Bathrooms can become the home of millions of germs and bacteria, as well as mold, and all of these are dangerous organisms that can jeopardize your health. However, contrary to the popular opinion, it is not the toilet that gathers most of the bacteria, but other places in your bathroom such as the bathroom sink or the door handles.
So, if you want a sparkling clean place, a healthier environment, and fresher air in your house, here are some of the easiest ways in which you can clean your favorite bathroom sink.
Decide on the best method of cleaning depending on the sink’s material
Although most sinks are made of porcelain, you can also encounter other natural materials such as stone or glass. It is essential to choose the right cleaning tools and substances according to the surface of your sink so you won’t scratch it or break it.
Porcelain is probably one of the easiest materials to clean as you can use both natural cleaning agents such as baking soda, lemon juice or vinegar and chemical substances. You can use harsher brushes or softer ones too, depending on how fast you want to finish cleaning.
On the other hand, you should avoid using acid substances on glass sinks and, instead, adopt a non-invasive cleaning routine that involves rinsing the inside and the outside of the sink with a towel or drying thoroughly with a non-abrasive cloth.
Other precious materials such as copper are even more challenging when it comes to cleaning. Copper sinks may be damaged if you opt for chemical substances or acids such as vinegar or lemon juice. On the bright side, this metal comes with antibacterial properties so, instead of using a power scrubber, a mild dish soap is enough.
If you run out of time
If you have guests coming over unannounced and you don’t have enough time to make your bathroom sparkling clean again, simply opt for some special cleaning wipes. You can find those at any universal store, and they work great for quick touch-ups.
If you’re lazy and don’t want to go through the whole cleaning process yet, an easy method to get a clean sink in under 15 minutes is just to fill it with hot water and add your favorite cleaning substance.
You can use the same solution to clean the toothpaste cup or the soap tray. Leave the water in the sink and all the other items to sit for around 15 minutes and simply rinse using warm water.
The power of nature
Over-the-counter cleaning products can contain high amounts of bleach or chemicals that might cause allergies, skin rashes or pollute the environment. Luckily, Mother Nature has blessed us with a few natural cleaning agents that can make your sink shiny again.
Depending on the surface and the types of stains you need to clean, you can use a mixture of half vinegar and half hot water. Additionally, you can replace the vinegar with baking soda as long as you keep a ratio of one cup of baking soda for each 4-5 cups of water.
Lemon juice is also great for removing limestone, stains, and toothpaste residues but due to its acidity it shouldn’t be let to sit for too long. Just like vinegar, a couple of minutes too much and the lemon juice can damage the enamel.
Stay away from clogs
Bathroom sinks can easily get full of hair, toothpaste residues and other things that may cause the drain to clog. If you want to avoid that and keep your sink as good as new, common ingredients that you can easily find in your kitchen will help you do that.
The easiest way is to mix one cup of baking soda, one cup of salt, and ¼ a cup of cream of tartar. Keep the mixture in a jar and every other week just pour half a cup down the drain, followed by boiling water.