Spring Cleaning: Citrus Scrubber

Many herbes and flowers with their fragrant sweet smels doe comfort, and as it were revive the spirits and perfume the whole house. John Parkinson, Paradisi in Sole, ­Paradisus Terrestris, 1629

| February/March 1997

  • Simple herbal cleaning products bring nature’s fragrances indoors. Clockwise from upper left are Citrus Scrubber, lemon oil, Fragrant Wood Polish, Disinfectant Air Freshener, Herb Soap Concentrate and Herbal Rug Fragrance.

Makes about 1 cup
I save this scouring powder for my grungiest jobs, such as the bathroom and kitchen sinks, using a loofah on light stains and a nylon scrubbing pad on tough ones. I usually use as a base a powdered calcium carbonate cleanser such as Bon Ami, but sometimes I combine borax and baking soda in equal proportions. Essential oils cut greasy dirt, battle microbes and add an appealing scent.

  • 1 cup powdered calcium carbonate cleanser, or ½ cup each borax and baking soda
  • 1½ teaspoons each essential oils of lemon, orange and grapefruit
  1. Pour the cleanser (or borax or baking soda) into a glass bowl. Stir in the lemon, orange, and grapefruit oils, mashing any lumps with a fork.
  2. Store in a glass or metal jar with a lid. Wear gloves when you use this cleanser.

Louise Gruenberg gardens as much as possible and cleans house as little as possible in Oak Park, Illinois. She writes and teaches about herbs.

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