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Simple & cheap bathroom scrub

Sick of paying for a bathroom tile scrub? Hate the fumes? Well, sit right down and I’ll share a little secret with you. Ready? Most “eco-friendly” bathroom scrubs that cost $5 for a small bottle…like 50% baking soda.

“SHUT UP”, you say.

“I will NOT”, I say.

“But why have I been spending all that money when I could get a 12 lb bag of baking soda at Costco for under $7”, you say.

“Cause you’re an idiot”, I say. Wait, I wouldn’t say that. Scratch that.

Anyhoo, this weekend I made some stupidly cheap toilet scrub using my kiddo’s leftover snack and some crap in my cupboard. I gave Jack some orange this weekend, and rather than composting the peel, I threw it in to a little plastic container. I filled the container with baking soda, shook it for 5 minutes while Jack danced (seriously) to the shaking sound, and then let it sit for a few hrs.

Fast forward a few hours – remove the peel and leave the lid off overnight, and voila, orange scented bathroom scrub for pennies.

-when cleaning tubs, showers, or sinks, squirt some dish soap on the surface and sprinkle the baking soda on. Rub in to make a paste, leave for a few minutes, and rinse with warm water. I don’t recommend this for general surface (counters, etc) cleaning. I’ll post my surface cleaning solution at a later time.
-sprinkle in your toilet and add vinegar. Make volcanoes in the toilet that doesn’t require a trip to Taco Bell! Scrub with a toilet brush, and leave for 20-30 min. Flush
-deposit your savings in the bank, or buy me some flowers!

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13 comments on “Simple & cheap bathroom scrub”

  1. Oooo this is so awesome. I totally want to hug you right now. I’ve also heard a good alternative to Drain-O for clogged pipes is baking soda and vinegar, but I’ve never tried it.

    • We’ve tried it, but it never worked really well for us. When we get a clog in a sink, Troy will unscrew the pipe underneath and clean it out. It’s uber gross, but free! And I don’t have to do it!!!

    • Works pretty well considering it won’t kill a huge amount of the ocean or anything, added bonus deodorizes as it loosens all the gunk and slime from your drain. If you have a seriously clogged drain or problematic drain use weekly. Don’t forget they make special plungers for drains or you can buy a regular one and use it for drains only.

  2. I lol’ed at Jack dancing.

  3. I so love this idea. I’ve used the bakingsoda before for cleaning but not in my shower (was afraid of scratching the shower suround) so I will try it in a small area first. Maybe the addition of the dish detergent will help with that and love the idea of scenting with orange. I also have unclogged the drain with the backing soda and vinigar with the addition of boiling water after it stops fizzing. Only time it really didn’t work is if the drain was clogged with hair. and the baking soda worked well at taking the stink out of the drain. Thanks so much for this blog 🙂

  4. I love all your cheap/DIY/eco-friendly recipes!! I cannot wait to use them and not have to use toxic sprays.

  5. LOVE THIS! I used to do something similar which your post has inspired me to revisit… mix dish soap with the baking soda, form it into a bar, keep it in a travel soap container and break off a little corner when you need to clean. It crumbles nicely. Add some tea tree oil (supposedly has antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic and antimicrobial properties). It has a strong smell, but if you cut it with a few drops of grapefruit essential oil, it smells quite nice.

  6. Also easy – shove the orange peels in some white vinegar – let it sit for a couple of weeks – and there’s some orange scented vinegar as well!

  7. I have an old porcelain sink that again something awful. So far only straight black has made it white again. Do you think I will be lucky enough for this to do the job?

    • A similar way to tackle stains on a sink is to sprinkle with baking soda and then use a half a lemon to scrub with. The juice will mix and fizz with the bread soda and the roughness of the flesh and skin helps, too. When you’re finished scrubbing, just rinse with hot water and rub with a cloth.

    • Obviously with the caveat that you test this out on a small portion of your sink first to make sure it doesn’t damage the surface (not so good for granite or marble, for example).

  8. Not again, I meant to say stains.

  9. I use 1/3 white vinegar, 1/3 water and 1/3 dawn dishsoap. Spray on and let sit for 15-30 minutes and rinse. I rarely need to scrub, all the dirt and hard water stains go down the drain!