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How to Clean Porcelain Sinks without Bleach

Today over at Learning the Frugal Life’s Frugal Tuesday Tip, Sara’s talking about how to get a shiny sink – frugally and by green methods!

Her topic goes perfectly with my blog post on how I keep my grocery budget low using homemade cleaning supplies – Part 2 of my 10 Part Series.

How to Clean Porcelain Sinks without Bleach

I happen to have a  really DIRTY sink. I wish I could tell you that it got that dirty on purpose, so I could write this blog post for you…Alas, that would be a lie! 😉 It just got that dirty…

So after I read Sara’s post this morning, I also tried my hand at cleaning my sink with natural products. I don’t have bleach in my house, yet I would still like a shiny sink from time to time. So here’s how you, too, can get a shiny sink without bleach. 

  • Got out my baking soda and scrub brush
  • Got my sink wet
  • Smeared a whole bunch of baking soda on my sink
  • Scrubbed the sink with my scrub brush

The results:

A sparkly clean, beautiful sink! Fly Lady would be so proud… 🙂

I am especially thrilled because it required minimal effort and baking soda is non-toxic! My house doesn’t stink and I have a clean sink using natural (and cheap) products.

borax for cleaning porcelain sinks


After cleaning my sink for a while with Baking Soda, I have learned that cleaning my porcelain sink is even easier and yields a better result with BORAX!

Have you tried any homemade cleaners? What do you think?

Here are more posts on frugal and green cleaning methods:

Decrease Toxins with 4 Frugal Cleaning Supplies

Green Carpet Cleaning

DIY Fruit & Veggie Wash

Do You Know What’s in YOUR Home Cleaning Products



Wednesday 25th of February 2015

Thanks for the Borax tip. That's my next step. The very intermittent housecleaning woman came today and cleaned my sink. I think she smuggled in some Ajax or Comet. Ewww.

Michelle Marine

Thursday 26th of February 2015

Oh good luck!! :-)

Jenny Rodgers

Thursday 11th of December 2014

I didn't think of borax as a green product, but since you presented it as an alternative to bleach I've checked and it appeared we use it a lot in our household. Thanks for the great article.


Monday 10th of February 2014

Sara, What a life and sink saver!!!! I did the baking soda and I now have a brand new sink. Thanks so very much.


Tuesday 17th of May 2011

Awww...thanks, Larae, but you're on your own for your laundry room sink...! :-)

Sara, no offense, but I HATE that sink. Too shallow, too small, gets dirty way toooooo easily! ;-) But the price was right - my remodeler hubby re-used it from a kitchen he remodeled a couple years ago. As soon as he gets the trim and crown molding finished in our house, I am blogging about the transformation!

And yes, I LOVE easy!


Tuesday 17th of May 2011

Woot! It looks lovely! Don't ya love easy? BTW, I think I have the same sink as you! LOL.

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