Bathroom Sink Scrub Recipe

Skip the store-bought sink cleaners and make your own instead using nontoxic ingredients and herbs grown from your own garden.

| May/June 2019


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This scrub is lightly abrasive and safe for most surfaces, but be careful with delicate sink material. With these ingredient amounts, you can clean about four average-sized sinks. Make this scrub as you need it, but any excess can be stored in the cleaning closet for up to two weeks. Add more vinegar to “re-animate” it if it dries out.


  • 1 tablespoon coarsely ground fresh sage
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely ground fresh rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons cream of tartar
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar


  1. Mix coarsely ground herbs and cream of tartar together in a small bowl.
  2. Stir in vinegar to make a paste.
  3. With a clean cloth, rub about 1 tablespoon of the scrub onto the surface of the sink to create a light film, and then rinse with clean water.

Note: If you want to avoid any leftover paste, make the powdered mix in Step 1 and add enough fresh vinegar each time just for the cleaning task at hand.

Learn more about growing your own cleaning supplies, and discover more safe and homemade cleaning supply recipes:

Dawn Combs is an ethnobotanist and herbalist. She is the formulator at Mockingbird Meadows and chief soda jerk at her family’s unique storefront apothecary, Soda Pharm. She’s also the author of Sweet Remedies: Healing Herbal Honeys, Heal Local, and Conceiving Healthy Babies.

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