Kitchen Sink Scrub

My kitchen sink has been looking so dingy!

I’ve cleaned it, sure, but it was really in need of a deep scrub and I didn’t want to rely only on elbow grease to make it shine again. I noticed how many tiny stains were starting to accumulate but I didn’t have anything on hand besides regular kitchen cleaner.

So I made my own kitchen sink scrub with white vinegar, warm water, some drops of essential oil, and other simple ingredients – and it worked really well! Plus it made my kitchen smell great. The best part – there were no harsh chemicals included!

Here is how I got a clean sink with essential oils!

Image shows a comparison before and after of the same sink - when it's filthy and when it's shiny. The kitchen sink scrub recipe uses essential oils, borax, epson salt, vinegar. From Kids Activities Blog
You won’t believe how simple this recipe is.

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This is one of my favorite ways to get a shiny sink. As an added bonus, it smells better than it does when I use commercial drain cleaners. I’ve been making my own homemade kitchen sink cleaner for a long time and I still can’t believe what a great job it does.

If you are trying to get rid of toxic chemicals, we’ve got you! This DIY sink cleaner is mostly natural and you’ll be surprised at how well natural cleaners work – and trust me, I’ve tried so many different methods to keep a clean kitchen sink.

This is also one of the best simple solutions to clean your garbage disposal and kitchen drain to remove the nasty smells. You can also use it on bathroom sinks – as long as there are hard water stains, this solution will work!

This recipe works best on a stainless steel sink and we don’t recommend it on a porcelain sink as it might damage the finish.

Kitchen Sink Scrub

  • 1/2 cup of Borax (helps remove rust)
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • A little bit of vinegar (helps remove grime)
  • Sprinkle of Epson salt (optional, but makes it a bit more abrasive for stubborn stains)
  • 10 drops of Lemon essential oil (makes it shiny)}
  • damp rag or wet sponge
  • (optional) scrub brush

The Young Living Lemon oil is really pure and the smell will fill your whole house with a fresh scent. Here are a bunch of other ways we use lemon to clean at home!

Directions:

Step 1

The first step is to stir the mixture together in a bowl. It may be a bit soupy but that’s ok, it does not need to be pretty!

Step 2

Just drop spoonfuls into the sink and start scrubbing with a damp rag. If the stains are too persistent, you can try scrubbing a bit with the scrub brush.

Step 3

Rinse with warm water and dry up with a microfiber cloth, paper towel, or dry dish towel.

Image shows the process of making a kitchen sink scrub with simple ingredients, in a bowl with a mixing spoon. Recipe is from Kids Activities Blog.
Use this recipe on a regular basis to keep your kitchen sink shiny!

The awesome thing about this is…

You can whip it up with just a few ingredients from home in just a minute or two to make this natural drain cleaner. And it works so well that you don’t have to spend forever scrubbing the sink with all your might. Plus, we love anything that doesn’t have lots of chemicals in it. You’ll be a bubbling reaction – it means the mixture is working.

A good way to keep your kitchen sink clean is by cleaning food particles, dirty dishes, and drying water drops immediately after noticing them. You can also use this vinegar solution on a daily basis, between deep cleaning sessions.

Image shows a shiny, clean sink cleaned up using a homemade sink scrub with essential oils. Text says "simple & natural sink scrub" recipe is from Kids Activities Blog.
Your kitchen sink will look and smell like new!
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Kitchen Sink Scrub

Keep your kitchen sink clean with this DIY kitchen sink scrub that uses essential oils and soft ingredients! Your kitchen will look and smell like new without having to use harsh chemicals.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 1 minute
Total Time 21 minutes
Difficulty easy
Estimated Cost $10

Materials

  • 1/2 cup of Borax
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • A little bit of vinegar
  • Sprinkle of Epson salt (optional but is helpful)
  • 10 drops of Lemon essential oil

Tools

  • damp rag or wet sponge
  • (optional) scrub brush

Instructions

  1. The first step is to stir the mixture together in a bowl. It may be a bit soupy but that’s ok, it does not need to be pretty!
  2. Just drop spoonfuls into the sink and start scrubbing with a damp rag. If the stains are too persistent, you can try scrubbing a bit with the scrub brush.
  3. Rinse with warm water and dry up with a microfiber cloth, paper towel, or dry dish towel.

Notes

A good way to keep your kitchen sink clean is by cleaning food particles, dirty dishes, and drying water drops immediately after noticing them. You can also use this vinegar solution on a daily basis, between deep cleaning sessions.

I did not realize just how dirty that sink was looking before I did this! I was obviously in desperate need and this simple DIY did just the trick.

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Did you try this recipe? How did it work out?