Keeping things in working order is a good policy, so we’ve gathered a few tips for keeping the kitchen sink looking good, and hopefully trouble free. Whether you have a single bowl stainless steel sink or a double bowl sink, keeping the drain clear is a universal thing.
Grandma Knew Best
If you cook a lot of greasy foods like bacon for instance, pour the grease into a can and toss it in the garbage later. Pouring hot grease down the sink causes buildup, which also causes food particles to cling to the sides of the pipe.
Take A Little Extra Time
If you have kitchen accessories like an electric food disposal unit under the sink, run cold water when its grinding, to help flush mash down the pipes. Garburetors are not designed to clear the bowl right away, it needs time to do its job.
If you find your drain clogging on occasion, try mixing up 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1/2 cup of white vinegar. Pour in down the drain and let it sit for a few minutes with the drain covered. After 15 or 20 minutes, pour boiling water through to flush it out. The mixture should break down the grease and kill any odors that may be lingering.
Pour a couple liters of boiling water down the drain once a week or so to melt away any fat or grease that may have collected.
Throw coffee grounds in the garbage, not down the drain.
Rumor has it that products claiming to clear drains by dissolving grease with enzymes may not be very effective. Some of those products may use chemicals that kill the bacteria needed to break up solid wastes thereby causing more harm than good.
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