Kitchen sinks are one of the most overlooked places in the home. People tend to think it is self-cleaning but when food waste and all sorts of things go down the drain, it’s due that it should have a proper wash down.

Cleaning Tools

If you want to get started on cleaning your kitchen sink, think about the proper cleaning tools to use.

  • Rubber gloves
  • Scrubber
  • Cleaning solution

These tools should be used solely for the purpose of cleaning the kitchen sink only, and shouldn’t be used on other sinks like in the bathroom. It is more hygienic that you keep separate sets of cleaning tools for each section of the house. This will prevent the spread of bacteria.

Cleaning solutions are readily available at the local supermarket and some have been created for use in the kitchen. Choose which ones you’re most comfortable with, or you may opt for an all-natural one. Baking soda, lemon, salt, and vinegar are cheap and effective additions to your cleaning solution.


First, remove all dishes and food particles from the sink. Make sure it’s bare before you sanitise and clean. Along with the sink, make sure your countertop is also clean. Give them both a quick rinse before you scrub!

Choose a scrubber that is non-abrasive so you won’t damage your sink. Stainless steel is pretty tough but reacts to acid. For this reason, avoid bleach. This will change or alter its surface. Use a paste made of water and baking soda and gently scrub. Rinse it with a vinegar solution and then give it a final rinse with warm water.

For white kitchen sinks, hydrogen peroxide and baking soda are effective cleaning agents that can remove annoying stains. This is the downside of having a white sink — stains will show over time if it isn’t properly cleaned in the first place. Lightly wet the surface and sprinkle baking soda all over. A few drops of hydrogen peroxide here and there, and then you’re ready to scrub. Afterwards, rinse thoroughly with water.

Porcelain sinks are no stranger to stains and rust too, but require a different method of cleaning. Cut a lemon in half and sprinkle salt. Rub the lemon on the stain and watch it disappear before your eyes like magic. Rinse the area well with water.

Wipe down

The faucet and handles shouldn’t be ignored too when you clean the sink. Spray a soapy solution on them and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing. Wipe them down with a microfibre cloth. Remember that handles are always full of germs so cleaning them on a daily basis helps cut down the possibility of getting sick.

Don’t forget the drain

If you find yourself looking for that offensive smell, head towards the drain. Most likely that’s where it’s coming from!

Here’s a surefire way to get rid of it: pour baking soda down the drain (around 1 cup) and then slowly pour 2 cups of white vinegar. Watch as the bubbles form and wait for 15 minutes to do its magic. This simple solution helps unclog the drain and remove any unwanted smells. Next pour hot water carefully over the drain to completely wash away any residue.

Your garbage disposal can also be cleaned with this easy to follow tip: drop sliced lemons, some salt and ice. Turn on the cold water and let your garbage disposal run until the ice melts. The salt helps scrub the blades while the lemon helps keep it smelling fresh! Coarse salt works best for this tip. Simultaneously, you can arrange the utensils in the dishwasher and let them wash in cold water to save minutes on the clock.

No time? Don’t worry!

Adding another chore to your to-do list is not exactly what you want at the moment. If only the mess, grime, and dirt could magically disappear then all would be well. Guess what — don’t worry or stress over cleaning ever again! Call up a professional home cleaner to visit weekly or fortnightly so you won’t have to stress over it anymore. Knowing how to clean the kitchen, as well as other parts of your home, is part and parcel of what a professional home cleaner does. Leave the cleaning to the professionals so you have more time to focus on other aspects of your life.

Emma Chen

Emma Chen holds a degree in Public Health from the University of Washington and has dedicated 13 years to promoting healthy and sustainable cleaning practices. Since joining us as a freelancer in 2020, Emma has shared her expertise in non-toxic cleaning solutions, indoor air quality, and allergen reduction. Her experience includes working in community health programs and as a health educator, which shows in her writing. Emma is a yoga instructor in her free time and participates in community clean-up drives.

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