Thursday, August 27, 2015

Essential Oils | Bathroom Scrub Recipe


Our house was built in 1976 and they haven't done a thing to it since then.  So we have this gorgeous avocado green bathroom.  Because, you know, avocado green is such a great idea for a bathroom color.  But, that's not the point of this post...

In our bath tub the previous owners had placed those grippy strip things since he was an elderly gentleman in a walker and they worried about him slipping.  Great plan for that situation, bad when you have a two year old who loves baths and pulling those things off.

After a few months here Bear had finally pulled on them enough that they started coming off, so one night I finished the job with him.  We were left with several layers of adhesive and (GROSSNESS ALERT!) hair and other ickiness stuck to the adhesive.  It was gross.

So I made this lovely scrub in hopes that it would help solve the icky adhesive in the bath tub problem.  Read on to see the results!


THE ECO FRUGAL ORANGE-TEA TREE BATHROOM SCRUB

1/2 Cup of Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap
15 Drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil (I used Barefut)
10 Drops of Orange Essential Oil (I used Plant Therapy)
2/3-1 Cup of Baking Soda

To Make:
-Pour the Castile soap into a glass mixing bowl
-Add in your EOs
-Stir in Baking Soda until the mixture is like a thick, clumpy paste (you may need more than 1 cup of baking soda)
-Store in a glass container

EO Alternatives:
For Tea Tree: Rosemary and Lavender
For Orange: Lemon and Grapefruit

When cleaning my tub I put the scrub very liberally on the adhesive strips.  I let it sit for about 10 minutes then used an abrasive sponge to scrub.  The results were OK.  It did not get it all off, but got enough off to the tub actually looked clean.  I will have to repeat at least one more time before the adhesive is fully off.  So, this doesn't work as well as some chemical filled cleaners might, but at least you aren't soaking your tub in chemicals!

Before:

After:                                                              

I will say, for lighter cleaning, this stuff is amazing!  I wish I had a "before" picture of my sink, but it was full of soap scum and whatever else builds up after over a decade of not really being cleaned ever.  The scrub took it off like it was nothing!  It has really helped the bathroom feel cleaner!



So, great for light cleaning!  OK for heavy duty cleaning.  Enjoy!

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