by Davi, Guest Contributor
One of the most valuable lessons I’ve learned in keeping a clean home is the power of homemaking habits. Repeating the small, boring chores makes a big impact on your home. Intentional habits allow us to better organize our time. They allow us to spend less time with chores and more time with family.
Morning and evening routines are important because they enable us to start the day with a purpose, rather than reacting to what the day brings. My morning list includes making the bed and wiping down the bathroom counters. In the evenings, my list includes cleaning the high chair, sorting the mail, and cleaning the kitchen sink. Every evening after dinner, I rinse the sink and empty it of any dishes. The sink is the heart of the kitchen, and when my sink is clean, my whole kitchen feels clean.
Once a week, the kitchen becomes the focus during the day. This is the day I wipe down appliances, straighten the pantry, clean out the fridge, and deep clean the kitchen sink. Cleaning the sink last feels like the frosting on the cake- the last step when I give myself a pat on the back and admire the room.
Steps for a Stainless Steel Sink that Shines
Step 1: Quick Clean the Basin
Using warm water and a sponge, rinse out the sink to remove any food particles and empty the strainers.
Step 2: Scrub the Basin
Sprinkle baking soda in the basin and scrub in a circular motion with a soft sponge. This will remove any stuck on stains, but is gentle enough that the baking soda won’t damage your sink. Don’t forget the area around the disposal and to scrub the strainers as well.
Step 3: Remove Hard Water Stains with Vinegar
White vinegar is one of my favorite cleaning tools. It’s an excellent way to remove hard water stains, soap scum, and a great general use cleaner. I keep a 50/50 mixture of water/white vinegar in a squirt bottle for cleaning purposes. Spray the vinegar into the sink (the baking soda/vinegar mixture will fizz) and then rinse with warm water.
Step 4: Clean the Garbage Disposal
My favorite way to freshen up the garbage disposal is to drop a slice of lemon into it and turn the disposal on. The lemon cleans while also making the disposal smell great. We have a lemon tree in our backyard so we always have frozen lemons in the freezer.
Another easy, inexpensive way to clean your disposal is a garbage disposal refresher. The DIY refreshers contain ingredients you most likely already have.
Finally, using a dishcloth or paper towel, dry your sink basin.
Step 5: Make it Shine
The last step is my favorite because it makes my sink look brand new. Buff the sink basin with a dish cloth or paper towel using baby oil (olive oil also works great too).
Avoid These Mistakes With Your Stainless Steel Sink
- Don’t leave wet sponges or rags on the sink to dry. This can cause bacteria to grow and leaves water stains. Rubber dish pads should be taken out to dry for the same reason.
- Steel wool or steel brushes are too abrasive for your sink and can cause permanent scratches.
- Leaving dirty items in the sink can cause stains that are difficult to remove. Wash dishes as soon as possible.
- Don’t use bleach in your sink. I’ve made this mistake by soaking clothes in the sink in a bleach mixture. The sink will look very clean afterward, but over time the bleach will remove the finish.
Following these steps will leave you with a sparkling sink that looks immaculate!
What is your “must do” chore in the kitchen?
Davi writes at Homegrown Simplicity about intentional living, motherhood, and minimalism. She is passionate about helping mothers find joy in the ordinary by removing the clutter from their homes, minds, and life. Follow her on Instagram or Twitter for simple living inspiration.