Saturday, February 2, 2013

DIY soft scrub

Here are a few recipes try them out and let me know what you think!

Soft Scrubber Ingredients:
  • 1/3 c. Liquid Castile Soap
  • 2 c. Baking Soda
  • 10 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oils
  • 5 Vitamin C Tablets, crushed
  • Water
Mix first four ingredients together, then gradually add water until you get a soft scrub consistency.  Pour into container.  I used a Methods Dish Soap container, but you could use any squirt top container.  Be sure to shake well before each use.
That’s it!  Clean and enjoy!

Supplies :
  • baking soda
  • liquid castile soap – I use Dr. Bronners and I LOVE the lavender scent, but any castile soap will work. :)
  • bowl & sponge
Directions :
  1. In a small mixing bowl pour in about 2 tablespoons of baking soda, give or take.
  2. Next, mix in enough castile soap to form a paste. This is not a science so just make it thick like the consistency of luscious icing.
  3. If it’s too thick, add more soap. Too runny? Add more baking soda.
  4. When you have it a nice consistency, simply scoop a dollop of it with your sponge and start scrubbing!
To scrub this shower, I used a homemade cotton scrubbie sponge and it worked fabulously. Of course, it does take a little elbow grease so you get a free workout and in the end you will rejoice in the success of a fantastically clean shower!!

What You’ll Need:
  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1/2 cup liquid castile soap
  • 4 teaspoons vegetable glycerin
  • 5 or more drops essential oil (try lavender, tea tree or rosemary)
  1. Mix all ingredients together and store in a sealed glass jar.
  2. Scoop the mixture onto a sponge and scrub the bathtub, sinks, Formica countertops or shower stall.  Rinse.
I keep my soft scrub mixture in a mason jar.  The mixture is not soft enough to put in a squeeze bottle (besides, who likes plastic?).  I literally scoop some out with my fingers and onto a sponge or dish cloth.  I find that my hands are REALLY soft after using it, and who doesn’t like soft hands?
Tip: For exceptionally tough jobs, spray with vinegar first—full strength or diluted.  Let sit and follow with scrub.
Yield:  ~2-1/2 cup
Shelf Life:  2 years
Difficulty Level:  Easy

I love this recipe so much, I ended up making two soft scrub jars and keeping one in the kitchen and one in the bathroom.

Here are two quick and easy recipes for making an effective soap scum buster on the tub surround or a gentle cleaner for around the kitchen and bathroom.
SoapThe first is a basic mixture while the second adds a lavender scent using essential oil and powdered milk for making a smoother paste.
Use these on surfaces where you need some extra power that is more gentle than an abrasive powder.
Recipe #1:
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup liquid dish detergent
1/8 cup – 1/4 cup vinegar
  • Mix the baking soda and dish detergent first, then add the vinegar.
  • Adjust the baking soda or vinegar amounts until you have the consistency you like working with.
  • Just use whatever’s on sale or a generic brand of dish detergent and you’ve got yourself some super cheap, yet very effective, homemade softscrub!
  • The liquid dish detergent is what you would use for hand washing dishes, not dishwasher detergent.
  • Use the amount of vinegar that gives you the consistency that you prefer. Vinegar’s a great grime buster–so don’t be shy with it.
  • If you just want to do some spot treatments and don’t need a large amount of softscrub, give the spot a light squirt of dish detergent, sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda on top and gently rub. You won’t need to bother with the vinegar for small spots like this.
  • Try heating the vinegar in the microwave first before mixing it in with the other ingredients. You don’t want it super hot, but a warm temperature that’s comfortable to work with.
Lavender Recipe:
*Source: The Naturally Clean Home by Karyn Siegel-Maier
3/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup powdered milk
1/8 cup (one-eighth) liquid castile soap
5 drops lavender Essential Oil
  • Combine all ingredients in a squirt-top bottle and add enough water to make a smooth paste. Shake or stir to mix.
  • Apply to surface, then wipe area with a damp sponge or cloth. Rinse well.

3/4 cup baking soda (you can add a little more if it seems a little thin after it’s all mixed together.)
1/4 cup castile soap (I used Dr. Bronners Citrus Orange)
1 Tablespoon water
10-15 drops of tea tree oil
1 Tablespoon vinegar
In a medium sized bowl, combine the baking soda and castile soap. Add the water and tea tree oil and stir with a fork.
After the first 3 ingredients are well combined, SLOWLY add the vinegar. The mixture will bubble up because of the chemical reaction between the baking soda and vinegar.
Stir until you achieve a paste-like consistency. (I had to add a little more baking soda at this point until it was the “perfect” consistency.)
Transfer to a repurposed dish soap container (or any other container you prefer), grab your sponge and start cleaning! 

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