So, I can’t hold it in any longer and have carved out some time to share this awesome recipe I discovered by accident! In my effort to switch from store bought, chemical filled cleaners, I’ve been researching various DIY cleaners that remove grease, grim and other household dirt/germs.
A while back I found a site that had great recipes for removing grease that’s been cooked on to an oven and removes it naturally. Well in my earnest to remove some cooked on grease from my stove top, kettle and other various surfaces I made it from memory, especially since I had both kids down for a nap. I mean you have to make that time count, right?
However, my memory is horrible, and the “scrub” I made was anything but effective, with a dash of castile soap, a pinch of baking soda and a little bit of washing soda thrown in all I managed to do was make hard castile soap, that had lots of suds! So I traveled back to the site and realized I totally botched the recipe but in an effort to save my sad little concoction I decided to add one of the ingredients that they had listed. I was missing the white vinegar, and when I added that everything changed! What I got was an amazing mixture that, with a bit of elbow grease, removed most of the cooked on grease and had my kettle and stove-top looking shiny once more! You’ll know you have it just right when it becomes almost like a whipped cream while scrubbing with a little water to just wet a sponge.
In a bowl mix together the following, then place in a container for storage. I chose a pint sized mason jar, for easy storage and accessibility:
- 1/2 Cup (4 Tbs) White Vinegar*
- 5 Tbs Baking Soda
- 1/2 Cup (4 Tbs) Washing Soda
- 6 Tbs Castile Soap ( I used Dr. Bronner’s with lavender oil, which helps me relax while getting the grim off)
- 2 Tbs Borax (Optional – I have really hard water here so this helps boost the other ingredients even more, and it adds a little extra scrubbing power!)
Voila! Just add water to your cloth or sponge and go to town on your cleaning needs!
Feel free to tweak this to your needs, as I said above, I have really hard water, so the more softener I added the better this scrub performed. I wouldn’t recommend this on surfaces that could get scratched or scuffed easily, since this does have some abrasive qualities. However, if you need something more abrasive salt could do the trick.
My next step is to test it on my cookie sheets, and bath tub which has some serious hard water stains, so stay tuned for those updates. If you happen to be adventurous and want to try this out, let me know how it works for you, how you adjusted it and your thoughts!!
* Just a side note, when I added the vinegar to the baking soda/washing soda/borax, it fizzed a bunch and promptly spilled out of the jar, so don’t put them together in the jar, or you get to clean your counters/floors unexpectedly!