Homemade Sink Scouring Powder


I’m convinced that one of life’s little pleasures is being able to look at a freshly cleaned sink. A shiny sink can really bring a lot of satisfaction for the few minutes you spend scrubbing. And that’s why I always keep a little bottle of my homemade sink scrub under my kitchen sink. It makes it super easy for me to get that Clean Sink Happiness, and my frugal side loves that it costs just pennies to make too!

Homemade Scouring Powder in a shaker jar

2 Ingredient DIY Kitchen Sink Scrub

I use my homemade scouring powder almost exclusively on my stainless steel kitchen sink. (I prefer my homemade lemon soft scrub for my bathroom sinks). I make this sink scouring powder recipe with just 2 ingredients from my kitchen too. I use 3/4 cup of baking soda and a 1/4 cup of salt. And I don’t use any fancy kind of salt; just regular table salt works fine and will still add just a bit of coarseness to this mixture for extra scrubbing power.

Homemade sink scouring powder

Once those two ingredients are mixed together, I transfer them to a shaker jar. I don’t buy any new or fancy container for this purpose either. Instead I’ve always used a cleaned and repurposed spice jar that has a shaker top with larger holes (the recycled jar pictured here originally held whole peppercorns).

homemade goo gone to clean a recycled jar

I’ve always had wonderful success getting labels and their sticky residue removed from recycled jars by using my homemade Goo Gone made with baking soda and olive oil. I’ve learned that this mixture works great on plastic jars too!

To use your homemade scouring powder, simply sprinkle some around your sink, scrub with a wet sponge or other scrubber, and then rinse well. I’m still using my homemade knit scrubbies and still loving them!

Cleaning a sink with homemade scouring powder

Adding Scent to Your Homemade Scouring Powder

Most of the time I just use the two basic ingredients (baking soda and salt) for this natural sink cleaner recipe. But you can also add a third ingredient if you’d like a little scent in the mixture.

Sometimes I add 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon to make a cinnamon sink scrub version of this recipe. This is a nice addition during the fall or winter months.

Other times if I want a little fragrance, I’ll add about 10 drops of an essential oil to the mixture. Lemon essential oil is always nice and can add a fresh, clean scent.

But if you don’t want any fragrance that’s OK too. Just using the baking soda and salt is super simple, super frugal, and a great way to make your own kitchen sink cleaner!

Homemade Scouring Powder

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Homemade Kitchen Sink Scrub

Make your sink shine with this simple 2 ingredient natural cleaner.
Prep Time2 minutes
Yield: 1 cup
Author: Beverly


  • A recycled spice jar makes a frugal container for your finished mixture


  • 3/4 cup Baking Soda
  • 1/4 cup Salt (I use regular table salt)


  • Mix together the baking soda and salt.
  • Transfer the mixture to a shaker jar. I like to use cleaned and repurposed spice jars that have flip tops with larger holes in them.
  • To use: Sprinkle some of the mixture around your sink, scrub with a wet sponge or other scrubber, and then rinse well.


You can also add fragrance to this mixture by either adding 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon to the mixture, or about 10 drops of an essential oil.

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    1. Yes, the salt is definitely an inexpensive way to add a little bit of natural scrubbing power to this recipe!