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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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.
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.
- Remove everything from the sink and fill it with very hot water. Add a cup of bleach and let it sit for an hour.
- Remove the stopper with tongs, drain the sink, and rinse it thoroughly.
- Hit it with a powdered cleaner. Scrub it good and rinse well.
- 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.
- Clean around the taps with a toothbrush.
- 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]