How to Clean Your Sink Including the Drain

The sink is among the most commonly used areas in the house. It is often found in the kitchen and bathroom areas.

Many times you may be caught up with your busy schedule leaving a heap of dirty dishes in the sink and food remains that clog into the drains.

Accumulation of different types of dirt in the drain causes the emission of a terrible stench, spreading to other rooms in the house.

Embrace your sink and drain by cleaning them regularly using the following guidelines.


  • Non-abrasive scrubber
  • Dish soap
  • Baking soda
  • White vinegar
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Salt
  • Soft cloth
  • Old toothbrush
  • Flour
  • Lemon or lemon juice


Cleaning a Stainless Steel Sink

Prepare Your Work Area:

Clean and evacuate any dirty dishes and food leftovers from your sink. The sink ought to be empty before starting the cleaning process.

Run tap water to drain any minute remains left in the sink. Make sure to also clean things you place in or around the sink, such as the drain stopper and sponge holder.

After that, remove them from the cleaning area. Different sinks have different materials; choose the method appropriate for your sink material.

Clean The Whole Surface Area Of The Sink:

It is best to use gentle soap, warm water and a soft cloth to wash the whole surface area of your sink, drain, outer rim, and the taps.

Form this as a habit each time you use the sink or after cleaning the dishes.Either pour hot water or allow hot water from the taps to run into the drain.

This eliminates any awful smells and any particles that may cause drain blockage.

Use Lemon Juice And Baking Soda:

Mix one teaspoon of baking soda with a quarter cup of lemon juice. If you have no lemon juice, you can squeeze the juice from an ordinary lemon fruit.

Pour the mixture mix on the surface of the sink and allow it about ten minutes. Pour hot water to drain the mixture.

Blend More Lemon Juice With Baking Soda for the Drain:

Blend more baking soda with lime in a larger quantity for the drain. Use a half-cup baking soda with a quarter cup lemon juice and pour it into the drain.

Add half a cup of white vinegar on top of the mixture and cover the drain for about 5-10 min.

The chemicals disintegrate the gunk in the drains, and the hot water drains them away before they can form again.

Polish The Sink Using Flour:

To complete the process, use flour to polish the sink.

Dry the surface completely using a clean, dry cloth before sprinkling the flour to prevent paste formation. Using a dry clean cloth, circularly buff the surface.

Remove the extra flour and discard it. Redo the procedure to your satisfaction as it may take a couple of times before it sparkles.

Cleaning a Porcelain Sink

Wash The Surface Of The Sink:

Clean the surface with gentle soap and warm water to sanitize your sink.

Vinegar can be a useful disinfectant to harmful substances like bleach. However, it eliminates fewer bacteria compared to dish soap or bleach.

Sprinkle Some Hydrogen Peroxide:

Spread some hydrogen peroxide in the sink. Cover the sink and give it about 15 min to a couple of hours.

The more you wait, the more the removal of stains. Rinse with hot water; this should remove most of the stains.

If it does not, scrub the surface to remove stubborn stains.

Add Some Baking Soda:

Spray some baking soda over the surface. Apply some elbow grease on a wet sponge to wash the surface.

This will cause the baking soda to fizz, hence will loosen the dirt in the cracks. Moreover, you can use a toothbrush to reach the cracks.

Finally, give it a rinse using hot water.

Pour Some Salt and Lemon Juice:

Use salt and lemon juice to eliminate any remaining stains.

Pour a pinch of salt in the cracks and squeeze the juice on it. Allow it to stay for about 5 min and scrub using a clean sponge or cloth.

Do not scrub too hard, especially if the porcelain is new because the salt will scratch the material.

Polish The Surface With Lemon Oil:

On a clean cloth, pour a few drops of lemon oil and wipe it around the sink. You can keep on adding more drops in small quantities as you wipe the surface.

This will leave your surface smelling fresh and prevent soap from sticking in the surface and building up, making your future cleaning simpler.

How to Clean a White Sink                                                                               

A white kitchen sink is susceptible to rust and showing all kinds of stains.

To clean it, dampen the sink with a piece of wet fabric, after which you cover the sink basin with baking soda.

Sprinkle drops of hydrogen peroxide on top and use a brush or sponge to scrub the surface. Rinse the mixture down the drain with clean water.

The white sink returns to its original state.

How to Clean the Drains

Remove Any Stuck Up Debris:

After the sink and drain are clear, using a long piece of metal pick up any stuck up debris in the drain.

Flush with hot water to eliminate any particles that may have been left out by the metal rod.

Use Vinegar And Baking Soda:

Pour half a cup of baking soda down the drain. Add half a cup of vinegar to the baking soda, which will begin to fizz.

Leave the mixture for 10 minutes for the chemical reaction to effect.

The mixture will find its way down the drain as it removes any debris or clogs build-ups.

Flush The Mixture:

Drain the mixture with hot water till there is no more vinegar scent or traces of baking soda.

Maintain The Fragrance:

After rinsing, you can use an orange-scented cleaner or any other preferred flavor to cleanse your sink further and leave it smelling fresh.

How to Keep Your Drain Clean

  • Avoid putting inappropriate things such as hair, coffee beans, and oil in your sink as they clog the drains.
  • Thoroughly clean your sink after washing dishes or brushing your teeth. Pour hot water after to drain the remaining dirt, keep it clean, and to smell fresh.
  • Use a drain cover or mesh screen to cover up your drain to prevent substances from falling or getting into the drain.
  • Pour bleach or baking soda once or twice a week to destroy any formed bacteria that may cause an awful scent.
  • Make your disinfecting spray with water, white vinegar, and lemon juice or lemon oil. Pour this mixture each time after cleaning your sink to kill bacteria, leaving the sink fresh.