Your kitchen sink is used to clean everything from dirty dishes to the outer skins of certain foods. While you might not think about the dirt and debris that can collect in your kitchen sink, drain cleaning on a regular basis is essential if you want to keep your kitchen sink working properly.
Here are two simple methods you can use to keep your kitchen sink's drain clean in the future.
1. To clean out clogs, use baking soda and vinegar.
There are few things worse than a kitchen sink that won't drain properly. Bacteria can begin to collect in your pipes, causing your whole kitchen to smell. All you need to do is reach into your kitchen cupboards for a few essential ingredients to clean clogs out of your sink's drain.
Start by flushing out your drain with some hot water. Next, add one-half cup of baking soda. Pour one cup of vinegar diluted with one cup of hot water on top of the baking soda, and let the mixture sit.
As the baking soda and vinegar combine in a chemical reaction, foaming bubbles will be created. Once the bubbles die down, run hot water down the drain for about 30 seconds. This method will help you get rid of the black sludge that can build up in your drain pipes and cause minor clogs.
2. To get rid of bad smells in your sink's drain, use vinegar and citrus wedges.
Your kitchen sink's drain can quickly start to smell if you don't clean it on a regular basis. This is especially true of sinks that have a built-in disposal, since minute food particles left behind on the disposal's blades can emit unpleasant scents as they begin to decay.
If you want to rid your sink's drain of bad smells, all you need is some vinegar and citrus wedges. The easiest way to clean your disposal is to freeze some distilled white vinegar in ice cube trays.
Add some pieces of citrus (lemon wedges work great) to each cube before the vinegar has a chance to freeze completely. Put several vinegar-citrus ice cubes into your disposal, and run the disposal until they are completely crushed. The vinegar will clean food particles while the citrus wedges leave behind a pleasant scent.
Keeping the drains in your kitchen sink cleared of clogs and bad smells can be difficult. By cleaning your drains regularly with baking soda and vinegar, or vinegar and citrus wedge ice cubes, you will be able to ensure your kitchen sink remains functional at all times.