I recently moved from a studio apartment to a two bedroom apartment. I love all the extra space we have now – especially since my boyfriend and I worked from home. But frankly that’s not even my favorite part of our new life. No, it’s the sink: I have a new appreciation for the “luxury” of a standard size sink.
We always cooked a good amount at home, but often felt limited by the size of our studio “kitchen” and the tiny sink. Today we make practical excuses to spend the whole day in our kitchen: cooking, yes, but also watering plants in the sink, washing laundry in the sink and washing fork by fork by fork.
With all of these requirements, the sink looked like it could use some love. I’ve always assumed that just washing up a sink would do with soap and water – I mean you would think that all the running water would keep it pretty clean anyway. But when I paused to think about it, we wash dirty vegetables, deheat shrimp, smear peanut butter, and catch food scraps. Let’s face it, if we all spend more (much more) time at home, our sinks will just sink never stop working. Aside from the daily soap and water splash, I gave my sink every week the spa treatment it takes to stay clean longer.
Follow these five simple steps to get a sparkling, fragrant, and bacteria-free sink. The best part? You need little more than the supplies you already have.
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Clean sponges and gas scrubbers
Toothbrushes and holders
White distilled vinegar
Lemon or orange peel
- olive oil
What should I do:
First wash the sink with water. Remove any food or obvious dirt from the drain. You can scrub the sink at this point with soapy water. While you’re at it, give the faucet, spray nozzle, and sink a little love too, using water and a mild detergent. Use an old toothbrush for the hard-to-reach parts. (You can also soak the strainer in a 1: 1 ratio of vinegar and water to disinfect it a little.) Rinse everything and wipe the tap to avoid annoying water stains.
Now let’s get these scratches out. Sprinkle the wet sink with baking soda. Use the soft part of your sponge to process the soda in a circular motion according to the grain of the steel. The baking soda and water form a delicate but abrasive paste to remove all of these scratches. Deeper scratches can also be removed with a very fine steel wool peeling. Make sure you scrub the entire surface of the sink.
When you’re done scrubbing, rinse the entire sink with white vinegar so that the baking soda bubbles – let it bubble. Once you’re done, turn on the water to rinse everything off. Let it dry.
Take a chunky lemon or orange peel and rub it over the entire surface of the sink to deodorize it. There is nothing better than letting the sink smell sweet for the next morning!
- Last step: dab a little olive oil on a cloth and polish the inside to give your sink extra shine for a week. Wipe off excess material with a clean cloth.
If you have waste disposal, you can clean it at any time:
1. First stop the drain and fill the sink with hot soapy water. Now open the drain and carry out the disposal.
2. If you want to scrub the chamber, be sure to turn off the interrupter for disposal before doing so. Turn it back on when you’re done.
3. Next, dump half a cup of baking soda, followed by a healthy dose of vinegar. Let it hiss for about 10 minutes.
4. Now switch on the cold water tap and carry out the disposal again. For an additional dose of freshness, insert a wedge of lemon while the tap is open.
That’s it. Your sink is ready to be the workhorse of your kitchen again.