Learn my easy, simple, and inexpensive method to clean our white farmhouse sink naturally and keep it looking shiny and like new with only two simple and non-toxic cleaners.
Since we love to keep things natural and non-toxic in our home, I am excited to share with you a simple way to keep your white sink clean and looking like new!
About our white farmhouse sink
In our old kitchen, we had a white single-bowl farmhouse sink that could have been from the 1940s or 1950s. We did like the look but wanted something bigger. Therefore, we got the Ikea double bowl Havsen sink.
It was during the time with our old sink that I fine-tuned my sink cleaning routine and have found that it works perfectly every time!
The sink in our kitchen is working hard! We are constantly preparing food and washing dishes. It is probably the one item that gets the most use in our kitchen.
For this post, I let our sink get way dirtier than usual so that I can show you how quickly and easily it gets clean.
What you may not see so well in these pictures is the thin brown layer of dirt and grime that is sitting on it. That comes from the oils and color in coffee with additional dirt piled on.
Again, I usually wipe my sink more often and don’t even let it get to this point but WHEN our sink actually gets this dirty, I use two non-toxic natural cleaners.
2 non-toxic, natural cleaners
Here at our gabled home, we love to keep things simple. I don’t have an armada of toxic cleaners that are bad for our health and the environment.
Instead, I use a few basic cleaners that I sometimes combine into powerful concoctions.
The first one here is the Bon Ami cleaning powder that has been around since 1886. That should tell you something! It is not only very powerful but gentle at the same time – and very inexpensive.
The second cleaner is my dish soap which is made of water and Sal Suds. I simply add ¼ cup of Sal Suds to 1 cup of distilled or filtered water in a squirt bottle. Sometimes, I add 10-20 drops of lemon essential oil for that nice, clean, fresh smell. Just know that the ratios I gave you are pretty flexible.
There you have it! My dish soap and the Bon Ami powder are my two natural cleaners!
About the sponge
As you can see in the video to this post, I am using a Scotch Brite scrub sponge. We like to shop at Costco and some years back, bought a Costco-size package of these sponges. I don’t claim to be perfect nor do I strive to be.
More recently, I have learned that these sponges are made from plastic. They also tend to disintegrate while you’re using them and release micro-pieces into the water stream. Now I am not just going to throw them out but rather use up the few that we have left and then completely switch over to the much better alternative: cellulose sponges (read more about them in this post).
Any sponge will work here so just use what you have!
How to clean the white farmhouse sink
First, I like to add some water to the sink to wet it down.
Next, I liberally sprinkle the Bon Ami cleaning powder into the bottom of the sink. And then I add a few squirts of my dish soap to the sponge.
Now, I simply and lightly scrub the whole sink. You will see that these two natural cleaners cut right through the grease and dirt. When the sink looks clean, rinse the sponge clean and begin wiping the sink from the top down, rinsing the sponge every so often.
Repeat as necessary if there are more areas to clean.
And that’s it! Simple as that but so effective!
For extra credit, you might like to take a towel and wipe it dry 🙂
Our white Ikea farmhouse sink looks just like new!