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Friday, June 13, 2008

Frugal Living ~ Homemade Soft Scrub

I really like using this homemade soft scrub. It works great and lacks all the harsh chemicals that are in commercial cleaning products. And best of all, it costs only pennies to make!

All you need are two simple ingredients that you probably already have in the cupboard: liquid dish soap & baking soda.

Add 1/2 cup baking soda in a bowl and mix (or whisk) in liquid dish soap until the mixture resembles icing. That's it! So simple but it works great. Keep leftover scrub in a sealed container. If it gets a bit thick, just add a little water to keep a consistency that you like.

I use it to clean my showers, tubs, sinks even the counter tops. And my husband said it works wonderfully well to get the bugs off the nose of a car! Who would have guessed? This is a product that I feel good about letting my children use as well. So whip up a batch and let me know how you like it!

Today I am thankful for:
6. The refreshing rain
7. Enough money to pay the bills this week
8. eBay for being able to sell my used school materials & buy new ones at great prices
9. The magical taste of fresh strawberries
10. A clean bathroom

Have a blessed weekend,


Kindra said...

Thanks for another great home remedy recipe! I'll have to try that! You even have an apron on your dish soap! So funny! Have a great weekend!

Renna said...

I'll give that a try, Lea, thanks!

I love fresh strawberries, too. Yum!

YD's a little bit of everything place said...

Lea, thanks for the great tip! I will give that a try.

Katy said...

WOW!!! Cheap and awesome!!! I love that! Thank you so much for sharing this with us Lea! :)

Julie said...

You are amazing. Thanks for the tip!! Now, I'm off to clean the bathroom--really, it was on my list of things to do today!! I gotta do that cross-off thing!! have a great weekend. Julie

Cora from Nelia's Primitive Place said...

Can't wait to try it! My shower needs a facelift so it will be my "guinea pig" to try it on.

I didn't notice the apron on the dish soap that kindra noticed --- I was eyeing that beautiful bowl!!!!!


Dani said...

thanks for another great cleaning recipe...I am out of baking soda right now but as soon as I get some, I will try you suppose it would do a good job on Corian?

Deb said...

Hi Lea, I'm all for the clean bathroom too! :O) Great soap, I"m frugal, but making soap is too much like cooking. LOL! Deb

Pam said...

Thank you for passing this along....I'm going to give this a try.
Have a wonderful weekend-
Hugs & blessings,

Nancy M. said...

Thanks for the money saving cleaning tip. I can't wait to give it a try!

Kathleen from Yesteryear Embroideries said...

Hi Lea, I always love coming to visit you. You have the best homemade recipes for every thing and I just love to read your posts! Thanks for sharing! blessings, Kathleen

Dawn said...

Hooray! Another homemade recipe! I will try this when we move in our new home next month. :-)
I still have all kinds of cleaners to use up once all our stuff is moved out of here so I gotta use them up first before I try something new. :-)

Thank you for the tip!

Have a blessed weekend!

LINDA said...

I quit using chemicals for the most part a long time ago. I have been using a bowl cleaner, however. No more! This will work in toilets, too; and so much safer on the environment. Stove tops. If anyone finds it leaving a gritty feel behind, they should use a vinegar water solution in a spray bottle as a rinse.
Thanks, Lea for sharing another frugal tip.
BTW, love the laundry soap. Hubby couldn't believe that I didn't need laundry soap anymore!
Now we need a substitute for clorox. I use hydrogen peroxidefor alot of things( cleaning drains, spots on white clothes....)

Juri said...

Sounds wonderful, Lea, and I am going to give it a try. Like Cora, I also noticed the bowl...I have a couple just like them and love to collect the Hull pieces!


Primgal55 said...

What a great recipe! I am making that up today!

hugs, Linda

mary said...

I make nearly all of my cleaning products, but this is a new one! I will "whip" up s batch tomorrow. Thanks for sharing!

Sugarplum Cottage said...

Well of course I'll give it a try, may even get me in the mood to clean. Our church gave me about 50 gallon plastic ice cream buckets, complete with lids. Great for holding the laundry soap. So far I have 4 gallons made up. Will give this cleaner a try Monday. Thank You, RoseMarie

Deborah said...

I found you on Cora's blog...this recipe sounds great. I'm going to try it on my ceramic stove top.

Anonymous said...

Wonderful blog. Found you on Debs country kisses. Will visit often. You have some great recipes. God Bless

papel1 said...

This is a recipe I am going to try!

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Rose Mary said...

I love cleaning with baking soda! I don't think my shower could possibly get clean without it.

I made the laundry soap that you gave the recipe for and I really love the way it cleans! I also started adding it half and half with my Palmolive and use it to wash dishes (I wash dishes by hand~no dishwasher). They get squeaky clean.


This Country Girl said...

Well I'll definitely try that, Lea! Does it work really well on those grimy showers?

Thanks for sharing your recipe!
~ Tammy

Toby Parsons said...

Hi Lea,

I am finally getting back into life a bit here. Oh poor Cora! I am praying for her. Thank you so much for this recipe. I plan to try it out.

I love your and Cora's thankful lists. :)


Nancy Jo said...

You are like the good witch of the East, mixing up all your potions.

Linda said...

I'm SOOOOO going to try this....... right now! *lol*

greetings from the netherlands!

Toni said...

Thanks for the great recipe Lea!!I`ve been using this fir a while to do dishes.It works great.I never tried it on the bath tub though.I will now!!

Carrie said...

Great tip. I'll have to try it and see if it can remove the hard water stains on my tub. Ugh.
God bless :)

Farm Chick Paula said...

Wow! Another great recipe!
If this is half as good as the laundry detergent, I'll be a fan!
Thanks, Lea!

Annie said...

Thanks for the recipe, I will try this today when I clean!

Anonymous said...

I will definitely try that out!! I love the homemade laundry soap & I am still using, my little Gracie does'nt cmplain about itching anymore!! Thanks for the tip:)

Christina said...

Thanks for sharing this recipe. I tried it and use it all the time. I love to use it on my bathtub. I always felt guilty using harsh chemical cleaners on my tub that my kiddies bathe in. But this is a safe and it works great!!!

Dawn Mayo said...

This is a great recipe. I actually have a similar one posted where you add bleach or lemon essential oil for the "with bleach" or "lemon scented" versions of Soft Scrub. I absolutely love the way it works.