One way to look at your kitchen sink is as the workhorse of your kitchen – it really takes a beating! Your sink sees a lot of action, so keeping it sparkling clean should be at the top of your list of priorities, especially when it comes to maintaining your kitchen.
You would think that with all the warm water and soap that sprays all over the sink, it would clean itself, but that’s not how it works. Since kitchen sinks see a lot of use and abuse, they are magnets for food stains, rust, water, and soap deposits that build up when you don’t keep them at bay.
How often should you scrub your kitchen sink? It depends on how much you use it. If you eat at home daily and cook often, you should scrub the sink frequently.
Here’s how to keep your kitchen sink sparkling clean:
- Squire dishwashing liquid into a bowl of warm water. Dip a sponge into the bowl and gently scrub the sink with it. If the sink is ready for a more thorough scrubbing, use an all-purpose cleaning spray. You can also use a nonabrasive cleaner.
- If you have a white porcelain sink, line the sink with paper towels and then pour bleach all over them until they’re soaking. After letting the paper towels sit for 30 minutes, remove them, and then rinse the sink out with water. If you have colored porcelain, do not use bleach because it can cause the color to fade. Instead of bleach, use baking soda, vinegar, or a mild liquid detergent.
- Do not use scouring powder to clean your kitchen sink. Instead, use the formula described in #1 above.
- If you have a porcelain sink, don’t let acidic foods like fruit, vinegar, or salad dressing sit on the surface for long. Why? Because, when acidic foods are left in the sink for a long time, they can etch stubborn, if not permanent stains into the surface.