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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  • Arlene Ball Arlene Ball on Sep 15, 2023

    So I’m thinking, you could use any essential oil fragrance it doesn’t have to be lemon for any specific reason does it?

  • Drj21951778 Drj21951778 on Mar 04, 2024

    Have you tried this on your oven?

  • Linda Linda on Mar 04, 2024

    Not sure if this has been asked yet so here goes: Will this clean tile grout in a kitchen?

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  • Kim Kim on Jan 07, 2023

    Thanks, I will try this on my grout but don’t use baking soda on your sink if you have granite, or the shower walls if you have natural stone. I was told the installers. But still so much more I can use this on. :)

  • Arlene Ball Arlene Ball on Sep 15, 2023