DIY Soft Scrub

diy soft scrub

What does EWG say about commercial soft scrub?

Soft Scrub with Bleach Cleanser for Bath and Kitchen, Mountain Breeze

“The active ingredient in this general purpose cleaner is sodium hypochlorite, which is extremely toxic to aquatic life. It’s also a potential asthmagen and can cause other respiratory effects. And, the fragrance that makes up that mountain breeze scent? The company doesn’t disclose the ingredients in its fragrance, but you can bet it’s not natural. Overall, this cleanser earned an F from the EWG.”

Bar Keeper’s Friend Soft Cleanser

“This toxic product isn’t anyone’s friend. The EWG gave this cleanser an F rating for its poor discloser of ingredients. The only determined ingredient is D-rated oxalic acid, which is harmful if swallowed or it if comes in contact with skin.”

If you are like me, you want your house clean.

ESPECIALLY the kitchen and bath, but you also want your home to be SAFE, RIGHT??

Some cleaners require rubber gloves, others need good ventilation, not to mention you can end up spending a lot (certianly if you are looking for “greener” options). Often we don’t realize the adverse effects cleaners have on our overall health because we don’t see the effects immediately. When we talk about hormone-disruptors, the effects build up over time until we have serious negative issues going on (autoimmune, reproductive, emotional, and a whole lot more) Thankfully it’s simple and effective to use products that not only will make it easy to clean but asl support health and wellness instead of the opposite.

Here’s a simple soft scrub recipe that uses just 3 natural ingredients: Baking soda, Castile soap and essential oils.  You can mix up a batch for around 75 cents. How does that sound to your wallet?

What Is Baking Soda?

Baking soda is a sodium bicarbonate, a natural substance that maintains the pH balance. Baking soda neutralizes both acids and bases, so it actually eliminates odors rather than just covering them up. In cooking, baking soda releases carbon dioxide when heated, and this causes cookies, breads, or cakes to rise. Baking soda can also act as a very mild abrasive cleaner perfect for removing stains from sinks, counter tops and even fine china.”

Adding the Castile soap gives it a little sudsing power, and the essential oils not only make it smell incredible, but help cut grease, remove stains, and make surfaces free of germs and other nasty crud. 

I mix this up as I need it, but you can make ahead and store in an airtight container. To be honest, sometimes I just sprinkle the baking soda on whatever surface I’m cleaning, add a little soap and a few drops of oils and start cleaning.  DO what works best for you

diy soft scrubDIY Soft Scrub

2 Tablespoons Castile Soap (or OnGuard Cleaner Concentrate)
3/4 cup Baking Soda
5-10 drops Wild Orange (or any citrus oil!)

Add enough water to make a paste.

Combine all ingredients and use on just about any hard surface you would use cleanser on. This is my go-to for the sinks and bath tubs.  Rinse well. No need for rubber gloves or ventilation.

Make sure to check out Episode 6 of EssentiallyAmazing. Samantha Matchett of MessyCrunchyMomma shares her best and budget friendly cleaning tips. 

Want to grab my favorite oil set that includes oils great for your DIY cleaning plus loads of other uses? Check it out HERE

I’d love to hear about your successes with this scrub. Hit me up in the comments!

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