DIY Soft Scrub – 3 Ingredients

DIY Soft Scrub – 3 Ingredients

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Soft Scrub is a must have in your household cleaning supplies. It’s perfect for powerful cleaning on sinks, showers, and toilets and removing tough stains from bathroom and kitchen surfaces.

Conventional Soft Scrub has the following ingredients. Water, Calcium Carbonate, Sodium Dodecylbenzenesulfonate, Alcohol Ethoxylate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Bicarbonate, Fragrance, Preservative, D-Limonene, Linalool.

The ingredient list above is really not as bad as most conventional cleaners. The worst ingredient being fragrance.  The term “fragrance” is unregulated by the FDA.  So basically, companies can put any chemical concoction under the fragrance ingredient label.

DIY Soft Scrub is super easy to make and you can skip all the cost and unpronounceable ingredients of the conventional version by making your own.

Soft Scrub Ingredients

Ingredients:

    • 1 cup Baking Soda
    • 3 tbsp Castile Soap
    • 10 drops Essential Oil (Optional. Lemon, Grapefruit or Lavender would be nice but it’s really up to you.)
    • Glass jar with lid.

Directions:

  • Just mix all three ingredients and done.

 

I divided this batch into 2 4oz mason jars so that I could have one in each bathroom.   When ready to use, scoop some onto a sponge, add a little water and scrub away.

This looks and smells good enough to eat. And you really could, if you don’t mind a couple of quick trips to the restroom. 🙂

 

Natural All Purpose Cleaner Recipe

Natural All Purpose Cleaner Recipe

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An All Purpose Cleaner is a must have in the house.  They are so handy.  You can clean your kitchen counters, bathrooms, and table tops with one product. With so many surfaces of your home coming in contact with this all-in-one cleaner, it is important to know what is in it.

Most all purpose cleaners do not list ingredients. So another way to find out if your cleaner is toxic, look for clues on the label.  If you see the following terms on your commercial cleaning products, you may want to consider using green alternatives. The terms “Danger, Warning or Caution” indicate the level of toxicity.

  • Danger or Poison – most hazardous
  • Warning – moderately hazardous
  • Caution – slightly toxic

Besides the terms above, you will usually find a phrase that describes the nature of the hazard, such as “flammable,” “may cause burns on contact,” or “may cause skin irritation.”

Yowza, causing burns on contact?  No, thank you.

According to the Organic Consumer’s Association,

Some all-purpose cleaners contain the sudsing agents diethanolamine (DEA) and triethanolamine (TEA), which can react with nitrites (an often undisclosed preservative or contaminant) to form nitrosamines – carcinogens that readily penetrate the skin. Skin also easily absorbs nerve-damaging butyl cellosolve (also known as ethylene glycol monobutyl ether), present in some cleaners. Fumes from ammonia-containing cleaners may cause respiratory irritation. Sodium hydroxide and sodium hypochlorite (bleach) are highly caustic, and sodium hypochlorite should never be mixed with any product containing ammonia or acids, or toxic gases will result. To prevent chemical accidents, it’s best to simply avoid.”

Did you get all that?

Now, if you are completely freaked out, here is a simple recipe for an all purpose cleaner that is non-toxic and effective.

All Purpose Cleaner Recipe

Ingredients:

1/2 tsp Washing soda
1 tsp Castile soap
20 drops Essential oil (lemon/orange is a good combo) – optional
2 cups warm boiled water

Directions:

Step 1: Boil 2 cups of water.

Step 2: Once cooled to warm, pour into a sturdy spray bottle.

Step 3: Add the baking soda, Castile soap and essential oils.

Step 4: Shake gently to mix.

Step 5: Try it out.

If making a cleaner is not your thing, the following list of natural cleaning products are good choices.

Green cleaning alternatives

Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day All Purpose Cleaner – earth-friendly, cruelty-free and not tested on animals.

Seventh Generation All Purpose Cleaner – Kills 99.99% of household germs botanically.

Puracy Natural All Purpose Cleaner – plant-based, safe for children and pets, natural, non-toxic and biodegradable.

Have a great one and let me know if you try out this recipe! xo

10 Sweet Ways to use Castile Soap

10 Sweet Ways to use Castile Soap

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Castile Soap is life.

Castile soap is made from 100% plant oils and does not contain any chemical detergents, making it totally biodegradable and earth friendly.

Dr. Bronner is the king of Castile Soap.  Dr. Bronner offers several varieties such as Lavender, Tea Tree and Almond.  His soaps are scented with essential oils and help give the castile soap an extra boost of cleaning power.  You can find Castile Soap at your local grocery or online here.   Castile soap typically will run you around $17.00 per 32 oz bottle. It’s pricey but keep in mind that it is concentrated and you will dilute the soap a lot.

Castile soap is super versatile and here are only 10 of the ways to use it.

10 ways to use Castile Soap

1. Floor Cleaner:  ½ c of soap in 3 gallons of hot water.

2. Toilet: Predilute 1:4 with water in a spray bottle. Add 1/2 tsp tea tree oil. Empty toilet, squirt bowl thoroughly, sprinkle baking soda on the brush, scrub bowl, let sit 10 minutes, turn water on, flush. (If you use soap with Tea Tree oil then you can omit using the essential oil.)

3. Fruit and Veggie Rinse: 1/4 tsp in 3 cups of water. Dunk produce and swish. Rinse in clear water. Rinse the bowl with water because it is already clean too!

4. Dog Washing: Due to various sizes of dogs and their different hair situations, soap amounts vary.  Just wet your dog completely and massage in the Castile soap until you work up a lather. Rinse. It is such a good feeling knowing that you didn’t have to rub chemical shampoo into your dog to get them squeaky clean.

5. Makeup Brush Cleaner: Get the brushes wet and rub a few drops into the bristles and swirl them around in a cup of water.  Let them set for 5-10 minutes and rinse. Gently squeeze the water out of the brushes and air dry.

6. Dish Soap: Pour a small amount onto your sponge and wash like normal.  This soap will not get real sudsy, but no worries, your dishes will be really clean. Bonus, you will be washing your dishes with non-toxic soap.

7. Tub Cleaner: Add 1 cup of baking soda to 3 tbsp of Castile Soap for a DIY Soft Scrub that will power clean those tough stains.

8. All-purpose Cleaning: Add 1/4 c of soap to a quart of water in a spray bottle.  Adding 1/4 tsp tea tree oil will give an added antibacterial boost. Add a couple more ingredients and this recipe for a natural, all-purpose cleaner will knock your socks off!

9. Face Wash: Wet face. Put 2-3 drops of Castile soap onto wet hands and wash.

10. Body Wash: Squirt a few drops onto a wet washcloth and apply to a wet body.  If you want to add a few more ingredients, you can make yourself this mighty fine body wash.

Do you use Castile Soap?  Tell me how you do it. 🙂

xo