If you think the soap from washing your hands is enough to keep the sink clean, good chance you have a nice film covering the bottom of your sink right now. It’s easy to let the cleanliness of your sink slip. And it’s also easy to keep them spotless and odor free.
To tackle grime, the quick and easy solution is put some dishwashing liquid, like Hero Clean’s Ultra Liquid Dish Soap, on a sponge. Run it under hot water and start scrubbing. Scrub around for a minute or two, and your sink should be sparkling.
Sometimes a mess is too great a match for regular soap, and a cleaner with more oomph is required. That’s when you want to use Hero Clean’s All Purpose Spray Cleaner. Coat the sink and let sit for a couple minutes. Use a sponge or paper towel and finally free your sink from brown grime. Rinse it off with water and you’re set.
This approach works for both kitchen and bathroom sinks. How often you perform this cleaning ritual is based on how often each is used. It’s recommended to wash after every thirty uses. If you’re normal and don’t keep a tally on how often you wash your hands, try to clean them about twice a month.
Pipes and Odors
Below the surface is a skinny, dark tunnel that carries away all of your food, hair, spit, and whatever else you wash down your drain. It is from these depths that odors come from. Garbage disposals make this task easier, but not every sink is blessed enough to have one.
The materials needed to clean with a disposal are simple: ice, salt, lemon. Start by putting the ice and salt down the drain. Run cold water and turn the disposal on. The ice knocks food of the blades and the coarse salt scrubs them clean. Next, put half a lemon down the drain, run the cold water, and turn the disposal back on. Lemon will nuke whatever funky smell you’ve got going on down there.
Without a disposal to chop up lemons, getting rid of odors requires a little innovation. You’ll need baking soda, white distilled vinegar, and boiling water. Pour the baking soda and white vinegar down your drain and let sit for about ten minutes. The mixture will immediately start to bubble. While you wait, put water on the stove. You may catch a couple whiffs of vinegar mixed with old food, but don’t be alarmed. That’s how you know it’s working.
When the water is boiling pour it down the drain. It will flush away the mixture along with any smelly particles. Depending on how bad the food build up was, you may want to repeat this process.
The baking soda and vinegar trick also does the trick for the hair buildup in your bathroom.
Faucet and Handles
The white spots that speckle your bathroom sink are lime deposits. Using a vinegar soaked paper towel, wrap it around the faucet for ten minutes to break them up. Wipe it down with dry towel and you’re good to go.
Don’t forget to wash the hot and cold handles. You touch them way too much to ignore. Use an all purpose cleaner or disinfectant wipes. Do this twice per month, unless you’re ok with toilet germs crawling around your sink. If you’re a germaphobe, use q-tips to scrub the hard to reach places. But beware, what you pick up may disgust you. Let that be an incentive to clean to diligently!