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Switching to Green Cleaning: Natural Scrub Cleaner
Cleaning the bathroom used to be a nightmare…
I have very poor ventilation in my bathroom which makes it the perfect place for mildew and on top of that my bathroom is so tiny that manouvering in there takes something that resembles acrobatics.
Wanting to get in and out quickly meant I relied on the bathroom cleaners that could make my job the easiest. Using these may have rid my bathroom of mildew and made it look pearly white, but I learned the hard way that getting that crap on my skin or breathing it in was to be avoided at all times.
One day I decided I had enough of using products with skeletons and started making the switch from toxic products to more natural products. This easy DIY green cleaning soft scrub is one I’m so thankful for because it’s super effective, safe to use and saves me so much time and money.
What is Green Cleaning?
Simply put, green cleaning means using cleaning products and practices that are safe for us, our loved ones, and our planet.
The easiest way to determine which products are safe to use is to access resources provided by consumer watchdog groups like the Environmental Working Group. I aim to only use ingredients and products that have an A or B rating.
If you haven’t yet, read my Beginners Guide to Green Cleaning, where I explain everything you need to know about green cleaning.
Green Cleaning Effectively
Using effective green cleaning tools in combination with eco-friendly and effective cleaners will ensure a squeaky clean home in no time!
Making your own cleaners can be the greenest option because you can control the ingredients. This way you can ensure they are safe and eco-friendly, while also being cost-effective and time-efficient!
But most green cleaners fail because they use the wrong ingredients for the task or the wrong combinations.
Some mixtures combine ingredients that neutralize their cleaning effect while others create chemicals reactions that make an even bigger mess or become dangerous.
To Green Clean Effectively You Need To Know:
- Which eco-friendly cleaning tools will make your life easier
- Which ingredients are safe and eco-friendly
- How to use natural cleaning ingredients
- Which ingredient combinations to NEVER mix
- Which cleaning combinations are effective for certain tasks
If you want to start off on the right foot, grab my FREE Ebook: green cleaning for beginners!
Natural Soft Scrub Cleaner Ingredients
These are my favorite natural ingredients to make an effective glass & mirror cleaner.
Baking Soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, is one of the most incredible ingredients to clean your home and even safe to eat.
Use for: Removing dirt, grease, grime, and odors.
Ingredient Caution: Unless you want to waste money, never combine baking soda and vinegar (they neutralize each other).
Sal Suds is not a soap but a concentrated all-purpose detergent that is more effective than regular soap. It’s an absolute must-have and super cost-effective!
Use for: Removing stubborn grease, dirt, and tough stains.
Ingredient Caution: You only need to use a drop or two, unless you like spending overtime cleaning suds! This ingredient is a little controversial in the natural community but it gets a top rating on EWG.
Hydrogen peroxide might sound a little scary but break down harmlessly into water and oxygen.
Use for: a great natural alternative to bleach to brighten fabric and lighten tough stains. I also use it in my all-purpose bathroom cleaning scrub.
Ingredient caution: Never combine hydrogen peroxide and vinegar. This creates peracetic acid which is highly corrosive and can cause lung damage.
Pure essential oils are the best secret weapon in green cleaning with antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, degreasing and deodorizing properties.
Use for: natural fragrance, killing microbes, cleaning surfaces, sticky spots, and more. My favorites for cleaning are lavender, melaleuca (tea tree), lemon, oregano, and clove, amongst others.
Ingredient Caution: Fragrance oils are not the same as essential oils, and are often synthetic, unsustainably made and carry all sorts of additives. In case you’re curious, I have chosen to use this brand.
In general it’s also handy to have a few glass spray bottles to DIY effective cleaners. Additionally, I also own a few dispenser bottles that I use for my homemade foaming hand soap and natural body wash.
Natural Soft Scrub Cleaner Recipe
This cleaner can clean your entire bathroom of odors, grime and mildew with three simple ingredients. It’s super easy too, simply mix and scrub!
In a glass or stainless steel bowl mix:
- Baking Soda (250grams)
- Sal Suds (60mL)
- Hydrogen Peroxide (1tbs)
- Optional: Essential Oils (15-25 drops)
Mix to combine – it should look like a runny yet thick paste – then store in a mason jar. Make sure to leave room as this mixture will expand. I wil normally only make what I use that day. Apply with a scrub brush and rinse off after 20 minutes.
I love using orange, clove bud and melaleuca essential oil in my scrub cleaner for extra mildew and grime fighting power.
The Last Thing You Need to Know about Natural Mirror & Glass Cleaner
Gone are the days where you’re only choice is to use heavy duty stuff that can harm your skin and your lungs. Using a natural scrub cleaner is a super easy way to start swapping toxic ingredients for more natural alternatives.
Green cleaning is one of the best decisions you can make for yourself and the environment and doesn’t have to be any harder than cleaning with harmful chemicals. In fact, with safe and effective ingredients and the right green cleaning tools, you’ll be able to save not only time but also money.
Start with a few simple recipes today by grabbing my FREE Ebook: green cleaning for beginners.
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Katelyn has a Masters degree in Nutrition & Health Sciences. She helps people find easy ways to live a healthy life. She loves everything related to nutrition, health, nature, travel, and personal development. She is also Carol’s right hand at Soul Essentials.