Your kitchen sink is one of the most used spaces in your home, so it can get pretty dirty and scratched up, not to mention stinky. There is no need to use harsh or toxic cleaners to get it sparkling clean! I'm here to tell you how to clean your kitchen sink and faucet with just three ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry!
Whether you have a stainless steel, cast iron, ceramic or composite sink, you really only need two ingredients to get it sparkling clean and smelling great in seconds! No harsh chemicals or bleach is necessary! With just a few sprinkles of my magic sink and tub scrub, you'll be amazed at how clean your sink gets...and it removes scuff marks too! Bonus: this crazy amazing scrub works to clean bathtubs, pots and pans, sheet pans and enamelware too!
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Homemade Sink and Tub Scrub
What you'll need:
- 1 cup of baking soda ( Purchase HERE )
- 15-20 drops of orange essential oil (Purchase HERE )
- glass jar *optional* ( Purchase HERE )
- jar shaker lid *optional* ( Purchase HERE )
- free printable labels for homemade cleaners - Click HERE to download and print labels
Pour 1 cup of baking soda into a jar or bowl and mix in 15-20 drops of orange essential oil. Place in an airtight container with a lid and shake vigorously. I like to store mine in a glass jar and top with a shaker lid. If you don't have a shaker lid, you can use a hammer and a nail to tap holes in a metal jar lid or just spoon out what you need each time.
How to Clean Your Sink
Start by sprinkling the entire sink with some homemade sink scrub. A little goes a long way, so no need to use too much. If you don't want to use my sink scrub, you can also use Barkeeper's Friend or Soft Scrub.
Use a damp scrub sponge (scour pad) to work the scrub into any stains, scuff marks or dirty areas, then rub the mixture all around your sink.
Rinse well with warm water.
All clean and sanitary! If you have a garbage disposal, you can sprinkle a bit of the sink scrub in the disposal to freshen it up as well!
How to Clean Your Kitchen Faucet
What you'll need:
- a plastic baggie
- some distilled white vinegar
- a rubber band or something else to tie around the top of the baggie
- scrub brush
Start by pouring some distilled white vinegar into a baggie. You only need enough to cover the sprayer.
Secure the baggie of vinegar onto the faucet and allow it to sit for 30 minutes. The vinegar will break up any mildew, debris or hard water stains on the faucet or sprayers.
Remove the baggie and discard the vinegar. Use a scrub brush to brush away any mildew, debris or hard water deposits that have been loosened. Rinse with warm water.
Rebecca Payne says
I have used these tips from when you posted before. Thank you.
Shannon Fox says
I need to make that sink scrub, I don't trust much in my pretty new sink. ;)
Love the faucet tip too!
Diane Moody says
Hi Jessica. I have a black ceramic kitchen sink that I, unfortunately, used Soft Scrub on and ruined the enamel, primarily on the bottom of the sink. The sides are still in good shape but our hard water leaves them looking cloudy no matter how much I clean them. Baking soda hasn't helped. Any suggestions to cut the hard water clouding?
I am looking into this and will get back to you...trying to find the best answer!
Diane Moody says
I must admit that I thought you had finally lost it when I read your post about cleaning stainless steel but nothing I have tried, homemade or commercial, has worked so I figured had nothing to lose. Vinegar followed by olive oil, with the grain. Who knew? It is a wonderful tip! Thank you
Jill Henry says
Do not use vinegar on any brass fixture. It takes the finish right off!
Will the orange oil and baking soda work on a granite sink? Thank you.
I save my Kraft grated cheese container for when I need a shaker .Works great.