How clean is your kitchen sink? If your answer is “ummmm…” then it could probably stand a good cleaning. In fact, did you know that your kitchen sink is one of the dirtiest, most germ-covered places in your home? You definitely don’t want to be washing dishes or cleaning produce in a sink that’s already full of germs. Here is how to give it a proper cleaning treatment.
1. Stainless Steel
If your sink is stainless steel, you can use a powdered cleanser like Barkeeper’s Friend. Or, you can mix up your own DIY cleaning paste with 8 oz of baking soda and the juice of 10 limes. Apply the paste to a sponge and go to town on the inside of your sink.
2. Ceramic or Enamel
Ceramic or enamel sinks might require a couple of additional steps — especially if they’re filthy. You can begin with something you already have on hand. Wipe your sink with dish soap or dishwasher detergent and a microfiber cloth. Use some elbow grease and see if that’s good enough for you. If you need more power, try a cleaning spray with bleach.
At this point, hopefully your sink looks as good as new. But if it doesn’t, there is one more thing to try. Again, reach for the Barkeeper’s Friend, but this time, make sure you choose the soft cleanser variety. Follow the directions, and you should get fantastic results.
3. Don’t Forget the Faucet
Now that you have a clean sink, it’s time to shine up your faucet. You can polish chrome or oiled bronze fixtures with a mix of 1 part vinegar and 2 parts water. Use a microfiber cloth or a soft sponge.