Can you guess which room in the home has the most germs? If you are like most people, you may have answered the bathroom. In fact, however, the kitchen is by far the dirtiest room in the home. Although it may seem strange to think that your kitchen is dirtier than your toilet, it has a lot to do with the fact that there are countless prime breeding grounds for bacteria in the kitchen. Between the dish rag, the cutting board, the garbage can, and the kitchen sink, there are plenty of places where germs can thrive.
One of the worst offenders is the kitchen sink. Learning how to properly clean it can go a long way toward creating a germ-free space. Here are some tips that you can use to keep your sink clean, sparkly and disinfected:
1. Try to never leave dirty dishes in the sink. Instead, either load them into the dishwasher or wash them by hand immediately after you are done eating. The longer that food scraps and other leftover particles sit around in the sink, the more time bacteria has to form. Not only that, but even a few dishes in your sink can make your whole kitchen look cluttered. It only takes a few seconds to load the dishes into the dishwasher or to wash them by hand. However, it can make a huge difference in the overall cleanliness of your kitchen sink.
2. Clean the sink with dish soap each day. Simply use a sponge and some dish soap to wipe away stains. It probably goes without saying, but you should use a different sponge for cleaning your sink than you do for washing your dishes. Rinse away the dish soap when you are done and dry the sink with a clean towel.
3. Once a week, clean the sink with dish soap and baking soda. Wet down the entire surface of the sink with a bit of dish soap and water. Sprinkle baking soda liberally over the surface. Scrub to remove any stains. When you are done, rinse away the baking soda and dish soap. Polish the sink to a shine with a clean, dry towel.
4. To remove brown stains from the drain, make a paste out of dish soap and baking soda. Apply the paste to the entire area around the drain and allow it to sit for about 10 minutes. When the time is up, use an old toothbrush to scrub away the stains.  Again, rinse and dry the sink completely.
5. To eliminate drain odors, dump a generous amount of baking soda down the drain. Allow it to sit while you boil several cups of vinegar in a kettle. Once the vinegar is boiling hot, pour it down the drain. It will react with the baking soda to create bubbles, which help dissolve away gunk that has built up inside the drain. You can use this same technique to clean your garbage disposal.
6. For the faucet, mix vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray it liberally on the surface of the faucet and wipe it away with a dry cloth. If you have any hard water stains on your faucet, try soaking paper towels in vinegar and laying them over the stains for up to an hour. The vinegar should dissolve away the stains. 
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