No need for bleach: how to disinfect the sink

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The kitchen sink can be a real breeding ground for bacteria. Dirt, grease, food debris, and even fungal spores or rust appear on the surface in the absence of regular disinfection.

A clean and sanitized kitchen and cooking area is an important aspect of a healthy home environment. Many people think that the key to disinfecting the sink begins and ends with bleach, but experts say that it is better not to use this product.

How to replace bleach

There are several nuances. First, bleach is a very aggressive agent, and chemicals should not be used in places where food is prepared and consumed. Secondly, bleach has a very pungent and acrid odor, which is difficult to remove from surfaces.

"Although kitchen sinks are some of the dirtiest places in your home, bleach is not always the best solution," said Jacqueline Stein, owner of a cleaning company in the United States.

There are some surfaces where it can potentially eat away at the paint if it is concentrated too high or left on for too long.

No need for bleach: how to disinfect the sink

If you're looking for an alternative to harsh chemical solutions, it's important to understand which cleaners are safe for specific surfaces. Fortunately, in this case, there are better alternatives, such as hydrogen peroxide.

This liquid is safe, non-toxic, and will not discolor most surfaces.

Step-by-step instructions

  • First, clean the sink by discarding any food scraps. Simply cleaning away any debris or food particles in the kitchen sink makes the surface more open and sanitized.
  • After cleaning the sink from food debris and dirt, treat the sink with hydrogen peroxide. You can use a spray bottle for this. Or, if you don't have a spray nozzle at hand, simply moisten a cloth with peroxide and wipe the entire sink. Wait at least 30 seconds and then use a sponge to gently wipe and clean all areas.
  • Rinse off any remaining liquid with clean water.

How often to disinfect the sink

The kitchen sink needs regular cleaning. Experts strongly recommend cleaning and disinfecting it at least once a week or more often. Regardless of how often you cook, a clean and sanitized sink will prevent the spread of germs and bacterial growth.

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