How often do you really scrub your sinks, bathtub and shower? I won’t answer this because it’s probably gross how often I don’t, but I’ve found the best, cheapest and most environmentally friendly way of doing so when I actually get around to it. You probably currently have this one ingredient in your house, so it’s already simple! Let’s get to it.
SCOURING SCRUB: KITCHEN & BATHROOM
This recipe is just too easy. You’ve probably heard of it before, but haven’t actually tried it. This is how I was, but now that I’ve tried it I will be scrubbing with this stuff for as long as I can scrub. The grainy texture of the baking soda cuts through tough grime and gunk that gathers around drains and faucets. Since it’s a natural deodorizer it will freshen as you scrub, but has no actual scent. For me I don’t need my scouring scrub to smell like anything as long as it’s working. Trust me this simple recipe works.
- Baking Soda
- Course salt (for more scrubbing power)
- Old toothbrush or scrub brush
- Rags or old towels
- DIY scrubbies made from mesh produce bags
Sprinkle baking soda all over the areas that you are going to scrub. Grab your scrubbing tool, my old toothbrush was perfect for getting into smaller spaces, and scrub away! A rag works well for areas that don’t need as intense of a scrub. I found it helpful to add a little water to my toothbrush or sprinkle some over the baking soda to make a thick paste. It cleaned better and spread further that way. If you have some really tough stains or thick grime, sprinkle some course salt with the baking soda over the area and scrub. The salt adds a courser texture for cutting into the gunk. Rinse with water when you’re done and be amazed at how shiny and clean your sinks and tubs are! We have an old apartment, so there was a lot of rust and gunk around the faucets, but this scrub took that away in a matter of seconds. I’m pretty impressed. You will be too.
The main reason: it works. The fact that it’s incredibly cheap is another bonus. A helpful tip I found is to transfer your baking soda into an old Parmesan cheese shaker (or something similar). The box that my baking soda came in is sealed terribly and is kind of falling apart. The Parm container makes it easier to sprinkle around as well, but make sure you label it:) Baking soda can be found as a naturally occurring compound or can be created from other naturally derived materials. This being said, it is safe, has zero toxins and won’t harm the environment after you’re done using it. This is a win-win recipe! Warning to my friends and family: you might be getting a box of baking soda for your next birthday/wedding/graduation/baby shower gift. This warning should be taken very seriously.
OTHER USES FOR BAKING SODA
I HAVE TRIED:
- Simple toothpaste (single use): 1 tsp. baking soda, 1/2 tsp. sea salt, 1 drop peppermint essential oil, a few drops of water. Mix all into a paste and brush away. I tried this, but didn’t have any peppermint essential oil. It tasted terrible, so definitely add the peppermint! It did leave my mouth feeling extremely clean though. It’s a very cheap and natural alternative to toothpaste!
- Canker sore soother and healer. My husband puts a small amount of baking soda on a q-tip or cloth and dabs it onto his canker sores. After the initial sting the baking soda helps sooth and heal the sore. Let the baking soda sit for a few seconds, then rinse it out.
- Deodorize your fridge, trash can, drawers, closets and pantries by putting baking soda in a container that can breath and setting it somewhere out of the way. The baking soda will absorb and neutralize any odors.
- Deodorize your cat litter by covering the bottom of the litter box with baking soda, then filling it with your usual cat litter. Another option is to just sprinkle some baking soda on top of the litter after you’ve cleaned it. This definitely works to eliminate odor!
I HAVE NOT TRIED YET, BUT WANT TO:
- Mason jar air freshener with baking soda.
- Clean your shower curtain liner by sprinkling baking soda on a clean damp cloth and wiping the liner until clean. Hang it up to air dry.
- Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to your laundry to boost the power of your liquid detergent. The baking soda adds a higher pH to the wash which helps clean, brighten and freshen your laundry.
- For you cloth diaper moms (go you!), soak your cloth diapers in a mixture of 1/2 cup baking soda and 2 quarts of water to clean them thoroughly and naturally. This is sensitive enough for babies.
- Make a facial scrub out of 3 parts baking soda to 1 part water. Mix the two together until it forms a paste, then gently scrub onto your face or body. Rinse with water. This will exfoliate and clean your skin and is gentle enough for daily use.
- Pat some baking soda under your arms to neutralize body odor. This is an alternative to deodorants with harsh chemicals like aluminium. I’m very curious about this one!
- Use the same scouring scrub above, aka baking soda, but instead of scrubbing with a toothbrush, scrub with a piece of lemon. The lemon adds a disinfecting element and a fresh citrus scent while still cleaning just as well.
Baking soda, like vinegar, has dozens of uses that will save you money and prevent toxins and chemicals from harming you and our environment. Start with this basic scouring scrub then experiment with some of these other alternatives! Let me know what you think. Happy scrubbing.