Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Quick Cleaning Post: Natural Soft Scrub
I do not like to clean. It is one of those necessary evils in my opinion. I also don’t like using toxic cleaners in my home. Years ago when the cancer first appeared my first question was why? The doctor said it was probably exposure to a toxin. A toxin? How could that be, we weren’t exactly exposed to anything toxic, or so I thought. When the doctor said it could have been something as simple as a food preservative or dye in our food, that was all I needed to hear to make some big changes. That was the beginning of our transition to clean natural food and cleaning products.
I thought about posting this because I have been cleaning today. I make a natural soft scrub that I use to clean my kitchen sink, stove and bathroom fixtures. I posted the original version here. Since then I have started making large batches at a time. I have a big stainless container that I pour about a cup of baking soda into. To that I add some environmentally friendly liquid soap and stir until it is a thick somewhat liquid texture. Once the texture is right I add tea tree oil. The tea tree oil is included for its disinfecting ability. I also happen to like the fragrance of tea tree, which is a bonus. This mixture will last for months. If it gets a little thick over time add more soap and stir. It is that simple. I like that it is natural and non toxic and you don’t need to use much to get things clean. I use this on a plastic scrub sponge and it works much better than baking soda alone. It also rinses away easily if you don't use much. It only takes about a tablespoon to clean my bathtub.
The non toxic aspect comes in handy when you have three curious felines that want to “help” you clean the bathroom. If you are a cat owner you know what I mean about feline help. Our felines seem to supervise everything I do.
I need to get back to cleaning. Sigh..... I wanted to share the change before I forgot to mention it again. Talk to you again soon.