Everything in the kitchen revolves around the sink. Even if the whole kitchen is clean, a dirty sink can ruin its look. It’s where we trash every dirty dish in the house. So it’s kind of the gross place in the kitchen which needs to be cleaned everyday. Not to mention disinfecting too. Here are some tips to keep your sink clean, clog free and shiny.

1.Use a Sink Cap

You can find a sink cap at the local supermarket. These little caps do most of the work in de-clogging your sink. The less of food waste you let go through the sink, the less clogged it will be. So throw away any leftover waste in the plate into the garbage before you keep it in the sink. To avoid any waste from going into the sink, always add a sink cap to catch away all those unnoticed clumps which may enter into the sink hole. Also keep them clean by scrubbing with a toothbrush. No more clogged drains!

2. Don’t Overload

Stacking heaps and heaps of dishes in your sink will not only give a dirty look, but will also make you feel like you have a mountain of work thus discouraging yourself. Try to wash away the dishes when you are standing idle in the kitchen when your waiting for your tea or for the food to get cooked. washing dishes little by little as they collect will save time and energy rather than hoarding them and doing it all together. Once I followed this routine, it helped me wrap up my kitchen duties sooner. If you have a dishwasher, directly load your dirty dishes into it instead of filling the sink.

3. Clean Every Night

When you finish your dinner and clean up the kitchen, don’t ever forget to disinfect your sink. It’s where your dirty dishes laid and hence prone to bacteria and cockroaches. If you have a stainless steel sink like I do, give it a good scrub every night after dish washing with a brush or sponge. Spray with all purpose cleaner or some dish liquid and water and scrub away. If your sink is smelly or have dried residues, sprinkle some baking soda on them, let it stay few minutes and scrub away with a sponge. It helps to deodorize and disinfect. Lastly, finish off by rinsing with hot water. Do this in your daily routine and have a clean and shiny sink every morning.

4. Clean Your Sink Traps

Sink Traps help to catch away the food waste and dirt that may enter into the sink. Since it lies inside the sink drain, you cannot see how gross it gets. It’s practically the bacteria breeding area. Remove it once a month, soak it in dish soap and scrub using an old toothbrush. This is eliminate bacteria from entering your sink.

5. Shine Your Faucet

A clean sink with a dirty faucet or tap isn’t quite appealing. If your taps have pesky water spots on them, spray some vinegar over it, leave for a few minutes and wipe off. For stainless steel, copper, brass or bronze taps, clean with some dish soap and water. For nickel and chrome taps, you can make a 1:1 ratio of vinegar and water( Best glass Cleaner too) and spray on them, let it sit for few minutes and wipe with a dry cloth. Alternatively, you can scrub the faucets with a cut lemon too. Sparkling faucets!

6. Unclog Your Drain

Your drain getting clogged while washing dishes is one of the most annoying things that can happen. It means that there is a lot of buildup in your sink drain which is unattended to. At least once a week follow a routine to unclog or clear your drain even if it isn’t clogged to keep your sink hygenic. For this, you will need some baking soda, vinegar and hot water. First, in a clear sink, add half cup of baking soda directly to the drain hole. Follow it with a cup of vinegar. The combination will bubble and foam up. This will help to dissolve all the residues on the walls of the drain. Let it sit for 5 minutes. Lastly, add some hot boiling water directly into the drain hole. Follow this routine once a week.

7. Sink Stains

If you notice brown stains forming in your drain or around your drain, those are stains.  To clear this up, just create a paste of dish soap and baking soda and apply to the area.  Leave it for a few moments and then scrub gently with a cleaning toothbrush.

8. Shiny Sink

If you want to give your stainless steel sink a shiny look, make a mixture of 1:1 ratio of water and rubbing alcohol. Spray it all over and wipe with a dry cloth. Your sink will glare!