Let’s face it, you don’t pay your sink a heck of a lot of attention. Oh, sure, every so often you’ll give it a scrub then forget about it until next month. In the meantime, you may give it a hot water rinse to get rid of the yucky stuff that’s attached to your sink’s surface. So, it looks clean and you’ve got other things to do, right? Well, that would be a mistake.
• Beware of the bacteria bunnies.
You see, here’s the thing: That rinse may have made your sink look clean, but it really isn’t. Nope. Because every sink (even stainless steel) has tiny crevices and grooves. Now, you can’t see them, but guess who can? The dreaded bacteria bunnies! And like bunnies everywhere, once they move in they’re going to multiply like – well, bunnies. Is this a good thing? Probably not, because the more bacteria bunnies that live in your sink, the better chance you have of getting sick. We would not kid you about this.
• Think about what you do in your sink.
We’ll help you along here. You rinse your vegetables, fish, meat, fruit, and about a dozen-and-one other things in your sink. Then there are the pots, pans, dishes, and glassware that get washed. And heck, who hasn’t thrown a baby in the sink, complete with a rubber duckie for a little soak. All these things really get the beastly bacteria bunnies salivating. That’s not a pretty image. Because if they attach themselves to your food, cookware, flatware, glassware, or china, you could have very big problems. So what can you do? Wage war! If you’re going to beat the bacteria bunnies, you’re going to have to mobilize your forces and take them head on. And this is how you do it …
• Stainless steel sinks.
Thoroughly rinse with hot water after each use, making sure all food residues are eliminated. Then, using a mild soap and sponge, give the sink a good scrub. This shouldn’t take anymore than a minute of two. If you’d like, use an all-purpose cleaner, or even a glass cleaner to clean your sink. Either method – soap or cleaner, will clean and sanitize your sink.
Got spots. Hey, it happens. To remove them use a clean cloth soaked with white vinegar. You’ll be amazed at how effectively this works. On the other hand, never use bleach, ammonia or abrasive cleaners as these might damage your stainless steel sink’s surface.
• Ceramic sinks.
The easiest way to clean a ceramic sink and is with a commercial cleanser in a gel or creamy solution. Abrasive cleaners are a big no-no because they’ll scratch the sink’s surface and leave it dull. If you have stubborn stains, try using a clean cloth soaked in club soda. If the stain is still there, place a club soda cloth on the stain and leave it overnight.
• Don’t forget the faucets and handles!
Everything we’ve said about the bacteria bunnies in your sink is equally true of your faucets and handles. To clean them use a mild soapy solution. And to thoroughly sanitize them, use a clean cloth soaked in white vinegar, then wipe dry. Nothing hard about that!
• Love your sink and it will love you back.
Well, sort of. But it you treat your sink nicely, you won’t have worry about the bacteria bunnies and what they could do to raise havoc with your family’s health. That’ll make your family feel good, you feel good, and the bacteria bunnies feel miserable. So miserable that they’ll leave for good! And that is a very good thing!