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!

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One response to “Naturally Clean Kitchen Sink”

  1. Sylvia Morgan says :

    Cleaning the kitchen sink with natural cleaners is the best thing. These products are easily available and cleans the surface of the sink easily. I have tried this method and the results was really good.

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