March 02, 2010
Ok girls, confession time (and yes, I still think of us as girls, you never age as quickly in your mind as your body):
I am somewhat of a cleaner and an organizer, no real surprise there if you have read this blog very long. Recently I realized something sort of embarrassing: I almost never clean my kitchen sink. I clean out my sink all the time, putting the dishes in the dishwasher and such but actually scrubbing it, nope haven’t been doing it. Maybe once a week? Ok I only said that to keep you from freaking out at the real answer–about once every two weeks! YIKES I know, disgusting at best.
But there is good news, I have taken a new “baby step” to start making my own non toxic household cleaners. First on the list:
Non Toxic Homemade Scouring Powder
1 c. baking soda (about $6.66 at Costco for a 13.5 pound bag)
1/4 c. borax (about $3.39 at my local FredMeyer for a 4 pound 12 oz box)
A few drops of essential oil (optional) I use about 10-15 drops of both orange oil and grapefruit oil (both are about $5.59 each at SuperSupplements) and it gives the cleaner a lovely citrus smell while adding some extra disinfectant properties. You could pick one essential oil, I just happen to have these two on hand so I use them both.
Mix all ingredients and put into a shaker. Use it just as you might use Comet. If you are able to buy the baking soda and borax in a large quantity the price of this cleaner is just amazingly small.
Now each evening as I clean the kitchen after dinner I sprinkle my sink down with my scouring powder and scrub it clean. It works really, really well and smells wonderful. I can almost hear your thoughts of “well its about time” gentle applause at my new routine.
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