Keeping Your Kitchen Sink Sparkling Clean

A spotless kitchen isn’t really all that impressive when an unpleasant odor is wafting from your grimy, stained kitchen sink. There’s no need to be intimidated by that sink, though. Just follow these easy tips and your kitchen sink will be sparkling clean in no time.

  • Clean your sink daily. Yes, you really do need to clean out your sink daily, not only to keep nasty germs out but also to get rid of the unpleasant smell. All you have to do is wipe down the sink’s basin, faucet, and handles with a nylon sponge and some mild soap. Don’t have mild soap handy? You can also use glass cleaner or all-purpose cleaner. If you have a stainless steel sink, remember to avoid abrasive sponges, ammonia, and bleach, as these can affect your sink’s finish.
  • Use lemons or oranges to remove stains and deodorize. Lemon juice can help you remove the stains on your kitchen sink, whether it’s made of stainless steel or porcelain enamel. Just mix the juice of half a lemon with a half-cup of powdered borax until a paste is formed. Dip a small part of a sponge in the mixture, rub the mixture onto the stained spot, and rinse with running water. You can also rub the peel of a lemon or an orange on the sink basin; the citrus fruits’ skin helps remove odor from a kitchen sink.
  • Don’t just clean; sanitize. It’s best to sanitize your sink to make sure it’s free from odor and harmful bacteria. After washing your sink with mild soap, plug the drain and pour a gallon of warm water into the basin. Stir in a tablespoon of bleach and dip a sponge in the mixture so you can clean the faucet and handles. Let everything sit for at least 10 minutes before rinsing your sink and allowing it to air-dry.
  • Clean out the drain, too. Twice or thrice a week, pour some hot tap water into your sink’s drain. This softens and dislodges any materials that may be clinging to the drain; these materials can cause clogs and other types of damage. If an unpleasant odor continues to waft from the drain after a healthy dose of hot tap water, you can boil a pot of water and dump that down the drain instead. The boiling water will take care of built-up gunk in the drain.
  • Got a stained ceramic sink? Try some club soda. Stubborn stains on ceramic sinks can often be rubbed out with a clean cloth soaked in club soda. For milder stains, you can clean your ceramic sink using a gel cleanser or other forms of non-abrasive sink cleaners. Non-abrasive cleaners help you avoid scratching the surface of your sink even when you scrub your sink a little harder.

With these home improvement tips, you can make sure your kitchen sink always sparkles and smells great. Browse through our Home and Garden collection at MassGenie to view cleaning products you might find useful.