How to Clean a Kitchen Sink and Drain

Dirt and bacteria can quickly build up in your sink, whether from dirty dishes or leftover food thrown down the garbage disposal. Over time, this dirt can build up on the surface of your sink, giving it a dingy and dirty appearance. Luckily, thoroughly cleaning your sink and drain is relatively easy and can be done with a few everyday cleaning products – no matter what material your sink is made of.

How often does a kitchen sink need to be cleaned?

Your sink can be a breeding ground for bacteria, so you should clean it regularly. “If you use your sink daily, I recommend cleaning it weekly to limit bacterial growth and prevent buildup and surface stains,” says James Cantrell, virtual handyman expert at Frontdoor.

How to clean a stainless steel sink

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It’s important to know how to properly clean a stainless steel sink because scratches can occur during the cleaning process, says Trisha Lake, owner and CEO of TLC Cleaning. Remember to follow the natural grain of your sink when scrubbing.

Materials needed

Make sure you have these materials on hand before you begin.

  • Water
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • baking powder
  • Microfiber fabric

steps

Follow these steps when cleaning a stainless steel sink.

  1. Combine 1 teaspoon of dish soap with 1 quart of hot tap water.
  2. Apply the mixture to a microfiber cloth.
  3. Use the cloth to carefully clean the sink in the direction of the grain.
  4. Wipe the handles and faucet with the cloth.
  5. Rinse off soap residue with warm water.
  6. If stains still remain, sprinkle baking soda into your sink.
  7. Clean the sink with a damp cloth and the baking soda in the direction of the grain.
  8. Rinse off any remaining baking soda with warm water.
  9. Dry the sink and edges with a clean cloth.

How to clean a white porcelain sink

Both porcelain and ceramic sinks are very durable and can be cleaned with most household cleaners. To clean your porcelain sink, follow these steps from Leanne Stapf, CEO of The Cleaning Authority.

Materials needed

Make sure you have these materials on hand before you begin.

  • Water
  • bleaching
  • baking powder
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Microfiber fabric

steps

Follow these steps when cleaning a porcelain sink.

  1. Fill your sink with warm water.
  2. Add a small amount of bleach and let it sit for five minutes.
  3. Drain the sink.
  4. Combine 3 tablespoons baking soda, 1 tablespoon dish soap, and 1/4 cup warm water.
  5. Apply the mixture to a microfiber cloth.
  6. Gently clean the sink with the cloth.
  7. Wipe the handles and faucet with the cloth.
  8. Rinse off any remaining baking soda and dish soap with warm water.
  9. Dry the sink and edges with a clean cloth.

How to clean a copper sink

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When cleaning a copper sink, avoid using abrasive cleaners as they can remove the dark patina that naturally forms on copper over time.

Materials needed

Make sure you have these materials on hand before you begin.

  • Water
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Microfiber fabric

steps

Follow these steps when cleaning a copper sink.

  1. Combine 1 teaspoon of dish soap with 1 quart of hot tap water.
  2. Apply the mixture to a microfiber cloth.
  3. Gently clean the sink with the cloth.
  4. Wipe the handles and faucet with the cloth.
  5. Rinse off soap residue with warm water.
  6. Dry the sink and edges with a clean cloth.

How to clean a kitchen sink drain

Kitchen sink drains can build up grease and grease over time. During your weekly cleaning, rinse it with baking soda and vinegar.

Materials needed

Make sure you have these materials on hand before you begin.

  • Pot
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • Water

steps

Follow these steps when cleaning a kitchen drain.

  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil.
  2. Pour the baking soda down the drain and then slowly pour in the vinegar.
  3. Let the mixture sit for about 15 minutes.
  4. Pour boiling water into the sink.
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