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DIY Kitchen Gunk & Grout Cleaner

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DIY Kitchen Cleaner

I don’t mind cleaning. It’s something I have to do a lot since I have 3 little kids. I actually enjoy cleaning stuff when I can see the results.

I have heard that Lemon Oil is a great cleaner when mixed with baking soda. I actually tried it a few days ago in my bathroom. I have a sink with a slow drip and it leaves a rust stain on the sink. I put some baking soda and lemon oil on the sink and almost all of the stain came off. Plus my bathroom smelled awesome!

I live in an old house and it is really dusty and polluted in my city. We had new cabinets made for the kitchen and I had to use white to brighten up the room. So my cabinets, walls and floors get gunky. That doesn’t mean I don’t clean them. I scrub the all the time. I have used cleaner, Dawn, anything that would seem like a cleaner – and nothing worked. So you see – all this dirt and grime is actually “clean” dirt and grime 🙂

So I am a little embarrassed to show you these pictures. I promise I have tried so many times to get these surfaces clean! So I went back to the baking soda and lemon oil trick and decided to add a little water. I found an old tooth brush and I was shocked! With hardly any effort the gunk was melting off the cabinets!

So here are my before and after pictures. Don’t be too harsh 🙂 I promise I clean these all the time!

Door collage

This is the top of a cabinet door. I have a lot of grooves in it so the dust gets trapped.

drawer collage

This is a kitchen drawer. It had some juice on it too but cleaned up so easily! (Looks like I may need to touch up the paint too. That was like that before I cleaned. )

Wood Collage

There is a piece of wood between my dishwasher and stove. I looks almost new!


I was sitting on the floor and though – I wonder if this would clean grout too and it does! It cleans grout too!! I have beige grout so it’s not super bright – but it’s clean!

Window Collage

This was the part of my kitchen I hated the most. It’s a window that is right next to the stove – so I am sure it gets a lot of splatter and dust. Again I have cleaned it so many times and it never got clean. But this mixture cleaned it! It cut right through the grease.

I can’t even tell you how happy I am! My kitchen feels so clean. I got the Lemon Oil from Puritan’s Pride. It’s jut $9.99 for 2 bottles and they will last you forever.

DIY Kitchen Gunk & Grout Cleaner

  • Small Bowl
  • Baking soda
  • Lemon Oil
  • Water
  • Tooth brush
  • wet rag
  1. In the bowl add some baking soda and water. You want it to be a little runny. Add a few drops of lemon oil.
  2. Dip the tooth brush in the mixture and clean the area that is gunky. Wipe with a wet cloth. If it is a larger area you can use a wash cloth to just clean the wipe the area.

Lemons oil has been used for  cleansing and purifying, circulation, respiratory health, immune health, digestion, skin health – especially around the face.

So what do you think – are you going to try this? It feels so great to get that gunk cleaned up!

Disclosure – I am not an expert in cleaning or oils. I am just sharing my experiences to help make other’s lives easier! 

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Saturday 18th of January 2014

I've been using baking soda & vinegar to clean the shower, sinks, toilet (and whatever places have hard water deposits)but today I added a few drops of lemon oil b/c I hate the vinegar smell, and it really helped! But now I need to try just baking soda and lemon oil - that has to smell amazing!!


Saturday 18th of January 2014

Yes I hate the smell of vinegar. The lemon oil smells so good! I was so excited when this combination worked!


Friday 17th of January 2014

This is great! Definitely need to try it. Thanks! Pinned it for later.

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