Lemon + Clove Nightly Sink Scrub

Lemon and Clove Nightly Sink Scrub via Clean Mama

Today I’m sharing one of my most-used and favorite recipes – Lemon + Clove Nightly Sink Scrub.  I use this nightly as part of my ‘cleaning up the kitchen’ routine.  (Go to this post to see my favorite products to DIY your cleaners.)

Lemon & Clove Nightly Sink Scrub via Clean Mama

You’ll love this super simple concoction for Lemon + Clove Nightly Sink Scrub from The Organically Clean Home – it smells divine and is a great way to end the mountain of dishes accomplished.  You’ll love how the recipes are organized.  Each recipe has clear (easy and quick) instructions and a lot of the recipes have other tips and tricks included as well.  Many recipes have variations so you’ll see unscented versions as well as other scent combinations to try.

Lemon & Clove Nightly Sink Scrub Ingredients via Clean Mama

Gather your simple ingredients (this recipe can easily be cut in half if you don’t want to mix up a whole batch).

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 10 drops clove essential oil
  • castile soap (or dish soap) (this is not added to the baking soda until it’s used – keep reading!)
  • container with a shaker top – I used a Ball canning jar (anniversary edition), cut cardstock for the top (instead of the metal lid and punched 4 holes with a standard hole puncher.

I keep this jar under the kitchen sink and it doubles as an air freshener/odor absorber as well – there’s another way to use it in the book too.

See how easy it is to mix up and use…

Step-by-Step Lemon & Clove Nightly Sink Scrub via Clean Mama

Are you ready to make your own cleaners?  It’s so easy!  It’ll save you loads of money and be so much better for you and your family!  What are you waiting for?  Want to see more posts on DIY Cleaners?  Go here!


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  1. Laura Francisco says:

    I can’t wait to get my book tomorrow!!!

  2. I just preordered your book, can’t wait to get it. Fortunately I have Amazon prime so it will be here pretty quick. It will be perfect timing as I haven’t started spring cleaning since it is still cold here and we had snow yesterday. I can’t get into the deep cleaning without being able to get the windows open.

  3. I’m ordering the book now! Can you tell me where you buy your oils……on line…in a store??


    • I buy my oils from doTERRA but you can also find them at your local health food store, on Amazon, and another favorite brand of mine is Beeyoutiful.
      xo, becky

  4. Laura Berndt says:

    Wow! You use DoTerra oils! Love love love them! I think i need to order your book!

  5. Goodness! This would have been perfect for last night! It looks like I may have to pick up the ingredients I don’t have for this…

  6. Ann Record says:

    I am getting your book. Love this. One question, though. Can this mixture be used on black cast iron sinks?

  7. LOVE this!! I’ve been using Bar Keepers Friend for years for my sink and not really sure it’s not harmful. I’m definitely trying this! What a wonderful idea to use cardstock and punch holes in it!!

    Mrs. U

  8. Becky, I enjoy your blog, but I find myself accessing it most often on my mobile device (often via Pinterest) just wondered if you’d considered adding a mobile version. It would load faster and be more user-friendly for us mobile readers! Thanks for a great resource.

  9. Hi Becky! Congratulations on your book! I would love to swap all my cleaning supplies to your organic ones. But I’m still on the hunt for ingredients like backing soda (I have only ever seen backing powder here in Switzerland), or what is Borax? But I will have to try your bathroom disinfectant spray. This seemed easy enough, with ingredients I know. 🙂 Tina

  10. I understand that it’s better for the environment but is it really more cost-effective to make your own cleaners or is it mainly just a sense of creative satisfaction that drives your concoctions? Anyways, congrats on your book, you’ve been a nice resource for me and my cleaning business.

    Vanessa at:

    • Hi Vanessa!
      It is much more cost effective – the products are concentrated and will last for a long time 🙂
      xo, Becky

  11. Ji young Nam says:

    I love the canning jar idea so much that I want to copy it exactly! Is that ok? haha. What size canning jar did you use and where did you get them?

  12. What a great idea. I used Young Living Essential Oils for mine and it worked beautifully!! Thanks for the tip!

  13. I just made this sink scrub!! Works wonderfully and smells heavenly! I didn’t have clove oil, so I used “germ fighter” from plant therapy. It has clove in it.thank you for this recipe!!

  14. Which version of the castile soap do you use? most are scented and I’m not sure if the unscented can be used for this purpose. Thanks!!

  15. My PURE-CASTILE SOAP is PEPPERMINT. Are the other essential oils JUST aromatics? Or do they have a special job?

  16. I live in a mountainous rural area on the east coast of northern Queensland in Australia and we are not on town water so I have to be careful what I a) flush down my sinks because it will wind up sprayed in my back yard and b) flush down my toilet because if the new additions upset the delicate biological balance (see what I said there lol?) I will need to get the tank pumped out.

    Having said all that, I am looking forward to ordering your book because I think that the ingredients you use (I can’t use bleach or any strong chemical type detergents etc) will suit our tropical lifestyle.

    Love and light!

  17. Lynee south says:

    i have many of the doTERRA oils but not clove, any other recommendations?

  18. How much dish soup do you add? I only have liquid soap.

  19. Clara Mandalari says:

    Just wondering I’m confused how u use the jar lid with the holes punched into card stock how does the card stock stay attached to jar? Lol

  20. Just wondering if this concoction is safe to use on a black porcelain sink. Thanks for any advice.

  21. Nicole Hebert says:

    Hi Becky. I have an acrylic sink with an oil rubbed bronze drain. I have tried cleaners in the past and they have pulled the color off of my oil rubbed bronze drain. Would this work with my sink or would it also damange the finish?

  22. Hello we have a white kitchen sink that I do wipe out every day after we clean the dishes. But, it still looks stained. I have read never use comet because it will scratch. Will the lemon cleaner get out stains on a white sink? Thank you

  23. Hi Becky, I have lemon already as well, but not clove as another person mentioned. You suggested Orange, Lavender, or Peppermint -all of which I do have. Just curious, what would you think of Tea Tree? same effect, or different?

  24. Maureen says:

    I LOVE this book, use it everyday. Thank you.

  25. I am so excited to order this book!!!

  26. We have hard water which stains my sink a sorta of maroon color, I have tried comet and scrubbing it but trying to use more natural things…would this be strong enough to clean the hard water stains/prevent them?

  27. Heidi ELkington says:

    Love your blog! Do you know if this would be ok on a copper sink? If not do you have any ideas?

    • Thanks Heidi! It should, but do a quick check on what you can/can’t clean your sink with and if it isn’t on a no-no list, test in a small inconspicuous area.

  28. dharlyn joy m. ladiana says:

    just wondering is the essential oil needed for most of the recipes or is it more for smelling purposes

  29. Can the sink scrub be used on a black granite sink?

  30. This looks great! Is there anything you can add to it to make it disinfecting as well? thanks!

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