How to Clean a Kitchen Sink Sprayer Hose

A kitchen sink sprayer doesn't take long to get dirty. It can seem like a pain to clean as well. There are a few easy tips you can follow to clean a sprayer with little effort. Here's what you can do to keep your sink sprayer clean and working well.

Clean the Sprayer Head

Build up is most commonly found on the sprayer head itself. If you are experiencing a low or sluggish flow chances are there are particles clogging up the flow holes in the sprayer head. This can be easily cleaned with some vinegar, water, and a microwave. Take a microwave safe container and heat up 8 ounces of vinegar and 4 ounces of water. It doesn't need to boil—just warm for about a minute.

Pull the sprayer out, and weight down the hose if it retracts on it's own. Place the head in the container of vinegar and water, let this soak for about 30 minutes. Use a soft toothbrush to clean away any debris that is left behind after you've finished soaking.

Cleaning the Hose

To disinfect the hose, or if the flow isn't restored after you've cleaned the head, you can clean the hose. Simply disconnect the hose under the sink at the diverter. You can pull the hose up through the sink once it's disconnected. Fill the sink with a mix of hot water and vinegar, and allow the hose to soak for 30 minutes. Reattach the hose and run water through it for several minutes.