Find More Germs Here Than On Your Toilet Seat
Yes! You’ve read it right.
According to WebMD:
“Although the mere thought of retrieving anything from your toilet bowl may be enough to make you sick, your toilet may be cleaner than your kitchen sink”, says Eileen Abruzzo, director of infection control at Long Island College Hospital of Brooklyn, New York.
Food scraps and particles from plates left to soak, or rinsed from dirty dishes can serve as a breeding ground for bacteria, including E. coli and salmonella. These bacteria and germs can transfer to your hands, which then will be transferred to your food items when you handle them.
Hence to sanitise your sink and to prevent the spread of germs and bacteria, we highly recommend washing it with bleach and hot water, and letting the solution run down the drain. Remember to remove your drain plug and wash it thoroughly too.
Cleaning Your Kitchen Sink
Use multipurpose liquid or cream cleanser.
Alternatively, use a paste of baking soda and water.
A sponge scourer is best because it can be flipped over to scrub heavier dirt.
Use a little extra cleanser and more effort for water spots. rust marks and grimy tidemarks.
For stubborn stains, try rubbing with a soft cloth and vinegar.
How To Clean Various Sink Types
Stainless steel sinks are very robust, hygienic and easy to clean. But they won’t be able to retain that brilliant shine, and will develop a more muted matte glow.
Enamel sinks chip and scratch easily. Avoid harsh abrasives, scourers and acid-based cleaning products.
Porcelain sinks crack easily, so be careful. One of the more common reasons a porcelain sink cracks is due to a very rapid or extreme change in temperature, like when hot liquid is poured into the sink. When the hot liquid touches the cold porcelain, it creates temperature stress that cracks the surface of the sink.
Acrylic sinks should be treated more gently. Don’t use harsh abrasives or scourers. To remove tough stains from your acrylic sink, fill it up with warm water and add a cap full of bleach. Let this bleach water solution sit in the sink for 3-5 minutes. While the sink is soaking, use a soft sponge dipped in the solution to scrub away any tough stains that may be visible.
Composite material sinks can be cleaned using mild cream cleanser and a soft scourer. To remove stubborn stains on composite sinks, you can try an overnight soak using diluted bleach.