“All kitchens are seasoned with love; however some are designed around what’s truly important- fun, food and life”
Kitchen is one of the places in a home where fondest moments are made when family gather around the table. When it comes to its cleanliness, one must keep in view things of the great value- the kitchen sink. Make it a priority to give a glittering glimpse to the sink with natural ways and to make it sparkle as well as germ free.
The kitchen sink is always the center of attention in your kitchen. It’s the most important workplace where you take water to boil for tea, defrost dinners, rinse off and often soak fresh produce from farmer’s markets. It’s the place where your little ones often wash hands, and sometimes leftover food items are rinsed off there. It’s the kitchen sink that sees a lot of household activities in a single day or every day. As a centerpiece in the kitchen, its cleanliness matters a lot. Whether it’s a ceramic sink or stainless steel, if a proper approach for its cleanliness is not adopted, it will start losing its charm. Rather than exposing yourself and your family to the toxic and harsh chemicals found in conventional sink cleaners, try out these natural methods that we are going to mention. They will keep your kitchen sink stain-free, germ-free and sparkling. Here are some tips for you to keep your kitchen sink neat and clean.
- Clean out the kitchen sink on daily basis
Daily wipe-downs is a tough job but the fact is habitual cleaning is the best way to prevent stains and germs setting in the sink. If we study the germ spots in an average home, we will come to know kitchen sinks are potential hot zones for viruses. A comparative study revealed that 46% of kitchen sinks hosted over 100,000 bacteria per square centimeter as compared to toilet seat that hosts 50 bacteria per square inch. For daily cleaning out, use a gentle soap, water and washable rag. If your kitchen sink gets contact with a potentially pathogenic object as raw chicken, or your pet food pot, go for one sanitization step further by any natural or homemade spray.
- Never forget about drains and disposals
“Out of sight, out of mind” is a common attitude to associate with what goes down in drains as disposals. If unattended, it can cause bacteria from food scraps to give a stink. Every time you run the disposal, make sure to have cold water running. Never toss too much in at once, always load it up slowly. Every two weeks or so , pour some citrus and vinegar ice cubes down as vinegar sanitizes the blade and citrus repels any bad odor. Likewise drains need much care and attention as the get clog easily. A better way to prevent future problem is to cover drains with a drain cover that should be cleaned frequently. Pour down hot boiled water mixed with dish soap time to time.
- Do dishes as soon as possible
Wash your dishes as soon as possible, if not; at least give them a rinse so that they may not leave any bad smell. Many of the food items contain chemicals that damage stainless steel such as acids, salts and any reactive agents.
- Use soft dish brush and mild dish soap
Always go for the mild dish soap rather than harsh chemicals and soft brushes, they will not only be good for your sink but also easygoing for your hands. A soft brush can also be used to clean the sink, its edges and any stick material on its surface but always rinse the sink with clean water and towel it dry after using or washing. It prevents corrosive elements off the steel and any mineral deposit from building up on the surface. As for dish soap, it must cut grease without leaving sulfates, safe for the environment and gentle on your hands. The finishing touch to give a sparkling sight is that timeless powerhouse: Baking soda. It will cut any odor and can be washed away with warm water.
- Polish away whenever needed
If your sink is stainless steel, avoid using ammonia, bleach or any abrasive cleaners. Instead, use baking soda. Sprinkle the powder on the sink and gently rub with a soft sponge. Polish off with a light layer of oil. Bring the luster back to a porcelain sink by lining the interior with paper towels and soaking them with a liquid detergent or vinegar. Wait for an hour then discard and rinse the sink with water. For any type of stain removal, mix ½ cup of borax with lemon juice, using sponge rub the stain with mixture and rinse with clean water.
Other than these methods, you can install a stainless steel bottom grid in your kitchen sink to protect it from getting scratches. Never use rubber mats for this purpose because corrosive chemicals get trapped between the mat and the sink. Bottom grids allow a free flow of water to keep the sink clean. If you have a ceramic sink, it’s more convenient to clean it as they are stain-resistant and easy to maintain, and can be cleaned with your normal household cleaning products. One major difference between ceramic and other sinks is that they are quite sensitive as they are more prone to chips, cracks, and scratches.
All you need to know about the sink cleanliness is summarized with our little effort; it’s your turn to spell the magic in your kitchen surroundings. Thanks!