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How to Clean a Bathroom Sink

How to clean a bathroom sink
Got a dirty sink? Here are tips to keeping it clean!

The bathroom is of the most-used rooms in our homes. The bathroom sink in particular is at risk of easily attracting excess germs and gunk. It’s used by everyone multiple times a day. This means germs and grime being tracked in often. Since the bathroom tends to be exposed to humidity during our showers or baths, bacteria can also spread quickly in this environment. It’s important to keep it clean in order to ensure a sanitary and pleasant bathroom environment. 

How to quickly clean bathroom sink

With a regular cleaning routine, your sink will be sparkling and grime-free for a long time. It doesn’t have to be time-consuming.  You can clean your bathroom sink by plugging your drain and following the sink with hot water.  The hot water will loosen up any grime.  After it has sat for a couple minutes, you can scrub it clean with cleaning solutions.

How often should you rinse the bathroom sink?

In order to keep your sink as clean as possible for as long as possible, you should always rinse it out after every use. This means taking some tap water and splashing it around the sides of the sink, making sure all of the remnants of soap, dirt, and especially toothpaste are gone. 

I want to note here that toothpaste is a repeat offender of dirtying the bathroom sink. If you don’t rinse down the sink after brushing, the toothpaste will leave a chalky-looking layer on the sink. This can be easily prevented by rinsing down the sink and especially where you spit your toothpaste out. 

If you had just washed something with extra grime or color in the sink, you can even consider using a sponge to wipe it down afterwards, just with the tap water. 

Cleaning sink to remove bacteria

Even if your sink looks relatively clean, it’s very important to make a habit out of cleaning it weekly or every other week. This is crucial to eliminate those invisible germs and the bacteria that you may not see. 

Wiping the sink down with water may keep it aesthetically pleasing, but in order to thoroughly clean it, you need to use a disinfectant spray designed to fight and kill germs. 

You will need: 

  • disinfectant spray of your choice*
  • water
  • a sponge

Steps to cleaning a bathroom sink

Step 1: Remove any items like toothbrushes, soap dispensers, or cups from the sink.  

Step 2: Wipe down your sink with water and make sure it is totally free of dirt or debris. 

Step 3: Spray the disinfectant around the sink, and use the sponge to scrub away the germs and bacteria. 

Step 4: Repeat step 3 if you notice the spray dries very quickly or you feel it needs another go. 

Step 5: Splash some water around the sink to give it one last wash-down. 

There you have it! If you make these steps a regular routine for cleaning your bathroom sink, it will save you time later on with less frequent deep-cleanings. 

But, if your sink is in need of a deeper clean, perhaps with gunk buildup or stains, read on for directions for that process. 

Deep Cleaning Your Bathroom Sink

Even with a regular cleaning routine, your sink can still find itself in need of a deep clean. If you see spots and stains, gunk or even mildew accumulating, it’s time for this step. 

You will need: 

  • baking soda
  • a disinfectant spray 
  • water 
  • a sponge

Steps to cleaning sink with baking soda

Step 1: Wipe down your sink as thoroughly as possible, removing anything like stray hairs.

Step 2: Sprinkle some dry baking soda onto the surface of the sink, including the walls of it, the faucet, the knobs, the drain area. Concentrate more baking soda wherever there is more staining. Let it rest for a few moments. 

Step 3: Turn on the tap, and splash some water onto the baking soda. Use your sponge to start scrubbing at the areas you add water to, and make your way around the entire sink. 

Step 4: Wash away the baking soda and the remaining grime and dirt with it. 

Step 5: Spray the disinfectant spray around the sink. Make sure it reaches every part of the sink. Wipe it down, and then splash water around the sink again to remove the product. Make sure to remove any leftover baking soda residue.

The baking soda works well to break down dirt and sludge, so this should have helped you remove any stubborn dirty areas on your sink. 

how to clean bathroom sink drain


A clean bathroom versus a dirty one can have a huge impact on our hygiene. If you’ve been feeling overwhelmed by the idea of tackling the project of cleaning your bathroom, starting with cleaning your bathroom sink is a great jumping off point. By focusing on cleaning your bathroom sink, you will have a solid foundation for a clean bathroom, as it’s one of the main focal points of the room. So go on, clean your sink and begin enjoying your bathroom a bit more! 


Frequently asked questions about cleaning bathroom sinks. Not all bathroom sinks are the same and not all messes are equal. These answers might help you tackle more unique situations.

How often should I clean my sink?

It’s recommended to clean every 1-2 weeks thoroughly but to rinse it off after every use. Keep your eyes peeled for any buildup or stains that you need to take care of as well. 

What is the brown gunk in my sink drain?

The brown gunk is a combination of hair, bacteria, dirt, and phlegm. You can use a drain cleaner to remove the brown gunk in your sink drain.

How do you clean a dirty stained sink?

You’ll want to use a string cleaning solution to clean your sink.  If you don’t have and cleaning products, you can use a mixture of salt, vinegar, and baking soda to remove stains

How to clean sink drain with baking soda

Pour half a cup of baking soda down the drain along with one cup of vinegar.  Let it fizzle for 15 minutes and then rinse it down with hot water.

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