I don’t know about you, but far too often I have finished the dishes by leaving a pot or casserole dish to soak in hot soapy water and then forgotten about it until the next morning when I find the dish sitting in a messy oil slick in the sink. Not a good start to the day!
The kitchen sink is an area that gets a lot of use – rinsing and washing dishes; defrosting meat; and washing vegetables but it is often neglected when it comes to deep cleaning. So, it’s not surprising that a dirty sink can often be the cause of food poisoning. Cleaning the sink is also important for household maintenance as food acids can damage the stainless steel.
So, I’m going to make more of an effort to start the day with a sparkling, clean sink.
After doing the dishes in the evening rinse out the sink then sprinkle it and the surrounding stainless steel with baking soda.
Scrub the baking soda into the sink and taps. And then rinse.
Spray with a solution of equal parts water and vinegar. Leave for a few minutes then wipe dry with a tea towel.
This should be enough for a daily clean, and shouldn’t take too long if you keep it up daily.
Keep a tea towel handy and wipe the sink dry after every use to prevent water marks during the day.
For a deeper clean, and to get to those tricky spots here’s a few other things you can add.
When scrubbing the sink with baking soda use a toothbrush or dental floss to get into the small areas, like round the faucet.
Use a knife to pick dirt out of the rim of the sink, as you would pick dirt out of your fingernails.
Soak a paper towel in vinegar and place it round the faucet and leave it there for a few minutes then wipe.