How I Clean My Kitchen Sink

This year, instead of the usual resolutions to lose weight and exercise more, I thought I'd try something new. I'd make small, daily efforts around my house so that it'd be cleaner and better organized. Yes! This is something I can actually stick with. But where to start... I decided to begin with one of the most neglected areas in my house: my kitchen sink. I often forget to clean my sink as part of my post-dinner clean-up and by the time I remember, I'm too tired to bother. So, I resolved to pay my sink the attention it deserves by giving it a little bath each night. It's been a little over a week now, and I've got it down. First, I empty the sink of all dishes (this may seem obvious, but I watched my husband clean around a huge dish the other day, instead of removing it from the sink before cleaning). I then give the sink a quick rinse with hot water and gather the bits of food that have accumulated in the drain. I then spray the sink down with Seventh Generation's all-purpose cleaner and use my scrub brush to scour the sink. I start at the upper rim and move down to the basin. If there's dried-on gunk that requires more than just a little elbow grease, I sprinkle some baking soda on the area to provide a gentle abrasive when scrubbing. After rinsing the sink in hot water again, I stand back and admire my work. And guess what? Even if the rest of the house is a mess, I feel great because my sink looks fantastic. And it only takes 5 minutes! If only laundry were this easy... Do you have a kitchen sink cleaning routine? photo: Fazimoto

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