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DIY 3-Ingredient Tub and Tile Cleaner

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Cleaning your home doesn't have to be toxic! This easy and inexpensive tub and tile cleaner cleans just as effectively as commercial products - without the addition of harsh chemicals. And, it smells great too!

7-9-17 Update: This project is no longer published on To Work with My Hands. Proportions are included below.
Time: 2 Minutes Cost: $1 Difficulty: Easy
I've been making my own tub and tile cleaner for several years now. I began experimenting when cleaning with vinegar was all the rage and I added it into all the cleaners I made. The problem is that I don't really care for cleaning with vinegar. The smell isn't pleasant to me at all, and I really hated the fact that it would linger, even after I finished cleaning.
So, I decided to tweak my recipe to eliminate the vinegar, and do you know what? It cleans just as well and smells AMAZING!
This version contains just 3 ingredients: baking soda, liquid castile soap, and lemon essential oil.
Simply blend 3/4 cup baking soda and 1/4 cup castile soap together until the baking soda is all moistened. It will be thick.
If you want a smoother cleaner, add a little water and stir again. You really don't want it too thin, however, because you'll be diluting it again when you clean.
Finally, add 10-15 drops of lemon essential oil, blend well, and you're done. It smells so good! No sharp vinegar smell, just the fresh, clean fragrance of juicy lemons.
I use this cleaner in our showers, tubs, sinks, and counter tops. It effectively cleans and rinses to a sparkling shine every time. Plus, because it smells so nice, I'm not putting the task off like I did when it contained vinegar. It's actually an enjoyable task now - mostly. :)

Materials used for this project:

  • Baking soda   (Sam's Club)
  • Liquid castile soap   (Frontier co-op)
  • Lemon essential oil   (Frontier co-op)
  • Hannah V
    Hannah V Brooklyn, NY
    on Jul 22, 2016

    Wow amazing idea thanks for sharing!! Love me some natural cleaning.

    • Gladymills1
      Gladymills1
      on Sep 16, 2017

      lemon juice fresh good for cleaning vegetables and fruit with salt water, washes off pesicides

  • Hillela G.
    Hillela G.
    on Jul 24, 2016

    Usually vinegar is my go-to but now I have to give this one a try!

  • Victoria
    Victoria Italy
    on Jul 24, 2016

    If you don't like the smell of vinegar you could try this: keep a mason jar handy and when you peel oranges pack the peel in the jar, cover with vinegar and add one of those plastic canning discs that keeps the peel submerged. Store in the fridge and after two weeks you have a better -smelling vinegar to transfer into your spray bottle.

  • Helen Hicks
    Helen Hicks United Kingdom
    on Jul 24, 2016

    Love this, just tried it and it cleans great and the smell is lovely and great.

    • Jeanette koch
      Jeanette koch Bismarck, ND
      on Nov 9, 2017

      Change the scented oil to what ever you like!!! AI make my own wipes using cherry blossom!

  • Astafford
    Astafford
    on Jul 24, 2016

    The only problem with this recipe is the expense! Have you priced essential oils lately? Never mind not knowing what and where to find Castile soap! Besides, the Vinegar smell is such an easy fix. Just save your morning Breakfast Orange (or Lemon) peels and let them soak in a large Ball canning jar of cheap Vinegar. It's so pretty, you can leave it right out on the counter! Make as many as you like or may need to keep on hand. Most plastic spray bottle nozzles even fit a large glass Vinegar bottle. Just refill as needed. It smells so good! It's especially great for odor neutralizing pet messes. Vinegar is a natural disinfectant. No real mixing required. 👍😊💞

    • Jeanne Courtney Flure
      Jeanne Courtney Flure
      on Dec 30, 2017

      Wal-Mart, Bed Bath & Beyond have Castile soap. BBB has a travel size so you don't have to spend a lot until you see if you like it. I found the lemon oil @ my grocery store in the vitamin area

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