How to Clean Your Kitchen Sink in Just 4 Easy Steps

So you wash your dishes in your kitchen sink every day, but do you occasionally clean the sink?

We usually neglect our kitchen sinks, thinking that they are all clean, but the truth is, they are not. Over time though, germs can build up in the sink which can be hazardous to our health. So now and again, you need to get serious about cleaning your kitchen sink.

This implies rolling up your sleeves, grabbing a few cleaning supplies, and putting some effort into the job. In this write-up, we are going to teach you everything you need to know to get your sink spotless and germ-free!

Here are the supplies needed:

Liquid soap

Baking soda

White vinegar (optional)

Lemon juice (optional)


Old toothbrush

You’ll notice we’ve listed the white vinegar as “optional” including the lemon juice. The simple reason is because they can be handy, but whether or not they are appropriate depends on the type of sink you have.

Here are some specific precautions for cleaning different types of kitchen sinks:

Stainless steel: Keep acids and salts away from stainless steel, as well as ammonia and bleach. Also, avoid using sponges with an abrasive texture so as not to damage the beautiful finish on your stainless steel sink.

Ceramic: This material may be peeled off easily. So it’s advisable not use abrasive materials or cleaning agents.

Cast iron: Cast iron sinks come with an enamel coating, so you must take care when scrubbing it. Abrasive cleaners, sponge pads, and wire brushes should not be used.

Copper: Do not use harsh chemicals. Avoid acids as well if the sink has a patina. Otherwise, the patina could be damaged or stripped away.

Stone: As stone is permeable, it can absorb anything that comes into contact with it. For this reason, you should not use harsh chemicals or acids.

Porcelain: Mild acids like lemon juice or vinegar are usually fine so long as you do not leave them sitting for too long.

Basic Steps to Clean A Kitchen Sink:

Begin by rinsing out your sink. Evacuate all the debris out of the way so that you can work.

Then proceed to dusting the interior of the sink with baking soda. Get a sponge and start scrubbing. In contact with the wet surface of the sink, the baking soda will form a paste. This is a great way to evacuate any stubborn debris and also take care of stains.

Now it is time to tackle the drain flaps, the faucet, and the handles. Baking soda paste works great for this as well. Switch from the sponge to the toothbrush so you can get into all the nooks and crannies.

Rinse out the sink. Get a paper towel and wipe down the faucet and handles as well so that all of the baking soda is gone.

This concluding step is optional. If your sink finish is likely to be damaged by vinegar, do not do it. If vinegar is safe to use in your sink, soak a few paper towels in it, and then use them to line the inside of the sink as well as the faucet and handles. Go and do something else for 20 minutes, then come back and remove the paper towels. Finish up with one more quick rinse of your sink using dish soap and warm water.

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