I Installed IKEA’s Mini-Sink — Here’s What I Learned — Small-Space Living

When my husband and I decided to renovate the third floor of our 1890 home in Louisville, Kentucky, we started from scratch. Yes, there was an old sink up there, but there was also some very gross wallpaper — and we didn't keep either.

I was determined to outfit the space (an eventual full-time Airbnb) with interesting finds from architectural salvage shops, flea markets, and auctions. But for everything there is a place, and IKEA has its place in this kitchen under the eaves.

Well, to be fair, perhaps we should call it a kitchenette.


5 Tips to Help You Keep Your Sink Clean Throughout the Day — Cleaning Tips from Kitchn

Think on this: There's probably more bacteria (fecal and regular!) in your kitchen sink than in your recently flushed toilet bowl.

"Sinks tend to stay moist, there's food and scraps in there, you defrost meat in there, and you rarely clean it," says Dr. Chuck Gerba, a professor of microbiology at University of Arizona. Because of that, bacteria can flourish. Not to mention, the garbage disposal spews out water and bacteria every time you run it. So next time you drop food in there, do not be so quick to eat it.

You can, of course, take some steps to keep your sink clean over the course of the day — you know, to keep your kitchen sink from becoming a cesspool. Luckily it's not that hard.


How To Clean Your Kitchen Sink — Cleaning Lessons from The Kitchn

I consider myself a pretty clean person, but I have to say that every time I start researching an article, I discover another totally filthy place that I haven't been cleaning. In this case, it's the kitchen sink. It actually harbors even more bacteria than your toilet bowl. And if you, like me, thought that it got clean as you wash the dishes every day? Well, you are sadly mistaken.


The One Big Drawback to a Farmhouse Sink — The Farmhouse Kitchen

Perhaps one of the most coveted looks in kitchen design right now is the modern farmhouse vibe. Championed by the likes of Chip and Joanna Gaines, the look is popular for its timeless charm, rustic finishes, and lived-in appeal. One of the hallmarks of the style? A nice, deep farmhouse sink.


How To Make Your Own Drain Cleaner — Cleaning Tips from The Kitchn

Dead skin cells, soap scum, random food scraps, human hair, pet hair, and just regular ol' dirt — these are all the things you regularly wash down your sink or tub's drain. And if they sound gross now, image how much worse they are once they've congealed into a stringy, slimy ball of gunk inside your pipes. Yuck!


No Window Over Your Sink? No Problem! Here’s What You Do Instead. — The Kitchen Window

Not every kitchen is #blessed with a window over the kitchen sink — especially when it comes to apartment living. And sadly, without one, things can start feeling a little claustrophobic and dark. The solution? Create a just-as-good focal point with one of these ingenious ideas.


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