'Shining Your Sink' Will Make Your Life Better

Kitchen sinks are usually thought of as something that you clean things in, not something that needs cleaning itself, but organisational guru Marla Cilley - also known as the Fly Lady - swears that a sparkling sink is the key to a happier, more organised kitchen.

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Motivate Yourself To Do The Dishes With A Cocktail

I hate doing dishes more than any other chore but, due to my line of work and lack of dishwasher, I end up doing more than the average person. To overcome my utter disdain for donning dish gloves and standing in front of a sink, I motivate myself with a cocktail.

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Seeing as a sink of dirty dishes is the leading cause of bad moods in my house, I am a fan of anything that keeps them from piling up. Cleaning your sink until it sparkles may seem a bit much, but it makes a lot of sense; after scrubbing and sanitising the heck out of your sink, returning it to its original gleaming glory, you're much less likely to sully it with a cruddy dish. Other members of your household will most likely follow suit, as they will be afraid of inciting your wrath.

Fly Lady's process is an extensive one - read the whole thing here - but the basic steps are as follows:

  1. Remove everything from the sink and fill it with very hot water. Add a cup of bleach and let it sit for an hour.
  2. Remove the stopper with tongs, drain the sink, and rinse it thoroughly.
  3. Hit it with a powdered cleaner. Scrub it good and rinse well.
  4. Take a butter knife and clean out under the rim of the sink. If you have never done this, it will probably be very gross, but that's OK. Rinse everything once more.
  5. Clean around the taps with a toothbrush.
  6. Spray with window cleaner and give it all a vigorous shine.

You now have a very pretty sink that you will less likely to fill with dishes, as well as a sense of accomplishment. Obviously, this isn't an everyday task, but it will inspire you to keep your pretty sink as clutter free and clean as possible.

FLYing Lesson: Shining Your Sink [FlyLady.Net]


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