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DIY Germ-Busting Aromatherapeutic Cream Cleanser for the Kitchen & Bathroom

This homemade eco-friendly cream cleanser not only smells fabulous, but is super effective at disinfecting, cutting through grease and grime, whitening, and easily removing dirt. Plus, it costs just pennies to make! Photo © Karen Peltier

This homemade eco-friendly cream cleanser not only smells fabulous, but is super effective at disinfecting, cutting through grease and grime, whitening, and removing dirt. Plus, it costs just pennies to make! Photo © Karen Peltier

Years ago I got sick of using bleach-filled, toxic, soft scrub cleansers to clean my kitchen sink, shower tile, and bathtub, so I researched some natural alternatives. I found that by simply mixing together some baking soda and liquid castile soap, I could get similar, if not even better, results. Plus, I discovered that by using castile soaps that contained essential oils, I could enjoy the aromatherapeutic benefits and make a disinfectant scrub cleanser without the need for bleach.

After using my own homemade scrub cleansers for awhile, I realized they were better than store-bought regular cleansers in many ways. For one thing, they were much cheaper. I could make several bottles of cleanser for the price of one conventional commercial cleanser. Also, I knew what was in my products, which was great considering many companies were not at all transparent when it came to ingredients. What I liked most of all is that I could modify them to suit my needs. My creative nature enjoyed that! For example, for the bathroom, eucalyptus or tea tree castile soap worked well for the disinfectant properties. For the kitchen, citrus or peppermint scented castile soap was very invigorating and didn’t make me mind scrubbing the kitchen sink or cooktop that much. (Seriously!)

So why not substitute your conventional cream scrubs and cleansers with this all-natural, home made cream cleanser that’s fantastic at zapping germs in the kitchen and bathroom? It’s easy on you and the environment and it only takes a couple of minutes to whip up a huge batch.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup liquid castile soap scented with essential oils
  • 1½ cups baking soda

Makes about 16 fluid ounces.

Many brands of castile soap are readily available these days, such as Dr. Bronners and Dr. Woods, and they come in a variety of heavenly scents. A few of my favorite scents are peppermint, tea tree, lavender, eucalyptus, rose, and ginger-grapefruit. Castile soap is readily available at most natural grocery stores or on-line from sources, such as AmazonMountain Rose Herbs, and Abe’s Market.

I’ve been using a lot of ginger-lemongrass castile soap lately, so I decided to use that to make some of this earthy cleanser.

Let me show you how easy it is!

Directions

A few minutes of good mixing are required to incorporate the castile soap into the baking soda when making the cream cleanser. Photo © Karen Peltier

A few minutes of good mixing are required to incorporate the castile soap into the baking soda when making the cream cleanser. Photo © Karen Peltier

OK. There’s not much to it. Simply mix together your castile soap and baking soda and store it in a tightly closed, labeled container. Hard, huh?

If you prefer to scoop out your creamy cleanser creation, say with a sponge, then I’ve found storing it in a left-over, large yogurt or whipped cream container helpful. But, if you want to squeeze it out, then recycle a flip-top shampoo/conditioner bottle or get a new travel-sized one.

That’s all there is to it! I told you it was easy.

Tips

  • Don’t limit yourself to using just one type of castile soap. Feel free to mix and match! For example, lavender and citrus castile soap are fantastic together and so is lavender and tea tree.
  • For the bathroom or for use during cold and flu season, tea tree castile soap is a great choice because tea tree essential oil has natural antimicrobial, antifungal, antiseptic, bactericidal, and insecticidal properties. You’ll be sure that you’ve zapped those icky germs dead and stopped the spread of unwanted viruses, such as the flu and herpes simplex.
  • The final consistency of the scrub is rather creamy and liquidy, which is OK because it sets up a little more over time. But if you find a lump like the one shown on the spoon, keep mixing! Photo  © Karen Peltier

    The final consistency of the scrub is rather creamy and liquidy, which is OK because it sets up a little more over time. But if you find a lump like the one shown on the spoon, keep mixing! Photo © Karen Peltier

    I’ve found that depending on the temperature in my house, the consistency of this cleanser can change. So keep that in mind and modify the amounts of baking soda and castile soap as necessary.

Why It Works So Well

Baking soda is an awesome gentle cleanser that won’t scratch your surfaces. It also has inherent bactericidal and whitening properties, so it is great at removing stains and brightening porcelain sinks, tubs, and tile. In addition, it cuts through grease and grime without a problem, which is why I love using this cleanser for my pots and pans, even non-stick ones.

Many brands of castile soap are on the market, so you should be able to easily find one you like. Photo © Karen Peltier

Many brands of castile soap are on the market, so you should be able to easily find one you like. Photo © Karen Peltier

Castile soap is simply a fantastic, all-around cleaner. Because it’s 100% natural and works as a surfactant, it easily lifts away dirt and grease. And when you combine that with the power of essential oils, many of which have natural antiseptic, antiviral, bactericidal, and fungicidal actions, such as lavender, you have a win-win situation.

Your Thoughts

Well, what do you think? Are you tempted to make this easy, two-ingredient, green cleanser? If you give it a try, please do report back and let me know how you liked it.

Copyright © Karen Peltier and Well Gal, 2014 – 2015. All rights reserved.
Photos © Karen Peltier and Well Gal, 2014 – 2015.

9 thoughts on “DIY Germ-Busting Aromatherapeutic Cream Cleanser for the Kitchen & Bathroom

    1. Well Gal Post author

      Hello Sylvia.

      I’m so glad you had success with the Aromatherapeutic Cream Cleanser for cleaning your stained tea mugs!

      The first time I used this cleanser (I used unscented castile soap and added lemon essential oil), I was quite surprised at how well it worked as well! It effortlessly removed coffee stains, grease, and grime from my white porcelain sink without any issues. All thanks to the whitening and grease-busting properties of the baking soda and castile soap, respectively. (The lemon essential oil added to the whitening and disinfecting properties as well.)

      Also, because my mom was always using bleach cleanser, I showed her how well it worked. She WAS convinced to try it, which made me so happy. Breathing in chlorine bleach from those commercial cleansers is so toxic.

      Karen

  1. nick catricala

    Karen,

    So nice to know that you care so much to share such healthy cleaning products.. sorry I do not use much of any cleaning products as most of people do…

    Mind you, reading all these great ideas you shared and imagining the scents wow, I got interested.. I love scents and perhaps will dive into some varieties soon especially the ginger-grapefruit one 🙂
    Thanks again.
    _nickc
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  2. Zach

    Two ingredients to a better cleaner. That’s awesome. It’s interesting how as a society we started with home-brewed solutions to everything, then we homogenized ourselves and started buying all the same (inferior) products, and now there is a trend back to the home-grown remedies. Thanks for compiling this information.
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  3. Gregory Smokey Bowen

    Hello Karen…..My wife is always looking for better cleansers than she has ….I am book marking this post to show her so she can try this…..I really like this whole Idea….( I still wear Patchuli oil)…..LOL …..Thanks for this wonderful information……My wife has always liked lavender …..I think she will really enjoy this DIY cleanser…..Smokey
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  4. Rachel Lavern

    Hi Karen,

    When I initially saw your post title, I thought “good grief–I don’t have the desire or time to make something that I can easily purchase”. But, as you indicated, this would be very simple to make. But the Castile soap would knew to be right in front of my face since I have never noticed it before 🙂

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