About 5 years ago I was cleaning the bathroom with a cleaner I had on hand. 24 hours later, I was hurting. I had a headache, nausea, my arms were numb and tingly. I instantly knew that it was a reaction to the cleaning solution I was using and I started researching.
I learned all about toxins, reactions to toxins and how things like this can lead to flare ups in autoimmune disease sufferers. Since my diagnoses, I have found myself cutting a lot of things cold turkey for the sake of saving my immune system and body from having to go on medication. I’ve done some pretty strange things for the sake of myself and some things that were pretty drastic. Switching out all of our toxic cleaning products was the easiest switch.
I’ve scanned Pinterest for DIY home cleaning products. I’ve been impressed by some and not so impressed by many. When I’m impressed, I am loyal to that recipe for life.
I could not for the life of me find a bathtub/sink cleaner that did the job quickly and with ease. This recipe is so simple and it works, even for someone who doesn’t have a lot of power in their scrubbing arm ;)
It’s 5 simple ingredients that are relatively inexpensive and it lasts. Here’s what you’ll need…
- 1/8 cup Dr. Bronner’s SAL SUDS or Castille Soap (I love Sal Suds- a teaspoon in a spray bottle filled the rest of the way with water is what I use on the shower) I have found it cheaper locally but you can find it here
- 3/4 cup Baking Soda
- 1 tsp Hydrogen Peroxide
- 15 drops Essential Oil (I use either Tea Tree or Lemon both from Plant Therapy)
- Distilled water
-Pour 1/4 Dr. Bronner’s into glass container. Add 1/2 cup Baking soda and stir until it makes a paste (You can add more of either ingredient at this point to get it to your preferred consistency- I tend to shake in a little more baking soda). Add 1 tsp Hydrogen Peroxide and stir to combine. Add in essential oils. Slowly pour in distilled water until it gets to a consistency you prefer (If you like more of a ‘paste’ don’t add water) Stir one last time.
Just dip the corner of a sponge or bristled brush into the container. For a tub, I use about an 1/8-1/4 cup and for a sink I use about a tbsp. I do use this daily on my kitchen sink.
A Helpful Tip- Make sure the container you have this in has a little space between the scrub and the lid. It does expand a little.