The Proper Way to Clean the Sink and Disposal

It may come as a surprise to some but the kitchen sink doesn’t actually get cleaned every time you turn on the tap. Simply letting the water run isn’t going to clean the sink thoroughly. After all, there’s a lot of stuff that swirls down the drain, and pipes, sink and the disposal all need sanitizing.

In this post, Handyman Connection® of San Mateo discusses the proper way to clean the sink and disposal.

Sink Cleaning

The most efficient way to sanitize the sink is by cleaning it every day. You can simply wipe the surface of the sink clean with mild soap and a soft rag. For ceramic sinks, we recommend an all-purpose glass cleaner as it’s more effective at getting rid of food stains.

The drain is trickier to clean, and as previously mentioned, won’t get sanitized with just water alone. What you want to do is sprinkle some baking soda on the surface and then work it into a paste. After that, you simply have to rinse the sink so the paste goes into the drain.

Next, you want to soak some paper towels with vinegar and line them around the sink. Let them sit for around 20 minutes or so, then remove and rinse the sink with warm soapy water. This will get rid of hard stains and break down accumulated debris inside the drain.

Cleaning the Disposal

For the disposal, you want to sprinkle half a cup of baking soda down the disposal along with a cup of white vinegar. Once the mixture starts to fizz, let it work on the disposal for a couple of minutes and boil a kettle of hot water.

Once the fizzing stops, pour the boiling water down the disposal. Fill the drain with two cups of ice and pour a cup of salt over the cubes. Run some cold water on them and turn on the disposal. The combination of ice and salt will loosen and leftover grime and debris that the vinegar and baking soda didn’t get rid of.

After that, all you need to do is squeeze some lemon water down the drain and let the water run while the disposal is on. The citrus will get rid of any foul food odors that will otherwise linger on the disposal.

Handyman Connection of San Mateo is ready to help you with more complex sink and disposal cleaning. Fill out our form or call us at (650) 437-8995 to learn more about our services.

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