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How to Clean a Kitchen Sink

The kitchen sink should be the last thing that you clean in your kitchen. And, when you do, you’ll need to make sure that it’s sanitized from nasty foodborne germs as well as looking sparkling.

Person rinsing out cloth over stainless steel kitchen sink

Your kitchen sink sees a lot of mess in its lifetime – including dirty dishes, food waste and a build-up of bacteria. This is particularly true because, during a kitchen clean, you’re likely to deposit liquids and food waste in your sink while tackling other surfaces.


When you clean your sink, you’ll need to make sure that it’s sanitized from nasty foodborne germs as well as looking sparkling. This guide contains tips and tricks from Lysol®, no matter what material your kitchen sink is made of.



Stainless steel sinks are great for their affordability and easy maintenance, but, if they aren’t looked after properly it’s possible they can become scratched. You should therefore always avoid abrasive cleaners that could do this damage, such as steel wool or steel brushes. Instead, opt for a soft cloth that cannot cause corrosion.


Our best cleaner for stainless steel sinks is Lysol® Kitchen Pro Antibacterial Cleaner. It cuts through the toughest of grease (even food stains!) with no harsh chemical residues, helping to protect your family from foodborne illness. Here’s what to do:


  1. Spray Lysol® Kitchen Pro Antibacterial Cleaner in and around your sink and let it sit for 10 minutes.
  2. Wipe down the sink with paper towels and run warm water over any food contact surfaces to rinse.
  3. Feel free to use this method to clean kitchen faucet spray heads and other parts of the sink, too.
  4. To prevent water spots on stainless steel sinks, make sure you finish by drying thoroughly with a soft cloth.
  5. Finally, don’t forget to spray down and disinfect your drain, too.



Not all – but most – porcelain sinks are white. This means that not only do we have to consider cleaning the kitchen sink thoroughly so that it is sanitized from germs, but also making sure it keeps its colour and shine. White sinks can tend to grey and go darker over time, so you’ll want something that specifically brightens, too.


Our Lysol®Bleach Free Hydrogen Peroxide Multi-Purpose Cleaner is a great way to whiten porcelain without bleach. It delivers a powerful clean with 0% bleach – and dissolves grease as well as whitening without the use of any harsh chemical residues. To clean, disinfect and whiten your porcelain sink, simply follow these steps:

Baby being held over porcelain sink with hands under running tap


Pre-clean by applying Multi-Purpose Cleaner to surface until thoroughly wet. Leave for 10 minutes before wiping. Rinse all food contact surfaces with water after use.

Please note: Please always use Lysol products as directed on the label.


How you look after your sink depends on a few things, from the material it’s made of to what typically goes in it. For example, a bathroom sink and a kitchen sink should be tended to in a different way to ensure both remain in good condition for as long as possible.


And when it comes to the kitchen area, always remember – with so much food and liquids coming into contact with your sink, make sure you’re not just cleaning, but consistently sanitizing from harmful bacteria, too

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