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Spring Cleaning: The Kitchen Sink & Garbage Disposal

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Posted on: April 27, 2017

With all of the water and soap that goes into the kitchen sink, you’d think it would be as clean as a whistle, right? WRONG! Between the sink itself, the drain, and the garbage disposal, there are a ton of germs and bacteria that need to be addressed. Rather than pouring harmful chemical cleaners down the drain that can harm your plumbing and the environment, utilize this Green cleaning method:

How Do I Sanitize My Sink?

  • Avoid using ammonia, bleach, abrasive cleaners, and abrasive sponges on the kitchen sink and its faucet. These liquids and materials can easily damage the sink’s finish. Instead, use a mild soap and a soft sponge or rag.
  • Never leave pieces of food or liquids sitting in the sink, as the salt and acid within them can also damage the finish. Always rinse your sink when draining liquids or cleaning off plates.
  • For the basin of the sink, cover the surface in baking soda and begin scrubbing until it resembles a paste. After rinsing, cover the surface of the sink in paper towels that have been soaked with white vinegar. Once 20 minutes has passed, remove the paper towels and rinse the sink with soap and water.
  • For the sink’s faucet and handles, simply use warm, soapy water and a soft sponge. If there are any areas that cannot be reached by your sponge, opt for a scrubbing session with a trusty toothbrush (just don’t use your own)! After a quick scrub and wash, dry the faucet and handles with a dry rag.

How Do I Disinfect My Garbage Disposal?

  • Ditch the store-bought brand of chemical cleaners in favor of making your own Green cleaner (we swear it’s easy)!
  • First, fill a kettle with water and allow it to boil. While that is heating up, pour a half cup of baking soda down into the disposal, followed by a cup of white vinegar. The chemical reaction currently taking place will resemble an elementary school science fair volcano, so don’t be freaked out by the fizzling sounds! Once the water comes to a boil, pour it down the drain.
  • Next, pour two cups of ice down the drain into the disposal, followed by a cup of salt. Turn on the tap (cold water, please) and flip on the garbage disposal. This salt/ice combo will help clean off any debris that still remains within the pipe and on the disposal blades.
  • Finally, it’s time to deodorize your stinky disposal. Simply cut up a few lemon peels, run the tap, turn on the disposal, and throw them down the drain. You will now be left with a pleasant citrus scent for the foreseeable future!

Even though there’s a constant supply of water and soap flowing into your kitchen sink, it still needs a routine cleaning every now and then. When your garbage disposal needs repair, pick up the phone and call Len The Plumber. To learn more or to schedule a service, give us a call at (800) 950-4619.

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