It’s no secret your kitchen takes a beating during the holidays. From Thanksgiving turkey to a lavish Christmas feast, holiday cooking all revolves around your kitchen. While it may seem like your kitchen sink stays relatively clean throughout the cooking process—think of all the dishes you’ve washed—your sink is actually very dirty. Because of this, we’re sharing how to clean your kitchen sink after the holidays.
How to Clean Your Kitchen Sink: Start with the Bowl
Kitchen sinks come in different shapes, sizes, and materials. What your sink is made of will determine the best way to clean it. What works for stainless steel won’t work for copper. Here are the best ways to clean your kitchen sink based the material it’s made from:
- White Porcelain – Over time, white porcelain sinks can stain and start to look a little dingy. One of the best ways to bring it back to life is with a quick sanitizing. Simply fill the sink with warm water, add a small amount of bleach, and let everything sit for five minutes. After draining the sink, scrub it with a mixture of three tablespoons baking soda, a quarter cup of warm water, and one tablespoon dish soap.
- Stainless Steel – We see a lot of stainless steel sinks for a reason, they’re incredibly durable. When it comes to deep cleaning a stainless steel sink, the only thing you need to worry about is scratching the surface. For these sinks, all you need is a magic eraser and microfiber cloth. That should do the trick to getting everything as clean as can be.
- Copper – Copper sinks can be a little tricky. You don’t want to use any abrasive cleaners. So, say goodbye to magic erasers or any acid-based products. All you need is warm water, a sponge, and mild soap.
When you’re cleaning the sink, it’s a good idea to keep an old toothbrush on hand to scrub the handles, faucet, and any other hard to reach areas.
How to Clean Your Kitchen Sink: De-Stink the Drain
The next part of how to clean your kitchen sink isn’t about looks, it’s about smell. When you’re doing a lot of cooking and dish washing, some food scraps are bound to find their way into your drain. Even if you’re careful, this happens.
It may be tempting to buy a chemical drain cleaner from the store, but there’s a much more effective method waiting for you at home. All you need is boiling water, baking soda, and white vinegar
. Start by pouring a pot of boiling water down your drain, this will help loosen anything lurking in there. Next, pour ½ cup of baking soda and 1 cup white vinegar down the drain. Once the bubbling stops, give the drain another pot of boiling water. That’s all you need to naturally clean your drain.
Need Some Professional Cleaning Help?
If your kitchen sink needs a good clearing, the plumbers at Bell Brothers are here to help. From clearing drains to fixing major pipe issues, we’ve seen it all and we’re here for you. If you live in Sacramento, Stockton, Vacaville, or the Bay Area, schedule an appointment today. Simply call the number at the top of the screen or click here to book an appointment online