Did you know that your kitchen sink is the second germiest place in your kitchen? Following only your sponge, which of course is sitting in your sink. It sounds disgusting but if you think about it, it really makes perfect sense. You finish a meal, wash the dishes, and walk away leaving small pieces of food, and lots of moisture, sitting in your sink for hours. There’s no way to avoid it – tiny microorganisms are going to go crazy in this environment. So what can you do about it?
To start you should make sure you clean your sink, which includes both washing and disinfecting the sides and bottom, at least once a week. This frequency applies if you’re using the sink just for washing dirty dishes. If you’re using your sink to clean up from raw meat or wash vegetables, you should clean it immediately after using it – every time! In terms of washing you should start with warm water and dish soap. Use a clean sponge and wash down all of the sink surfaces to remove any stuck on food or other items that may have been left behind. After this is completed you’re ready to move on to disinfecting.
The best option for disinfecting is to use natural cleaning agents, such as white vinegar, diluted with water, or cleaning products such as Clorox Green Works, which are designed to be safe for kitchen use. It’s recommended that you avoid items with bleach in them, although the clean smell of these can be highly tempting. If you need that bleach smell in order to feel like the job has been done right, use it to sanitize the drain. Simply pour 1 tsp of bleach and 1 quart of water down the drain periodically and this will take care of the drain area. You can also use bleach, or bleach containing products, to wipe down the faucet and handles.
If you’ve put anything in the sink that may cause it to stain try sprinkling baking soda on the area before the stains have a chance to set. After a few minutes, simply wipe it away and rinse the sink out. If stains have already occurred typically a cleaning sponge, such as Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, can get rid of them. Baking soda is safe to use on both stainless steel sinks, porcelain and resin and in addition to stain removal it is also extremely helpful for neutralizing any potential odors.
It’s highly recommended that you replace your sponge frequently, and clean it in the same manner as the sink in between. Follow these simple steps to reduce germs in your kitchen and help keep your family safer.