DIY Lemongrass and Lavender Sink Scrub

Living in Florida we’re blessed to have an abundance of fresh seafood at our fingertips pretty much year round. I would say we probably eat fish or shrimp about twice a week or more. The good news is that the meals are relatively healthy because everything is fresh. The bad news is that the smell of fish and shrimp can sometimes take over the house in a major way.

While we usually take the trash out immediately after dinner, I feel like the scent lingers in the kitchen, particularly, the sink. We’re constantly rinsing and wiping out the sink during the day but at night I want to rest easy knowing the sink is as clean as possible. I started using a nightly scrub a few years ago as part of our nightly routine and we haven’t looked back since.

Here’s what you’ll need to make a DIY Sink Scrub of your own…

This DIY lemongrass and lavender sink scrub is really easy to make and it smells fabulous. In fact, I love it so much I gave similar sink scrubs to my mom and sisters to try in their homes too.

Lemongrass and Lavender Sink Scrub Recipe:

  • 2 cups of baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon of Lavender Castile Soap (we used Dr. Bonners)
  • 1 teaspoon of Lemongrass Essential Oils

Lemongrass and Lavender Sink Scrub Recipe Directions:

Place 2 cups of baking soda in a small bowl or Pyrex container with easy pour spout.

Next add lavender castile soap

and lemongrass essential oil.

Lightly mix together ingredients with a whisk or fork. Note there may be a few lumps in the mixture.

Place the mixture into a clean and dry Mason jar with a sealable lid. Keep in mind 2 cups will make approximately 1 pint of lemongrass and lavender sink scrub.

Next add a Mason jar lid formulated for straws as this lid will become your shaker and will allow the sink scrub to easily disperse into the sink. You can usually find Mason jar straw lids at craft supply stores and sometimes even places like Walmart. 

Most importantly, if you feel like the holes are too big consider placing two straw lids together to make the holes smaller.

How to Store Your DIY Sink Scrub Cleaner…

You’ll want to make sure to store this sink scrub in a cool dark place and away from children and mischievous pets.  We keep ours in the cabinet next to the sink for easy nightly access.  Keep in mind you’ll need to use the original mason jar lid (the solid one without holes) to store the sink scrub so it doesn’t absorb any other odors in your kitchen. 

Lemongrass and Lavender Sink Scrub Cleaning Steps:

Using this DIY lemongrass and lavender sink scrub is super simple. I didn’t use a sink scrub for two nights in a row so I could show you how easy it is to use this recipe especially when you’re sink gets a lot of use and becomes totally gross!

First, rinse the sink out with warm water.

Then shake the sink scrub into the sink.

Allow the lemongrass and lavender sink scrub to sit for a minute.

And use a soft scour pad to gently scrub the sink.

After gently scrubbing your sink, rinse the sink out with warm water again. Wipe the sink dry and you’re good to go!

The left side of the sink has not been scrubbed yet but check out the right side…super awesome, right? Hello, shiny and clean!

Reasons We Love This Green Cleaner…

Over the years we’ve made different sink scrub formulas from Sweet Orange and Lavender to Vanilla and Lavender as well as a citrus inspired Lemongrass and Sweet Orange. You can use this basic recipe to customize a sink scrub in any scent you like! My Mom and sisters both love this sink scrub because it’s green, it smells good, it gets rid of seafood odors and it really cleans the kitchen sink too!

My only word of caution is using this formula on sinks that are porous.  All of our sinks are stainless steel but I would not use this formula on porous sinks like marble so make sure you do your research before cleaning with this recipe.

Have you guys ever tried a sink scrub like this? What scent flavors did you use? Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Many blessings,


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  1. YUM… we always use baking soda to clean the sink and some gunked up pans. We never thought of the idea to add soap and essential oil to make it a stronger and fragrant cleaner! Making some of this next week!

    1. You guys are going to love this stuff, it makes my whole kitchen smell good! Hugs, CoCo

  2. Fabulous! Thanks for sharing!

    1. I appreciate you, Anne, thanks so much! Hugs, CoCo

  3. I can’t believe the difference with this sink scrub, CoCo, I’m heading to the store to buy these supplies today!

    1. Aww, thank you! I was almost scared to show my before sink because I didn’t want you guys to think I was gross but the difference is pretty drastic so that was the only way I knew to show it. Can’t wait to hear how you like this, CoCo

  4. I scrub my sink with Dawn so I want to try this now and see how it works. Thank you for the recipe.

    1. Can’t wait to hear what you think about this scrub Bonnie, it smells so good! I’ve never tried to use Dawn instead of the castile soap so if you try it and like it let us know. Hugs, CoCo

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