#MeetMass! Would you hike the Tongariro Crossing?

Megan Kerkhof, MassGenie

Megan Kerkhof, MassGenie

Get to know the MassGenie team! Megan Kerkhof, Community Marketing Manager, likes long walks on the beach, pina coladas, and swimming with 13 ft Tiger Sharks!

Which four individuals, living or dead, would you want to eat dinner with?
Jim Carrey, Gary Vaynerchuk, Bruce Willis, and Robin Williams.

What’s your favorite music to listen to?
I listen to a bit of everything, but my 5 Sirius stations are: Hair Nation, 70s, 90s, Hits, and The Highway!

What was the best concert you ever attended?
Edguy in Germany! It was a metal concert and the lead’s voice was so amazing. Plus the drum solo was super awesome because it consisted of a two minute flute interlude! Very unique and an absolute amazing time.

What’s the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
Hiked Tongariro Crossing in New Zealand (the peak near Mount Doom in Lord of the Rings). I’m scared of heights and when you’re walking across a short ledge between two peaks and the wind is blowing, it definitely tests your fears.

If you could be any animal, which would you be?
A shark! They are my all time favorite animal and the thought of swimming underwater without having to hold my breath sounds awesome! Plus, I love sushi! 🙂

What’s the last book you read?
Wild by Cheryl Strayed.

What are you passionate about?
Fitness, exploring different cultures and countries, sharks and ocean conservation, and social media!

What are you currently watching on Netflix?
Black Mirror! Thanks to recommendations from my awesome colleagues. Also watching Criminal Minds, New Girl, and Ultimate Beastmaster!

What’s the coolest thing you’re working on right now?
This questionnaire! 🙂

Who would you most like to swap places with for a day?
Lady Gaga! I want to know what it feels like to be an awesome singer.

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?
Fettuccini Alfredo in Venice Italy! The dish isn’t really authentic Italian, but there was one place that had it and it was the best! Accompanied with mussels and clams in a white wine sauce for an appetizer, I could easily eat that meal 3 times a week for the rest of my life! I went back to that restaurant about 10 times over the course of 4 trips.

If you could visit anywhere in the world you’ve never been, where would you go?
The Amazon!

What are some of your pet peeves?
People who change lanes without signaling, people who cough and don’t cover their mouth… you know. The basics.

What do you like about working at a start-up?
Communication is awesome! With just a few of us in the office, we’re able to bounce ideas back and forth and really get new upcoming projects going in a flash!

What’s your secret talent that no one knows about?
I’m really good at planning trips and vacations- creating portfolios filled with itineraries, receipts, confirmations, time schedules, etc.! I also bar flared at TGI Fridays for three years. I’m no Tom Cruise, but I can flip a bottle or two!

What’s your favorite movie?
Jaws! Followed by Deep Blue Sea, 47 Meters Down, Shark Night 3D…Did I mention I like sharks? 🙂

If you were a crayon, what color would you be?
Green! It’s the best color all the way!

What’s the most helpful way for you to get feedback?
Direct and in the moment.

What is your favorite family tradition?
Slumber parties with my family on Christmas Eve and waking up early with the kids to open presents. Last Christmas Eve we even added onesie costumes to the mix!

What’s the best part of working at MassGenie?
The team! We’ve got a really cool group of individuals that work here. From bouncing ideas back and forth to chatting about awesome Netflix series, it’s never a boring day at MassGenie 🙂

 

Questions courtesy of: Tiny Pulse

 

From lazy to gainz-crazy! Get excited about your workouts

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Did you know that health and fitness app usage grew 330% in just 3 years?

All of America is jumping on the fitness train!

The question is, will you be on it?

There are obvious benefits of working out, like taking care of your body.

Strengthening your heart.

Losing weight.

And feeling great!

It’s time to get excited about working out- and we’re going to show you how.

 

Change the Scenery

people_watching_tvDo you like gaming? Is there an awesome Xbox 1 taking up your free time?

Or maybe you are one of the 117.6 million Netflix subscribers on this planet?

Trust me, we all know how beautifully unhealthy it is to binge-watch Stranger Things.

But there is something about fresh air and sunshine that just makes your day amazing.

And it’s great for your body and mind.

Swap the dark living room for the great outdoors!

According to Everyday Health, exercising outdoors brings multiple benefits.

Your workout is exciting!

The outdoors bring unknown elements like different terrain, change in weather, and change in atmosphere

It’s free!

Exercising outdoors requires no gym membership nor fees, minimizing the amount of excuses you can give yourself.

It holds your daily take of Vitamin D!

Vitamins are important, and as long as you’re safe and not getting too much, the good ol’ VD is great for your body.

Don’t forget to track where, how fast, and how many calories you’re burning with the Garmin Forerunner!

Having a motivating tool like the Garmin watch will push you to make that next step.

Keep it fun, in the sun, and you will love your outdoor workouts!

 

Give Yourself a Deadline

The light at the end of the tunnel- A date when you can stop working out!

According to Health.com, they say six weeks is the magic number to start seeing results.calendar_deadline

At the end of six weeks, you’ve also made working out a habit.

You’ll start to notice the slow and groggy days when you miss your workouts.

And you’ll notice how much better you feel when you complete them.

By giving yourself a date, you are committing to those weeks to see the best results possible.

And by the time you actually reach the date, more than likely you’re not going to want to stop.

Tricky, huh?

Having successful workouts is all about the mind and body.

It takes two to tango!

By giving yourself only six weeks, it will keep you happy and motivated to complete your scheduled workouts.

Then, just magically, it becomes your lifestyle.

Start with a date. End with a new perspective on life and fitness!

 

Start Early

I lost you there, didn’t I?

early_morningDon’t knock it till you try it!

Exercising at the start of your day reaps all sorts of benefits.

One, you won’t have to dread the after-work workout when all you want to do is rest your feet.

Two, you feel accomplished, healthy, and ready to knock out your day, all before 8am.

Three, water does wonders for your body! Drinking lots of water during and after your workouts will replenish you and have you ready to charge ahead.

Start your weekend with a 5am wake up call and tackle one of your favorite mountains and trails!

Early mornings are great for a scenic hike.

And an awesome time to check out the local animals!

Ready for more than just a one-day hike?

There are beautiful national forests and parks that you can spend 2+ days hiking.morning_hike

Don’t forget to pack all the essentials you will need, including food, water, and snacks.

Need a great backpacking pack? Check out our 30L Mud Color Sport Hiking Bag.

It will hold all the essentials to make your backpacking trip amazing.

Start early, start refreshed, and start your routine.

Your mind and body will be ready to take on any challenges you face!

 

It all starts with YOU!

They say the first workout is the hardest.

But really, it’s the second workout that’s the most difficult to reach.

Stay dedicated, stay motivated, and stay excited!

Changing your life and health for the better is the best thing you can do for you and for your family.

But it all starts with the choices you make!

Start today.

Set your date for six weeks from now.

Get outside and start your workouts.

They’re are never regrets for bettering your life!

 

Do you like to save money on sports & outdoor equipment? Check out our Cool Power Deals!

Top 5 Home Safety Tips

More than 3.4 million people experience an unintentional household injury every year.

A shocker, as your home should be where you and your family feel your safest.

According to A Secure Life, common problems that lead to home injuries are falls, poisonings, household fires, and more.

These are problems you can face during everyday life.

Safety is key, and we’re going to show you how to make your home as safe as a bunker!

Or…well… as safe as possible.

 

Watch Your Step!

Falls are the number one cause of injuries for seniors, according to EveryDay Health.

But it’s not just seniors who fall. It’s all of us.

Anybody here extra clumsy? Well, this section is for you. wet_floor

Here’s how to keep your feet on the floor and not flying in the air!

One, make sure your rugs have rubber backing.

Have you ever came across a corner of the rug that has accidentally flipped up?

Were you able to successfully walk over it like you knew it was there?

Most likely, not.

You tripped, and it wasn’t pretty. And yes, sorry, the whole family saw it.

This can be avoided with a simple rubber backing or a secure hold on the floor.

Simple, yet safe!

Two, lighting is key. Good lighting is the number one tip to prevent falls, according to NCOA.

There should be light switches right when you enter your home, and if there aren’t any, a tall standing lamp will do the trick.

Keep lamps and lights right next to your bed, within arms reach. Make it easy to light your path before and after you get out of bed.

Don’t have one of these? Check out our Studio Design Inc. Retro Lamp at MassGenie.

We say, go to the light! Not away from it.

Third, clutter is not fun. And it’s definitely not safe.

If you’re not tripping on a rug, you’re most likely tripping on the next best thing- clutter.

By cleaning up after yourself, you are making your home safer.

We know, this is easier said than done when you have littles running around.

An idea- make a game of it! Whoever puts their toys away gets desert.

Or dinner, whichever you choose.

It takes just the wrong pressure, joint, and bone to hit the floor to make a fall extremely dangerous.

Better to be safe than sorry!

 

Don’t Eat That!

Poison control centers across the country get more than two million calls a year about potential exposure to poisons, according to WebMD.

Almost all of these poisonings take place in homes and a very large percentage are children between one and four.

Common poisons are medicines, carbon monoxide, household products, chemicals, art supplies, food, and more.

Keep all medicines and dangerous products locked up or properly disposed of.

Child locks are key, even if you don’t have children!

Carbon monoxide detectors will help you maintain a healthy home atmosphere.

Place these near bedrooms and close to furnaces. We have one perfect for your home at MassGenie.

Did you see food was on the list?

clean_foodYes, food that has not been properly refrigerated or frozen is dangerous to consume.

Also, simple things like making sure your hands are washed and using clean utensils will stop the spread of contamination.

Be clean and avoid contamination!

And don’t eat anything you’re not supposed to.

 

Smokey Cares about Your Home, Too

This statistic you should know- Smoking inside the house is the leading cause of fire-related deaths.smokey_the_bear

Don’t smoke.

And if you do smoke, do it outside the house and in a safe area.

Besides smoking, top causes for home fires are cooking, heating, electrical malfunction, and clothes dryers.

Cooking is the number one cause of home fires, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

No, this isn’t an excuse to order take out every night.

These fires are mostly due to unattended cooking.

A couple things to keep in mind of when you’re in the kitchen: Be alert, don’t keep anything that can catch fire near the stove, always remain by your food while cooking, and keep splattering oil down to a minimum.

A good tip- know where you fire extinguisher is and how to use it!

Between 2009-2013, 84% of home heating fire deaths and 40% of all home heating fires were caused by improper use of space heaters, according to Today.

Keep all burning products away from heating equipment, have all your heating equipment clean and inspected every year, and always use the recommended fuel.

Follow instructions when dealing with heating equipment!

Electrical fires are rare compared to other home fires, but preventing these are just as important.

The lower the quality of electrical panels, the more frequently they should be checked. It’s known that they become faulty over time.

Always hire professionals when it comes to adding new lights and fans.

We all love the handyman, but for electrical installations, wiring, and inspections, it will be safer to hire a professional.

Remember, only YOU can prevent home fires!

 

Keep the Uninvited Out

Your home is now safe- everything is properly installed, all poisons are locked up and properly disposed of, and you are not trippin’!

But what about the things we can’t control?

According the the U.S. Department of Justice, 1.03 million home invasions occur each year.

Don’t be scared, be prepared!

They’re a few things that may prevent a home invasion.

One, look like you are home.

Many home invasions occur because the criminal didn’t know someone was home.

Keep your exterior lights on and use motion detecting flood lights around your home.

Investing in security cameras is ideal, although some of us don’t have quite the budget for those.

We have both on MassGenie to fit your needs. If you can’t afford our Nest Secure Alarm System, try our dummy cameras!

Make those criminals think twice before they enter your yard!

All windows and doors should be locked at all times. Don’t make it easy for the uninvited to get in.

Consider sharp or noisy plants and hedges to be planted around your windows and access areas.

YouTube videos for getting out of restraints and picking locks. It’s amazing what you will find on YouTube!

Go back to the basics- your front door!

Make sure your front door is surveillanced and protected.

The Nest Smart Video Doorbell doesn’t only let you know who’s at the door without being anywhere near it, but it also provides you video to see who your guest is.

Hopefully, it’s just Uncle Bob and you don’t have anything to worry about!

But it could be the pizza delivery guy, when you didn’t order pizza.

Be smart. Be prepared. And always think outside the box!

Yes, we’re talking about the big box you call home!

 

You Can Rest Easy

Education is key, and we hope these tips will help you sleep longer at night.

And make you more aware during the day!

Remember to prevent falls, avoid poisons and bad food, prevent home fires and burns, and keep the unexpected company away from your household.

Sometimes, a little reminder goes a long way.

What’s your favorite home safety tip? Share it with us on social media with this blog!

7 Reasons to Start Diffusing Essential Oils ASAP

In our latest round of health tips, find out why an essential oils diffuser should be your new best friend.

1. Diffuse essential oils so you can get that beauty rest. Scents like lavender, vetiver, and ylang ylang can ensure restful sleep so you can wake up feeling refreshed. Sadly, this doesn’t guarantee you’ll get likes on your ‘woke up like this’ selfie.

2. Breathe in the scent of chamomile, rose, bergamot, or frankincense to remind yourself that you’re too #blessed to be stressed.

3. Peppermint, pine, or eucalyptus essential oils not only smell amazing but also give you all sorts of mental health benefits, like boosting your memory, improving your focus, and increasing your attention span. Total WIN!

4. Keep cool on hot, sticky days by diffusing minty oils like wintergreen, spearmint, and peppermint.

Bonus: Get a large-capacity diffuser like this 300 ml wood diffuser and humidifier, which can keep your room cool for up to 10 hours.

5. Flyswatters totally cramp your style. Use essential oils like clove, rosemary, lemongrass, and cedarwood to get rid of mosquitoes and flies without even lifting a finger.

6. Keep a humidifier or diffuser at home so cold, flu, and other illnesses won’t affect your awesomeness. Tea tree, sage, rosemary, thyme, and cinnamon can all fight off those nasty airborne pathogens.

7. With essential oils and diffusers, you can make your house smell good without any effort at all. Plus, diffusers pose no fire hazards (unlike candles) so they can be left unattended and are perfectly safe for overly curious pets and babies.

Get something like this wood humidifier with mood lighting so your friends can ooh and aah over how pretty it is while breathing in delicious scents and wondering when you got your life so together.

Stay tuned for more home improvement tips from MassGenie!

Easy Spring Cleaning Tips to Make Your Floors Gleam

Your floors are definitely some of the dirtiest surfaces around your house, so it’s important that you give them a good scrub-down during your spring cleaning routine. Follow these easy cleaning techniques and your floors will shine and gleam like new.

  • Start by sweeping and vacuuming. The first step to efficiently cleaning your floors is removing as much loose dirt and dust as possible. Sweep everything – from the living room to the kitchen – so you can remove the top layer of grime and dirt. You can also do a round of vacuuming, which is especially important for carpeted floors. Sweeping and vacuuming can get rid of the dust, debris, mold spores, and other nasty things lodged in carpet fiber and between tiles.
  • Scrub out stains. Diluted mild detergent or floor cleaner can help get rid of most stains on ceramic tile and hardwood floors. Carpets are a little trickier to clean. You can apply white vinegar to your carpet and use lots of elbow grease to get rid of the more deep-seated stains. A solution of lemon juice and salt can also prove to be effective for light-colored carpets. Carpet smelling a little funky? Sprinkle a mixture of baking soda, borax, and cornmeal on the carpet and vacuum everything up after an hour.
  • Move your furniture around to clean every inch of floor. Move your furniture around so you can get to all those hidden spots, which may be stained from spills. Rearranging your furniture also prevents fading from exposure to sunlight and helps even out wear and tear, which is easier on your floors.
  • Run your steam cleaner everywhere. A steam cleaner can be a godsend for your spring cleaning routine. Run a steam cleaner over all your floors so you can remove bacteria that traditional mopping can’t get. Most steam cleaners also don’t require the use of harmful detergents, which makes the house safer for your kids and pets. Plus, with a steam cleaner, you won’t need to scrub stains out; the steam cleaner does the work for you.
  • Finish off your floors with sealer or polish. A coat of sealer ensures that your floors get an added layer of protection from wear and tear. This is especially useful for kitchen floors. Hardwood floors benefit from a healthy coat of polish. This will keep your floors looking shiny and new.

Make sure the last leg of your spring cleaning routine is easy with a high-quality steam cleaner like the Shark S3550 Deluxe Steam Pocket Mop. Join a Power Deal for this steam cleaner and enjoy awesome discounts and savings!

How to Make the Perfect Mug of K-Cup Coffee

Believe it or not, coffee made from K-cups doesn’t automatically have to suck. If you find that your K-cup coffee is seriously lacking that kick you need on early mornings and sleepy afternoons, here are some quick hacks you’ll want to try out.

  • Add some salt to your coffee. A pinch of salt (literally just a pinch) can be just the thing to balance the excessive bitterness that sometimes comes with a cup of Keurig joe. The salt creates a chemical reaction that softens the acidity of the coffee. You’ll notice the smoother taste when you take a sip of your salt-seasoned coffee.
  • Use two K-cups for one cup of coffee. Double up on your K-cups to get that mug of perfectly strong, invigorating coffee. Use two K-cups and the lowest water setting for your cup. This may turn out to be a little expensive in the long run, but, hey, excellent coffee’s worth it, right?
  • Brew your own beans. Take your K-cup coffee to the next level by brewing your own beans in your Keurig. There are many K-cup reusable filters available online; just take your pick and fill it up with the freshly ground beans of your choice. Press the button and you’ll have a cup of strong, delicious coffee in a matter of minutes.
  • Fill your machine with filtered or distilled water. By using filtered water, you can make sure that chlorine, sulfur, and iron don’t get anywhere near the insides of your machine and affect the taste of your coffee. The same goes for distilled water, which contains only trace amount of minerals. Filtered or distilled water can also help your Keurig machine last longer.
  • Clean your machine. Sometimes, your K-cup coffee comes out tasting funky because of the nasty bacteria buildup in your Keurig machine. Make it a habit to regularly clean your machine. Fill its chamber entirely with white vinegar and let the vinegar run through the machine until it runs out. Then, let some distilled or filtered water run through your Keurig machine to get rid of the sour flavor.

If all these tips fail to improve your K-cup coffee, it may be time to retire your Keurig machine and get a new one. Check out MassGenie and join a Power Deal on the Mixpresso K Cup Coffee Maker, and you just might get a 35% discount!

Everyday Habits for Stronger, Healthier Hair

Ever stare enviously at another person’s gorgeous, healthy locks as you try to adjust your bad-hair-day bun? We’ve all been there. The secret to good hair is not that complicated, actually. All you need is a basic haircare routine made up of these simple daily habits.

  • Let your hair down, literally. How often do you put your hair up in a ponytail or a bun? Or in that cute braided updo? Sure, keeping your hair out of the way is convenient but it also results in unnecessary pulling on the hair shaft, which results in breakage and falling hair. Dermatologists recommend ‘going natural’ during the weekends to give your hair some stress relief. So, come each Saturday, let your hair down, air-dry, and avoid using heated styling products.
  • Load up on protein. Hair is just pretty much keratinized protein. Eating high amounts of protein ensures that your hair gets a dose of the nutrient; after all, your body distributes your protein intake to your vital organs first. Chicken, beef, eggs, and seafood are all excellent sources of protein. Vegetarian? Don’t worry; you can get your protein from beans, quinoa, tofu, and eggs.
  • Give your hair some heat protection. If you really can’t go a day without your straightening or curling iron or blow-dryer, the least you can do is to protect your hair against the harsh heat from these styling tools. Use a protective spray like this CHI 44 Iron Guard Thermal Protection Spray before going for your hair iron. You can also use a cooler setting and lower velocity while blow-drying your hair. It’ll take more time, but your hair will thank you for it.
  • Wash your hair with cool water. Bad news for hot shower enthusiasts. Your hair doesn’t really like getting subjected to intense heat. Hot water tends to leave hair dull and dry. Rinsing your hair with cool water is much healthier for your hair, as cool water seals up the hair cuticle and locks in moisture.
  • Trim away. It seems counter-intuitive to cut your hair when you’re trying to keep it strong and healthy, but regular trims ensure that split ends don’t make their way up the hair strands. You’d have to get a shorter haircut to fix that. Hairstylists also recommend getting trims every eight weeks if you regularly find split ends in your hair.

Getting stronger, healthier hair is easy! With these daily habits, you can expect to have a glorious head of hair in no time. Check out our Hair Care section at MassGenie.com for more hair-friendly items!

Tech Tips: How to Boost Tablet Performance

Don’t throw your sluggish tablet out the window just yet. You can still turn that expensive paperweight back into a handy mobile device for browsing the Web, playing games, and watching Netflix. Here are some quick tips that can help boost your tablet’s performance.

  • Uninstall the apps you don’t use. Each app on your tablet takes up some amount of storage space and runs its own background processes. Your tablet may be getting bogged down by background processes from apps you don’t even use. Look through the apps you have installed on your tablet and uninstall the apps you don’t use. You can also disable these apps if you can’t uninstall them.
  • Avoid using live wallpaper. Sure, it seems cooler to have live or animated wallpaper. However, when not properly made, these animated wallpapers typically need more CPU cycles to run. Plus, each time you access your tablet’s home screen, your tablet runs not only your apps but also your live wallpaper. This slows down your tablet’s performance and drains its battery.
  • Don’t go overboard with multitasking. Tablets are great, but these devices aren’t really designed for heavy multitasking. They’re better suited to Web browsing, word processing, and video streaming. (If you want to run more apps or programs at once, consider getting a netbook like this Asus VivoBook F510UA.) Make sure you fully close one app before moving to another so your tablet can keep up with your usage.
  • Cut down on your media storage. Music, photos, videos – all these take up space in your tablet. Avoid keeping large files on your tablet so its performance won’t be slowed down. If you don’t want to part with your precious media files, consider investing in an external storage device like a Fantom Drives 1TB GForce3 USB 3.0 external hard drive. Connect your tablet to your computer and transfer all those large files from your tablet to your hard drive.
  • Format your tablet’s SD card. Formatting your tablet’s SD card has the same effect on your tablet as disk checking and defragmentation does on your computer. Make sure your tablet’s capable of delivering its best performance by formatting its SD card at least once every three months. Just make sure to make a backup of all your files before you do any formatting!

If you think your tablet’s a lost cause, though, you might want to browse our selection of Electronics at MassGenie. Join our Power Deals and get amazing discounts on the items you want!

Music Makes You Exercise Better – Science Says So!

Ever wonder why working out seems almost more enjoyable when you’re listening to music? Well, science has an answer to that. According to the National Academy of Sports Medicine, music can boost your performance when you work out and make you think that the activity is easier.

Music also helps you coordinate your exercise routine. That means you can use the varying tempo of different songs to set the mood for different types of workouts.

For instance, look for songs with 100 to 110 beats per minute (BPM) for when you’re warming up. Go for a slightly higher BPM for strength exercises (110 to 120 BPM) and speed, endurance, and agility workouts (higher than120 BPM). Once you’re cooling down and stretching, switch to songs with 90 to 100 beats per minute.

You may also get a little boost of energy from songs with lyrics like ‘punch’ or ‘push’. You can make a playlist for the perfect songs for your workout and just plug your headphones in once you’re at the gym. Whatever your musical tastes, chances are you’ll find a lot of BPM-appropriate songs if you do a little online research.

Whether you’re out for a run around your neighborhood, doing strength training at the gym, or even just power-walking your way up and down the street, make sure you’ve got some tunes handy.

Looking for the best Bluetooth headphones that can keep up with your workouts? Check out the Sony CH700N Wireless Bluetooth Noise Cancelling Headphones.

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.