When you don’t clean up after food scraps and grease that accumulate from dishwashing, chances are you would end up with kitchen sink stains. So even if the rest of your kitchen is clean, a dirty sink would still make the whole place look unkempt.
Not only is it an eyesore, but it can also become the perfect place for harmful bacteria to spread. So, If you want to get rid of those nasty kitchen sink stains, read on to find out how.
5 Ways to keep your sink clean and get rid of kitchen sink stains
1. Don’t leave anything in the sink
The most important thing when trying to keep a sink clean and prevent kitchen sink stains is to not leave anything in there in the first place. This means washing the dishes immediately after each use and not leaving them to accumulate in the sink.
This also includes throwing away food scraps that might have fallen to the bottom of the sink or into the sink strainer. Dirty dishes that are left for a day or two is bound to smell and cause kitchen sink stains to happen.
Let’s not forget it would also be the perfect breeding ground for bacteria to spread!
2. Clean your sink using detergent and a mild scrub
So before you start, make sure your sink is free of dishes and leftover food.
With just your dishwashing detergent, a sponge and warm water, wash down the entire surface area of your sink. Don’t forget to include the faucets, drain, and outer rim. If you have a sink strainer you will need to wash that too.
Finish off with a hot water rinse as the hot water can help to break down gunk and grease. Do this every time you use the sink including after meal prep or after washing the dishes.
3. Clean your sink with baking soda and lemon or vinegar
Mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda to 1/4 cup of lemon juice/vinegar and pour it all over the surface of your sink. Let this mixture sit in there for about 10 minutes before washing it off with a sponge and rinsing with hot water.
For daily cleaning, a couple drops of dishwashing would do the job. But try to do this deep cleaning with the soda and lemon mixture at least once a week if you want to keep the kitchen sink stains at bay.
Baking soda is all natural and works wonders when it comes to breaking down dirt and grease. So instead of making the mixture above, you can also sprinkle it directly onto hard to reach spaces and then scrubbing it down with an old toothbrush.
4. Don’t forget to clean the drain area
A more concentrated mixture of baking soda and lemon will be needed to clean the drain area as well as the sink strainer.
First, you have to remove the strainer and set is aside --- we will get to that later.
Mix 1/2 cup of baking soda with 1/4 cup of lemon juice and pour this directly into the drain. Chase everything down with 1/2 cup of white vinegar and let it sit for about 5 to 10 minutes.
You can scrub the more stubborn and grimy areas with a toothbrush then finish off by pouring some hot water down the drain and you’re done. The fizzy action and hot water should break down all the gunk, while the soda and lemon would help deodorizes your kitchen drain.
Now back to the sink strainer. If your sink strainer is the type that can be taken apart, then dismantle it and soak it in soapy water and baking soda. Likewise, with the netting version, soak it and then give it a scrub down with the toothbrush making sure to scrub under the rim where it is most dirty. Give it a good rinse then set it aside to dry.
5. DIY your own disinfectant spray
Mix one cup each of water and white vinegar along with juice from half of a lemon. This will help cut away grease and to keep those harmful bacteria away. Alternatively, you can also try adding 20-40 drops of a lemon-based essential oil to one cup of water. You can also use other safe essential oils with similar disinfecting properties to make sure those kitchen sink stains never happen again.
Another option is to use rubbing alcohol, which not only disinfects your sink but also gives it a nice shine. All you need to do is mix 1 part rubbing alcohol and 1 part water. Spray it on any stainless steel sink and then rub it dry with a clean cloth.
Be sure to keep your disinfectant spray on hand and spray down your sink each time after washing the dishes.
No more kitchen sink stains and hello sparkling and like-new sink. Did you find these tips useful? What other tips have you tried? Share how to address sink problems and how to make it cleaner in the comments below!