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How To Clean Your Sink and Garbage Disposal Naturally

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After multiple uses of disposing foods and helping with cleaning dishes and pots, and pans– kitchen sinks and disposals needs a good cleaning to get rid of grime, bacteria, and germs.

You should know how to clean sink by wiping your sink down after each use, but, that it just is not enough to get it looking shiny and new. You need it to be clean and rid of the unappealing smells that occur over time in both your sink and your garbage disposal.  

Do you know How To Clean Your Sink and Garbage Disposal Naturally?

There are natural ingredients you can use to not only clean but to clean unhealthy germs and bacteria away, that can believe it not make you and your family ill.  

The purpose of this post is to teach you how to clean both your sink and disposal naturally using the same process as our Portland cleaning service uses.

To start off, take a look at why it is so important to do so on a regular basis.  

A Wet Sink Can be a Danger to You and Your Family

A wet sink can become a dangerous sink. High moisture levels produce the perfect conditions for a few types of germs and bacteria that flourish due up to 80 percent of the bacteria cell’s weight is water itself.

The type of bacteria is affected by the location. For example, did you know that a sink in your kitchen may have more germs and bacteria than your bathroom? The following are a few bacterias lurking in your kitchen sink and disposal that is a danger to your family.


a type of germ which has a pink color connected to each other, like a pink web

There are two types of illnesses that the Salmonella species causes: gastrointestinal illness and typhoidal illness. The typhoidal illness affects humans and takes place in those that consume contaminated foods. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, non-typhoidal salmonella presents a risk of gastrointestinal sickness with a little as two bacteria.

A sink that has exposure to spices contaminated with bacteria, dairy products, raw meat and fresh produce and items that touched goods that are contaminated, pose a health risk.    

Campylobacter jejuni

a type of germ which has a letter S shape with a blue green color

In the U.S., one of the leading origins of food-borne illness is Campylobacter jejuni according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

People between the ages of 15 and 29 and children under the age of five are the most susceptible to getting an illness from this bacteria.

With the bacteria, it only takes 500 cells to be the cause of illness in an exposed individual. A sink that has exposure to raw animal food sources that carry the cells, raw milk, vegetables, and unchlorinated water may have the presence of Campylobacter jejuni.

Escherichia coli

a type of germ with color violet stripe shape

A sink may contain the Escherichia coli, or better known as E. coli if it comes into contact with contaminated food or water. If a person that is infected touches the sink that can be a cause as well. There are six groups of bacteria called “pathogenic” that E.coli can transmit the foodborne illness through water and food.   

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration states if a person that is an asymptomatic carrier of E.coli can unknowingly spread the bacteria if he or she touches the sink or other items that are in or around the area.  

Staphylococcus Aureus

a type of germs which has a yellow green circle shape with a scattered blue tiny circles

What most people know simply as “staph,” Staphylococcus aureus causes food poisoning, toxic shock, pneumonia, and wound infections. Staph is tough and can survive in both environments of water levels and dry environments, but strives especially in wet conditions like sinks that see much use.   

All it takes is as little as one microgram or even less of the bacteria to lead to a staph-related illness or infection. A sink can harbor bacteria when there is exposure to foods that are warm when they require refrigeration,   

That includes foods left on dirty dishes, dairy products, meat product and deli-style salads. A person carrying staph may transmit it if he or she coughs or sneezes in or around the sink or touches a lesion that has staph then touches the sink.    

There you go. After reading those, you may want to be even more aggressive with cleaning your sink and garbage disposal naturally, right?  

How to Clean the Garbage Disposal

One of the hardest working appliances in your kitchen is the garbage disposal.

However, it can also be easy to be forgotten when it comes to cleaning and maintenance. The following are ways you can clean your garbage disposal with a few simple DIY green cleaning recipes and general maintenance tips.

  1. Drop 8-12 ice cubes into the garbage disposal then run cold water with the garbage disposal turned on. Do this until the ice has cleared. That will aid in sharpening the blades, break up any grease build-up, and dislodge small food particles.    

(If you have

a pile of ice cubes

 any Rock Salt, add this to the mixture)

  1. Make a paste by combining water with baking soda then take a small toothbrush or scrub brush and scrub the flaps that are around the neck of the disposal.

are use to the clean garbage disposal

  1. Plug the disposal then fill the sink ¾ with cool water. Add a cup of vinegar with dish soap.  Allow the mixture to sit for several minutes then empty the sink and the water until it has all cleared out.  

a child washing dishes in the sink with a dish soap

How to Clean your Kitchen Sink with Baking Soda and Vinegar -Organic and Easy

a stainless faucet and a white basin

Baking soda is somewhat of a star household cleaning product. That is due to its effectiveness for removing stains from furniture, curtains, pans, pots, and your kitchen sink. It also is a tremendous freshener that improves the smells in your home.

When water and baking soda are combined, it forms a paste that will be foamy. That paste will help you remove tons of stains in and around your kitchen sink. One other product on the star list is vinegar. Vinegar is very effective when added to baking soda because of the chain reaction that takes place when combines and it can remove any stain you put it on.

You do not need any special, expensive type of vinegar, just plain distilled.

Another benefit to using the mixture of vinegar and baking soda is it is non-toxic and has high levels of acids which kills bacteria.

baking soda combined with water

The only downside is the smell is not very appealing. To remedy this, add essential oils of your liking to wherever you use the mixture for cleaning. First, Scrub your sink plugs with a toothbrush and the mix then let them soak.

Next, use the brush to scrub extra grime around and inside your sink. Once you have finished this, wipe the surface of the sink with the cleaning solution and let it sit for around 20 minutes. When the time is up, wipe your sink down really good until it is gleaming after very little work. The vinegar and baking soda did most of the work.

Wrapping Things Up

One thing that is very important for cleaning your garbage disposal is the safety involved.

Be sure to use caution when you are operating and cleaning it using any method. Never put your fingers in the unit for any reason, even it the disposal is turned off. Now you can give your sink and garbage disposal some safe cleaning love, naturally.