Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Scrubbing into the New Year!

Welcome to 2012!

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!

Two simple ingredients, Castile Soap and Baking Soda. 

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!

Happy Scrubbing!


  1. Great tip! We use a variety of organic cleaning products and love them. I'll have to try this combination! Majean #308 MJF

  2. Thanks for sharing. I have been thinking about buying a bottle of castile. I needed to justify the price. LOL

    I am now following you. I am from the Mary Jane's forum. Farmgirl 1259