Scour and Scrub Recipes for Kitchen and Bath

Cleaning with the scents of spring…

Rose-Scented Elbow Grease

1 c baking soda
1 T salt
1/4 c rose petals*

Pulverize the ingredients together in a blender. Sprinkle on area to be scoured, wet slightly, and scrub.

Bonus: The baking soda raises the pH of the cleanser, helping to stop corrosion.
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*If you prefer the scent of lavender instead, substitute it. Can also use sage or rosemary. Or use lemon balm leaves. Or a combination. For a little more fragrance, add a couple of drops of lavender, rosemary, lemon, or lemongrass essential oil.

Can also add a teaspoon of cream of tartar for an extra bleaching action boost.

More ideas for cleaning your kitchen sink here.

Fragrant Tub and Tile Soft Scrub

1 c baking soda
1/4 c liquid castile soap
2 vitamin C tablets, crushed
3 – 5 drops eucalyptus or tea tree essential oil

In a plastic bottle with a squirt top, such as a dishwashing bottle or shampoo bottle, mix the first four ingredients. Add just enough water to form a smooth liquid paste. Shake to mix. Apply to surface and rub with damp cloth or sponge. Rinse well with water.
Borrowed from The Naturally Clean Home: 101 Safe and Easy Herbal Formulas for Non-Toxic Cleansers

The use of essential oils is not recommended for the very young or aged, or pregnant/nursing women. It is the belief of this site that essential oils should not be used internally, only externally and topically. A skin test should always be done before using an essential oil, especially important for those more sensitive or vulnerable. Consult a reputable and experienced aromatherapist for guidance. If you are under the care of a physician, it is recommended that you contact them before using essential oils.

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