Cleaning a kitchen sink the right way may not seem too difficult, but think again! There many things to consider when learning how to disinfect a kitchen sink the right way. 

Microbiologist Charles Gerba found that a kitchen sink carries more bacteria than the toilet and the garbage can. Kitchen sponges alone hold up to 200,000 times more bacteria than a toilet. 

If you are not disinfecting your kitchen sink daily, you may be spreading unwanted bacteria and germs. Wiping it down with a dirty sponge after you finished washing dishes does not count either. 

If you are ready to help prevent the spread of germs in your home, read on for a handy guide on how to clean a kitchen sink the right way. 

Cleaning a Kitchen Sink With Standard Disinfectants

We know there are many different products on the shelves, so it can be overwhelming when you are unsure which one to buy. Below we will show you some sink cleaning tips with items you may already have in your house. 

After scrubbing your sink clean, you will probably feel motivated to deep clean your entire kitchen and learn even more kitchen cleaning tips.  


Start with any brand of disinfectant made to kill viruses and bacteria. Spray it all over your sink and wait a few minutes. Check the back of the bottle as the time to wait may vary with the brand. 

Waiting for the disinfectant to work its magic is vital here. Do not spray and immediately start scrubbing. The disinfectant needs a few minutes to sit so it can kill off any harmful bacteria. 

Once you have waited the instructed time, rinse the sink with warm water. If you are using a sponge to clean, wet the sponge and heat in the microwave for one minute to sanitize it. Begin wiping the sink using the sponge and the dish soap. 

Rinse again with warm water and enjoy your clean kitchen sink!

Tried and True Baking Soda

This classic method of cleaning the sink is especially perfect for stainless steel sinks. Not only does it help sanitize the sink, but it brightens it as well. 

To clean with baking soda, sprinkle some into the sink and use a damp, soft cloth to start cleaning. Rinse well with warm water afterward. 

Then you will need to sanitize. Plug the drain, fill the basin up with warm water, and add a small amount of bleach. Let it sit for at least five minutes, but make sure to wipe down the faucet and handles before draining the solution. 

Drain the sink and rinse with warm water to remove any bleach. 

How to Clean a White Kitchen Sink

White sinks can easily show stains, especially coffee and wine stains. An excellent way to remove any stains is to use baking soda with hydrogen peroxide. 

Rinse away any crumbs or debris using warm water. Then, sprinkle baking soda all over your sink. Next, add a few drops of hydrogen peroxide to the sink in different areas. 

Using a sponge or cloth, start scrubbing! When done, rinse again with warm water. Do not forget to wipe down your faucet too. 

How to Clean a Porcelain Kitchen Sink

To clean a porcelain kitchen sink, you would use the same method when cleaning a white sink. However, porcelain sinks commonly have rust spots. But do not worry, those are easy to clean too. 

All you have to do is sprinkle salt onto half of a lemon and use the lemon to scrub the rust spot. Then wash the area with some warm water and dawn dish soap to clean away the rust. 

How to Clean a Kitchen Sink Without Harsh Chemicals

If you prefer not to use any harsh chemicals, we have you covered. Here is what you will need:

  • Sponge
  • Baking Soda
  • Orange Peel
  • Vinegar
  • Olive Oil
  • Paper Towel

Rinse away any crumbs or debris with warm water. Then sprinkle the baking soda and begin scrubbing with a sponge. Rinse again with warm water.

Using the skin of the orange peel, rub it against the entire sink basin to get rid of any odors that may be lingering. The orange peel will help give the sink some shine and make it smell fresh. 

Finally, use a small amount of olive oil and rub it into the sink basin with a paper towel. The olive oil will help the sink keep its shine for longer. 

How to Clean a Clogged Kitchen Sink Drain

When you need to clear a clogged kitchen sink drain, baking soda and vinegar are all you need. It is best to use one part baking soda to two parts vinegar.

First, sprinkle the baking soda down the drain. Then slowly put the vinegar down the drain. Wait at least fifteen minutes before rinsing with hot water. Your drain should be clear now and smell better too.

Cleaning the Garbage Disposal

Next time you are peeling oranges, think twice before throwing them in the trash. You use them to clean the skin, but you can also use orange peels to clean the garbage disposal. 

First, pour a handful of ice cubes down the disposal, along with a cup of orange peels or lemon peels. Next, turn on the cold water and run the disposal for about thirty seconds. After thirty seconds, turn off the disposal and run warm water down the disposal for a few more seconds to rinse any debris. 

Why Stress When You Can Hire a Professional?

If you would rather not spend all of your time and energy cleaning and scrubbing your sink each day, Scrub ‘N Bubbles would love to take the stress away. You can research more about how to clean a kitchen sink, or you could let us handle all of the dirty jobs for you. 

We are a family-owned company in Boise, Idaho, and value attention to detail when caring for your home. We know you have important things to do, so we make sure you can come home to a clean and healthy environment. 

If you are ready to discuss how to help create a cleaner home for you, contact us today!