How to Deep Clean Your Kitchen Sink
These are important things to be aware of when you think about daily cleaning. All the things we toss in the sink collect together to create a germ factory, and since the kitchen sink is a high-traffic area, cross-contamination can occur silently. Odors build up silently, but those are detected, and usually someone calls them out quickly.
You are getting this information from a locally owned professional house cleaning company! Carpe Diem Cleaning has been in business in Durham, North Carolina, for almost thirty years, and we have trained hundreds of employees who have cleaned thousands of homes and apartments each year. We know cleaning and want to share the tools, training, and tips we teach our team members when we clean houses.
Our cleaning methods have been tested and proven to be the most effective and efficient. We use eco-friendly cleaning products; however, store-bought cleaners are sometimes just as good. Cleaning with natural ingredients is less expensive and they are usually items you have in your house. Baking soda and vinegar are usually the go to ingredients and they are easy to find in any store.
So gather the following items:
- Baking Soda.
- A toothbrush.
- White distilled vinegar.
- A ziplock sandwich bag with a rubber band.
- Dish detergent and a microfiber cloth or cleaning sponge.
- All-purpose cleaner.
So let’s begin with the important first step: Clear the sink of dirty dishes and counter clutter. This makes a huge difference in approaching the task and it is an immediate momentum shifter. You begin to feel better and it doesn’t ever take as much time as you think, so that you can continue with renewed energy.
Steps for cleaning the kitchen sink
Step 1: Clean the drain – every sink contains a drain, which is a hotspot for bacteria, because it collects all the nasty stuff you have put in your sink. Cleaning the drain will help prevent odors and maintain the integrity of the plumbing and if we were to be honest it is like giving the sink a makeover and it will look better and feel better!
Pour ½ cup of baking soda down each drain. This helps with deodorizing and having it sit for a few minutes is just what is needed to activate the ingredients.
Step 2: Clean the Sink – Spray an all-purpose cleaner liberally all over the entire sink. If you want an extra anti-bacterial cleaner – add five drops of tea tree oil. Sprinkle baking soda all around the entire sink.
If you notice hard water building up around your faucet, spray a paper towel with vinegar and place it right over the areas that need care and attention. Let it sit, while you continue the sink cleaning.
Step 3: Wet the toothbrush with some detergent and a couple of sprays of the all-purpose cleaner.
Use the toothbrush to really scrub the part of the sink that collects the most and worst of the grime. These areas might include the part where the sink meets the counter, around the base of the faucet, the top of the drain and the nooks and crannies underneath the surface of the drain.
Step 4: Use the rough side of a clean sponge to scour all parts of the sink with your baking soda scouring paste. Or at Carpe Diem Cleaning we love and use the scrub daddy.
We could go on and on about why we love it, but try it and you will love it too!
Really get in there and scrub from top to bottom of the sink using a spiral motion around the entire sink. Rinse with hot water, again from top to bottom. If you notice some spots that are particularly resistant to cleaning, hit it with some all-purpose spray and then rinse with hot water again.
Step 5: Spray some white vinegar on any hard water stains. Dump some vinegar down the drain. Fill the ziplock bag with white vinegar and tie the rubber band around the faucet. Leave that sitting for 10 minutes, remove the vinegar bag and use the toothbrush to scrub the faucet. Rinse with hot water.
Stand back and see how sparkling clean your sink is now. You will probably notice that it took no time at all, has a huge impact, and will inspire you to have friends over or rest.