with vinegar. It called for filling the sink with water adding some vinegar
and letting it soak for a few minutes. The vinegar, it said, would kill germs and
insecticides. Even though the idea may be great, here is some "food for
The sink - at least mine does - overflows when I am dumping too
much stuff or just soapy water down the drain. I must quickly turn the disposal
on. The drain is usually cleaned by crushing ice, adding baking
soda, lemon juice, vinegar or a commercial product (no recommendations
here); however, no matter what is used, the tubing running down from below
the "rubber-stopper" does not clean up all the way from top to bottom. The
latter causes a black residue full of germs/bacteria that adheres to the tubing,
particularly just below the rubber stopper. The crusher at the bottom is
difficult to mess with, as to consider it free from residues or bacteria from top
to sides to underneath the blades. The reference to germ/bacteria deposits
on the entire drainage system applies to sinks without food disposers as well.
For the drain tubing cleaning excercise, I first use a dry paper towel to
remove the residue inside the drain pipe and then wet another paper
towel to finish the cleaning process. Despite how clean it may seem, I never
trust it to be free of bacteria. The metal crusher at the bottom will never be
either. Without damaging the rubber stopper, it is difficult to get underneath
it to remove everything. This is why I do not trust using the sink instead of a
pan to wash anything, never mind edibles, even if I had cleaned/disinfected
the whole sink first.
And they say that the countertops are full of germs... That is true depending on
what is cleaned (poultry, fish, etc.) or placed on top of it. I do not clean any
meat products on top of mine; instead, I use a microwave-safe dish or
tamper-resistant glass to clean uncooked meats, vegetables, etc.
Again, the above is just "food for thought".