This creamy-like-frosting soft scrubber is my favorite
homemade recipe of all time, and the best solution for
cleaning the bathtub and the kitchen sink without synthetic
fragrances and toxic chemicals.
It also works well for Formica
countertops and shower stalls. The softly abrasive quality
of the baking soda provides the grit to scrub off dirt and
soap scum, yet the recipe rinses off very easily.
Basic Soft Scrubber Formula
1/2 cup baking soda
Enough liquid soap or detergent to make a frosting-like
consistency (see note, below)
5 drops antibacterial essential oil such as lavender,
tea tree oil, or rosemary (optional)
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. Scoop the creamy mixture onto a
sponge, wash the surface, and rinse.
Note: If you have hard water, you will want to choose a liquid
detergent instead of a liquid soap. Most health food stores
offer all-purpose liquid detergents and soaps. These are the
best choices because they include no synthetic perfumes and
dyes, and tend to be the most concentrated.
If you are lucky
enough to have soft water and can use a liquid castile soap
in your soft scrubber, consider one in which peppermint has
been added, for extra antibacterial action.