My all time favorite scrub for cleaning our bathrooms! I played with my standard recipe by putting in some finely ground lemongrass which adds a little extra scrubbing power and aroma. I have also used powdered orange peels or powdered lemon peel in different batches and I would think even ground lavender or patchouli would be a nice addition and make the bathroom smell heavenly!
How to use?
I use this to clean our tub, shower, sinks, toilets, and occasionally for the kitchen counter in areas I need scrubbing power. For the shower, tub and sink, first spray/splash with warm water to get the surfaces the scrub is going on a little damp, then shake powder onto surfaces and leave for a 10-15 minutes. With a clean damp sponge, scrub surfaces. Rinse with warm water. Same for the toilets but you will just use water from toilet.
Please note: When using lemongrass essential oil in cleaning products, be sure to wear gloves! I always wear gloves cleaning but when a girlfriend of mine decided to clean her own house with lemongrass essential oil and no gloves, she ended up with dermatitis on both hands. It took weeks to clear. So please wear gloves!!!!
Here’s what you’ll need:
◻︎ Stainless steel spoon and fork
◻︎ Sterilized Glass containers for scrub (I purchased the jars here or here or here).
◻︎ 1 box of Baking soda (16oz)
◻︎ 1 tbsp of Finely ground herb (can be lemongrass, lavender, or sweet orange, etc.)
◻︎ 1 to 1.5 tbsp Liquid Castile soap
◻︎ 2 tsp Lemongrass essential oil (Cymobopogon citratus)
How to make the scrub: (makes approx. 16 ounces)
1. Pour out box of baking soda into a clean glass bowl.
2. Add 1 to 1.5 tbsp of liquid castile soap – avoid adding any more then this as the scrub will become too moist for the shaker jar. If you like to have more foam and hence more castile soap, consider using a flip-top glass jar such as in the images above and below.
3. Add 2 tsp of lemongrass essential oil
4. Stir with spoon then with fork. The fork is helpful in breaking up any chunks of baking soda.
6. Fill clean glass jars with scrub. *NOTE: You can run the powder through a sifter to make it a fine powder.
8. Place lid on container then clean outside of jar with your all purpose cleaner or a bit of vodka/rubbing alcohol (this cleans the surface of the jar so the label sticks well).
**I used OL421 glossy weatherproof for inkjets from online labels.
Liquid Castile Soap is available here. We highly recommend purchasing a gallon so you will be able to make some cleansing products for yourself and as gifts too! I love this companies organic line of vegetable oils and shea butter too.