Green Cleaning- Kitchen Sink

3 Materials
1 Hour

It's a sad but true reality that many of the cleaning products we bring into our homes are heavily scented and may even be harmful to our health. I loved and used them faithfully until I developed sensitivities. I use alternative products now for cleaning and light dusting but I needed a suitable replacement for an abrasive cleaner and a disinfectant. The solution was in my pantry all along....baking soda and vinegar!

As I've seen in other posts, a good option to help with efficiently using the baking soda is to put it into a dispenser that would allow you to shake it out such as a Parmesan cheese container. I removed the label with the aid of warm water and then a little goo-gone to remove the glue residue on the bottle.

I dried the inside the container really well and simply filled it with the baking soda, easy peasy.

Last, I replaced the lid back on the bottle and as you can see the holes in the top will work perfect to disperse the powder out and the lid snaps close after use. Win, win a recycling purpose for the empty jar and a storage solution for the abrasive cleaner.

Next was to create my disinfectant cleaner, a vinegar-water mixture at a ratio of 2 water : 1 vinegar for general cleaning and 1:1 for heavy duty jobs.

*The green bottle had to be substituted in this post for a recycled white one because it sprung a leak. So to clarify I started with the green but swapped out to the white one, same contents.

First I filled the bottle with water and poured back into a measuring cup to get the total in order to calculate the ratio measurements. It was almost 3 cups so I didn't get picky I called it that and my ratio would be 2 cups water : 1 cup of vinegar.

Now that I had both cleaners ready to use I wanted to label them in case someone broke into my house and wanted to clean! Hahaha! All I did was write on the white adress labels and stuck them onto the containers and sealed them with clear packaging tape.

So to summarize heres what I did:

1. Shook the baking soda on the surface to be scrubbed, using a wet cloth wiped over all of the surfaces to be cleaned.

2. Use warm water to rinse the baking soda residue away and wipe sink mostly dry.

3. Use a few sprays of the vinegar mixture to disinfect, let air dry

Before Cleaning

The final results speak for themselves, sparkling clean sink with not a single sneeze during or after the cleaning process! Oh, did I mention green cleaning is easy on your health and your wallet? Baking soda and vinegar are two very frugal ingredients to cook and clean with, another win-win situation! Go ahead, try it for yourself!

After Cleaning
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  • Cynthia Zokowich Cynthia Zokowich on Jan 07, 2019

    Can u use baking soda in bathroom tub(porcelain or plastic)&sink&do u use the spray mixture only on counters?

  • Rosaline Rosaline on Jan 07, 2019

    How can I remove water stain from stainless steel refrigerator

  • David thome David thome on Apr 30, 2019

    My white sink has a very tough stain that will not come out even with rubbing hard....what do I do now?

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  • Terrie Weaver Wiederich Terrie Weaver Wiederich on Apr 29, 2019

    Those green lids from parmesan cheese containers fit perfectly on a regular mouth mason jar. Screw one on any size jar and you'll have a sturdy shaker bottle. No more worry about leaks!

    • Great idea, it slipped my mind but then again the plastic is still okay and with my luck I'd break the glass jar As I reached for it while cleaning.😄

  • Aprile Aprile on Mar 06, 2021

    Another great use for the parmesan cheese containers - put SOS pad after using to keep it from rusting; will last for a long time opposed to keeping on sink where oxygen gets to it resulting in it rusting quickly.