Porcelain powder for Sink and Bathtub Cleaning: I’m lucky to have a gorgeous double-bay porcelain farmhouse sink in my kitchen. It’s beautiful … when it’s gleaming. When it’s dirty, it’s quite an ugly sight indeed, stained with coffee and tomato sauce in the pitted areas where the porcelain has worn thin over the years. You might be tempted to bleach your porcelain sink, particularly if it is pitted.
But bleaching only worsens the problem in the long run. Using natural ingredients and a bit of elbow grease, you can get your porcelain pretty again without the use of harsh bleach. Of course, if your sink is too pitted, not much will get the stains out of the porous parts, and you will need to consider having the sink reglazed. You can do this yourself, but be very careful; I recommend hiring someone who specializes in this type of restoration.
• 1 cup baking soda
• ¼ cup salt
• 6 drops lemongrass essential oil
• 6 drops eucalyptus essential oil
• Warm water
Mix together baking soda and salt. Add three drops of the lemongrass essential oil and 3 drops of the eucalyptus essential oil and mix well. In a small spray bottle, mix together half vinegar and half warm water, with about 3 drops of each essential oil.
To use: Wipe the sink clean with a sponge and warm water. Spray the entire basin well with warm water. Sprinkle liberally with baking soda and salt mixture. Give it a nice thick layer. Spray the baking soda mixture well with the vinegar mixture to get it thoroughly soaked. Let sit for at least 20 minutes, if not longer. You should see the baking soda start to take on a brownish tint from absorbing the mess. Spray more vinegar if necessary, but it’s OK if the paste dries out a little.
Then use a soft brush or sponge (do not use stainless steel bristles or pads) to scour the baking soda/salt mixture well and really get some muscle behind it to get that porcelain gleaming. Rinse thoroughly. If there are still any trouble spots, repeat the process. Then give it one last shine with the vinegar and essential oil spray. It should be shiny and glowing!
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