Going Green: How to Remove Soap Scum from Your Kitchen Sink

What You'll Need
Spray Bottle
Toothbrush or Cleaning Brush
Baking Soda
Mixing Bowl

Removing soap scum from the kitchen sink is not a very hard task to do. When cleaning soap scum, it is not necessary to purchase expensive commercial soap scum removers that may be toxic and harmful to the health. Instead, make use of readily available materials inside the home. Soap scum looks nasty on the kitchen sink, most especially when it is mixed with water stains. It is worse when it is mixed with hard water stains because that will complicate the cleaning process a lot more. To remove soap scum from the kitchen sink naturally, read on.

Step 1 – Mixing Vinegar Solution

Vinegar works as an effective, yet eco-friendly cleanser. Although it is classified as an acid, it is not as abrasive as many other types of cleansing components used in commercial cleaners – e.g. hydrochloric acid, sulfuric acid and acetone. The weak acidic property of vinegar or acetic acid is good enough to remove soap scum as well as hard water stains in the kitchen sink. The recommended proportion of vinegar and water is one is to one. In a spray bottle, mix one part of vinegar and one part of water.

Step 2 – Applying the Mixture

Simply spray the mixture directly over the soap scum and allow it to sit there for about 5 minutes. Use an old toothbrush to dislodge the scum and wash it with water afterwards. If not, directly spray the mixture over the soap scum and use the toothbrush to remove the dirt and stains simultaneously. Wash with water afterwards.

Step 3 – Removing Tough Dirt

Sometimes, the dirt may not come off as easily as expected. This is probably due to calcification or prolonged hardening of the dirty material. This usually happens when no one bothers to clean the kitchen sink for an extended period of time. In this case, the best remedy is to sprinkle baking soda into a sponge and use it to rub away the scum from the surfaces of the sink. Baking soda is a very common kitchen ingredient and obtaining it would not be a problem because it is readily available in most stores.

Step 4 – Using Baking Soda Paste as the Last Resort

If the soap scum is hard to remove from the sink, then it is time to take more drastic measures. Mix a bit of water into a handful of baking soda. Mix the two components well in a mixing bowl until it turns into a thick paste. Apply this paste onto the soap scum heavily and leave it there to sit for about 30 minutes. Wash the paste afterwards and scrub if with a sponge if necessary.


Use warm water to make the cleaning process a lot easier.

Make it a routine to clean the sink periodically to prevent the buildup of soap scum and hard water stains in the kitchen sink.