Growing up like an only child (my siblings are much older than me), saw me cleaning and doing many chores around the house. My mom trained me well, but I never quite loved cleaning. My personal nemesis was the dreaded bathroom. Yet, every week, like clockwork, I was cleaning the bathroom. One of the most effective cleaners I ever used was a simple paste for scrubbing. I used it for the sinks, counters and bathtubs.
Fast forward to being married and just starting to get interested in natural living. That old scrub just wasn’t cutting it anymore. Who knew what kind of chemicals is in that stuff! Also, we didn’t have a lot of money to waste on cleaning supplies so I had to figure something out and fast.
Scouring the internet saw lots of recipes, either baking soda and water or baking soda and castile soap. I didn’t like either. The water mixture worked well for scrubbing, but I didn’t feel like it was cleaning at the same time. The soap mixture was too concentrated, hard to wipe off and it felt like the baking soda was dissolving in the soap. So I decided to combine both recipes and see what happened. The mixture was pure genius! It had fantastic scrubbing power, was easy to use and wipe off. I find it even better than the commercial version, plus I can make it for pennies!
While you can make up any amount you wish, I recommend only making up small batches at a time. It’s just too easy to go bad with the water creating a perfect environment for bacteria and mold. Plus, if you run out, it only takes seconds to whip up some more. Next time the dreaded bathroom chores come around, give this cleaner a try…I think you’ll be impressed!
- 1/2 c. baking soda
- 1 Tbsp. castile soap
- 1 Tbsp. water, more as needed
- Mix all ingredients together; add extra water to make a thick, creamy paste.
- To Use: Scoop small amount on a clean, damp sponge. Scrub. Wipe off any residue with a clean damp sponge.