Naturally Clean Kitchen Sink
The natural reaction between a lemon & baking soda is an amazing alternative to using harsh chemical based cleaners to get a sink clean. Try this method of cleaning your sink prior to composting squeezed lemons.
What to do:
- make sure the sink is dry (as baking soda will quickly dissolve in the water if it is wet)
- sprinkle baking soda generously over the surface
- scrub the sink with the fleshy side of a cut lemon *listen and look for the foaming and bubbles*
It’s that easy!!
What we know:
- Baking Soda – chemically known as sodium bicarbonate (NaHCO3) and is a non-toxic, mild abrasive which is safe to use on most surfaces (ie. fiberglass, stainless steel, porcelain and enamel)
- Lemon – naturally has citric acid and is excellent at removing dirt and rust stains
How it works:
The reaction between the citric acid in the lemon and the basic sodium bicarbonate leads to an acid-base reaction.
C6H8O7+ 3NaHCO3 Na3C6H5O7 + 3H2CO3
citric acid + sodium bicarbonate —-> sodium citrate + carbonic acid
However, since the lemon juice is mostly composed of water, the carbonic acid will dissolve and lead to dissociation. This part of the reaction releases a gas, which is what leads to the creation of bubbles and foam.
C6H8O7 + 3NaHCO3 Na2C6H6O7 + 3CO2 + 3H2O
(aq)+ (aq) —-> (aq) + (g) + (l)
The final exothermic reaction releases energy as heat, which in turn helps to clean away any dirt or stains in the sink.
Voila, a clean sink using natural ingredients!