How to Properly Clean Your Sink Drain

Now I am an expert when it comes to cleaning sinks. I know when you google how to clean a sink drain, in most articles you will see that they tell you baking soda and vinegar.

However, there is more to it than just baking soda and vinegar though. Instead, I will show how you properly clean a sink drain and how to clean stainless steel sink and as a bonus how to clean a copper sink as well.

Why Clean Your Sink Drain?

Well, I know this question is obvious but hey, sometimes people want to know. First off, having a clogged sink drain is just a pain. Have you ever used your sink and the water wouldn’t let out?

Another reason can be , a nasty odor can be stinking up your whole house. It is time to clean your sink drain, it may be clogged. If you never cleaned out a sink before, well now thanks to my article you will learn something


  • sink snake
  • vinegar
  • baking soda
  • sponge
  • washcloth
  • rubbing alcohol
  • lemon juice
  • hot water
  • detergent
  • spray bottle
  • dishwashing liquid (no bleach)

How to Clean the Sink Drain and How Often You Should Clean It?

I did a little experimenting, with hot water and laundry detergent. Run some hot water in your sink and then pour some laundry detergent down the drain. Hot water really helps unclog all that gunk instead of cold water.

It helps to loosen it a bit. Also, you might want to look into a sink snake or snake plunger, that you can get from amazon. Those are great for getting all the hair out of the drain which is one of the main culprits why sinks get clogged up in the first place.

I cleaned my sink monthly, Some people clean out their drain twice a year, even every week. It all depends.

How to Clean a Stainless Steel Sink?

Water Spot Removal

I get it, you renovated your kitchen and you want a modern touch or you just want your stainless steel sink shiny and new again.

Stainless steel sinks are great material for your kitchen, but they stain quickly.

I dealt with a bunch of those nasty water spots myself, What I did to remove them is well, to be honest, I got a new sink. Because at first, I thought there wasn’t a way to remove them.

You don’t have to buy a new sink though, just start taking care of the sink you already own. Daily care is all it needs.

First, rinse out your sink with water.

Grab your washcloth and douse it with rubbing alcohol, and white vinegar. Rub on the water spots. You might have to let the washcloth soak on the spots for a bit as well then wipe them away.

You can also use a spray bottle if you want to apply the vinegar that way too.

You can also use a layer of abrasive cleaner but be careful because abrasives can be quite harsh

How to Prevent Water Spots

Water spots happen because you don’t dry out your sink. They are allowed to sit on the steel surface and dry.

So after every use of using your stainless steel sink, you need to dry your sink out. I can’t stress this enough!

How to Clean a Copper Sink

I also owned a copper sink before as well, Just like the stainless steel sink too, you need to properly clean this sink to keep its shine.

If you use it daily, take care of it daily. That’s my motto.

Cleaning copper sink is easy as 1,2.3.

Rinse after every use, This helps to remove food particles and/or leftover cosmetic residue. Don’t leave acidic foods leftover in the sink either, that can cause damage.

Take a few drops of dishwashing liquid on a washcloth ( a sponge works too) and Wipe it down.

If there are any tough stains, (especially those weird green spots) I recommend that you make a paste with baking soda.

That’s it! Rinse it out with warm water, and dry the sink! It’s that simple.

Here are some tips on WHAT NOT to use on copper sinks though.

  • Harsh chemicals,
  • Bleach
  • abrasive cleaners,
  • harsh scrubbing pads.

Use this and rest in peace to your copper sink. I warned you. I hope you learned something in this article on how to properly clean stainless steel sinks, copper, and the drain!

Happy sink cleaning!