Zero Waste Tub + Sink Cleaner: Orange Soft Scrub

zero waste tub and sink cleaner


This zero waste tub and sink cleaner is such a star cleaning agent. I can use it to clean my kitchen sink and scrub my tub clean, without holding my breath. Not sure about you, but most conventional cleaners always make the bathroom and kitchen smell like a hazard zone. I always feel like I have to hold my breath while using them. Not with this stuff: It smells like oranges, and there’s no harmful, questionable ingredients to fret over. I don’t have to worry about breathing in toxic fumes, wearing gloves – none of that. This orange soft scrub is tough enough to eliminate grime, but also gentle enough not to trigger your allergies. Plus it’s waste free. What could be better?

I love how this zero waste tub and sink cleaner is super easy to whip up. Literally, it took me about two minutes to make. Even if you’re not a huge fan of making your own cleaners, this one is super simple and effective. I promise you that. Not to mention the ingredients are all natural and can be found at your bulk food store, or in sustainable packaging. One of the ingredients may be a little hard to find plastic free, but if that’s the case, it’s best to get the biggest container you can afford. That way there aren’t a bunch of small plastic containers that need recycling, just one big container. With that said, it’s a pretty straight forward, natural, low waste recipe. Plus, it actually works and saves you a buck in the long run. Ready to give it a shot? Here’s how to make zero waste tub and sink cleaner.

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 Zero Waste Tub + Sink Cleaner

zero waste tub and sink cleaner


zero waste tub and sink cleaner


  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl. If it’s too thick, add a tad bit more water. If it’s too liquidy, add some more baking soda. You want to get it to a consistency where it looks kind of pasty.
  2. Transfer and store into an airtight container. I used an old glass jar that once contained body scrub, but you can use whatever you like.

Cleaning with zero waste tub + sink cleaner

zero waste tub and sink cleaner

It’s so simple to use this zero waste tub and sink cleaner.

Just dip a scrub brush or a cloth rag into the cleaner. Then scrub the sink and/or tub in circular motions. You can also use this to clean pots and pans with food stuck on it.

Once the area has been scrubbed thoroughly, make sure to rinse well. You can go over it with a damp wet cloth. Repeat if needed on stubborn surfaces.

That’s it! Once everything is rinsed, you’ll be amazed at how clean your sink and tub look.

This orange soft scrub can even be used to get out coffee stains, remove scuffs, or even clean toilets. It’s just that awesome.

zero waste tub and sink cleaner
Look at that clean! This was right after using the orange soft scrub. So shiny.

Here’s a list of all the areas/items you can use this orange soft scrub on:

  • Kitchen and bathroom sinks
  • Grout
  • Tile
  • Bathtubs
  • Toilets
  • Stainless steel pots and pans

It’s certainly a zero waste all purpose cleaner recipe, designed to tackle just about anything.

I don’t recommend using it on wood, granite or marble though. Other than that, go to town.

My kitchen sink has never looked better after using this stuff! My mom was super impressed. Her jaw literally dropped and I felt proud and happy I could make something that makes both our lives easier.

It also makes an excellent zero waste tub cleaner. The grout in our bathroom is so bad I’m too embarrassed to show pictures, but it does a great job getting rid of that too.

Plus it smells like oranges! I mean, can it get any better than that?

zero waste tub and sink cleaner

Storage: You can literally just keep this in an airtight container, under your sink. Or, you can keep it in a little cleaning caddy or cabinet. It doesn’t need to be refrigerated.

zero waste tub and sink cleaner

Will you be giving this zero waste tub and sink cleaner a shot? What’s your favorite zero waste way to clean grout and soap scum?

For more zero waste cleaning tips, be sure to check out my favorite all purpose cleaner, Orange Peel Vinegar or my zero waste toilet cleaner, Citrus Toilet Fizzies.

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By Ariana Storniolo (Palmieri)

Ariana Storniolo is the founder of Greenify-Me, a blog dedicated to zero waste and sustainability. Her work has also been featured on Going Zero Waste, Green Matters, Mother Earth Living and several other online publications.


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