I use a fancy all natural scouring powder, but it is SO expensive. Can you recommend a recipe for a non-toxic one that I can make at home?
Thank you for asking! You’ve asked for my favorite formula, but it is a bit of a tweak on a scouring powder. Instead try this homemade soft scrub: You can’t beat it. It cleans the tub with a gentle abrasiveness that also cuts the oils, and it rinses beautifully. Best yet, it completely eliminates that grainy feeling in the tub from scouring powder residue; who can really rinse that off well enough?
This takes maybe 15 seconds to make and it costs, well, pennies.
What You Need
For one batch you need about ½ cup of baking soda, a few squirts of a good green all-purpose soap, liquid detergent, or dish washing liquid, a bowl, spoon, and sponge.
Tip: Where to Find a Green Soap or Detergent
Take a trip to the health food store for an all-purpose liquid detergent. Ecover makes one that is commonly available. If you have soft water you could use Dr. Bronner’s castile soap; try the lavender variety for some added ant-bacterial quality with a sweet natural scent, or peppermint for freshness. Alternatively, use some of your green liquid dish detergent, such as from Seventh Generation, a brand that is making it into mainstream supermarkets slowly but surely.
Soft Scrub Formula
½ cup baking soda
two to four squirts of liquid soap or detergent (see above) – more if needed
Pour the baking soda into a bowl. Stir in enough soap or detergent to make a texture like frosting. Scoop a dollop of the mixture onto a sponge and wash the bathtub (or shower stall). Repeat as needed. Rinse.
*Add essential oils of your choice. Essential oils are antibacterial and can give you some aromatherapy at the same time. Only add 10-15 drops, and consult a doctor before using if you are pregnant, or a veterinarian if you have cats.
* Add ¼ cup of salt to the baking soda for added antibacterial qualities.