Cleans as well as Gumption. Smells sensational. Natural, environmentally friendly and inexpensive.
These are the promises I’m making about this DIY cleaning paste.
The recipe is enough to last ages. A little goes a long way.
Just a light rub with a little paste and your bath and sinks will be sparkling like new.
Can you tell I’m the daughter of a used-car salesman?
This paste includes bicarb soda, which is a great stain remover. Using this paste on kitchen benchtops gets all sorts of stubborn stains out.
I use a combination of Eucalyptus oil and Grapefruit oil in my cleaning paste because that’s what I’ve got on hand, they smell nice and they are anti-bacterial. But you can use any essential oils that take your fancy.
Tea tree oil is a great choice for cleaning because it’s a powerful anti-bacterial and anti-fungal oil, but you could make a calming cleaner with lavender oil, or something a bit uplifting with peppermint oil.
Cleaning and aromatherapy at the same time!
Here’s how to make your own cleaning paste.
What you will need:
- 1 cup bicarb soda
- 1 cup washing soda (not the crystals)
- A few good squirts of natural dishwashing detergent (or castile soap if you have some on hand)
- 30 drops of essential oils of choice
- A wide mouth container (I used an old spice container – a recycled butter container or yoghurt tub would be good too)
Note: You can find all these ingredients in your local supermarket.
Making cream cleaner
Sift bicarb soda and washing soda into a bowl. Add the dishwashing detergent and mix to combine, adding a little water at a time to form a paste. I found using a stick blender made this task super quick and easy.
Add essential oils, mixing to combine, then scoop your paste into a container. Stick on a label and it’s ready to use.
If you prefer a Jiff-like cream cleanser, make this paste a little thinner and pour it into a squeeze bottle. This would be useful for cleaning the toilet bowl.
Using cream cleaner
Using a damp cloth, scrape a small amount out and rub all over your bath, sinks, basins, bench tops, toilet seats etc.
Rinse off by wiping over with a damp cloth.
Enjoy your sparkling clean house.
Do you DIY cleaners? Have you checked out the cleaning archive for more cleaning tips and recipes?
Melissa Goodwin is a writer and the creator of Frugal and Thriving who has a passion for living frugally and encouraging people to thrive on any budget. The blog is nine years old and is almost like her eldest baby. Prior to being a blogger and mum (but not a mummy blogger), she worked as an accountant doing other people’s budgets, books and tax.