How To Clean Sink Strainer: A Gross Yet Satisfying Cleaning Tutorial

If you're anything like me, you probably thought you had your kitchen sink cleaning routine down to a science. That was until I stumbled upon a mind-blowing video from Smart Fox that made me realize I was missing a crucial step – cleaning the sink strainer.

Trust me; it's both disgusting and oddly satisfying. So, grab a partner, let me walk you through the steps.

Get ready for a cleaner, more sanitized kitchen!

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Before we dive into the dirty work, find yourself a partner. This is a two-person job, and you'll soon see why. Your partner's main mission? Holding the tail piece of the drain in during the entire cleaning process to avoid a watery mess under your sink.

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1. Unscrew the Sink Strainer Basket

I used the end of a spoon to unscrew the sink strainer. You could also use a coin or the edge of the the sink strainer basket.

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It might take a bit of twisting due to the long screw. Make sure your partner has a tight grip on that drain pipe to prevent any unplanned waterworks.

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2. Confront the Disgusting Truth

Behold, the moment of truth! Take a good look at the removed sink strainer, and if you're anything like me, prepare to be slightly horrified. It's okay; we're in this together.

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3. Remove Gunk and Rinse

Arm yourself with paper towels and dispose of the majority of the gunk in the bin. Give it a good rinse to get rid of the surface nastiness.

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4. Disinfect with Bleach (or Vinegar, or Baking Soda)

Now comes the heavy-duty part. Pour in some bleach (or opt for vinegar or baking soda) to disinfect the sink completely. With your partner still on drain duty, let it sit for a few minutes, then wipe it down.

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5. Reassemble and Bleach the Sink

While your partner continues to hold the tail piece, screw the sink strainer back on. Finish off by giving the entire sink a bleach treatment and a thorough rinse.

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And there you have it – a surprisingly simple yet oh-so-effective way to clean your sink strainer.

I was shocked at what lurked beneath mine, and now I'll be making this a regular part of my cleaning routine.

Have you tried this before? Share your experience or let me know if you have a go-to DIY solution for keeping your kitchen sink in tip-top shape!

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