Sunday, July 27, 2008

Quick Tip: Green Bathtub Scrub

I'm currently addicted to Recipezaar, where you can find a recipe for anything. Zucchini bread? 279 recipes. Mushroom risotto? 65 recipes. Suckling pig? 3 recipes.

You can also find recipes for things like body scrub, homemade deodorant (no, I haven't tried, but Amy at Angry Chicken did), and green cleaners.

Faced with a tub desperately in need of cleaning, I found and just tried this recipe, and it works great:

1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup pure castille soap
A couple drops essential oil, if you want

Just add the soap to the baking soda and stir around until it's all mixed in; it'll look like frosting. I used castille soap from Trader Joe's, which is peppermint scented and about $2.99 for a 16-oz. bottle, so I didn't bother spiffing it up any more with fragrance. Then I slathered the mix in my grimy tub, went out and did some gardening for 40 minutes or so, came back and scrubbed it all out, and took a shower in my clean tub, likely befouling it again.

This likely isn't cheaper than the Soft Scrub I generally use and bought in bulk at Costco, but I'm more comfortable with it ending up in my drinking water, and it smells a lot better.

Happy scrubbing!

1 comment:

Frugal Urbanite said...

To be honest, I skip the soap and just use baking soda because I'm so cheap and lazy.