DIY 3-Ingredient Tub and Tile Cleaner

3 Materials
$1
2 Minutes
Easy

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.
diy 3 ingredient tub and tile cleaner, bathroom ideas, cleaning tips, go green
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.
diy 3 ingredient tub and tile cleaner, bathroom ideas, cleaning tips, go green
So, I decided to tweak my recipe to eliminate the vinegar, and do you know what? It cleans just as well and smells AMAZING!
diy 3 ingredient tub and tile cleaner, bathroom ideas, cleaning tips, go green
This version contains just 3 ingredients: baking soda, liquid castile soap, and lemon essential oil.
diy 3 ingredient tub and tile cleaner, bathroom ideas, cleaning tips, go green
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.
diy 3 ingredient tub and tile cleaner, bathroom ideas, cleaning tips, go green
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.
diy 3 ingredient tub and tile cleaner, bathroom ideas, cleaning tips, go green
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.
diy 3 ingredient tub and tile cleaner, bathroom ideas, cleaning tips, go green
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. :)
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  • Cindy
    4 days ago

    I’m desperate for something that will remove water deposits!!! Any ideas??😬

    • Audrey
      3 days ago

      Fresh lemon with baking soda may be helpful or a paste of hydrogen peroxide. May have to repeat the process periodically.

  • Cynthia
    2 days ago

    Can it be used to clean the stove top?

  • LaQuita Clayton
    Yesterday

    Can you store it for later use?

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  • Jennifer
    5 days ago

    I make one similar to that but mine has peroxide in it also and it works great.

  • Meada
    5 days ago

    I do use the blue liquid even the dollar store one and vinegar it work very good and usethis mixture in a spray bottle

    But the essential oil sound good

    • Maria
      4 days ago

      She was trying to make a point of not using vinegar because of the odor.

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