Introducing another super star among our green cleaning favorites : a 2-ingredient scouring powder that works like magic on tough to clean surfaces in the kitchen and bathroom!
We love using this non scratching super effective green cleaning powder on our bath tubs, toilets, tile, oven doors and racks, kitchen sinks, cook-tops, stainless steel and other cookware, and any surfaces that need a good scrubbing.
I tell people that when my husband cooks, he always makes the kitchen sparkling clean even before we sit down to eat! However, I was never a fan of the surface scrub powder that he used to use. I could smell the unpleasant fumes and I always wondered what harsh chemicals were in those cleaning powders.
Not any more! Hubby is so impressed with this … ever since I made the first batch 3 years ago, that we no longer have any conventional scouring powders in our home!
In case you smart people ask about the cost, I decided to do a comparison, and I was amazed to find that the harsh conventional cleaning powder costs 5 to 7 times more than our green cleaning scouring powder!
It only takes a minute to make. What is not to love?
How to make green cleaning scouring powder:
( Some of the helpful resources are affiliate links. Full disclosure here. ) You will only need 2 ingredients to make this super effective surface scrub
For less stubborn stains, we love using a simple cleaning powder made with just baking soda and a few drops of essential oil. We have also used grated lemon zest or lavender buds in the baking soda to clean areas except for the bath tub (since the bath drain could be clogged ).
I made these free printable labels you can download at the end and print them on label sheets like these!
How does this green cleaning scouring powder work?
Baking soda is a mild abrasive at a PH of 9, and a natural disinfectant. It’s tough on stains and germs, but easy on people and animals.
Sodium carbonate, (also known as washing soda, soda ash and soda crystals) is a form of white, water-soluble salt, historically extracted from the ashes of plants growing in sodium-rich soils. Washing soda can effectively remove grease build-up and soap scum on kitchen appliances and bathroom surfaces.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Washing soda is non toxic (the Environmental Working Group gives it an A score as a healthy cleaner) but at a PH of 11, it is more alkaline than baking soda (PH 9) (just like cement in concrete which has a PH of 12-13), and should be handled with care. Always wear gloves if handling it directly, and never inhale the dust particles or let them get to your eyes. Keep it out of the reach of children and pets. Our cleaning powder only contains 20% washing soda, and 80% baking soda, so it is not as caustic as 100% washing soda.
How to use our green cleaning scouring powder.
Let’s use a white porcelain enamel kitchen sink as an example. You can use the same process for other surfaces like …
I decided to make it extra dirty with coffee stains on the left side and metal scuff marks on the right, and show you how easy it is to clean the kitchen sink with our magical green cleaning scouring powder!
First, wipe off any solids and excess water from the sink with a damp towel. The sink (or any surface you are trying to clean) should be slightly damp but without water droplets. The goal is to make the cleaning powder stick to the surface without being dissolved too quickly.
Sprinkle the scouring powder and scrub the surface using a dry or slightly damp sponge. You will notice the stains starting to come off right away.
Continue scrubbing for a few minutes. Rinse clean. If there are any stubborn spots left, repeat the above process one more time. You will be delighted by the sparkly clean sink or surface !
I used the same process to remove the metal scuff marks left by cookware in the white porcelain sink. See before-after photo below. You can clean oven doors, bath tubs, tile countertops the same way.
A side note about sink: we are starting our kitchen remodel, and this sink will be replaced by a stainless steel farmhouse sink. We would not choose a porcelain enamel sink for the kitchen in future. They get stained so easily from pretty much everything in the kitchen such as coffee grounds, grease and sauces, and contacts with stainless cookware! Things also break easily in a porcelain sink.
Download the free printable labels and all the DIY goodies for free here:
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Here’s a DIY 2-ingredient mattress cleaner that removes stains without bleach, and also works wonders on upholstery, yoga mat, tile grout, and more!
Happy cleaning! See you next week!