Typically I am not the gal you want to go to for cleaning tutorials.
*glaces at the lump of dog hair dancing down the hallway like a little tumbleweed*
But I do have two short tutorials on how I keep my sink clean and free of stains, despite the fact I’m always pouring coffee or cleaning paint brushes.
First, the bathroom sink. It’s the one that gets a lot of my paint splatter, including chalk board paint and the blue of my guest room walls. The absolute best tool I’ve found is the Mr. Clean Magic Erasers which I buy in bulk from Amazon. Here’s the before (right side) and after (left side):
Nice, right? The eraser picks up all those stains and doesn’t take much effort. A few minutes and it’s as clean as it’s going to get!
Next up is the kitchen sink which picks up stains from food, from dirty pans and liquids.
A few before pics:
Here’s a close up of the divider:
The first step is always to clean the dishes and set them aside to dry. Then I use the nozzle sprayer to get any lingering food or dirt down the drain. Then I cover the sink with a thin layer of Comet, doing my best to get it on the bottom as well as the sides of the sink:
I grab one of these old dish scrubbers and wet it, turning the Comet into a paste so it coats and covers the entire sink. You won’t need to really scrub yet, just make circular motions to get any stains out.
Once you’ve lightly scrubbed the sink wash it off again with the nozzle and use the scrubber on any more stubborn spots.
Here’s what I was left with:
Now, that’s where I usually stop. If your sink is particularly stained you may want to stopper the sink and fill it with hot water and a cup of bleach. Be careful when draining, remember that the bleach is active and use a glove to protect your skin.
I didn’t take pictures of this step but here are the supplies:
Start with a half cup of baking soda and pour it in and around the drains. While that settles down in the drain, turn on kettle and let the water come to a boil.
When the water starts to boil pour some vinegar down the drain and watch it foam. This goes down and helps clear out the gunk that gets stuck in the pipes. Pour the hot water down to flush it out and you’re done!
Now I’m not a fanatic about cleaning, especially when the house is a disaster with the ceiling project going on. But the sink is usually one place that when it looks bad, the whole kitchen looks bad. And my dad always notices when the kitchen sink is dirty so I do this every time he visits.