Is one of your resolutions to clean with safer, greener solutions? I'll share with you some of my favorite green cleaners this month.
We'll start off with a recent discovery - my favorite sink/tub scrub!
If you haven't dicovered Dr. Bonner's Castile Soap, now would be a great time. It is available at most health food stores, and in Moscow it's available at the Moscow Food Co-op, Walgreen's and Rosauers (Huckelberry's). There are several scents available: Almond, Citrus, Lavender, Peppermint, Rose, Tea Tree and Unscented. I use this soap as a base for many of my green cleaners. My favorite is Citrus, but I also have Peppermint and Lavender. A quart of this stuff lasts forever! Also, I buy my baking soda in the bulk section of Winco - very cheap.
For the scrub, all you do is put some baking soda in a bowl - about 1/2 cup is enough. Add small squirts of the castile soap, mixing with a spoon until the mixture starts to look like frosting:
Wet a scrubby sponge, and use this paste to scrub sinks, tubs and even toilets! Rinse the area off with a very wet washcloth after scrubbing, or the baking soda will leave a pasty film.
You can store this mixture in an airtight jar, but what I usually do is make a batch when I see a sink or something that needs scrubbed. Then I go on and scrub other sinks, etc. until the paste is gone. With four sinks, one tub, one shower stall and three toilets, there is always something to scrub!