how to clean sinks drains

Cleaning your home can be therapeutic or for some, hiring someone to clean their homes is one way to relax and that’s fine too. Nonetheless, most of us will definitely have to clean our sink and drain, especially after cooking. The question now is, how do you clean your sink effectively? 

First, let’s admit that our kitchen sink can be worked up the entire week. It houses dirty pans and pots, leftovers, and grime from washing different items. As such, food and grime build up here, including in your drain. We highly recommend that you clean your sink every week, and here’s how you do it. 


How to Clean Kitchen Sink

What you need: 

  • Salt
  • Lemon
  • White vinegar
  • Dish soap
  • Baking Soda
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Non-abrasive scrubber
  • Rubber gloves


Sanitize and Clean Sink Basin

Clean and clear your basin from food and other items. Remove unwashed mugs, pots, plates, and even your dish rack. Next, rinse your sink in order to remove visible crumbs and other small residue items. Make sure to wear your rubber gloves before doing the next steps. 


Cleaning Stainless Steel Sink

Stainless steel is one of the most robust sink materials. It’s the reason why it is one of the most common too. It’s rust-proof and stands stains but it doesn’t stand well with bleach, acidic food, and abrasive scrubbers (that’s why we’re using a non-abrasive scrub). 

  1. Wet the sink and coat it with baking soda.
  2. Mix dish soap and hot water soak your sponge on the mixture. 
  3. Use the sponge to scrub the sink, starting from the sides and down to push the grime downwards towards the drain. 
  4. Continue scrubbing and adding soap and water as needed. 
  5. Once you’re done cleaning, rinse the sink using clean water and start from sides to the basin’s bottom.
  6. Dry the basin using a microfiber cloth. 


Cleaning a Porcelain Kitchen Sink

Porcelain sinks are also prone to rust and stains and here’s how you clean stains from this type of skin:

  1. Don’t forget to wear your gloves.
  2. Cover the sink with baking soda and, using hot water and dish soap mixture, wipe the stains off the sink. 
  3. Similarly, start from the sides down to the bottom of the sink. 
  4. Rinse the soap and baking soda thoroughly from the sink. Mix salt and lemon to create a scrub and scrub this directly on the rust. 
  5. Once the rust is removed, clean the sink again with a mixture of warm water and soap. Rinse the soap with water and then dry the sink with a microfiber cloth. 


Cleaning Faucets and Handles

Regardless of the material of your faucets and handles, here’s the standard way of cleaning it:

  1. Mix dish soap and water and use the mixture to wipe or brush your stains off your handles and faucets. 
  2. Rinse with clean water. 
  3. Next, mix soapy water with a spoonful of vinegar and scrub off the mineral buildup from tap water. 


Cleaning Methods for Drain

Even plumber recommends not to use chemicals on cleaning drains because long-term chemical use can damage your pipes. The first step to avoiding grease and clog drain is not to throw away food and grease on your drain. It’s best to put it in a jar and throw it away. 

Another thing is to use soap, baking, soda, and vinegar. You’ll need baking soda and white vinegar for this but don’t mix it. Ensure that you have a 1:2 ration wherein every one part of baking soda, you also have two parts of white vinegar. First, pour the baking soda onto your drain. Next, slowly pour the white vinegar onto your pipe. Let it sit for 15 minutes and wait until it bubbles. Wash the bubbles with hot water by pouring it directly to your drain. 

If you’ve used up all your white vinegar and baking soda in cleaning your sink, you can also opt to use grease-fighting dishwashing soap. To do this, pour the soap onto the drain, then follow hot water and then rinse it with running water.