You might spend a lot of your time standing at the kitchen sink, washing dishes and ensuring that for the most part, your kitchen is clean. However, how often are you deep cleaning the kitchen sink? I don’t just mean a quick wipe out, but a proper deep clean making sure any marks are gone and the drain smells clean and fresh. This can prevent a build-up of bacteria and germs that thrive in a damp warm area, the kitchen sink is the perfect breeding ground, not removing the germs will risk the washing up you are doing, potentially exposing them to harmful bacteria that can make your family unwell.
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Why Deep Clean Your Kitchen Sink
If you are like me and seem to spend a lot of time at the kitchen sink, then you want a pleasant experience, you can’t do this if your sink isn’t kept clean. However, I like to go one step further and really deep clean my sink regularly. I know that some of the items that I empty down the sink stain the metal; a quick wipe doesn’t always get these marks off. I think tea is the worst culprit for staining the sink!
I don’t want to have the smell of the drain hit my nose before I get too close, there is nothing worse than a smelly drain. Therefore, by keeping these clean, but regularly going a bit deeper can prevent any nasty bugs growing out of control, creating the offensive smell and potentially harming the health of my family. Maybe I might be exaggerating about the potential health risk, but I am very germ phobic.
I want this experience of washing up as pleasant as possible and if that means that the sink needs cleaning to do this, then I want this to happen. You might think that it is odd to clean the sink to do the washing up, but everything you do, if you feel good whilst doing the tasks the chances are you will enjoy the experience that little bit more.
How To Deep Clean Your Kitchen Sink
Deep cleaning your kitchen sink is going to a personal preference as to what you like to use to clean. I am turning away from manufactured cleaners in favour for natural homemade cleaning options; often these are a lot cheaper and a lot better for the environment and your health.
In the past, I would have poured a chemical into the sink and scrubbed and poured bleach down the drain.
I am no longer convinced this is a good way to clean, don’t get me wrong it can work well, but I don’t want to breathe in those chemicals into my lungs, I want the deep cleaning of my sink to not cause potential health problems in the future.
Therefore, I choose the natural route as much as possible, I use bicarbonate of soda, and a cloth that is damp, I use this to remove as much as possible of any stains or marks. If this doesn’t shift the mark I turn to soda crystals, these can pull the stains right out, the only problem I have is I need to wear gloves when dealing with soda crystals as they dry my skin. I use an old toothbrush to get into all the edges of and around the kitchen sink before wiping down to remove the dirt; once this is gone, I dry with a soft dry cloth.
For the drain, I sprinkle bicarbonate of soda down the drain and pour boiling water down, any blockages my husband cleans the drain of any potential blockages, unfortunately, this is one job that makes me feel unwell.
What Makes Your Kitchen Sink Pleasant
If you spend time washing up you need to do so in an environment that makes it a pleasant experience, for me I like to look outside into the garden and watch the wildlife, but I have thought about lighting a candle or two to improve the experience even more.
A clean kitchen sink is important, if you have dirty dishes piled high and a dirty sink, you won’t tackle the problem and this can make the time drag and the event totally unpleasant, but having a clean sink and a positive outlook can and will make all the difference.
Therefore, if you can’t face the washing up, maybe you need to deep clean the kitchen sink first and make it into that pleasant experience which quickly tackles the task and can ensure that you leave it looking good for your next washing up experience.