Since living in our new house, I have noticed our sink gets very stained and quickly. Its a porcelain sink and while I love the look of it, what I did not like was having to use bleach to get it white again. For some time I would fill my sink up and put in a half cup of bleach. This did the trick for the most part… but my kids would walk by and touch the water, freaking me out because it had such a harmful chemical in it. They obviously didn’t know bleach was in it. A 4 year olds natural curiosity just kicks in when they see a sink full of water and they just want to play. I also didn’t like breathing in the fumes when using bleach and I knew there had to be a better and more natural way.
Bleach in case you didn’t know… “…can irritate the nose, eyes, skin, and lungs. Serious side effects of using bleach can include respiratory problems, skin burns, damage to the nervous system, asthma flares, extreme headaches, migraines, and vomiting. [source]
My mom gave me this recipe and I was so impressed I had to share it.
Below are before/after images (re-pin the image and share the love) – as well as a printable recipe for your keeping.
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup dr bronners castile soap
- 1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide
- 10 drops lemon essential oil (optional)
- Mix all ingredients in a 2 cup glass mason jar.
- Stir well until paste forms.
- Add dollop of paste to surface you want to clean & scrub with a brush or rough cleaning sponge. You could also use a rag or towel depending on what you are cleaning.
- Wash off with water.
- (I would be careful to not use this on wood surfaces. Because its slightly abrasive it could damage wood, but this is awesome for tile, sinks, tubs, etc..)
You can store the extra unused product under your sink and use as you please. :)
Rocky Mountain Oils btw is my source for Essential Oils. You do not need to sign up with any membership to buy from them. All their oils are tested and high quality. I have been using them for almost 3 years now. You can view more of my Essential Oil post: HERE. I share lots of ideas on how to use them and more of why I chose to shop with them there. They are running a sale right now on oils too, check that out HERE.
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