There’s always something to contend with when snapping on the rubber gloves for a good house cleaning: bathtub film, dried goo on a child’s dresser (likely of unknown origin), crusty, dried gunk at the back of the refrigerator shelf, a spilled (and of course, dried) condiment in the pantry…something that requires extra TLC, elbow grease and maybe a little determination.
Soft scrubs are an excellent method of lifting all kinds of different residues without scratching or damaging surfaces. When dealing with more delicate surfaces, you’ll want to test a small, hidden area first just to make sure but for the most part, these are pretty safe to use.
Directions For Use: Once the recipe’s mixed and ready to go, apply paste to the troublesome spot and then gently scrub with a damp sponge. Don’t use too much muscle, softly rubbing in a circular motion should the trick. If it’s quite a thick goo you’re having to contend with, it’s helpful to take a dull knife or spoon and lift off as much of the gunk as possible before applying the paste…just be careful not to gouge or nick the surface while doing this.
Ready to get started? Here are two quick and easy recipes to try, use on surfaces where you need some extra power with something that is more moderate than an abrasive powder.
The first is a basic mixture while the second adds a lavender scent using essential oil and powdered milk for making a smoother paste.
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup liquid dish detergent
1/8 to 1/4 cup vinegar
- Mix the baking soda and soap first, then add the vinegar.
- Adjust the bicarb amount until you have the consistency you like working with.
- Just use whatever’s on sale or a generic brand of dish soap and you’ve got yourself some super cheap, yet very effective, homemade softscrub!
- The liquid dish detergent is what you would use for hand washing dishes, not the stuff you use for the dishwasher.
- Vinegar’s a great grime buster–so don’t be shy with it…all you need is the regular white, household variety.
- If you just want to do some spot treatments and don’t need a large amount of softscrub, give the spot a light squirt of dish detergent, sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda on top and gently rub. You won’t need to bother with the vinegar for small spots like this.
- Sometimes all that’s needed is a generous sprinkling of bicarb and a damp sponge.
- Try heating the vinegar in the microwave first before mixing it in with the other ingredients. You don’t want it super hot, but a warm temperature that’s comfortable to work with.
*Source: The Naturally Clean Home by Karyn Siegel-Maier
3/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup powdered milk
1/8 cup (one-eighth) liquid castile soap
5 drops lavender Essential Oil
- Combine all ingredients in a squirt-top bottle and add enough water to make a smooth paste. Shake or stir to mix.
- Apply to surface, then wipe area with a damp sponge or cloth. Rinse well.