink gleaming clean – from kitchen sponge to the stinky kitchen drain.

How to Clean Your Kitchen Sink with Baking Soda

A stinky kitchen sink is not so awesome. Here’s how to get your kitchen sink clean:1. Rinse out your sink with water on the hottest setting. The hot water will start to dissolve little nasty puddles of grease.2. Sprinkle baking soda onto all of your sink’s surfaces. Tip: if you buy Parmesan cheese in one of those shakers at the grocery store, save your next empty one. They make great baking soda shakers. Rub the baking soda into a paste and scrub down your sink.3. Make sure you get these hidden areas of yuck:
  • Under the spigot;
  • the underside of the water nozzle (take a look up there, it can get pretty gross);
  • the handle;
  • the garbage disposal flap (turn it inside out and scrub);
  • the traps if you have them (make sure you get the undersides).
4. To clean the caulking around your kitchen sink area, use an old toothbrush with baking soda on it.5. After leaving the baking soda to hang out for 15 minutes on your kitchen sink’s surfaces, rinse with hot water again.6. Fill a spray bottle with vinegar only, and spray the kitchen sink down. Let it sit for 10 minutes.7. Finally, using a soapy sponge and plenty of hot water, scrub it up one last time. 

How to Clean Your Kitchen Sink Drain

Stinky kitchen sink drains can be freshened by an application of baking soda and vinegar. Here’s how:1. Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda down the drain.2. Add a cup of white vinegar.3. Put the stoppers in the kitchen sink drain – both sides – and wait 15 minutes. The baking soda and vinegar will mix and do their magic.4. Remove the stoppers and pour a kettle full of boiling water down the drain to remove congealed fats (mmm, the best kind of fats!).

How to Clean Kitchen Tiles

Kitchen tiles – such as backs plashes and walls – can get grimy too. While you’re working on your kitchen sink, follow these simple steps to getting your kitchen tiles clean and tidy too:1. Take a dry cloth and wipe over your tiles first. This will get rid of dust and debris before you start the wet part of the cleaning.2. Make a solution of 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water and spray on your tiles. Let it sit for 5 minutes.3. Take a soaking wet cloth and wipe over the tiles to remove vinegar. Rinse the cloth often to remove vinegar.4. Take a dry cloth, like a microfiber cloth, and dry the tiles so that there are no water marks. 

How to Clean Your Kitchen Sponge

The kitchen sponge can be full of nasty germs. There’s basically two ways to do this (hat-tip to Good Housekeeping) – the bleach bomb tactic, or the natural-yet-less-effective vinegar method. Here’s both:1. To clean your sponge in bleach (the most effective way), simply make a solution of 3/4 cup of bleach in a gallon of water. Let the sponge soak for 5 minutes. Gets rid of 99.9% of germs.2. To keep it natural, soak the sponge in vinegar (not diluted) for 5 minutes. Gets rid of 99.6% of germs. Not bad!3. Just buy a new sponge. You can get them in bulk and that way you know it’s clean. Honestly, this is what I do most of the time. So there it is, a spring cleaning guide to your kitchen sink. How do you clean your sink? Drop a comment and do tell!