The Green Way to Sanitize Your Kitchen Sink
Most people use their sinks every day to wash and rinse food and dishes. But how often do you clean and sanitize your sink?
To keep your sink bacteria and germ free, it’s a good idea to wash your sink with mild dish soap and warm water each night. But you’ll also want to sanitize your sink at least once a week.
As your online source for sinks, faucets and accessories, we at My Sinks and Faucets know all about sinks and the best ways to clean them. That’s why in today’s article, we’re sharing some easy green ways to sanitize your kitchen sink with our customers and readers of this blog.
Since we’re going the green route, you can forget the harsh commercial cleaners. Why pay extra for those when you can use household products that are gentle for your sink and safer for your family? Products and tools you should use to sanitize your kitchen sink include baking soda, distilled white vinegar, liquid dish soap, soft sponges or rags, paper towels, an old toothbrush and a small bucket or basin. That’s all you really need.
Start With Baking Soda
For porcelain and stainless sinks, you’ll want to start by using warm water to wet the entire sink. Then sprinkle baking soda and rub it in with a sponge or cloth until a paste is formed. The baking soda will remove soap scum, stains and bits of food. It will also produce a nice shine. And we all like shiny sinks, right?
Get Around the Sink
Next use some of the paste to clean around the sink with your old toothbrush. Scrub it around the caulk seal around your sink and your faucet, then use it to clean the bottom of your rubber drain flaps. As you’re cleaning these, rinse the toothbrush frequently and use more baking soda if needed. Then rinse all these areas with water, removing all baking soda residue. Then use a cloth to wipe everything dry.
Time to Sanitize
After that thorough cleaning, it’s time to sanitize. Pour several cups of white vinegar into a small bucket or container and dip six or more paper towels into it. The bigger the sink, the more paper towels you’ll need. Take those saturated paper towels and completely cover your sink and faucet. Let them sit for 20 minutes, then remove and discard. The acid in the vinegar will act as a disinfectant for your sink. Thoroughly rinse with water and liquid soap to remove all traces of the vinegar.
Take Precautions with Copper Sinks
The method listed above is great for porcelain and stainless sinks, but this is not recommended for copper sinks. You’ll want to avoid using chemical cleaners on your copper sink because it can damage the metal. If your copper sink has a patina finish, don’t use acidic products like lemon or vinegar because they can damage the finish. For copper sinks, use mild dish soap and water and then pat it dry with a cloth. The good news is that copper already has antibacterial properties that hinder the growth of common bacteria.
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