To me, a clean sink is a clean kitchen. When my sink is free of dishes and food gunk, it seems like the rest of my kitchen is automatically cleaner. While it doesn’t take long to load the dishwasher, sometimes my sink needs a little more TLC.
Every month or so, I need to give it a good deep cleaning. Lucky for you, I have perfected this little process so it only takes 3 or 4 minutes. Because who really has the time to deep clean their sink? #notme
So, are you ready for the before pic? Do you promise not to judge?
Gross! Notice the beautiful stains that have been left behind by tea poured down the drain and other food residue? It only took a week or two for this mess to accumulate…JUST KIDDING!! I let this one build up for a month or two so you could see how well the “after picture” would turn out.
Seriously, guys, it was all I could do to not scrub this beast and make it a beauty again. The raging OCD in me was, well, raging.
I told you it was bad! Ok, so now that my eye is twitching, let’s get to cleaning…
1. Give your sink a quick wipe down.
Empty your sink of any dishes by loading them in the dishwasher and washing any big pots and pans left over from dinner. Give your sink a good spray and wipe it down with a dishrag to get any food that is stuck on.
2. Sprinkle baking soda over your entire sink.
Make sure every square inch is covered with a good sprinkle. This will ensure that you have enough baking soda to make a good paste after our next step. A couple of tablespoons is usually what it takes. The dirtier the sink, the more you need to scrub, so the more baking soda you should use.
3. Pour vinegar over the baking soda and let it soak.
As soon as the vinegar touches the baking soda, it should start to sizzle and bubble. (My kids tolerate the smell for this part. They love it!) Let this mixture sit for 5-10 minutes before touching it. This will allow the solution to really work at the stains on your sink and loosen them up before you come in and scrub them.
4. Scrub your sink with a little elbow grease.
Using a dishrag or a sponge, give your sink a good scrub down. When I said “a little elbow grease,” I meant just that! Most of the mess will come right off! The baking soda will act almost like an exfoliator, getting into all the nooks and crannies of your sink. Every couple of months, I usually take an old toothbrush to really deep clean around the drain and around the faucet and handles. (Quick tip: Pop your used toothbrush in the dishwasher to sanitize, and store it under the sink with your cleaning supplies so it is ready the next time you need it.)
5. Rinse away the baking soda/vinegar paste until your sink sparkles.
Once you have scrubbed every surface of your sink, rinse away what is left of the baking soda and paste. It will probably be pretty disgusting while you scrub, BUT the final product is amazing and oh-so-worth-it. Once everything is sprayed away, your sink should be sparkly clean!
And now, the after picture!!
Now, that’s more like it! I hope I redeemed myself there. Pretty good for five minutes of work!
And another one, just for good measure…
This is something I try to do once a month or so. It literally takes less than five minutes (minus the wait time) to give it a good cleaning. The more you keep up with it, the easier it is to maintain. Good luck, and happy sink shining!!
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