The kitchen sink may be the place where we get dishes clean everyday, but it’s also one of the filthiest places in the house.
With around 100,000 more germs than a toilet according to the NHS, it’s essential then that the sink remains as clean as possible.
Thankfully the experts at Good Housekeeping Institute have pulled together the top tips that everyone with a spotless kitchen follows to keep their sink sparkling at all times.
They may sound simple, but you’d be surprised by how few people get around to these easy tasks every day.
There are just a few simple and very quick tasks to do everyday or at least once a week to make sure your sink remains sparklingly clean at all times
1. First, wipe with a damp cloth that has a little anti-bacterial cleaner or some washing up liquid on it.
2. If your sink requires a more thorough clean, use a multi-purpose cleaner without diluting it with water, or a cream-based cleaner.
3. Don’t forget your taps. Make sure to wipe them down regularly with a solution of detergent and buff them dry to remove water spots.
4. Use a limescale cleaner at least once a week if you live in a hard water area.
You can use the tips on any kind of sink but if you have an enamel kitchen sink then avoid using limescale removers as it could damage them
5. Don’t allow coloured foods or drinks that stain easily to sit in the sink. If they do stain the sink, soak with well-diluted bleach or a solution of biological washing detergent.
6. It’s not something you notice every day but it’s important to keep plug holes and the over fill holes clean too. Use a bottle brush to give them a scrub once a week. Lemon juice apparently works to lift any rust stains.
7. To prevent grease building up in your pipes, flush a washing soda solution down the pipes once a week.
8. Don’t use a washing up bowl if your sink scratches or marks easily, as grit can get caught underneath and cause damage.
9. If you have an enamel sink, you can follow any of these rules but never use a limescale remover. Instead, use a plastic scourer and neat washing up liquid to budge limescale.