How To Clean Your Kitchen Sink

Kitchen sink is one of the dirtiest items in your kitchen, which come as no surprise. It is involved in most of the daily activities we do in our kitchen, from rinsing our food before we cook to washing pots, pans, dishes, glasses and many others. Most people don't regularly spend time cleaning their kitchen sink, and this might cause diseases and illnesses. That is why you need to learn how to clean a kitchen sink properly to get rid of all bacteria from its surface. Read on to find out how to quickly and easily make your sink clean and shiny.

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Knowing the Material of Your Kitchen Sink

Stainless Steel

This is the most popular material for sinks on the market. Stainless steel sinks are known for the durability and inexpensive. These sinks should be cleaned regularly after using to keep them clean and stop potentially damaging factors such as various acids and salts. Also, do not put the food in the stainless steel sinks more than several hours. Do not use ammonia substance, bleach, or other strong chemicals to get rid of the dirt as these substances will make the stainless steel weaker.

Cast Iron

Cast iron is one of the oldest materials to make kitchen sinks. Cast iron sinks feature a porcelain enamel finish which gives the sinks a glossy look. Though cast iron sinks are long-lasting, the finish can easily be scratched in the cleaning process. You should always rinse the cast iron sink carefully after using it and dry it with a clean cloth. Don't leave dirty dishes, pots, pans, coffee grounds and tea bags in the sink for an extended period as these are difficult to washed out.


Ceramic sinks are easy to clean with a gel or a creamy cleaner as well as a soft cloth, and it should be done monthly. However, you should not utilize the grinding substances on the ceramic sink surfaces in order to evade the abrasion on the area.

Stone and Composite Granite

These are arguably the most durable and long-lasting type of sinks available. These materials soak up the liquid easily and quickly, so you should avoid using chemical cleaning products as these elements will damage the stone and composite granite.

What To Prepare:


  • A soft sponge
  • A brush (should be a small one)
  • A paper towel
  • A clean towel
  • Gloves (optional)


  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Soap
  • Baking soda (optional)
  • White vinegar
  • Lemon (optional)

How To Clean Your Kitchen Sink – Step-By-Step Instructions

If you have time to clean your kitchen sink regularly, we recommend you do it once a day or at least three times a week.

For those who don't want to get your hands dirty, you'd better put on a pair of gloves. Remember not to use the same sponge that you just use to wash all the dishes, pans, pots or glasses..., take another sponge instead. You should be doing this because the previous sponge will have bad odors and potentially bacteria from foods and beverages.​


Remove all dirty dishes and leftover food in the sink. Make sure there are nothing left in your sink before we get to work.


Run hot tap water into the sink to remove bad odor and soften any gooey materials in the sink.


Put some dishwasher liquid into the sponge and rub it around the sink surface and the drain. You should not miss out the drain as this is also a perfect home for bacteria and mold. Moreover, you can replace the liquid with a mixture of baking soda and lemon juice.


The next step is to wash the faucet and handles. Use soap with low pH level and a small brush to rub and get rid of the dirt in every corner of the handles and faucets. Furthermore, use a soaked cloth in white vinegar to clean them more effectively.


Unplug the drain. Pour a cup of white vinegar directly into the drain. Then cover it with a paper towel for about 10 minutes.


Rinse the sink, faucet and handles with warm water for several times.


When you have finished the cleaning process, you should dry the sink, faucets and handles with a soft rag or a soft cloth to make it shiny and prevent any water spot. As a result, your kitchen sink will look just like new.


There you have it, a step by step guide on how to clean your kitchen sink. This may be a bit more complicated than other cleaning tasks, yet it is very necessary for aesthetic and health purpose. If you like this post, don't forget to share it with your friends. If you have any other way of cleaning the kitchen sink, please let us know by commenting in the box below.

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