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Homemade Whitening Scrub

April 12th, 2012

Yesterday, I posted this recipe in the comment section and decided to whip up a batch, since I’ve never made it before. The recipe is from The Naturally Clean Home. I talked about this little book before; it’s filled with all kinds of recipes. When it comes to cleaning, we all face different challenges that depend on our homes, the surfaces we clean, and our lifestyles. That’s why this book is great, you can try out a variety of recipes and find the one that works best for you situation.

Mr Chiots and I are tea and coffee drinkers and we have light beige formica counters – not a good combination! I try to wipe them up as soon as a spill happens, but they sometimes escape my view (especially since Mr Chiots is the chief barista and I’m often working when he’s making coffee). When I saw this recipe I figured it would be perfect for removing the stains that creep up on kitchen counter.

(from The Naturally Clean Home)

1/2 cup baking soda
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/4 cup borax
1/8 cup grated lemon, orange, grapefruit peel

Combine all ingredients in a container with a shaker top and mix well. Sprinkle small amount on surface and scrub, rinse well. If stains are bad let sit on surface and consider adding some peroxide to enhance whitening effects.

The borax gives this scouring powder a whitening/brightening effect, but it can be left out. It can also be drying to skin, so slather on some coconut oil before using or use rubber glove.

I happen to have grapefruits in the pantry, so that’s what I used. The smell is AMAZING. After mixing the grapefruit peel with the baking soda, I pulsed it in my small food processor to cut the grapefruit peel into smaller pieces. I figured it would also help release the citrus oil into the baking soda, it did.

I set to work using this scrub on the kitchen counter, focusing on the coffee and tea stains. As the saying goes “the proof is in the pudding”, I scrubbed up the counter and returned to the office to work. When Mr Chiots went out to make afternoon coffee he yelled from the kitchen that the counters looked great. I guess that means it worked! These countertops are one of the surfaces in our home that I really dislike, they’re old, the previous owners used harsh cleaners which was hard on the surface. As a result they stain easily and are tough to keep clean. I’m glad to have come across this recipe that will help me keep them looking nice.

What is one surface in your house that is hard to clean or that gives you problems? Have you found anything that helps with your particular problem?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.