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Why you Should Ditch Your Sink Grid NOW!

Kitchen sink grids can be handy and they look really great in the bottom of your pretty stainless steel sink.  But looking pretty isn’t always good enough and which is Why you Should Ditch your Sink Grid, NOW.

Sink grid with scrub brush and text overlay.

Purpose of a Sink Grid

They sure look pretty in the bottom of a shiny stainless steel sink. They’re great at keeping pots and and things off the bottom of the sink. Plus when you rinse the sink you’re not rinsing around things that might be in the sink.

And it’s nice to have a stainless steel sink protector, because as great as it is, stainless steel can get scratched.

But did you know sink grids are a breeding ground for germs and bacteria?

Gross. Disgusting. Slimy. Filthy. Those are just a few adjectives that come to mind while describing what I discovered happening under my sink grid.

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This isn’t my typical DIY post but it’s something I’ve wanted to share with you for some time. 

I haven’t written too many cleaning posts thus far but one of my favorite cleaning items in the kitchen that I wrote about is Bar Keeper’s Friend. You might want to check it out.

When we were planning our Kitchen Renovation a few years ago I searched online long and hard for the perfect sink. We had a cheap double stainless sink that was too small.

After literally hours and hours of looking at every possible sink I finally settled on a beautiful Kraus sink I found on Amazon. It’s big, deep, and shiny. What everyone wants for their new kitchen.

It came with a kitchen sink grid for the bottom, which I initially thought was awesome.

How to Clean a Sink Grid

The sink is really big which means the sink grid is also big. Because I chose to have my counter top slightly overhang the sink it was awkward to easily clean the sink bottom and the underside of the grid.

I had to tilt it a weird way to raise it enough to clean it well. Awkward as it was I still cleaned it thoroughly every few days.  

I even bought a scrub brush to use “exclusively” for scrubbing it and keep it clean.

Someone told me I should just put it in the dishwasher but it’s too tall to stand up and I’m not wasting all that space on the top rack with just one item.

kitchen scrub brushes

And you can’t just scrub the top….

First I would load up my scrub brush with dish soap and scrub the sides of the sink and the top of the sink grid.

Cleaning the sink grid again, never ending.

Then I’d lift the sink grate and stand it on the side to scrub the bottom, sides and the little sink grid bumpers really well. Then I’d rinse everything off with hot water.

The kitchen sink grid clean once again.

Dirty Little Secret of a Sink Grid

One thing that drives me crazy is anything in a sink.  Kitchen or bath, I’m constantly rinsing and wiping them out.  It’s one of my few pet peeves.

Without easy access to move food particles to the drain I spent so much time chasing them with the sprayer on the faucet.  That’s not great for water conservation when you live in CA.

When cleaning my sink, in addition to the special scrub brush, I also use my trusted Barkeeper’s Friend when the bottom of the sink had food bits stuck that wouldn’t wash away with the faucet sprayer.

So many food bits below.

Food under the kitchen sink grid.

But it wasn’t just the food particles on the bottom of the sink that was the issue. It’s the stuff that got stuck around the rubber feet.

Sludge forms around the feet of the kitchen sink grid.

And then there was the rubber bumpers on the sides.  This was only 3 days after I’d scrubbed it clean.  Just 3 days!!

Side bumpers of the sink grid catch food.


I know a sink is for cleaning and scrubbing, and I’m really not a germ-a-phobe.  But having a breeding ground where you do food prep and wash dishes is just nasty. And gross. And let’s be honest, it can be bad for your health.

Non-scientific Study of a Sink Grid

So I decided to do a little photo documentary. These pictures were taken over a 10 day period.  Clean, grimy, clean, slimy, clean, sludgy, and repeat.

Scrubbing the sink grid with a scrub brush.

I always hang the wash rag over the faucet and never directly on the grid. But the green scrubby?  They were often just left to “dry” on the grid.  Not by me.  They belong in the cute little dish that sits by the sink. 

kitchen sponge caddy

Not only was there slime in the sink around the rubber feet, but on them. Seriously gross.

The feet of the sink grid a slimy germy mess.

I counted over 270 cross points for food and stuff to get stuck.  That doesn’t count the tops of the grates for things to get caught and not be easily rinsed away.

See the many drips in the picture below?  That’s just water after a good scrubbing.  Imagine if that as thick sauce or milk that didn’t get rinsed well.

As it dries and gets gunky and becomes a petri-dish for germ growth.

Water droplets hanging from the kitchen sink grid.

Imagine this. Lay your dishrag or sponge on the dirty sink grid. Now pick it up and wipe down the counter where you’ll serve lunch to your family.

You can’t do it, can you?

Food wrapped on the sink grid, it's hard to rinse away.

So more sink grid scrubbing.

Kitchen sink grid all scrubbed and clean.

Best Sink Grid Alternatives

If you can’t see yourself living without a sink protector but you’re sick of the grid, my advice is to pick something you can easily disinfect. Throwing them into the dishwasher daily is best to keep them clean.

Looking for the best sink grid alternative? Below are the most popular sink grids my readers have purchased after reading this post.


Ditch the Kitchen Sink Grid Forever

Every time I cleaned the grid I snapped before and after pictures.

Food stuck on sink under the sink grid is hard to access and clean.

Until I couldn’t take it anymore…

Sink grid with food stuck all over.

Out it went, right into the trash. I never regretted the decision, not once.

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So are you ready to ditch your sink grid?

Yes, without a sink grid your stainless steel sink will get scratched. And mine has. But I’m the only one who sees them.

I’ll gladly take some scratches in the bottom of my sink than ever live with that germy gross grid again.

Tiny scratches after removing my sink grid.


Here are even more  silicon sink protectors  you can check out to keep your sink scratch free.  And, they can be easily cleaned in the dishwasher. I think anything silicone is really the best sink protector options.  Win Win.

If you really like your grid and want to keep it, that’s cool! I was finally able to find some of the little sink grid feet and bumper replacements should you need them.

I’m still happy with my decision and I hope this honest review of my sink grid experience has helped you make your decision to ditch your metal sink bottom grid.

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Soapy kitchen sink and metal grid with text overlay

Thanks for sticking with me for this less than pretty post.



Saturday 9th of December 2023

I have one and I'm getting rid of it is hard to clean. I do have a question for you. My sink doesn't really have a good slope. Do you have any recommendations for something that could solve that? Thanks!


Sunday 10th of December 2023

I wish I could help, I have the same problem in my Kraus sink. I wish it had a bit more slope so that I didn't have to spend so much time pushing food bits down the drain.


Tuesday 28th of November 2023

Ughhhh totally. I was googling how to get rid of the rotten smell and came across ur post. I have used these little plastic cups to lift the grid up a little to the feet don’t get so rotten smelling. Helps some but not enough. Thnx for posting

Abbie Qi

Sunday 24th of September 2023

OMG! I feel you 100% and that’s why I found your post. I was cleaning my sink grid and had the idea why I even bother to have it! It is such a yucky mess habitat. Thank you for writing this and everyone should ditch theirs.


Thursday 10th of August 2023

I just ordered my new sink today. I’m going with a Blanco Silgranite in Metallic Gray. The clerk at the store tried to get me to order the grid. It was $150…for something that I don’t want at all. I’m hoping that whatever magic they use to build (80% crushed granite) these sinks, that it won’t scratch easily. I know me and would hate to have to deal with the grid cleaning. I love smooth surfaces that wipe down easily. Thanks for confirming my decision to skip the grid.


Tuesday 15th of August 2023

You're most welcome! my husband tried to get me to get one of those sinks but I passed. They were just too knew when we did our kitchen. I've seen a few that get a white film on them, likely hard water, so you might need to use CLR on it from time to time. Or whatever product the manufacturere recommends.


Thursday 3rd of August 2023

Perhaps the problem with your sink grid was that it was too large to simply remove from the sink. I've had chrome grids for years and have never had any of the problems you did. However, I can easily remove the grids. Every day, I clean my sink as well as the grids. They look brand new, and my stainless steel double sinks are free of scratches.


Tuesday 24th of October 2023

@JCS, Do you mind sharing a link to the grids you have?


Tuesday 15th of August 2023

I have a few scratches in the bottom of my sink but it doesn't bother me since I can only see them when I'm standing over the sink. I'd rather a few scratches than the gross goop that built up on the grid. I'm glad it works for you, it's just not for everyone.