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How To Clean A Kitchen Sink

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Bacteria can thrive in unclean kitchen sinks. Learn how to clean a kitchen sink the easy way by following these simple steps.

Equipment Needed For Cleaning The Kitchen Sink

  • Rubber gloves
  • Non-abrasive scrubber
  • Dish soap
  • White vinegar
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Toothbrush
  • Washing up liquid
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Step 1 – Quick Rinse Of The Sink

Make sure there are no food items, coffee mugs, or dishes in your sink before you begin.

Pre-rinse your sink to remove any visible crumbs or food particles before continuing.

Then, grab your rubber gloves and begin to scrub!

Remember that kitchen sink cleaning differs depending on what your sink is made from, so be sure to use the method that works best for your sink.

How To Clean A Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink

Compared to other sink materials, stainless steel is more robust. Unlike white kitchen sinks, the smooth material resists stains and is significantly less susceptible to rusting.

Acidic foods, bleach, and abrasive scrubbers are the biggest enemies of a stainless-steel sink as they damage the surface.

Baking soda can be used to clean instead of bleach-based sprays, and don’t allow acidic items to linger in the sink too long.

Add a small amount of dish soap and hot water to a sponge and begin scrubbing the wet sink with it.

Always begin by scrubbing the sides of the basin and work your way down, making sure to push any remaining dirt into the drain.

Continue washing until the surface is clean of soap and water. Repeat with fresh water. Use a soft microfiber cloth to dry and buff your stainless steel sink after you’ve finished cleaning it.

Buffing the sink will give it a nice clean, shiny finish and sparkle!

How To Clean A White Sink

With a white sink, you’re more likely to see stains from coffee and wine as well as food smears. Stains can be removed and the sinks original appearance restored with the use of baking soda.

Remember to start by removing any visible food particles, crumbs and whatnot.

After patting the sink down with a wet cloth, sprinkle baking soda over the surface until it is completely covered.

Then, start scrubbing. Rinse and drain the solution when it has been thoroughly cleansed.

Rinse the sink again with fresh water to remove the last of the cleaning residue, then dry and buff with a microfibre cloth.

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Step 2 – Wipe Down Taps And Handles

Soapy water can be used to clean any type of tap or handle. Clean them using a sponge or soft bristle brush and a toothbrush for those hard-to-reach spots.

After you scrubbed, are you still seeing white spots? The minerals in your tap water cause limescale buildup, which is what you see.

This should disappear if you add a tablespoon of vinegar to the soapy water combination and scrub one last time.

Be aware that vinegar can damage the surface of chrome and gold taps so this method is not suitable for them and you should check manufacturer instructions if unsure.

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Step 3 – Clearing The Drain

It’s simple to learn how to clean a kitchen sink drain using baking soda and vinegar. Plus, the duo does more than just get rid of odours — it’s a tried-and-tested way to unblock drains.

Remember the 1:2 ratio of baking soda to white vinegar: one part baking soda to two parts white vinegar.

Pour some baking soda down the drain first, then the white vinegar slowly.

Allow 15 minutes for the fizzing pair to work their magic, then flush the drain with boiling hot water to remove any remaining residue.

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How To Clean Sink Daily

  • At the end of the day – clear everything from the sink – washing up bowl, cutlery drainer, plate drainer.
  • Squirt a little washing up liquid into the sink and on the draining board.
  • Give the sink and taps a wipe – if there are any stubborn marks sprinkle a little baking soda onto them and rub gently.
  • Use and old toothbrush to scrub the plug holes and around the base of the tap.
  • Rinse thoroughly.
  • Wipe and polish dry with a soft cloth.
  • Pour boiling water down the plug holes to clean out and rinse away any gunk.

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How To Clean The Kitchen Sink Weekly

  • Tip a cup of soda crystals down the plug holes.
  • Add a cup of vinegar and allow it to fizz for a good 10 – 15 minutes.
  • Rinse away with boiling water.

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