Keeping Your Stainless Steel Kitchen Sinks Clean
A clean kitchen is a happy kitchen. When you wipe the counters, do the dishes, and sweep and mop the floors, don't forget the kitchen sink. While you may bask in the pride of having floors that smell of lemon pine and showcase your reflection, the sink is where you need to concentrate. That's because the kitchen sink is a hotbed for germs as you use this area to clean and rinse your meat and produce. Here are just some of the germs that may occupy your stainless-steel kitchen sinks.
- E. Coli: This is precisely another reason to rinse your fruit and vegetables. E. Coli can be found on produce that is contaminated. These germs will make their way to your sinks as well.
- Salmonella: This often-heard bacterium can be found in nuts, produce, dairy, and meats. It is the product of poor factory standards and labor conditions. Anyone who has had a bad case of food poisoning can attest to the fact that salmonella can lurk in our kitchens.
- Listeria: Unpasteurized milk and raw meat and fish are the top sources for listeriosis, a disease that has a 20% mortality rate and is the result from an infection caused by contaminated foods with the listeria bacteria.
While all of this may sound scary, it is easy to clean your kitchen sink. Make sure to wash dishes and your sink with hot, soapy water. The water should be at least 110° so that germs and bacteria are destroyed. Occasionally, you should fill your sink with a solution of boiled hot water and bleach for a limited time – about an hour should work – and then empty it. This will kill any germs that may be lurking in your sink. Running hot water and baking soda down your drain will clean and deodorize it. Finally, a scrubbing brush and toothbrush will help remove spots and blemishes from use.