Magic Bathroom Cleaner

Dead Duck This poor little ducky died because he was inhaling toxic bathroom cleaner fumes. Just kidding.|Photo source


I cook a lot from scratch. I have other ladies say to me all the time, “I don’t know how you do it! With two little kids I could never cook all that. I just don’t have time to cook all that you do!”

Today I’m going to tell you my secret! Ready?

My house is a mess. Seriously.

No one can do it all. Balancing relationships, housework, work responsibilities and other commitments is something I think it’s safe to say we all struggle with at times. Prioritizing is key to finding that balance, and in our home housework is last on the list. But just like every other family, our house gets dirty too! I’m pretty good about wiping down the bathroom sink and toilet, and I do sweep just about every day.

But I hate. Cleaning. The bathtub. So I put it off, and then I end up using store-bought chemical tub cleaners to get it clean, plus it takes a lot of elbow grease! I’ve accepted the fact that I’m never going to be one of those clean-the-tub-every-day women, but I wanted, no, needed to find a more natural solution for cleaning my tub. Jonathan usually stands in the bathroom and chatters while I’m cleaning, and the thought of him inhaling all those nasty chemicals really freaks me out.

Katie at Kitchen Stewardship writes regularly about baby steps she’s taking toward healthier cooking and a greener life and offers suggestions on how we can all do the same (LOVE her blog!). Through Katie I found the Crunchy Betty blog and man, it has some fun recipes! Hint: try the Mocha Frappucino Face Mask!

Leslie at Crunchy Betty has a recipe for a natural bathtub cleaner and it works amazingly well! I’ve tried just baking soda and it didn’t do diddly squat to clean the tub, but this mixture is super effective! It has no harsh chemicals, is inexpensive to make, SO easy to use, and I don’t worry about my two year old standing in the bathroom chatting my ear off while I clean the tub, because it has no scary chemical fumes.

After I cleaned the tub I used a little of this cleaner to scrub down the sink and counter, and it even worked well on the mirror. I just dabbed a little of the mixture on my sponge, then rubbed lightly and wiped it off with a paper towel.

Magic Bathroom Cleaner


1/2 C. baking soda

1/2 C. washing soda

1/2 C. liquid dish soap*

25 drops tea tree essential oil

10 drops lemon essential oil

10 drops peppermint essential oil

1. Stir together baking soda, washing soda and dish soap. Add essential oils and mix to combine. That’s it!


*Crunchy Betty’s recipe calls for liquid castille soap but I didn’t have any. I just used the dish soap I had on hand and it worked great.

Notes: The original recipe also listed an optional 2 T. white vinegar in the ingredients but I didn’t use it.

Yield: This made about 1 1/2 C. of cleaner, which was enough to clean my super dirty bathtub, counter and sink, and there’s enough left to clean the whole bathroom again.

Adapted from Crunchy Betty