Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Recipe for a Clean Sink: No Nasty Chemicals or Mixing Involved

There is probably nothing nastier than a sink that has not had attention in a while. But, how do we get a sink clean and sparkly white without bleach, and other harsh chemicals? It is really more simple than you might think. Even a sink that has been 'cleaned' by one's less than diligent husband for about 2 months.

I intended to have some really great photos to show you each step of the process, etc. and I do have pictures, they just aren't in color! This is what happens when you find the missing camera in your 14 year old daughter's room and start snapping away before checking the settings on the device. *sigh* My life in a nutshell. Anyway, you still get the idea. I went to the trouble of taking the pictures, so now I am posting them!

On to the process. All you will need is baking soda, dish washing liquid, plain white vinegar and peroxide. I also used lemon essential oil, but that is optional.

  1. Sprinkle the baking soda into the sink, along with a squirt or two of the dish washing liquid. Add a few drops of the essential oil too, if you want.
  2. Scrub out the sink with a clean wet cloth.
  3. Spray it all down with the vinegar; once it starts to bubble you can scrub some more if necessary. Hopefully you will not have to a huge amount of lime scale to scour out, but with a little elbow grease and the aid of an old toothbrush, even the most stubborn scale can be removed.
  4. Rinse everything and wipe with a clean lint free cloth.
  5. Spritz the sink and faucet with peroxide. This sanitizes the sink and brightens just like bleach.

The results are amazing and you can rest easy that you have not harmed the environment, nor potentially poisoned your family with noxious chemicals. It is just that easy.