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Sure, most people don’t get excited about cleaning supplies. But I think you’re going to get excited about this one. It’s a cheap and effective homemade soft scrub cleaner made out of baking soda, vinegar, and vodka, so you can fix yourself a cocktail while you’re whipping up a batch.
I used this mixture to clean the tub in our new place last weekend, and it was so freaking rewarding. It’s a paste-like mixture, so I put on gloves and spread it out all over the tub. I let it sit for a few minutes, sprayed the tub down with a spray bottle full of water, and then used a scrub brush. That tub was so unbelievably clean when I washed everything away.
Here are the supplies for a small batch:
–2 tbsp plain white vinegar is cheap cleaning staple. Don’t worry if you aren’t a fan of the smell–it doesn’t linger, especially if you mix it with other things. Vinegar is a weak form of acetic acid. FYI, I’ve read you shouldn’t use vinegar-based cleaning products on granite, marble, stone, and some hardwood finishes.
– 1/2 cup baking soda adds some grit to your cleaning mixture and also helps deodorize. Plus it’s very fun to make baking soda volcanoes by pouring vinegar into a bowl of baking soda.
-1 tbsp vodka is an excellent, inexpensive disinfecting product. I once had a wonderful doctor who told me about a time she was on vacation in Mexico and removed a friend’s ingrown toenail using only vodka for sterilization. Gross, but I miss her–wish she hadn’t gone back to Canada 🙂 You can also put bottom-shelf vodka in a spray bottle and spray it on surfaces as a disinfectant. It’s highly concentrated, so a little goes a long way.
-10 drops peppermint essential oil for scent (I use NOW Foods brand).
And here’s how you make cheap and effective soft scrub cleaner!
Step 1: Mix the vinegar, vodka, and peppermint oil in a bowl.
Step 2: While stirring, dump in the baking soda. The mixture will become a paste.
And that’s it! Use gloved hands or a brush to spread the mixture over your dirty surface. Let it sit for a few minutes and then scrub off. Use a spray bottle full of water to add a bit of moisture when scrubbing. Rinse thoroughly.
The peppermint is optional, but it makes the room smell amazing. This is a fantastic option for cleaning pet items, too, but I hold off on the peppermint scent when cleaning our kitty pans since cats can be finicky about scents.
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