Last week I made a bathroom cleaner using an empty 50g NYR blue pot and a few simple ingredients. I keep all my used pots as after they’ve been in the dishwasher they are useful for all kinds of storage! This will work out to be a very inexpensive way of cleaning my sinks, baths and shower! I used it again today and was very impressed with the results – so thought it is time for another blog post! I had been using bicarbonate of soda and vinegar with essential oils, but was finding I was using far too much bicarb and it took lots of rinsing to remove the residue. I was also getting through a lot of bicarb and it needed some foaming agent to break the grease and clean effectively. Before I go any further I do need to add a warning here: DO NOT APPLY THIS TO SURFACES THAT ARE MANUFACTURED FROM NATURAL STONE WITH VINEGAR AS IT WILL LIKELY DISSOLVE THE SURFACE! Vinegar and bicarbonate break down limestone.
You will need:
- An empty pot – I used an empty NYR glass jar (50g)
- Bicarbonate of soda
- Create Hair & Body Wash
- Essential oils eg. Lavender, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, lemon etc
There really isn’t much to this “recipe” – and I can’t even remember the quantities I used as I didn’t measure! The only measure I have is the fact that this glass jar is 50g. I filled it about 3/4 full of bicarbonate of soda, then added some Create wash and stirred with a spoon until it seemed the right consistency – adding more as necessary. Then use essential oils of your choice – I like the ones listed above for their anti-microbial properties and lemon particularly is very cleansing. So experiment with the combinations of smells that you like. I put in about 20 drops and stirred well. You might need to stir again next time you use it as it has separated slightly. The great thing is it won’t need any preservative either as I have added no water!
I also have a sprayer full of vinegar – bog standard cheapo brown stuff, which is infused with essential oils too to make it smell more appealing. Use this with the cream cleaner to help with limescale removal. Don’t mix with your cream for storage as it will produce a home made volcano! Heavy limescale deposits around taps are easily removed if you soak a cloth in vinegar and wrap it around your tap, secure with an elastic band and leave overnight. Remove, rinse and put on your sunglasses to cope with the glare 😉
Let me know if you try it and how you get on! If you want to purchase some create and essential oils – see my website for details and order direct or if you are local, let me know your preference as I have all those things in stock. Share this blog post 🙂