When it comes to keeping your kitchen clean most people will wash the dishes often and wipe down the counters using antibacterial spray and ensuring the floors are mopped often. We tend to forget about the sink. It doesn’t seem to many that it’s a priority, but the kitchen sink happens to be one of the dirtiest things in your kitchen. Bacteria that lurks in the kitchen sink is often worse than the germs sitting on your toilet seat and no construction contractors can help to build a maintenance free sink for you.

In order to banish those horrid germs and keep your sink hygienic you need to ensure you are giving it the proper care and cleaning it needs. Here are some tips:

Scrubbing

You can use a sponge to help get rid of those annoying food stains, water spots, rust and soap deposits. If you have a sink that is acrylic-based solid surfacing and is nonporous then you can use baking soda to rub on the stain to get it out. If the sink is made of stainless steel or porcelain enamel you can use a combination of powdered borax and lemon which will help to remove spots and stains.

Sanitize

Time to kill all those germs in the kitchen sink by putting your plug in and filling up your sink with hot water then add some bleach. You can then use a sponge to rub over the handles and faucets. Let it sit in the sink for a few minutes then let it drain down the plug hole. 

Plughole sanitiser

Using a plughole sanitiser is great to kill germs and get rid of any bad smells lingering around the drain. It has foaming granules that are activated inside the pipes to help remove stains and grime. It will kill all the germs hanging around your plughole to leave it smelling clean and fresh. The solution can also be used in washing machines and dishwashers where the germs and bacteria can breed. This solution can be used regularly to keep your drains clean, fresh and hygienic. We prepare food, wash our dishes and do plenty more in our sinks so we need to ensure that it is hygienic at all times to keep our family protected from germs and diseases.

Cleaning with vinegar

To get rid of germs and lime spots that are sitting on your faucets you should be wiping them down with vinegar and paper towel or a washcloth. Vinegar works great for disinfecting and removing stains on stainless steel sinks and benches. Vinegar when combined with baking soda and hot water, is also quite effective as a DIY drain unblocker for your kitchen sink

Keeping your sink clog and stain free

If you find a stain in your sink or on your bench apply some baking soda to it before it settles in too much. You can pour it down the drain and follow with some hot water often to prevent clogs from building up and creating a ground for bacteria to breed. A blocked kitchen sink is a breeding ground for bacteria, which also causes an unpleasant smell..

E.coli is one of the most dangerous types of bacteria and it can often be found lurking in the kitchen sink. This can cause urinary tract infections, gastroenteritis and can be fatal in some cases. E.coli loves moist areas where the bacteria can feed on the leftovers sitting on plates in the sink or that have been lingering around the plughole for a couple of days.

Don’t leave your health vulnerable follow the tips above in order to keep your sink hygienic and fresh.

Environmentally Friendly Drain Cleaners

Now if you are looking for a treatment rather than a preventive method, here are some of the best options which do not only save your sink, but also the environment.

How to keep your sink hygienic

Home Solv Enzyme Drain Cleaner

This product is made from limonene which is the clear liquid from orange peel, water and an enzyme blend that helps to dispose of the organic matters to eliminate then from clogging the drain and building up. Once the cleaning is complete you will be left with a lovely citrus fragrance.

Natural Rapport drain cleaner and tank treatment

This is a non-chemical formula that helps to restore the slow flowing drains and will help to prevent the septic system back-ups. The drain cleaner will degrade grease, oil, fat, soap scum, food waste and hair. It is safe around children, pets and the environment.

Flo-Kem Flo-Zyme Drain cleaner and deodorizer

This product aids to control odours and helps to break down suspended solids like oils, fats and greases. It has a natural enzyme blend to help maintain drain traps, home drainage systems and waste treatment piping. Think about it, if everyone uses this product, the enzyme does not only benefit the drain system in their own house, but also the drainage infrastructure in Australia as a whole.

DIY cleaner

You can save money by making your own green drain cleaner. You need to bring together 1 cup of baking soda, 1 cup lemon juice and 3 cups of hot water. After mixing together pour it quickly down the pipes. You will need to wait 1 hour if you can then run some boiling water through your drains.  If this isn’t potent enough for your pipes then you can try equal parts of baking soda, distilled vinegar and salt.

Conventional drain products have certain ingredients like sodium hydroxide. It is manmade chemical and it can create many environmental problems not to mention it’s  very toxic to humans and animals. Either purchase an environmental cleaner or make one yourself for a safer alternative to cleaning your pipework. Stop wrecking your pipes and buying products that are harmful to your family try the eco-friendly version.


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