If there’s one area where I’ve resisted natural cleaning methods, it has to be my kitchen sink. In my mind, I a dirty sink NEEDS chemical abrasive things to get truly clean. There’s no way that some gentle natural cleaner would get rid of all the stains. So while switching to a zero waste, natural all purpose cleaner of just vinegar and water in a spray bottle was easy, I stubbornly clung to my remaining can of AJAX powder cleaner. I wasn’t going to buy a new can of AJAX, but I sure was going to stretch that one can as far as it could go. And then, I ran out.
I reluctantly looked up natural sink and tub cleaners and it seemed like everyone recommended plain old baking soda. I took my glass jar of baking soda out of the pantry (I buy mine in bulk at Berkeley Bowl), and sprinkled a little on the bottom of my sink. I let it sit for a few minutes and then squirted some castile soap over it for good measure. Then, I took my scrub brush and got to work.
I WAS IMPRESSED. With just two ingredients my sink was bright and sparkly clean, I didn’t even have to scrub hard. Dare I say it cleaned as good as AJAX, maybe even better! And, no more nasty chemicals in the bottom of my sink touching dishes, kitchen brushes and cutlery. I was always a little horrified that the AJAX residue was directly touching things I was putting into my mouth. Look at these before and after photos:
So here it is, 2-ingredient zero waste and all natural sink (and tub) cleaner:
2-Ingredient DIY Zero Waste Sink Cleaner
WHAT YOU NEED
- Baking soda
- Castile soap, or other dish soap
- Scrub brush
- Wet your sink
- Generously sprinkle bottom and sides of sink with baking soda
- Let it sit for 10 minutes
- Squirt castile soap around sink
- Use a scrub brush to remove residue
- Rinse and admire your clean sink!