The kitchen sink should be one of the cleanest areas of the home, but with water and food particles constantly swirling through and around it, it can be one of the dirtiest.


Linda Cobb, a cleaning expert and author best known as the Queen of Clean, shared these tips for keeping the kitchen sink looking and working well.

The kitchen sink should be one of the cleanest areas of the home, but with water and food particles constantly swirling through and around it, it can be one of the dirtiest.


Linda Cobb, a cleaning expert and author best known as the Queen of Clean, shared these tips for keeping the kitchen sink looking and working well.


The sink


Thoroughly clean and sanitize once a week, Cobb said. Sanitize immediately after a meat blood spill. Use hot water and dish soap or mix 1 quart of warm water with 3 teaspoons of chlorine bleach.


“If you are using a disinfectant, remember it must sit on the surface for five to 10 minutes, and then it must be rinsed off,” she said. “Do not spray and wipe.”


For stains in the sink, Bar Keeper’s Friend, a mild pumice cleanser, will clean without leaving scratches in the surface.    


The drain and disposal


Food particles that stick around in the drain and garbage disposal can not only clog the sink but make the whole kitchen smell like rotten food.


Keeping things clean and fresh isn’t difficult, Cobb said. Once a week, put half a cup of baking soda over the opening and add half a cup of white vinegar. Let it sit for 30 minutes, then flush with cool water.


For the garbage disposal, the trick is to always run plenty of cold water into it while you’re using it and after it is done.


“Throw some ice cubes and citrus peel in it every so often to keep it clean and free flowing and smelling good,” she said. “You can also put the stopper in the disposal and put 3 inches of water in the sink. Add a handful of baking soda, turn on the disposal, and immediately pull the plug.”


The faucet


Although food rarely touches the faucet, the dirty water that forms where the faucet meets the sink can be a breeding ground for bacteria – and an unsightly mess as well.


To keep the faucet clean, use soap and hot water, going around the edges with an old toothbrush to get rid of any gunk that has formed. Use window cleaner to polish the faucet hardware.


 


On the Web: For more of Linda Cobb’s tips on cleaning the kitchen and the rest of the house, visit queenofclean.com.