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Basic Cleanser Recipe

Basic Cleanser Recipe

This cleanser is just a scented baking soda and you’ll be amazed at how well it works.  Baking soda is a must have ingredient for anyone interested in making their own cleaning supplies.  It has countless cleaning uses around the house – it cleans, it deodorizes, it scours, it softens…  Plus it’s non-toxic and super cheap!  Read on to take advantage of this great ingredient:

Basic Cleanser (Time: 2 minutes)


  • Fork or spoon (to stir)
  • Shaker container (optional)
  • Peel back the top panel of the baking soda box
  • Make a well in the baking soda and add 30 drops of essential oil.  Try not to drip onto the cardboard or it will soak up the oil
  • Stir gently to disperse the oil throughout the box.
  • Pour the scented oil into a shaker container or just use directly out of the box.
Use: I use this the same way I use regular cleanser.  It comes in handy whenever I need some extra elbow grease.  It’s great for cleaning the tub/shower, sink, counters, stubborn dishes, scuff marks, you name it.  Just sprinkle it on, scrub with a damp sponge and wipe/rinse.  It can also function as a deodorizer – leave an open box in your fridge or sprinkle some in smelly places such as the litter box, trash can or the stinky dish sponge sitting by your sink.
This mild abrasive is safe to use with the All Purpose Cleaning Sprays on this site.  However, please note that baking soda responds differently to vinegar vs. soap based sprays.

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Baking soda has been used as an important cleaning ingredient for generations.  The use of baking soda is promoted in the book, Clean House, Clean Planet by Karen Logan:  This is a wonderful book, full of homemade cleaning recipes and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the subject!

Photo Credit: baking soda box by Anna Sattler, a photo by G & A Sattler on Flickr.

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