Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks: Citrus Scrubber

This homemade house cleaner is a great way to scrub away those pesky stains.

| February/March 2003

Makes 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 1/2 cup each borax and baking soda
• 1 1/2 teaspoons each essential oils of lemon, orange, and grapefruit

1. Pour the cleanser (or borax and 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 her Oak Park, Illinois, home. She also writes and teaches about herbs. Due to popular demand for reprints of this article, it has been reprinted from our February/March 1997 issue with the author’s permission. 



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