Friday, October 5, 2012

Homemade Cleaning Scrub

I purposefully avoid cleaning the shower. Actually, I avoid cleaning the bathroom for long stretches. I'm not proud of it, and my bathroom does stay non-radioactively gross by a little everyday attention (hello Daily 7 for a Highly Successful Household), but every now and then, the bathroom needs a good deep clean.

We recently renovated our master bedroom with new tile, and the master bathroom was off limits for a couple of weeks. (Darn you, backordered tile!) So with the time to kill with an unusable bathroom, I decided to do a deep clean on the shower and shower doors. My husband moved the shower doors outside, and I went on the hunt for a recipe for a homemade ('cause I'm cheap) and nontoxic shower scrubber.

I started with about 1/2 cup of baking soda and added a few squirts of Dawn. Easy peasy. Out to the shower doors. It worked great on all that funk, so I moved inside into the bathroom and did the shower itself. It worked fantastic on the walls - much better than any other homemade cleaner I've used. The floor of our shower was actually cream again! Who would have thought!

There was a little extra, so I left it in the Tupperware container I mixed it up in, topped it with a lid and left it in my laundry room. A few days later, I grabbed it to clean our other bathroom's tub, and it again worked really well.

I used my hand with rubber gloves on, and that's about all the extra oomph it needed but feel free to use a scrubbing brush or sponge!

I have used this scrub to clean most of the bathroom, but also my ceramic stovetop, a grungey coffeepot, and my stainless steel kitchen sink!

Homemade Cleaning Scrub
1 box Baking soda.
Dawn dish soap (enough to moisten the baking soda.)

Put baking soda in a bowl. Add Dawn dish soap, a small amount at a time, stirring after each addition.
You can make a smaller amount by using less baking soda for the base. When it's the pasty consistency you want, it's ready to use. Apply to surfaces, scrub, and rinse.