Is Your Kitchen Sink Clean?
Did you know that kitchen sinks contain bacteria like E.coli and salmonella? It’s easy to assume that the dirtiest place in your home is your toilet, but it’s actually your kitchen sink. Cleaning your kitchen sink properly and keeping up with routine maintenance is very important. Bacteria accumulates quickly in your sink, especially once you consider all the old food you have sitting in your drains. Follow these steps to help keep your kitchen sink clean, maintained, and free of clogs.
How To Clean Your Sink
Knowing which chemicals to use when cleaning your kitchen sink is essential to ensure you don’t damage your sink. In many cleaners, you can find abrasive chemicals that will eventually damage your sink’s finish. A great alternative to over-the-counter cleaners is to use a baking soda and vinegar mixture. Try it with these simple steps:
- Sprinkle a layer of baking soda on the bottom of the sink and let it form into a paste-like consistency.
- Make sure to rinse it thoroughly.
- Lay down white vinegar-soaked paper towels for about 20 minutes. It acts as a disinfectant and helps to break down grease.
- Finally, rinse the sink out with warm, soapy water.
These steps help to ensure that your drains and pipes won’t get clogged and start smelling.
Be Mindful Of What You Pour Into Your Sink
Kitchen sink clogs can be highly inconvenient. We all have a kitchen sink, so we need to be cautious of what goes down it. You can buy a drain screen to put over your drain hole to help avoid clogs. Drain screens can prevent food particles like meat, coffee grounds, and vegetable rinds from going down and developing clogs.
The quickest way to plug up your pipes is by pouring grease down your drain. Grease quickly hardens, builds up, and can leave you with a backed-up sink. Your kitchen sink is one of the most heavily used items in your home and having it backed up can be very inconvenient.
Start A Compost Pile
A great way to help reduce the usage of your drain and garbage disposal is to consider starting a compost pile. Organic food particles decompose with time. After that time passes, you can use that compost in your garden. This way, you reduce waste and practice an eco-friendly habit.
Teach Little Ones How To Use The Drain
Teaching your kids what should and should not go down the kitchen sink drain is critical to keeping your kitchen sink operating correctly. Kids don’t know the effects of throwing a big piece of food into the drain. So, if you monitor their behavior and let them know the dos and don’ts of dumping stuff in the drain, you’ll keep your kitchen plumbing in good condition.
Keep Your Sink Maintained With Stephen’s Plumbing
Our plumbing experts can fix clogged kitchen sinks, broken garbage disposals, and more. Give us a call today to set up a time for us to come out and fix your sink, or even if you want to learn about the best practices of keeping your kitchen sink clean!