Kitchen sink grids are handy but did you know they are a breeding ground for germs and bacteria? I’ll show you why you need to ditch your sink grid, now.
Gross. Disgusting. Slimy. Filthy. Those are just a few words I can think of to describe what goes on under a sink grid. In case you were wondering.
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This is not my typical DIY type post but it’s something I’ve been wanting to share with you for some time. It sort of falls into the cleaning category because it requires serious dedicated cleaning if you have one. I haven’t done too many cleaning posts thus far so I’ll go with it as my sort of public service announcement.
This post might be like a train wreck, in that you may not be able to look away. Drawn to view the grotesqueness of the “accident” in the pictures that follow. You’ve been warned.
When we were planning our Kitchen Renovation a few years ago I looked long and hard all over the internet for the perfect sink. We had a cheap double stainless sink that was too small so I didn’t want to make a rush move. After literally hours and hours of looking at every possible sink I finally settled on a beautiful Kraus sink I found on Amazon. It’s big, deep, and shiny. And it came with a skink grid at the bottom to protect from scratches.
Perfect, I loved it then and I still love it.
The sink is big which means the grid that came with it is big too. Because I chose to have my countertop slightly overhang the sink it made it awkward to clean the sink bottom and the underside of the grid. I had to tilt it a weird way to get it up enough to clean it well. But still, I cleaned it thoroughly every few days. I even bought a scrub brush exclusively to scrub it and keep it clean.
You can’t just scrub the top….
Ditch your Sink Grid for Good
One thing that drives me crazy is anything in a sink. Kitchen or bath, I’m constantly rinsing and wiping them out. It’s one of my few pet peeves. Without easy access to move food particles to the drain I spent so much time chasing them with the spray setting on the faucet. We were just getting out of a drought I was seriously wasting a ton of water.
In addition to the scrub brush I also used my trusted Barkeeper’s Friend when the bottom of the sink had food bits stuck that wouldn’t wash away with the faucet sprayer. Oh so many food bits below.
I love Barkeeper’s friend so much I even wrote a post about it 🙂
But it wasn’t just the food particles that were stuck, it was the stuff that got stuck around the rubber tipped feet.
And then there was the rubber bumpers on the sides. This was only 3 days after I had scrubbed it clean. Just 3 days!!
I know a sink is for cleaning and scrubbing. But having a breeding ground where you do food prep and wash dishes is just nasty. And gross.
The pictures I’m sharing were taken over a 10 day period. Clean, grime, clean, slime, clean, sludge, and repeat.
I always hang the wash rag over the faucet and never directly on the grid. But the green scrubbies? They were often just left to “dry” on the grid. Not by me. They belong in the cute little leaf dish that sits by the sink. Just saying 🙂
Not only was there slime in the sink around the rubber feet, but on them. Eww gross.
I counted and there were over 270 cross points for food and stuff to get stuck. That doesn’t count the tops of the grates for things to get caught and not be easily rinsed away.
See all these drips in the picture below? That’s just water after a good scrubbing. Imagine if that was thick sauce or milk that didn’t get rinsed well. As it dries and gets gunky it’s a petri dish for grossness.
Now lay your dishrag or sponge over the grossness then pick it up to wipe the counter where you’ll server your child’s lunch. You can’t do it, can you? I knew you couldn’t, no one could.
So more scrubbing.
Every time I cleaned the grid I’d snap more pictures.
Until I couldn’t take it anymore…
and out it went, right to the trash.
Without the grid the sink will get some scratches. And it has. They aren’t as noticeable as this picture shows and really I’m the only one who sees them. I’ll gladly take some scratches in the bottom of my sink than ever live with that germy gross mess again.
What about you? Are you ready to ditch your sink grid and risk some scratches?
Here are some silicon alternatives you can use to keep your sink scratch free. And they can be easily cleaned in the dishwasher every day. Win Win.
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Thanks for sticking with me for this less than pretty post.