How to Clean a Kitchen Sink Rack without Harsh Chemicals
Posted By
Ashley Phipps
Thursday, January 24, 2019
Materials Needed: 
  • SteamMachine 53 or SteamMachine Elite
  • Distilled Water
  • Dirty Kitchen Sink Rack

Project Steps


While I pride myself in keeping a fairly clean house, our kitchen sink rack is one of those places that has always gotten far dirtier then I care to discuss.  I would try to wash it every time I washed the sink, but it never felt or looked really clean to me. 

I love the benefits of having a sink rack (it helps to protect the finish of my sink from pots, pans and utensils) but every time I picked it up it felt gross.  I knew it was dirty and far from sanitary, so I decided to grab my HomeRight SteamMachine (or you could use a SteamMachine Elite) and get to work cleaning and sanitizing my kitchen sink rack.

Step 1

Use the Nylon Brush

You will begin by placing your Nylon Brush head onto your SteamMachine.  This comes with both the 53 and the brand new Elite and is the perfect way to steam and scrub your rack at the same time!

Step 2

Set Up the Steamer

Next, you will pour distilled water into your SteamMachine reservoir.  Plug it in, press the on button, and allow the SteamMachine to heat up.

You will want to use distilled water to help avoid build-up from minerals inside your machine.  

The red light will indicate that the machine is turned on and the orange light will signify that the SteamMachine is up to temperature and ready to steam.   

Step 3

Scrub the Rack

I simply stood my rack up on end in my kitchen sink and went to work steam cleaning it.  It is important to place your rack in a place that will be safe to use with the steam.  

I pulled the trigger to turn the steam on and scrubbed lightly with the scrub brush over the entire bottom of the kitchen sink rack.  I turned my rack to ensure I was able to clean all sides of it well.

Step 4

Marvel at the Results

The SteamMachine delivers steam up to 290 degrees F at up to 55 psi which means it can loosen dirt, grime and slime as well as sanitize the rack by killing 99% of bacteria.  Wow!

So my rack got cleaned and sanitized at the same time!  The whole process only took a few minutes and didn't require any hard scrubbing or harsh chemicals!  That's a win-win in my book!

Step 5

Head to my Simply Designing blog HERE to learn more about Steam Cleaning and a few more details about How to Clean Your Kitchen Sink Grid

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We all know that one of the dirtiest places in your home is the kitchen sink, right?  Well, I am here to tell you that I think that rack, or grid, that you have in your kitchen sink, is even dirtier!

Have you ever lifted it up only to feel gross slime and leftover food pieces on the bottom of it? I know, gross right? I have been wanting to really clean and sanitize mine for a while now, but since mine is too big to stick in the dishwasher, I wasn't sure the best way to do it.  And then I remembered my HomeRight SteamMachine and I knew it would be perfect to tackle this job.  

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