The kitchen is the heart and center of the home, but it gets dirty fast. If neglected, aside from basic washing up and wiping down, the kitchen can get out of hand very quickly.
Along with unpleasant grime, sink fixtures are prone to microbial growth. Certain types of microbes can have a negative impact on your faucets, as they have the potential to cause problems such as surface stains and odors. As these sink fixtures regularly pump out hot water, a hot and humid environment is created that microbes thrive within. Given the right conditions, it takes as little as twenty minutes for the microbes to double their numbers on the surface of your kitchen and bathroom faucets.
You can, of course, take some steps to keep your sink clean over the course of the day — you know, to keep your kitchen sink from becoming a cesspool. Luckily it’s not that hard.
1. Don’t let food scraps sit.
It’s totally fine if you don’t want to load the dishwasher right this second, but at least give your plates a rinse before you plop them down in the sink. The less organic matter on them, the lower the risk of bacteria growing and kitchen pests landing on your food to spread germs. Plus, it’ll make them easier to clean in the long run.
2. Give it a scrub.
Once you’re done doing the dishes, give the sink a quick scrub with the same antimicrobial dish detergent you use on your dishes. This’ll loosen up organic matter and kill bacteria that may be lingering.
3. Let it dry.
Part of the reason that dishes don’t carry much bacteria is because they dry completely in between uses — not necessarily the case for your kitchen sink. If you use it multiple times throughout the day, be sure it has an opportunity to dry in between so that bacteria isn’t growing in any lingering water.
4. Use a drain cover.
Lucky enough to have a garbage disposal? Put the drain cover in place before you star flipping any switches. Even a perforated mesh one will prevent most of the water and bits of bacteria-laden food from splashing back up into the sink.
5. Spritz it with a disinfectant.
If you’re worried about cross-contamination, you may want to squirt the sink with disinfectant every few days (Gerba likes Lysol Kitchen Cleaner and Clorox Cleanup). Just be sure to follow the directions — like allowing it to dry or leaving it on long enough to do the work.