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How to Clean and Remove Stains from a Kitchen Sink

Not sure where to start when cleaning the kitchen sink? Follow these tips and learn how to clean a kitchen sink and remove those stubborn stains.


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The kitchen sink is a central area in any home: you wash your hands, dishes, and even your fruit and vegetables in it. Making sure to clean kitchen sinks regularly is an easy way to keep this area hygienic and prevent rust and limescale, but where do you start?

Cleaning kitchen sinks doesn’t need to be difficult, or take a long time. Simply follow our tips on how to remove stains from kitchen sinks and get the answers you need. We’ll even look at how to get rust stains out of kitchen sinks to help you tackle those really tough marks.

Keep some white vinegar and baking soda handy for when cleaning kitchen sinks. That way, you can get to work on stains as soon as possible!

How to clean a kitchen sink

No matter how good you are at removing bits of food from the drain and giving the sink a quick clean with dishwashing liquid and a sponge, you want to give your kitchen sink a good clean after every thirty uses or so. If you haven’t done this before, worry not: learning how to clean kitchen sink stains, even those that have been there for a little while, is easy.

First, make sure you have what you need:

  • Jif – a good, all-round kitchen cleaning product can make your life a lot easier and more efficient, especially if you’re cleaning the whole kitchen in one go

  • Baking soda – a cupboard staple for both baking and cleaning jobs

  • White vinegar – a natural disinfectant that works well together with baking soda

  • Citrus peel –helps with stain removal, deodorises, and adds a little shine

Then, follow the steps for your chosen cleaning method.

How to clean a sink with Jif

  1. Put on a pair of gloves

  2. Apply a little Jif to a sponge and spread the product throughout the sink

  3. Leave it to work for a few minutes and then scrub the sink in circular motions

  4. Spend a little extra time cleaning around the plughole and don’t forget the tap!

  5. Wipe off the product with a damp sponge or cloth, and rinse the sink

  6. Dry the area with a clean cloth and rub a little citrus peel over the area to add shine and help deodorise

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How to clean a sink with baking powder and vinegar

  1. Apply a light layer of baking soda over the kitchen sink, focusing on any visible stains

  2. Use a sponge or cloth to gently rub the sink with the baking soda, focusing on any stains. Not sure how to get rust stains out of kitchen sinks? This method works well

  3. Spray the sink with white vinegar, and watch it fizzle with the baking soda

  4. Rub the sink with a sponge and rinse off the baking soda and vinegar with water

  5. Use citrus peel to deodorise the sink by rubbing it over the surfaces

Extra tip: Sprinkle baking soda and pour a little white vinegar followed by hot water into your plughole to help get rid of light blockages and leave your drains smelling fresh!

Preventing Odors in the Kitchen Sink

Preventing odours in the kitchen sink is essential for maintaining a fresh and pleasant environment. There are several strategies to keep those unwanted smells at bay. Regularly flushing the sink with hot water can help to prevent the buildup of food particles and bacteria. Avoiding the disposal of grease, oils, and large chunks of food down the drain can also minimise odours. Freshening the sink with natural deodorisers like lemon slices, bicarbonate soda, or vinegar can neutralise any lingering smells. Implementing these preventative measures promotes a more hygienic kitchen and ensures a more enjoyable cooking and dining experience for everyone.

So, there you have it. Learning how to remove stains from kitchen sinks couldn’t be easier. Next time you’re cleaning the kitchen sink, remember to follow these steps to keep it looking, and smelling, fresh.

  • Coat the kitchen sink either in a layer of Jif or in a light dusting of baking soda

  • Leave to work for a minute or two, then gently rub the sink with the product

  • If using baking soda, spray some white vinegar on top and let it fizzle

  • Wipe off the product and rinse the kitchen sink with water

  • Optional step: rub the sink with citrus peel to deodorise and add a little shine

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