HOMEMAKING MODERN: D.I.Y CLEANING SCRUB

"Homemaking Modern is a blog feature that is meant to honor the tradition of homemaking but in a somewhat untraditional, modern sense. It's about introducing a perspective of gratitude, & creativity around caring for your home.  I have learned that the day to day “chores” do not need to merely feel like distractions or something to dread but can be seen as opportunities to make deliberate, mindful choices to help create a healthy, happy, simple home." scrub_06

This Summer I made the commitment to become less dependent on over the counter commercial cleaning and beauty products. This was one more way I found of simplifying and clearing out any unnecessary, and more importantly, toxic products in my home. I was becoming all to well aware of all the chemicals in beauty products. Yuck!

I've been making my own cleaning products for a while but wanted to push myself even further. Beauty products, however, was a whole different ball game. Could I really make my own cosmetics? And if so, would they really work?

So the challenge began.

I started by using up what I already had. I also gave some products away to family who were less enthusiastic than I was about making their own . I must say there was something so freeing about seeing my bathroom counter and tub area becoming less cluttered.

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I'm so excited about this cleaning scrub. I made this scrub last December and have been using it ever since. I even gave batches away as holiday gifts. This will work great for all those areas of your house where you normally would use a mild abrasive.

It. Is. So. Good! And it smells great!

I found the original recipe here:

1/2 c. baking soda

1/2 c. washing soda

1/2 c. liquid castille soap

25 drops tea tree essential oil

*10 drops lemon essential oil

10 drops peppermint essential oil

2 Tbsp. white vinegar (optional)

*Instead of lemon essential oil I used Sweet Orange. I've also used Lavender which smells incredible and makes the task of cleaning the tub so much better. I promise.

I also added a little distilled water to the mix. I found the original recipe a little to dry. Over time my scrub would become really crumbly. Of course, you can always just add water to your container if it becomes dry. However, I found if I added the distilled water while still in the blender my scrub stayed soft and I avoided having to add water later.

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Mix baking soda, washing soda, and liquid soap in a medium-sized container until it’s pasty and mushy. Add essential oils and mix thoroughly. If you choose to add the vinegar, be aware that the soda will make it fizz a little.

I find it much easier to put all the ingredients in a blender and blend away. It whips up really nicely. Then, I just scoop it out and place in a jar. You will have to clean the blender parts really well which takes a little extra time. But so worth it to me and my blender is super clean afterwards.

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When you’re ready to use it, just scoop a little out with your sponge and scrub away.

Let me know if you end up making this. I'd love to hear what you think.

P.S. I can't wait to tell you what I've substituted for my normal facial cleanser! It really works.