How to Clean a Kitchen Sink

When we think of cleaning the kitchen our minds often tend to settle on dishes, the sink, countertops, and even floors. However, our kitchen cabinets may require a bit of sprucing up as well. Read on to learn how best to clean kitchen cabinets so they can shine like new, even after all the grime, splatter, and grease that meal prepping, and family fun night can leave behind.

Best Cleaning Supplies for Kitchen Cabinets

Whether your cabinets need a quick wipe down or a full-on deep cleaning session, some of the best cleaning supplies are already in your kitchen! Simple solutions of dish soap and water can do wonders for cleaning away grease, splatters, and food messes. Dawn® Platinum makes cleaning kitchen cabinets So Dawn Easy! The unique formula quickly breaks down grease particles while staying gentle enough to not cause any damage. Be sure to use a soft cloth or sponge when cleaning. Microfiber cloths are great too when it comes to your cabinets, as they help trap any dust or dirt to prevent soil from spreading. Avoid abrasive materials like strong detergents and scouring pads, as these can scratch or dull your cabinets.

How to Clean Off Cooking Grease from Kitchen Cabinets

Kitchen cabinets are for storing dishes, not grease. Unfortunately, wood cabinets are prone to all sorts of grease, grime, and gunk from simply being in the kitchen. We’ll walk you through cleaning greasy kitchen cabinets in a few simple steps—so they can get the love they need, and you can get back to focusing on what really matters.

1. Remove the Dishes.

It might sound like common sense, but in order to clean your sink you need to remove all of the items currently inside it.

2. Let it Spray.

Give your sink a quick rinse with warm water. Ideally, a sink hose or faucet attachment works best, but you can also use a wet rag or sponge to get the job done.

Rinse sink

3. Circle the Drain.

Use a concentrated dish soap like Dawn® Platinum. Squirt Dawn® onto the bottom surface of the sink, circling the drain. Do not dispense onto the sides of the sink or you will have too much dish liquid.

Circle drain with Dawn dish soap

4. Rub-A-Dub-Dub.

Use the soft side of a sponge or a soft brush in a circular motion to clean the bottom of the sink basin. Scrub the sides of the sink using the same circular motion.

Scrub sink

5. Cleaning is in the Details.

Use a toothbrush to clean the dirty areas around the faucet and other hard-to-reach spaces.

6. Time for a Rinse.

Rinse the sides of the sink first. If you have a hose attachment or faucet pull-down, now is the time to use it. If not, fill a cup of water to rinse off the soap. Next, use a clean, damp towel to wipe down any remaining residue.

Rinse sink and dry

7. Garbage Disposal.

If you have a garbage disposal, freshen it by pouring a squirt of Dawn® Platinum into the drain and letting it set for 30 seconds. Then run water into it for a few minutes until all suds have disappeared.

Use Dawn dish soap to clean garbage disposal

How to Clean Your Kitchen Sink Faucet and Fixtures

Just like the sink bowl, your faucet and kitchen sink fixtures are also prone to food gunk, grease stains, and hard water stains. Fortunately, cleaning up these stains and messes isn’t an all-day cleaning job and can be done in just a few simple steps:

  1. Start with warm water and a squeeze of Dawn® Platinum

  2. Dip a soft cloth or clean sponge into the soapy mixture and rub along your faucet and sink handles

  3. For extra food gunk and particles that can get stuck in hard-to-reach areas like the rim of your faucet, clean with floss! The thin thread can help pull out any of that leftover grime more easily

  4. Rinse off your faucet and fixtures with water

  5. Dry off thoroughly with a paper towel to keep hard water stains at bay

And you’re done! Your thoroughly cleaned sink and fixtures are now ready to tackle those tough kitchen messes all over again. With Dawn® Platinum by your side, cleaning your kitchen sink is So Dawn Easy—so you can focus on family dinner and less on the mess!