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How to Clean Kitchen Sink the Right Way

You may think that with the amount of soap and water that runs into your kitchen sink every day, the sink is relatively clean. But that is simply not the case. The rinsing and splashing with dish soap that happens with daily use do nothing to clean your kitchen sink.

Between food particles, stagnant water, and whatever germs wash into the sink from your hands, the kitchen sink might be one of the germiest places in your home! So, how to clean kitchen sink? Check out these tips for cleaning your kitchen sink the right way!

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How to Clean Your Kitchen Sink Like a Pro

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You just need a few simple tips to clean your kitchen sink like a pro.  Once you follow this method, you’ll have a shining sink each and every day.  We like to make sure our sink is clean before going to bed each night.

1. Give Your Sink a Thorough Rinse

Before you clean your kitchen sink you’ll want to finish off any dishes and then give the sink a thorough rinse. All food, liquids, and debris should be rinsed away before you start cleaning your kitchen sink. After you rinse, clear the drains as well.

Rinsing your sink free of food and debris is a good daily practice even when you don’t have time for a complete cleaning. For stainless steel sinks, acid and salt from food can damage the finish on your sink.

And for other types of sinks, it makes stains harder to clean. Rinsing your sink completely should be part of your nightly dishes routine.

2. Sprinkle Baking Soda All Over the Sink

Now that you’ve rinsed your sink of visible food and debris, sprinkle baking soda in the sink. Don’t hold back, try to cover the entire sink.

You can get canisters of baking soda like this that sprinkle:

Arm & Hammer Pure Baking Soda Shaker 12 Oz (Pack of 2)


Or you can drill some holes in the top of a mason jar.  If you go the mason jar route, consider adding a few drops of your favorite essential oils to your baking soda.  It will give your whole kitchen a great smell.  We like lemon!

3. Squirt Dish Soap on a Clean Sponge or Cloth

Once you have baking soda covering your sink, you are ready to start scrubbing. You can use a small amount of dish soap on your sponge or cloth for easier cleaning. 

Dawn Dish Soap, Original Scent, Pack of 3

We love blue Dawn dish soap for just about everything!

4. Start Scrubbing!

Baking soda is abrasive but not enough to scratch stainless steel or other types of sinks. Scrub your sink from the top down so that you are working your way towards the drain. The best way to clean your kitchen sink is to use a circular motion and scrub out the entire sink.

5. Sanitize

After you’re done scrubbing your kitchen sink clean, you’ll want to sanitize it. Give your freshly scrubbed sink a good rinse to make sure everything you’ve cleaned off gets washed away and down the drain.

Next, soak some paper towels in white vinegar and use them to line your sink. Cover the entire sink and allow the towels and vinegar to sit for about 20 minutes. Vinegar is a natural sanitizer. And can also help remove hard water stains.

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6. Clean Faucets

Now that your sink basin is clean and sanitized, don’t forget to clean your faucet and handle. Faucets and sink handles can be cleaned with a mild soapy solution. Dish soap or a surface cleaner and a sponge should work well.

After cleaning your faucets, use a vinegar-soaked cloth to wipe them down and sanitize these often handled surfaces.

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7. Deodorize the Disposal or Drain

A stinky garbage disposal or drain won’t go well with your freshly cleaned kitchen sink. For a disposal, sprinkle about ½ cup of baking soda down your disposal and follow it with a cup of vinegar. The mixture will fizz for a few minutes. For a drain, just use a little less. 

Follow the baking soda and vinegar with hot water for rinsing. This should sanitize and deodorize your drain or disposal.

Organized Mom Cleaning Essentials

We’re huge on using the basic cleaning essentials over and over again when it comes to cleaning. Here are some of our favorites to get nearly everything squeaky clean. Baking soda, vinegar, and essential oils are a staple for our cleaning kits!

Arm & Hammer Baking Soda, 12 Pack of 1lb BoxesHeinz Cleaning Vinegar (1 gal Jug)CleanAide Silver Embedded Cleaning Microfiber Towels Ultra Cut 12 X 12 Inches 25 PackEmpty Spray Bottles (16oz/2Pack) - Adjustable Spray Bottles for Cleaning Solutions - No Leak and Clog - HDPE spray bottle For Plants, Pet, Bleach Spray, Vinegar, BBQ, and Rubbing Alcohol.
Lemon Essential Oil100% Pure & Natural Essential OilsTea Tree Essential Oil - 5ml100% Pure & Natural Essential OilsLavender Essential Oil - 5ml100% Pure & Natural Essential OilsMinty Clean100% Pure & Natural Essential Oils

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