Skip to main content

Homemade Powdered Cleanser (Similar to Comet or Ajax)


Looking for a homemade version of Ajax or Comet (minus the harsh bleach)?  This morning my son and I whipped up a container of our own version of powdered cleanser in about 15 minutes.

Homemade Powdered Cleanser

Ingredients:

1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup borax
1/2 cup washing soda
1/2 cup baking soda (set aside 1 tablespoon if you will be adding essential oils)
5-10 drops essential oil of your choice (optional)

Combine salt, borax, washing soda, and baking soda in a container with at least a 2 cup capacity.  If you will be adding an essential oil, grind the reserved 1 tablespoon baking soda with 5-10 drops essential oil in a mortar and pestle, and then add to the rest of the mixture.  Shake well to combine.

To use:  Dampen surface you wish to clean.  Sprinkle cleanser over surface; allow to sit for a couple minutes if desired.  Scrub cleanser into surface with a sponge until clean.  Rinse cleanser off with water.

This cleaner should be safe to use on most hard surfaces, including stainless steel, porcelain, ceramic, or plastic.  If you are in doubt about whether or not to use the cleaner on a surface, test a small, inconspicuous area first.

I used an old Parmesan cheese container to put my cleaner in--it's perfect since it has the shaker holes at the top.  If you don't have a Parmesan cheese container, perhaps you could try a large spice container, or follow the directions here to make a shaker using a mason jar.

We tested the cleaner on our kitchen sink right after we made it, and I was very pleased with the results.  There were several rust spots in the sink from a steel wool pad, and the cleanser tidied them right up.  My only recommendation would be to wear gloves if you have an open cut on your hand--the salt will sting it.

Cost-wise, the entire 2 cup batch only cost me around 96¢ to make--not to shabby!  That comes out to only 6¢ an ounce, which is several cents cheaper per ounce than anything you'd buy in a store.  So, not only is it cheap, but it is fast and easy to make, and cleans wonderfully.  Go ahead and whip some up!

Comments

  1. OOOoo I am SO doing this. *runs off to gather supplies*

    ReplyDelete
  2. Love this recipe so far, I used Wild Orange Essential Oil!!! Scrubbing away. Question for you. Several other recipes I found for DIY cleansing powder included adding 1/2 cup of ascorbic acid. I usually see it used for anti-caking. Any thoughts on adding this one way or the other? Not sure if there would be an additional cleaning power. Thanks in advance.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Debi, I have tried using ascorbic acid in the dishwasher as a rinsing agent before, but never in this context before. I think it could be worth a try though, because it is supposed to remove water deposits.

      Delete

Post a Comment

I will just take a quick peek at your comment before it posts to avoid getting bombarded by spam. Please don't take it personally, I'm sure you're a lovely person.

Popular posts from this blog

Why Did My Chicken Lay That Strange Egg? {Decoding 10 Chicken Laying Issues}

What do you got?

A huge egg with two yolks in it?  A wrinkly misshapen egg?  An egg with a soft shell?  Or perhaps the all-inclusive just plain weird looking egg?

Whatever it is, I hope to help clear up some of the mystery behind:

Why Did My Chicken Lay That Strange Egg?

Homemade Drain Cleaner

To avoid clogging and bad odors, sink and tub drains should be periodically cleaned.

A once a month cleaning with a non-toxic, homemade cleaner prevents needing a stronger, usually sodium hydroxide (lye) based, cleaner to remove clogs.  Sodium hydroxide is extremely caustic, and will damage the lungs if inhaled, burn skin and eyes, and can be fatal if swallowed.  In addition, the heat generated by using sodium hydroxide can soften PVC pipes, and damage old, corroded pipes.  It also changes the pH of water and can cause fish kills.

A much nicer alternative to this harsh chemical is the simple combination of baking soda and vinegar, followed with boiling water.  When baking soda and vinegar are combined, they foam and expand, cleaning the sides of your pipes and dissolving fatty acids.  The boiling water then washes it all away.  This method is a great way to use up the box of baking soda in your frig that is not longer doing a good job of deodorizing.

Ingredients:

1 Cup baking soda
2 C…

It's Not Weird to Have a Tub of Leftover Soap Scraps {Recyled Soap Scrap Bars Recipe}

Are you looking for ways to save money?  Who isn't nowadays?

Every little thing you do helps and the small things really do add up.  Which is why I have a somewhat creepy tub of soap scraps in my bathroom.






I admit, it seems a little weird to save soap scraps, but it wasn't always this way.  In fact, they used to have little contraptions for saving your soap scraps.





But those days are gone.  Or are they?

I think frugality is making a comeback--at least, it is around here, because I save all our soap scraps.  What do I do with them?


Recycled Soap Scrap Bars

If you are regular users of bar soap, a family of four can easily manage to get six additional bars of soap per year by saving soap scraps.  It doesn't seem like much, so I'll write it this way instead:  in ten years, that would be 60 bars of "free" soap.  There, that seems more impressive.

Ingredients:
Soap scraps
Water
Herbs (optional)

1.  Grate or finely chop soap scraps.  Measure the amount you end up wi…