"A shiny sink in the morning helps start your day with a sense of peace," says the popular cleaning and home organization guru Fly Lady. Waking up to a sink full of dirty dishes can make you feel like you're running behind in life, and the simple act of keeping a clear and clean sink is a far better way to start your day. On a more practical note, a kitchen drain stuffed with last night's peas and coated with cooking oils and sludge can lead to a blocked kitchen drain that requires the expensive services of a professional plumber to fix.
In extreme cases, a dirty kitchen drain can lead to something awful called drain flies -- small, furry flies that live and hatch their young inside your kitchen drain and can also fly around your home. Clearly, on many levels, it's important to clean your kitchen drain well on a regular basis.
Here are some of the most effective methods for cleaning and de-staining your kitchen drain:
--First, carefully remove any food particles in the drain catch without knocking them down the drain.
--Next, carefully pour a pot of boiling water down the drain to begin the process of cleaning it throughout, avoiding any standing water or hot metal drain parts.
--The next step is what you might expect. Pour 1/2 cup of baking soda into your drain and let that sit for a few seconds. Then pour in 1 cup of white vinegar to create that bubbling effect that scrubs your drain clean. But you're not finished yet; there is an additional smart step to prolong the bubble action. Christine Satterfield, creator of IDreamofClean.net, suggests first squirting liquid dish detergent all over the drain walls to give the baking soda and vinegar liquid solution something to stick to and therefore work for a longer duration. "When I poured in the vinegar, it bubbled ... and bubbled ... and bubbled some more. The mixture stayed around the kitchen sink drain for well over 10 minutes just working away."
--Next, scrub the drain and the sink with a sponge-topped scrub brush or soft-bristled brush -- so as not to scratch your sink surface -- and rinse your sink, draining well.
Another solution to use if you do not have white vinegar on hand is a cup of salt and a cup of baking soda washed down the drain with boiling water.
Never mix chemicals; toxic fumes could result.
If your drain walls and outer ring are discolored from months of pouring old coffee or sodas down the drain, a simple store-bought solution is Mr. Clean Magic Erasers. Moisten and rub them on the brownish stained spots to reveal the shining silver beneath. Use this method on your drain catch, as well, if it also is stained.