The kitchen sink is a highly used area of any house or restaurant. Yes, it holds your dirty dishes without complaint and is always handy for washing up, but it requires a lot of effort too.
Even though kitchen sinks are usually made of stainless steel or a similar material, their sparkling newness doesn’t last long. You may have spent a lot of time rubbing that sink clean, only to have it mist over again almost immediately. Plus, conventional cleaning products could be a toxic hazard to yourself and your little ones.
The answer to all these sink issues? DIY sink cleaners, of course!
Want the best shining results without the strong smells or heavy scrubbing?
We’ll give you the recipes for three DIY sink cleaners and more details in this post (check the DIY section).
1. Baking Soda Cleaner
You must have seen videos where dumping some baking soda into the drain and chasing it with vinegar opens up a clogged sink. Well, we suggest you try the same ingredients, along with some additions for good measure, and watch how the gunk is cleared of your sink in a heavenly, lasting manner.
For this, you’d need some vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice, and any kind of oil on hand.
Sprinkle the baking soda all over the kitchen sink. You now need to make it a kind of paste, so add a few drops of water or lemon juice. Spread the paste all around, getting into as many nooks and crannies of the sink as possible.
Next, squirt the baking soda paste with some vinegar from a spray bottle. You should notice the soda fizzling and bubbling, just like it does with a homemade science-project volcano! Leave it all to soak right into the sink for around ten minutes.
After this, get some hot water ready. Pour it all over the paste-covered sink. The water should sluice away both the paste and the dirt that’s built up underneath. No scrubbing involved! You can then wipe the sink down with a paper towel to dry it and remove the rest of the grime easily.
Next comes the oil. Put in a little of that into the sink and rub it all around with another paper towel. Leave it there for some time, then wash with water again. The sink should be a treat to behold!
2. Scouring Powder
If your sink needs a deep and thorough cleaning, a scouring powder might be in order. For this, you’ll have to get some borax, baking soda, essential oil, and coarse salt. Half a cup of each powder and around 10-15 drops of essential oil should be enough.
All you have to do is combine the ingredients in a mason jar. Keep it airtight when not in use. When you want to sprinkle the powder on the sink, it’s recommended to use a lid with large holes.
Simply sprinkle the powder in the kitchen sink, let it be for around five minutes, then start scrubbing. The dirt and grime will come away in an unbelievably easy manner. There’s scrubbing involved, but not the heavy kind. Rinse off the sink with warm water.
3. Surface Scrub
This scrub comes in handy for getting a sink clean quickly. You may have guests coming over or simply don’t want to be bothered with a deep cleaning right away. In such cases, grab a lemon and the salt canister.
Simply cut the lemon in half, put salt on its fleshy side, and start scrubbing the sink with it. Squeeze the lemon a little as you go, releasing the juices for loosening the grease and grime. The salt provides an abrasion, scrubbing it all away in no time. Plus, your sink will smell clean and fresh by the time you’re done!