The Kitchen Sink is used for a lot more than to merely wash dishes, pots and pans. Don’t forget that you use your kitchen sink to clean and wash food, wash your hands, and more importantly it is a source of drinking water for you and your family, therefore it is imperative that your kitchen sink is kept spotless and free from any bacteria or germs.
Your kitchen sink should be one of the cleanest surfaces in your home, and unfortunately for most, a simple rinse of water is considered an ample method of cleaning, however this does not kill and germs or bacteria whatsoever, no matter how many times you rinse your sink with water.
The common route to keeping your kitchen sink clean and hygeinic would be through the use of chemicals and cleaners, but these can be harmful not only to yourself but also can be a danger to any younger members of the family that you have wandering around the kitchen.
This post is a step-by-step guide on how to keep your kitchen sink hygeinic and free from bacteria on a daily basis through the use of natural ingredients.
Check list of what you will need:
- Liquid Dishwashing Soap
- White Vinegar
- Baking Soda
- A Toothbrush
- An Old Rag
- A Soft Sponge
Step One: For regular daily cleaning, you can use a mild soap and a soft sponge or rag can be used to wipe down the sink and keep it clean. However, if you have a stainless steel kitchen sink you must avoid soaps containing ammonia, bleach or any abrasive cleaners as these will damage the stainless steel finish. After cleaning, rinse and wipe the sink dry with a dry towel or rag.
Step Two: It is vitally important to rinse out your sink after every use. Plenty of foods contain a lot of acids and salts that can potentially damage the finish of a stainless steel sink, so ensure to rinse after usage to avoid pitting.
Step Three: To clean the seal on the surrounding edges of the sink that can store very tricky and hard to reach stains, a toothbrush is a good tool for cleaning this section of the sink. By mixing baking soda with a little bit of water, it will form a paste that when applied to the brissles of the toothbrush results in these types of stains becoming effortless to remove, but make sure that you rinse and dry well after using the baking soda paste, because if this mixture left on a surface for too long it can cause some damage.
Step Four: White vinegar is a very good natural ingredient to kill everyday bacteria and germs whilst at the same time being able to remove some extremely stubborn stains from the surface of your sink. Therefore, line the entire surface of the sink with kitchen towels and saturate with white vinegar and leave these to do their job for around 20 minutes, then merely throw away the paper towels and rinse the sink thoroughly with soap and water. (Spik and Span!!)
Step Five: Often smells can emanate from areas that cannot be reached easily such as the drain. To combat this very common problem, place a few lemon slices over the sink hole and pour boiling water over the lemons, this will extract both the citric acid and the juices from the lemon which then flow down the drain removing any bad odours and replacing them with a fresh and zingy citrus aroma.
As long as you follow these five easy steps, your kitchen sink will be free from any bacteria or germs and will be one of, if not the cleanest surface in your home.