I absolutely love, using a lemon and bicarbonate of soda for a natural cleaning solution for various surfaces, including my kitchen sink. Lemons contain citric acid, which helps break down grease and stains, while bicarb acts as a gentle abrasive and deodoriser.
Grab your lemons later in the day from the supermarket where they are often price dropped.
Here’s how you can use this mixture for the ultimate cleaning power:
- Bicarbonate of soda
- Microfiber or cleaning cloth
- Cut the Lemon: Cut a lemon in half, ensuring that it’s fresh and juicy.
- Sprinkle Bicarbaonate of soda: Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda directly onto the cut side of one of the lemon halves.
- Scrub: Use the lemon half with the bicarb to scrub the sink surface. Focus on areas with stains, limescale, discolouration, gunk and grime.
- Squeeze Juice: As you scrub, you’ll naturally squeeze out lemon juice. The citric acid in the lemon juice helps break down stains and grease.
- Scrub Tough Areas: For tougher stains or areas with mineral deposits, you can use a soft scrub brush along with the lemon and baking soda mixture.
- Rinse and Wipe: Once you’ve scrubbed the sink, rinse it thoroughly with water to remove the lemon juice and bicarb residue.
- Dry and Polish: Use a clean cloth or paper towel to dry the sink and polish the surface. This can help remove any remaining residue and leave your sink looking shiny.
- Dispose of the Lemon: You can dispose of the used lemon in your compost or food waste bin to help give off a fresher scent.
This method not only cleans but also imparts a pleasant citrus scent to your sink area. It’s a natural and environmentally friendly way to deep clean and deodorise your kitchen sink.
However, be cautious when using this method on natural stone sinks, as the citric acid in the lemon could potentially damage the stone over time.
Remember that regular maintenance and cleaning can help prevent excessive buildup, making your deep cleaning efforts more effective and less frequent.