How To Keep Your Kitchen Sink & Disposal Smelling Nice and Clog Free

Posted on September 15, 2016

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Keeping the heavily used kitchen sink clog free relieves headaches from the everyday use your family needs. Your daily tasks like prepping food, washing dishes and removing waste down the garbage disposal.

I would venture to say that you simply scrub and clean the surface of your sink but never think about what’s going on down the drain.

There is a process for cleaning your sink and disposal the right way.

Learn how and why to clean your sink and disposal. It’s time to hunker down, and get to work!

Why Cleaning Your Kitchen Sink & Disposal is Necessary

Your kitchen sink is one spot where odors, germs and food scraps are sure to congregate. While garbage disposals are normally self-cleaning, they do need some tender loving care from time to time. Just because you can’t see the grime, that doesn’t mean it’s not there.

Doing a deep clean of your kitchen sink and disposal is important for the safety and health of your family and home. Taking care of these products is necessary to ensure they’re free of debris, germs and functioning properly at all times.

How to Clean Your Kitchen Sink & Disposal

Sanitizing your sink is important in getting rid it of any harmful grime and odors. Running water down your kitchen sink a few times a day washes away particles handing around your sink, but it doesn’t clean germs and bacteria.

Your Kitchen Sink

Here are the steps and materials you need to complete a deep clean of your kitchen sink:
Materials Needed

  • Liquid dishwashing soap
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Baking soda


  • Old toothbrush
  • Soft sponge

Step 1:

Thoroughly wipe down and rinse out your sink. If you have a stainless steel sink, you should use a mild soap and nylon sponge, or soft rag. Be aware that ammonia, bleach or abrasive cleaners can ruin the finish. Salt and acid in food can potentially damage the finish, so it’s important rinse and wipe down your sink on a regular basis.

Step 2: 

Grab your baking soda and scatter it over the surface of your sink. Work it into a paste and rinse thoroughly.

Step 3: 

Soak paper towels in white vinegar and then line the sink with the saturated towels. Let the towels sit for about 20 minutes. Clear and dispose of the paper towels.

Step 4:

Rinse the sink with warm soapy water.

Step 5:

Wipe the faucet and handles with a mild soapy solution. Use the toothbrush to clean the hard-to-reach areas. If you see any spots lingering, use a cloth soaked in white vinegar to remove them.

Once you’re finished cleaning, do one last deep rinse and dry with a soft rag. Your sink should now be shiny and squeaky clean!

Your Disposal

Now let’s take a look at how to best clean your garbage disposal. The most important part of this process is your safety. Never take any action that’ll compromise your well-being while cleaning your garbage disposal.

Materials Needed

  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Boiling water
  • Ice
  • Sea salt
  • 1 Lemon or lime

Step 1:

Sprinkle a 1/2 cup of baking soda down your disposal. Add 1 cup of white vinegar and allow the mixture to fizz and make a bit of noise. Let the mixture sit and work for a few minutes. Then, boil a kettle of hot water. Pour the boiling water down the drain.

Step 2:

Fill the drain with two cups of ice. Pour one cup of salt over the ice cubes (rock salt is great if you have it). Run some cold water. Turn on the garbage disposal until the ice is gone.

The combination of salt and ice will help loosen the grime and debris from the grinding elements.

Step 3: 

Let’s finish it of. Cut a lemon (or lime) in half. Turn the water on and run the garbage disposal. Add the lemon/limes to the disposal one by one.

That’s it, you’re done! The fruit will clean and deodorize your drain!

In Conclusion

A thorough cleaning of your sink and garbage disposal is needed for a happy healthy sink and drain system. Getting rid of odor by killing germs and bacteria.

In a nut shell, cleaning your kitchen sink and disposal is a pretty easy process and doesn’t take to much time.

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