Learn how to skip the harsh chemicals and clean the sink with vinegar and baking soda.
Everybody loves a clean sink, but few love the harsh and toxic chemicals found in many commercial cleaning solutions. People looking for alternative, environmentally friendly cleaning methods may want to try cleaning the sink with vinegar and baking soda. Besides being all-natural and non-toxic, vinegar and baking soda often work just as well as the name-brand, expensive cleaning products you buy at the grocery store. Check out the tips below to learn how to clean the sink with vinegar and baking soda.
To get your sink sparkling clean all naturally, whip up a paste using baking soda and a little bit of water. Apply the paste to the sink and then scour with a sturdy sponge. If the baking soda paste leaves a residue, dilute a little white vinegar in water to rinse the sink. You'll be surprised at how clean and fresh your sink is when you're finished.
Polishing porcelain is great, but what about drains? After all, the drain is where the bits of food, coffee grounds, tea leaves, and pretty much everything else in the kitchen sink ends up. Unfortunately, some of the stuff that gets washed down the drain doesn't make it all the way through the plumbing, and eventually those old bits of chicken and broccoli clinging to the sides of the drain start to smell pretty foul.
To rid the drain of foul smelling odors, try pouring a half cup of white vinegar down the drain and letting it stand for thirty minutes before flushing it with hot water. You can also try pouring a half cup of baking soda into the drain followed by hot water. Doing this just once a week will keep your drain clean and odor free.
Vinegar and baking soda can also be used to clear minor clogs in the drain. Remember when you mixed baking soda and vinegar to make paper mache volcanoes in junior high science class? Well, you can use the same principle to help unclog your drains. For minor clogs, pour a half cup of baking soda into the drain followed by a half cup of white vinegar. As we remember from our junior high days (well, some of us), baking soda is a base, which means that when it combines with an acid like vinegar it produces a somewhat explosive reaction and clears out whatever's clogging your drain.