For the last two weeks our dishwasher has been waiting for a part and I’ve been feeling annoyed at the dishes waiting to be washed on my counter.  This inconvenience has taught be something – I love a clean sink and no dishes on the counter.  I knew that all along, but it really showed me how something so simple (just wash the dishes, already) could affect my mood.  It got me thinking that you might feel frustrated, crabby, overwhelmed with something as simple as a counter or sink with dishes waiting to be washed and a sink needing to be scrubbed.

Let’s hold each other accountable and have a little challenge this week – every night I’m going to post in my Instagram Stories my clean kitchen sink and I encourage you to do same!  Follow me on Instagram @cleanmama and use the hashtag #cleankitchensinkchallenge and tag me so I can see and share your kitchen sink too. Of course, you don’t have to post your clean kitchen sink to participate in the challenge and if you’re seeing after the challenge week you can still participate – this is something I challenge myself with every single night.

If you aren’t familiar with my Nightly Sink Scrub and the routine that goes along with it, I find that this simple task is the key to a clean kitchen.  If you’re frustrated with the state of your home and feel overwhelmed with all that there is to do, START WITH YOUR KITCHEN SINK. You’ll also be building a little habit that will follow you into the next day – when you wake up to a clean kitchen sink, your tomorrow self will thank you. You can find the recipe and more details throughout this post.

I made a quick video to demonstrate the routine:

Nightly Sink Scrub

My favorite way to clean the sink is with my Nightly Sink Scrub.  If you are new here and haven’t seen this part of my daily routine, check out this post for all the details.  It will change your evening kitchen routine for the better.

The premise is that every night we reset the kitchen, put the dishes in the dishwasher, wipe up the counters and finally sprinkle a little sink scrub in the sink, add a squirt or two of dish soap or castile soap, and give the sink a good scrub and rinse.

Dry with a towel if you’d like or just let it air dry. Put out a clean hand towel and walk away from the kitchen knowing it’s reset for the next day.

This simple mixture can be used three ways – check out this post.  Want to see my kitchen sink set-up and all my favorite products? Head to this post.