Homemade Deodorizing Kitchen Sink Scrub

4 Materials
5 Minutes

This homemade deodorizing kitchen sink scrub is something I use every day, and I think you will love it too!

There is one pet peeve of mine that really gives me the creeps…lol…and that is a dirty kitchen sink!

You know the dirty kitchen sink that almost has a gummy look to it? With stuck on food, grease, grim, and all the things from the day!

Kitchen sinks are probably one of the dirtiest places in the home, even more so than parts of the bathroom due to all the food that goes in there. So, this scrub will keep your sink much cleaner and smelling fresh. Plus, it is great for the garbage disposal!

  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 10 drops tea tree oil
  • 10 drops lemon oil
  • Drizzle of dishwashing liquid

  1. In a bowl, mix up the baking soda, salt, and essential oils. You can store this dry mix in a glass jar, glass bowl, or anything that is handy. You can also just mix this up as you go, but I will add those directions after this.
  2. Sprinkle this dry baking soda mixture all around the sink. 
  3. Take your bottle of dishwashing liquid, drizzle a small amount on top! You want this to stay gritty and dry to exfoliate. The dish soap will add a small amount of suds.
  4. With a scrub brush, scrub the entire sink in a circular motion. Use a tooth brush to really get around the drain! If needed, you can add a small amount of water to create more soap suds.
  5. Rinse out sink and turn on garbage disposal while it goes down the drain.
Alternative Directions:

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Why These Ingredients??

Believe it or not, there is some chemistry behind this little homemade deodorizing kitchen sink scrub mix. It is so simple, but each ingredient plays a role in making this scrub efficient. CLICK Here to learn the WHY!

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  • Zaneta Zaneta on Mar 13, 2019

    I am allergic to Tea Tree oil. What else can I use?

  • Joanne Caves Joanne Caves on Mar 18, 2019

    We have a copper sink. Sometimes the water is left too long and gets a black ring where water level was. Any ideas on cleaning?? Keep in mind I don't want to loss the.old look

  • Margaret Margaret on Apr 13, 2019

    You have a good cleaner...but, tea tree oil can get expensive.....can lysol be a sub of the TT oil ?

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  • Kay Kay on Jan 21, 2021

    Hi, you only need Bicarb of soda. Remember to rinse well then dry and shine with a soft cloth. You can clean drains, baths, sinks, tiles, any thing even ovens including the glass door. Just remember to rinse then dry and shine with a soft cloth. It is also very good on copper saucepans to! I buy the home brand one and it is just as effective plus it’s cheaper to. I keep mine in an old Borax container in the bathroom on the edge of the bath. Happy cleaning. Kay Adelaide Australia

  • LindaLee Furstenwerth LindaLee Furstenwerth on Jan 19, 2022

    yes I also use baking soda (bicarb of soda) for my glass top stove I mix it with hydrogen peroxide. Have used for cleaning most my life (70yrs) as my mother also used and it doesn't leave a gritty residue. With the exception of my stove top I only rinse as drying and polishing is not usually necessary. As for deodorizing which the above recipe is for I am not sure soda will do that on its own. I simply clean my sink sometimes adding lemon EO to the soda and run lemon peels through the garbage disposal. PS lemon EO is an excellent cleaner of almost any surface all by itself and is the best way to remove labels and stickers from glass surfaces.