Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Do~it~Yourself Tub Scrub

We all love a good DIY recipe and this one is fabulous!  I've recently taken to removing harsh chemicals from my home and replacing them with all-natural, plant-based cleaners.  I've already replaced my cleaners for my granite countertops, bathrooms, toilets, windows, and floors all with one cleaning product.

Young Living's Thieves Household Cleaner.

This stuff is ah-maze-ing.  No other way to put it.  It's super concentrated, has dozens of uses, and continues to surprise me daily with what it can do.  The other day, I used a cap full to remove a spaghetti stain out of my daughter's shirt.  This was after I had already tried bleach.  The bleach did nada for the stain...Thieves Cleaner-GONE.  Even I was surprised!!

The one area in my home that needs serious work, is our tubs.  When we moved into our home about 3 years ago, they were in even worse shape than they are now.  Both have mildew in the caulk lines and the finish is starting to wear off.  Because the finish is slowly wearing off, the tubs look dirty all. the. time.  No matter how much I scrub, they still look like they haven't been washed in about 15 years.  However, I was concerned that scrubbing with harsh chemicals would hasten the removal of the finish, so I instead created my own tub scrub by harnessing the power of my Thieves Cleaner and the natural cleaning power of citrus oils!

Because my tubs look bad no matter what, I thought I would show you how well it worked on my kitchen sink!

First, I combined all 3 ingredients together.  I wanted a somewhat wet consistency.  Baking soda tends to dry out and harden in a large clump, so I mixed in enough cleaner to make it wet but still able to crumble and sprinkle from the jar.  I chose to store my tub scrub in a glass mason jar because citrus oils can break down plastics allowing the plastic's chemicals to seep into the product and potentially our bodies.  And who wants that since we're trying to eliminate harsh chemicals? :)

Here is my sink before {pretty gross, but admittedly, it's looked much worse than this}:

I scrubbed about 1-2 tsp. worth of scrub all over the sink and gave it a good scrub:

And here is the result: 

Super clean and shiny without the use of any harsh chemicals!  And it smelled fantastic cinnamon & cloves with a hint of citrus!

Here they are side-by-side so you can really see the difference!

Isn't that fantastic?!  I love that the results are amazing and I didn't need to wear rubber gloves to get it!  Plus, my children can use it as well now that they are reaching the age to help with the cleaning.

DIY Tub Scrub

1 cup baking soda
2-3 cap fulls Thieves Household Cleaner
15 drops Citrus Fresh Essential Oil

Mix well.  Store in an airtight glass container.

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