DIY Homemade Cleaners : Nightly Sink Scrub

Nightly Sink Scrub - Clean Mama

My favorite DIY recipe is also my favorite nightly ritual – the Nightly Sink Scrub.  It’s a recipe I came up with a few years ago and it pretty much started my DIY cleaners obsession which also turned into my first book, The Organically Clean Home.  The great thing about this recipe is that it’s so simple to whip up and it does such a great job at giving the sink a little scrub, you’ll love it!  Did you know that the sink is pretty much the dirtiest spot in your whole home?  Another reason to give it a nightly scrub!

DIY Nightly Sink Scrub - Clean Mama

Gather your simple ingredients:

  • 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 lid or a shaker top (I like a mason jar, this one specifically :)) – I’ve previously used a shaker top but have switched to a lid – either way works!
  • sink safe scrub brush – I use this one and keep it under my sink in a vintage mason jar.  I can toss the head in the dishwasher to sanitize it as needed.

See how easy it is to mix up and use…

  1. put baking soda in your container
  2. add essential oils to the top of the baking soda
  3. stir and combine with a kitchen knife
  4. wet your sink
  5. sprinkle liberally in your sink
  6. add a squirt or two of dish or castile soap
  7. scrub with a sink-safe scrubber
  8. rinse thoroughly

Sink Scrub

I keep this jar and scrubber under the kitchen sink just for cleaning the sink – it’s convenient and easy to grab every night.

Nightly Sink Scrub Under the Kitchen Sink - Clean Mama

There you have it – a simple and effective DIY cleaning recipe to add to your repertoire!

Nightly Sink Scrub and Brush - Clean Mama


Nightly Sink Scrub - scrub rinse repeat - Clean Mama

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How to Make Washing Soda

How to Turn Baking Soda Into Washing Soda with One Ingredient and One Hour - Clean Mama

Have you heard of washing soda or super washing soda?  It’s a common ingredient in DIY cleaners and sold under the Arm & Hammer brand name.  It’s a laundry and detergent booster, odor and stain remover. Washing soda is great ingredient to have in your repertoire.


Super Washing Soda

All it is composed of is sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and water – that’s it!  PLEASE NOTE:  You DO NOT need water for this recipe, the baking soda already has the ‘ingredients’ necessary for the recipe – it just needs to be heated to change into washing soda.  If you can’t find washing soda (it’s readily available in the US but not worldwide) or just want to try a little science experiment in your home, keep reading!

Gather Your Supplies - Clean Mama

Here’s what you need to make your own washing soda:

  • rimmed baking sheet or baking dish
  • oven pre-heated to 425 degrees
  • 2-3 cups of baking soda

Put Baking Soda in Dish - Clean Mama

Place the baking soda on your baking sheet or dish and then in a 425 degree oven.  Stir 3-4 times in the hour.  At the one hour mark, check the consistency of the baking/washing soda.  If the consistency hasn’t changed, continue baking and check every 5 minutes until it shows a change in the consistency.

Place in 425 degree oven for 1 hour - Clean Mama

Once it has been transformed, it will have a different texture, look, and feel.  When you see that that has happened, you have washing soda!

The Difference Between Baking and Washing Soda - Clean Mama

Have you ever made your own washing soda?  You can use washing soda in homemade laundry soap, as an additive with your favorite detergent (use 1/4-1/2 cup per load to boost performance and up to 1 cup for heavily soiled laundry), and in a soft cleaning paste to name a few cleaning ideas.

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Cleaning With Baking Soda – 11 Simple Recipes {FREE PRINTABLE}

Looking for a versatile cleaning product?  Look no further than that little orange box tucked away in your pantry.  It can do so much more than help your banana bread rise or make your child’s science fair volcano explode.   There isn’t a room in your house that this cleaning workhorse can’t contribute to.  From removing baked on food to freshening up your home’s stinky areas to polishing your sink, baking soda is here to help.

There are many ways you can use baking soda and my goal today is to encourage you to try one or two in your home. I am sharing ideas that require minimal ingredients that you probably have on hand or are easily accessible. The recipes are easily tweaked by adding your own favorite scents with essential oils. Check out your favorite warehouse store for oversized bags of baking soda- it’s a great way to save money if you plan on utilizing this powerhouse of a cleaner in your home.

Cleaning With Baking Soda - 11 Simple Recipes - Clean Mama

Go HERE to grab your free printable!  Put it in your cleaning binder or just pin it and reference it as needed – happy {baking soda} cleaning!  {Prefer a black + white version?  Go here to grab yours!} Looking for more DIY Homemade Cleaning Recipes?  Check out this series.

What’s your favorite use for baking soda in your home? I would love to hear what works for you!


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