Have you been on the hunt for all natural, non-toxic alternatives to your favorite cleaning products? I don’t blame you! As I explained here, many cleaning products on today’s store shelves are full of chemicals that have been linked to everything from asthma to cancer. They also contribute to indoor air pollution which can actually be worse than the pollution levels outside!
Fortunately, there are many effective non-toxic cleaning alternatives. While there are some great companies starting to produce some high-quality, non-toxic products, I prefer to make my own. Homemade versions are much cheaper and can be just as effective (if not more effective) than commercial products.
This natural shower cleaner is one of my favorites! I don’t remember where I originally saw the recipe but I’ve tweaked it to be even better over the past couple years. I’m honestly amazed at how well this stuff works! It got caked on soap scum (other people’s soap scum… ack!) off of the tub when we moved into our new apartment. Since it’s food-safe, I’ve even used it to get coffee stains out of my white porcelain mugs!
This natural shower cleaner smells amazing thanks to the lemon essential oil. Since it’s non-toxic, I don’t have to wear gloves when I use it. I swear it makes my hands softer! (They could use a little help…) It’s cheap too! This jar cost me less than $1 to make and it lasts me around 3 months. Now you can see why I’m obsessed!
Natural Shower Cleaner Recipe
- 1 (1 lb) box baking soda
- 4 tablespoons castile soap
- 25 drops lemon essential oil
Pour the baking soda into the bottom of a large mixing bowl. Add the castile soap and lemon essential oil on top. Mix in with a fork until the mixture comes together. At first, it will be very crumbly and you’ll doubt that you have enough liquid. Keep mixing! Eventually it will come together, much like a pie dough. Spoon the natural shower cleaner into a glass jar with an airtight lid. Use approximately 2 tablespoons on a damp rag to clean your shower.
Make sure to use a high-quality essential oil. (I like doTerra but there are other great brands out there.) Low-quality essential oils are often a combination of fragrance and essential oil. This fragrance can contribute to indoor air pollution, as mentioned above. Also, you want the natural degreasing power of real lemon essential oil.
Store this natural shower cleaner in a glass container. Lemon essential oil can degrade plastic over time. I also wouldn’t feel comfortable putting it in a metal container as the lemon essential oil could react with the metal.
I’ve only had an issue with this natural shower cleaner drying out once when I didn’t get the lid on tight enough. I simply poured 1 tablespoon of water over the cleaner and tightly closed the lid. It had softened up completely when I went to use it again a few days later!
There you have it! The best natural shower cleaner I have found to date! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! It makes cleaning my bathroom… less terrible. 😉
P.S.- Do you use natural cleaning products? What are your favorite brands and/or recipes?
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