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Not everyone has access to a bathroom sink, and sometimes it’s impossible to brush your teeth in the bathroom. You can’t just not brush your teeth, so is brushing teeth in kitchen sink an ok thing to do?
When you should and shouldn’t brush your teeth in the kitchen sink
Brushing your teeth is an essential part of maintaining healthy, clean teeth and gums. So even when you don’t have access to the bathroom, it’s important to still brush your teeth.
Most people brush their teeth in the bathroom, but there are some instances when it might be more convenient or you may not have a choice but to brush in the kitchen sink.
There are a few reasons you wouldn’t want to make a habit out of this, however, as it can lead to some hygiene problems. Plus it’s pretty gross when people spit in your sink where your dishes go.
At the end of the day, brushing your teeth is too important to skip and if you must, you must. Just make sure to give the sink a good clean afterward.
The main thing you want to avoid is keeping your toothbrush or toothpaste nearby the kitchen sink. The sink is an incredibly dirty place, full of bacteria and germs and who knows what rotting meats and other food debris.
This is doubly so if you’ve got food disposal, as these can easily splash bacteria around the sink. If your toothbrush or toothpaste is stored near the sink, there’s a good chance it will become contaminated.
So it’s best to keep your toothbrush and toothpaste away from the kitchen sink, in a drawer or cupboard somewhere.
Is it okay to wash your hands in kitchen sink?
At first glance, the idea of washing your hands in the kitchen sink might seem a bit strange. After all, kitchen sinks are typically used for preparing food, not for personal hygiene.
However, there are a number of reasons why washing your hands in the kitchen sink may actually be preferable to using a bathroom sink or hand towel.
For one thing, kitchen sinks are usually much larger than small bathroom sinks and can therefore accommodate more water when you need to thoroughly clean your hands.
Additionally, since most kitchens are equipped with filtered water sources, you can be sure that any residue left on your hands after washing will be bacteria-free.
Ultimately, whether or not it is okay to wash your hands in the kitchen sink depends largely on personal preference.
Things you should avoid though is washing your hands in a dirty sink. What’s the point of washing your hands just to get them covered in germs again? Make sure your sink is always clean before you use it.
Another thing to avoid is washing your hands with the same water as you wash dishes or prepare food. This can be a huge source of contamination and should be avoided at all costs.
Also, keep in mind not all dirty hands are equal. If you work with a lot of greases and motor oils and wash your hands in the kitchen sink, You know well how easy it is to stain everything.
The special soap used to remove grease and oil are also something to be aware of. Usually, these contain grit which can scratch the finish on your sink and countertops.
For all these reasons, it’s best to wash your hands in the bathroom sink whenever possible. But if you need to do it in the kitchen, just be sure to keep things clean!
Can I wash my face in kitchen sink?
This one is tricky depending on how you are doing the face washing. If you’re just taking a clean (bathroom) cloth and wetting it under the faucet, there really is nothing wrong with doing it in the kitchen sink.
However, if you choose to use the tap water directly on your face, there may be some risks involved. Kitchen sinks are typically kept quite dirty, and can easily spread bacteria and other contaminants onto your skin.
You definitely want to avoid using a cloth that’s been used for dishes before or a dirty cloth that’s been sitting around in the kitchen sink.
In fact, it’s really important to always keep these two types of face cloths separated to avoid contamination.
So while you can technically wash your face in the kitchen sink, it’s probably not the best idea. It’s much safer to do it in the bathroom where you know the sink is clean.
Can I wash cat bowls in kitchen sink?
While not directly related to personal hygiene, it’s related enough and get’s asked enough for me to include it in this article.
Is it safe to wash pet dishes with human dishes? Yes, it is. Cats aren’t much dirtier than humans and their bowls aren’t much different than our dishes.
You may want to wash them in a separate sink if you have one available, but if not the kitchen sink is just fine.
Just be sure to give everything a good scrub with soap and hot water afterward. Rinse well, kitty doesn’t like soap!