I love simplicity, don’t you? Simple recipes, simple routines, simple faith, simple love.
Simple cleaning products are pretty swell, too.
But simple doesn’t really cut it with cleaning products if they don’t work. However, finding a good non-toxic and effective simple cleaning recipe is a delight to any homemaker!
The other day, I needed to scrub some stubborn adhesive off of some glass jars that I wanted to repurpose for drinking glasses.
I can’t see the sense in recycling empty peanut butter jars and paying money for new drinking glasses.
I’ve used this really great cleaning paste in the past that I purchased from Norwex a while ago, but I try to use it sparingly because though effective, it is costly. I wanted to make something that would be really similar, but on the more frugal side.
So I combined two simple cleaning ingredients found in most homes, and I was thrilled with the results! This cleaning paste works!
It would have been great if I could build up to this cleaning recipe with some dramatic story of me making a landmark discovery with little known ingredients and creative genius.
But I can’t. I just mimicked the ingredients on the cleaning paste label that I already had and liked, and ended up with exactly what I wanted.
Simple Two-Ingredient Homemade Cleaning Paste Recipe
- Take about 1 Tablespoon of baking soda and mix with about 1/2 teaspoon liquid castille soap to form a paste. Add more soap if you want a thinner consistency.
- Scrub onto surfaces with a damp rag, then rinse.
When I used this on the empty jars, I let them soak in some hot water with a little dish soap to get the adhesive loosened up before scrubbing with the paste. If you’re cleaning general surfaces, you probably wouldn’t need to do any soaking like that prior.
I haven’t made this up in large batches yet since it’s so easy to just mix up a bit when I need it, but you could certainly try! I don’t see why it would be a problem.
Also, I typically use peppermint castille soap, but if yours is unscented, you could add one drop of an essential oil like lemon, peppermint, lavender, or really any other scent you enjoy for cleaning.
Give this a try, and before you know it, you’ll be like my family drinking out of repurposed peanut butter jars and feeling all classy-like.
Do you have a favorite simple cleaning recipe?
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