Best Ways To Clean Your Sink In Less Than 10 Minutes

A person cleaning a sink

Cleaning your kitchen sink can be a messy task. It's one of the dirtiest spots in your home, no matter how many cleaning products you use from buying bulk online.

Cleaning a sink can be done in multiple ways depending on the thoroughness you prefer. Scrubbing and sanitizing is not necessarily the best way to clean a sink. But, several deep cleaning tricks like using natural disinfectants for drainages like vinegar and lemon are more effective in the long run.

Most common cleaning products may not kill harmful bacteria unless you apply a couple of antibacterial methods. This article will show you how to clean a sink and achieve hotel-level cleanliness.

Sanitize The Basin Using Antibacterial or Natural Cleaning Ingredients

A lemon and bottles of homemade cleaning solution

Make sure your sink is completely cleared of food items and coffee mugs. Next, please give it a quick pre-rinse to wash any visible crumbs down the drain with warm water. Once that's done, grab some rubber gloves and get ready for scrubbing!

The best way to clean and sanitize your kitchen sink is by using a good scrub brush, manual dish soap, or a suitable cleanser made especially for sinks. Those things are hard to find in the market, but I recommend using antibacterial products to be extra safe. 

You can also use a vinegar cleaner or solution since vinegar has vital natural disinfecting components that help remove stains. You may even use some essential oils to be more thorough and use natural cleaning ingredients.

What Type of Basin Do You Own?

You would think scrubbing kitchen sinks to get them clean is enough, but if you're not careful, you might be scrubbing off the quality of the basin. Ensure you know the difference between your kitchen sink and bathroom sink before you proceed.

  • Porcelain Sinks

With a pearly finish, glossy porcelain sinks are no strangers to rust and stains. Rather than using the same technique as white sink cleaning, you will want to use different methods for removing limescale or minerals that may cause rust overtime on your shiny surface.

White Porcelain Kitchen Sink

Sprinkle salt on half of a lemon, then scrub it directly onto any spots with mineral buildup creating rusty patches until they start to disappear! Rinse off with warm soapy water after washing away all traces of residue from those areas before drying them off - this way, your stunning piece can stay looking its best in between deep cleans.

  • White Sinks 

Clean White Bathroom Sink 

White kitchen sinks are the most susceptible to showing rust and food splatters, not to mention coffee stains. You can scrub away these unsightly marks using hydrogen peroxide with baking soda! 

Gently pat down your sink until slightly damp, then cover it in a layer of baking soda. Next, add some tiny drops of peroxide onto the mixture and use an abrasive sponge or brush to start scrubbing that grime away! Once you've cleaned up any messes on your white dishwasher, wash off all those suds from inside with hot water.

  • Stainless Steel Sinks

Stainless Steel Kitchen Sink 

Stainless steel is more rigid than most sink materials, and unlike white kitchen sinks, it can stand up to stains. It's also less likely to rust over time and less susceptible to damage from bleach or abrasive scrubbers because of its slick surface material. 

Avoid letting acidic foods sit in the sink for extended periods; instead, use baking soda as a cleanser rather than bleach-based sprays that might alter the finish on your stainless-steel surfaces.

Clear the Drain and Disposal 

To maintain your sparkling clean sink, be sure to clear the disposal and drain any residue that isn't being washed down into the sewer line--yes, even if you can't see the grim on the rims of the drain. Simply picking off the debris you see isn't enough; here are a few more specific ways.

  • Baking Soda And White Vinegar 

Vinegar and Baking Soda

No one likes a dirty sink! When it comes to clogged drains, baking soda and vinegar are the perfect pair. All you have to do is make sure that your ratio stays at 1:2 (one part baking soda mixed with two parts white vinegar), then follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Pour in the mixture of ingredients down the drain.

Step 2: Wait 15 minutes for them to both work their magic.

Step 3: Wash away any remaining residue with hot water.

  • Lemon, Salt, And Ice

Lemon and Salt in Mason Jars

Instead of buying expensive cleaners, save yourself some money and try this alternative. It is a highly effective cleaner you can use without the need for any chemicals.

To avoid scratching the stainless steel in your sink, use gloves to prevent your hands from getting raw after using the salt and ice, then follow these steps:

Step 1: Fill your garbage disposal with a few lemon wedges, salt, and ice cubes.

Step 2: Turn on the cold water while you run your garbage disposal. The running water will help knock off any gunk and grime that salt would not be able to do alone.

If coarse rock or sea salts are readily available, use them with ice cubes for a more intense scouring session. The lemon helps a refreshing and smelling scent after the clean-up.


There is no one way to clean a sink, but hopefully, this article showed you a few other ways you haven't tried cleaning your sink. Whether using vinegar or lemon, there's no harm in trying something more natural when keeping your kitchen sink spotless. 

Do you have any underrated cleaning hacks to keep the kitchen sink tidy? Let us know in the comments!

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