Spring cleaning comes at the perfect time this year. Many of us are working from home or using the downtime to deep clean our homes and stock up on cleaning supplies to keep the coronavirus at bay.
Since we’re all trying to avoid any outside foot traffic from breaching our quarantine zone, the last thing you need is a plumbing problem like a clogged drain to occur. Fortunately, there are some very simple spring cleaning maintenance tips that will make your kitchen sink look spotless and also keep your plumbing flowing smoothly through the summer months.
Best Way to Clean Your Kitchen Sink
Nothing can take the place of a good old deep cleaning. Even with normal day-to-day cleaning, grime can start to build up unexpectedly. This is especially so in the kitchen. According to WebMD, your toilet may be cleaner than your kitchen sink. If that doesn’t make you take pause, what will?
Habits like soaking dirty dishes in your sink before placing them in the dishwasher can create a bacteria breeding ground where E. coli and salmonella can flourish. If you don’t properly clean and disinfect your sink, you could find yourself putting you and your family in harm’s way.
To avoid any illness-causing bacteria from moving into your kitchen, and to prevent clogged drains and pipes from happening in the future, here are some simple spring cleaning maintenance tips. With all of the extra hours on our hands, what better time than now to really clean your kitchen sink.
Stainless Steel Sink –
- What You Will Need –
- Baking Soda
- White Vinegar or Apple Cider Vinegar
- Dish Soap or Castile Soap (Unlike dish soap, castile soap is made from natural products like plant oils. This is especially useful for those that have allergies or don’t like using harsh chemicals. You can find castile soap in the personal hygiene aisle of the grocery store.)
- Rubber Dish Gloves
- Sponge or Microfiber Cloth
- Instructions –
- Start by Emptying the Sink – If you have any dirty dishes, this is the time to move them to the dishwasher, or scrub them and set them on a drying rack to dry.
- Sprinkle Sink Basin With Baking Soda – Baking soda is great for deep cleaning, especially on stainless steel surfaces. Since baking soda is only mildly abrasive, it is really effective at breaking up caked-on grime and food particles without causing harm to the surfaces in your sink.
- Put on Your Dish Gloves – Time to suit up and protect your hands from the hot soapy suds ahead.
- Add Dish Soap or Castile Soap – A few drops will do ya. There is no need to go overboard with the dish soap. As you’re probably aware, a little goes a long way. Castile soap may be less sudsy, but that doesn’t mean you need to add more. Simply squirt a few drops of either onto your dish sponge.
- Heat Things Up – Now that you have soap on your sponge, baking soda dusted all over your sink basin, it’s time to add some hot water. Add as you go. You don’t want to rinse the soap and baking soda away all at once, so add a little bit of hot water as you scrub.
- Start From the Top & Work Your Way to the Drain – Starting from the top of your sink, work from the top inward. Pay close attention to the sides of your sink and the rounded sections of the basin. Move your way towards the drain. Take at least 20-30 seconds cleaning each section of your sink. Once you have thoroughly scrubbed the basin, you’ll want to move to the drain itself. If you have a drain strainer, remove it and place it in the dishwasher or scrub that separately before replacing it. If your drains have extra buildup, use some more baking soda and soap to get those drains looking new again.
Faucet and Spray Nozzle – Have you ever noticed the buildup of calcified water and white-colored corrosion on your faucet? Well, here is a surefire way to rid your faucet and spray nozzle of grime and hard-water deposits. Soaking the head of your faucet and/or spray nozzle in some vinegar will help break up the hard-water growth. You can accomplish this by tying a plastic bag filled with vinegar around the head of your faucet and spray nozzle while you finish cleaning the rest of your sink.
Unclog Sink Drain – Unclogging your drain can be approached in a couple of different ways. You can use over-the-counter drain cleaning chemicals to eat away at the grime, ultimately breaking it up enough to easily be flushed through the pipes and away from your home. Or you can use DIY drain cleaning solutions to break up tough clogs. For reference, here is a step by step guide to unclogging your drain.
Safely Cleaning Your Garbage Disposal – Your garbage disposal is another breeding ground for germs and bacteria. Not only can all of that bacteria and rotting food particles make it stink, but it poses a health risk. Regularly cleaning out your garbage disposal is recommended to keep your kitchen smelling good and cutting down harmful bacteria in the sink.
- What You’ll Need –
- Baking Soda
- Instructions – You’ve already thoroughly cleaned the sink, the drains, and surrounding areas. Now it’s time for you to rid your garbage disposal of all the nasty funk that accumulates over the holidays.
- Make Sure the Garbage Disposal Is Off – This is a no-brainer, but a useful reminder is always helpful. Whether you unplug the garbage disposal or keep a watchful eye that you don’t accidentally flip the switch, just triple-check that your garbage disposal is not going to turn on during this process.
- Put Ice & Salt Into the Disposal – Put a ½ cup of salt and a cup of ice down into the garbage disposal. Don’t be shy to use your hand to push it down into the disposal unit. Once your hands are safely out, you’ll want to quickly run the disposal for about 10 seconds so the ice and salt can break up in the blades.
- Add Baking Soda – Let a ½ cup of baking soda sit in the disposal for about an hour.
- Add Vinegar – After you’ve left your baking soda to sit at the bottom of your garbage disposal, it’s time to add the vinegar. Pour about a ½ cup of vinegar in with the baking soda. There may be a slight reaction, but it is nothing to worry about.
- Run Cold Water & Switch on the Disposal – Lastly, put the cold tap water on full blast, and turn the garbage disposal on and allow it to run for 60 seconds.
When in Doubt, Make a Date With Your Plumber
If you have nailed the sink cleaning game but your drains still aren’t draining efficiently, you may have a clog that requires a professional plumber. For tough clogs, contact one of the trusted plumbers at Detour Plumbing. We are prepared to work in your home under the government and CDC guidelines, taking every precaution necessary to keep you and your family safe during this most trying time.