When most people deep clean their homes, the kitchen sink is left alone. After all, you rinse thoroughly each time it’s emptied, so what’s the big deal, right?
Well, the big deal is that rinsing alone isn’t enough. Case in point: your kitchen sink is the germiest spot in your home, and you don’t need to look very far to locate second on that list: your sponge.
To stop microorganisms from setting up camp in your sink, you should wash and disinfect the sides and bottom at least once a week. There’s one exception to that rule: clean your sink immediately if raw meat or the dirt from potatoes were part of your meal and rinsed in the sink.
The best way to clean a sink is with hot water and soap but for even better results, use vinegar or bleach. Hot soap and water provide sparkling shine while vinegar and bleach take care of the germs.
Once you’re done cleaning, use a disinfectant wipe to remove cleaning product residue. Also, if you use bleach, pour a capful into a large bottle of water and then thoroughly rinse it.
As for that nasty kitchen sponge of yours, it’s wise to replace it at least once a month. In the meantime, dampen and microwave sponges daily to remove bacteria, yeasts, and mold. You also can clean sponges in your dishwasher.
According to the Australian issue of the Huffington Post, “Kitchen sponges not only act as reservoirs of microorganisms, but also as disseminators over domestic surfaces, which can lead to cross–contamination of hands and food, which is considered a main cause of food–borne disease.”
If, after all that, your sink still looks worn and dingy, it’s time to contact Kalamunda Plumbing for a replacement sink and perhaps even a new tap. It’s a simple and budget-friendly way to spice up the look of your kitchen. Kalamunda Plumbing: for all your home plumbing needs.