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Soft Scrubber with Aromatherapy Attitude: Bathtub How-To

Soft Scrubber with Aromatherapy Attitude: Bathtub How-To

I was inspired by Oprah to re-do the bathroom about four years ago, when I put in a deep soaking tub. Since then, baths have become one of my favorite ways to relax.

I try to have one almost every day, and I highly recommend them as a way to have time to yourself. Of course, everybody who visits wants to soak in my tub –- it has windows around it and you can lie there and look out at the sky, or the night, or the weather – and with all its use I like to keep the tub clean.

The popular soft scrubber that was in my first book “Clean & Green” is one of my all-time favorite cleaning formulas, and it has evolved to include essential oils as I have become more experienced with them. When I add just the right essential oils to the formula, my day is enhanced, even if I am scrubbing out the tub. There is a slight reminder of the scent left in the tub, if I let it, and so this formula melds well with the spirit of the room, which is increasingly one of being a spa place, a place to rejuvenate.

Here is a new and updated soft scrubber formula; an aromatherapy version that will enhance your day if cleaning the most exotic spa or basic bathtub.

Aromatherapy Soft Scrubber Formula
1/2 cup baking soda
Enough liquid soap or detergent to make a frostinglike consistency

5 drops essential oil such as lavender, jasmine, or an essential oil that speaks to you. Just make sure that the brand is one that offers pure oils, not synthetic. Antibacterial essential oils include tea tree oil, rosemary, and lavender. Try tangerine for sensuality. Rose for connecting with your Higher Self.

Pour the baking soda in a bowl; slowly pour in the liquid soap or detergent, stirring all the while, until the consistency reaches that of frosting. Stir in the essential oils. Scoop the creamy mixture onto a sponge, wash the surface, and rinse

Read more: Home, Non-Toxic Cleaning

By Annie B. Bond

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Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.

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5:35AM PDT on May 12, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

11:09AM PST on Feb 20, 2013

What a great idea - thank you :)

12:42AM PDT on Sep 13, 2012


11:57AM PDT on May 31, 2012

Thanks for sharing

1:29PM PDT on May 16, 2012

Thanks for the info.

6:19AM PDT on May 9, 2012

Thanks for the article.

5:18AM PST on Nov 11, 2011

Thank you

5:12AM PST on Jan 12, 2011

Thanks for the info.

5:41PM PST on Dec 20, 2009


2:57PM PDT on Mar 22, 2008

Would this be "shelf stable" my husband will only use this if I make it first and put in the bathroom. Then, he'll clean "green" too.

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