Cooktop Cove: 6 ways to clean your kitchen sink that you might not have heard of
By Lillian Teague
Isn't it crazy that an area dedicated to cleaning can be one of the dirtiest places in your home? Your kitchen sink gets daily use. It's where you wash hands, rinse produce, wash dishes and even give the baby a bath! So you definitely need to keep it nice and clean.
These amazing tips make cleaning your sink a quick and easy task. Say goodbye to harsh chemical cleaners. These all natural cleaning hacks will leave your kitchen sink fresh and sparkling.
1. Use baking soda and vinegar for a fizzy clean
Baking soda and vinegar are a powerful cleaning combination -- and both ingredients are probably already in your kitchen! Generously spray your sink with vinegar and allow to rest for 10 to 15 minutes. While the vinegar does its magic, mix together baking soda and vinegar in a glass bowl. Go slowly to avoid the erupting fizz. You can soak your strainer and plug in the bowl while you wait. Use the mixture to gently scrub the sink with a non-abrasive cleaner. A toothbrush is an excellent tool for getting into the crevices and tight spaces around the drain.
2. Make a homemade soft scrub
This DIY kitchen cleaner is perfect for cleaning sinks, especially if you have a porcelain sink. It cleans and gently erases rust and metal marks from your white sink. Mix together 3 tablespoons Castile soap with 1 cup of baking soda. Add 15 drops of your favorite essential oil. Use a small amount with a damp cleaning cloth to clean and polish your sink.
3. Clean and protect a granite sink
Granite sinks are beautiful, and you may think the dark color will hide dirt. It does, but over time your sink needs a thorough cleaning and an application of a protective layer. A gentle cleaning with a non-abrasive cleaner such as Murphy's All Purpose Cleaner removes dirt, debris and water marks. To protect your sink, apply a layer of mineral oil to the granite with a clean, dry cloth.
4. Bleach it with lemons
If after gentle scrubbing your white sink is still not bright white, it may need a gentle bleaching. Dry the sink, rub the stained area with a cut lemon and leave overnight. When you rinse in the morning, notice how well this natural bleach works.
5. Remove rust stains with salt
Rust stains appear in sinks from contact with metal objects or from iron in your water. You don't need a harsh rust remover to get rid of the brown spots. Squeeze lemon juice over the stained area, and add enough salt to make a paste. Leave for a few hours, and then wipe the stain away!
6. Wipe it down every day
Regular cleaning reduces how often you need to really deep clean your sink. This all-natural and all-purpose spray is ideal for wiping down your sink every evening. Add to a spray bottle 2 cups water, a generous squirt of Castile soap and 15 drops of your favorite essential oil. Give it a shake, and use it to clean your sink and even your entire kitchen.
7. Quickly freshen your garbage disposal
Clean and deodorize your garbage disposal all at once with these easy garbage disposal cleaning cubes. Place sections of lemon in an ice cube tray, cover with vinegar and freeze in a container. Pop a few into your garbage disposal, then turn it on to clean and freshen.
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