DIY 3-Ingredient Tub and Tile Cleaner

3 Materials
2 Minutes
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.
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. :)
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  • Margaret Howard Margaret Howard 3 days ago

    Can you say which brand of Castile soap you use?

  • June June 2 days ago

    How do you apply this to shower walls? I don't have tile. I have a one piece unit.

  • Gca29856611 Gca29856611 11 hours ago

    Do you have a recipe for liquid or foaming hand soap?

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  • Elisa Palacios Elisa Palacios on Sep 17, 2022

    I even use baking soda to was my dishes and pots and pans since I don’t have a dishwasher. Ugh! It’s a bummer! So make them smell good, I make my own dishwashing detergent with essential oils and in the final rinse I use a little bit of white vinegar and baking soda and everything smells good. That’s all I use for the bathroom and I add a little essential oil too to make it smell good.

  • Bridge Bridge on Sep 17, 2022

    I agree about vinegar. The smell is disgusting. I absolutely will not use it, so I am always glad to find other ideas!