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How to clean your sink

28th Sep '20 • By Rohit Mankame

We use our kitchen sinks everyday and every now and then they deserve a little maintenance. You should know how to clean and maintain your sink to keep your family safe.

Luxury bathroom sinkYou clean your dishes every day in your kitchen sink, but how often are you really cleaning the sink itself? We like to think of our sinks as being "clean" because they are constantly being rinsed with water and a decent amount of dish soap too. Germs can get a foothold over time, and you will need to get serious about cleaning your kitchen sink now and then. Otherwise, the place to wash your dishes would not be a sanitary place!

Dirty plates, pieces of food rinsed out of cutting surfaces, and grimy mildew.These are the items that make your home one of the dirtiest places for sinks. Fortunately, to keep your home clean, you don't have to bleach your sink every day. You  can hold germs at bay with daily dish soap or natural cleaners such as baking soda and vinegar, combined with a good scrub brush. If you don't like to clean or don't have the time, you can always hire a professional cleaner.

Cleaning kitchen sink

What are the different types of sinks and how can you protect them?

Stainless steel

Keep acids and salts away from stainless steel, as well as ammonia and bleach. Also, avoid using sponges with an abrasive texture. You don’t want to damage the beautiful finish on your stainless steel sink. Some people said that you can use lemon despite its acidic properties. If you do this, we recommend not leaving it in contact with the steel for too long — or just skip it to be on the safe side.


This material may be scratched easily. For that reason, you should not use abrasive materials or cleaning agents.

Cast Iron

Cast iron sinks come with an enamel coating, so you must take care when scrubbing it. Abrasive cleaners, sponge pads, and wire brushes should be avoided.


Copper sinks have a patina. So, do not use harsh chemicals and avoid acids as well. Otherwise, the patina could be damaged or stripped away.


As stone is porous, it can absorb anything that comes into contact with it. For this reason, you should not use harsh chemicals or acids.


Mild acids like lemon juice or vinegar are usually fine so long as you do not leave them sitting for too long.

Ceramic sink top

What supplies do you need to clean your sink?

  • Liquid soap
  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Lemon juice
  • Sponge
  • Old toothbrush
  • Scrubber

polished sink

What are the steps in cleaning the sink?

  1. Scrub and rinse

With a soap-dispensing brush, give your sink a good scrub. The best way to clean most sinks, particularly those with more delicate surfaces like copper or enamelled cast iron, is to combine mild dish soap and water. On tougher sinks, such as stainless steel, baking soda and water pastes work just as well, but you'll want to avoid acidic cleaners on concrete, porcelain, or enamelled cast iron sinks.

  1. Clean the hard to reach parts 

Remember to scrub up those hard-to-reach spaces with spray cleaner. You can soak faucets, spray nozzles, and sink strainers using water and white vinegar. Use a deep clean brush to scour grime around the faucet base and drain edges.

  1. Disinfect the sink 

Sparkle your stainless steel sink with a 1:1 ratio of vinegar and water in a spray bottle.  White vinegar contains acetic acid, a natural disinfectant which kills common germs effectively. Using a combination of hot water and antibacterial soap for sinks that are not vinegar-safe.

  1. Keep it clean 

Regularly restock sponges and dish brushes to keep your sink clean, and keep them housed in a dishwasher-safe caddy. Also, you should have a ventilated layout and clean it whenever you replace your sponge for it to dry sanitarily.

Kitchen sink with champagne

How do you manage long-term cleaning of your sink?

Rinse the entire basin thoroughly after every use of your sink. Take a soft cloth and wipe all the surfaces in order to dry them. Do that each and every time to decrease the amount of maintenance your sink requires to maintain its sparkling nature.  

You will also have to clean and sanitise your sink thoroughly now and then, but the more vigilant you are with the occasional rinse and wipe-down, the less likely you need to pull out the baking soda and the vinegar. 

One last tip is to make sure that you do not leave certain food or drinks in contact with your sink. Especially items like coffee grounds and tea bags are known for leaving deep, stubborn stains on sink surfaces. The earlier you remove these from your sink and clean any residue out of it, the better.

Keeping your sink sanitized means you and your family stay healthy.

If you don’t like to get dirty, or just don’t have the time to clean your sink, you can always hire a professional cleaner to get your sink cleaned.

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