Here on our little hillside, in WV, we try to live a simple life. One where we can try to make the best decisions in regards to what we feed our family, and where we source our foods. We try to make green decision that are not only good for our family but for our community and planet as well. There is no place I would rather raise a family, than these WV hills! So I guess it is our responsibility to preserve them, and our heritage.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Absolute Best Tub Cleaner

Over the years, I have tried tons of different cleaners.  Way too many with harsh chemicals.  These toxic cleaners as well as the green cleaners were basically ineffective.  I would spray them on, let them sit and then scrub ALOT!  Massive elbow grease for unsatisfactory results.  How frustrating.  So I saw a few homemade recipes on Pinterest.  I found one that measured out particular amounts of apple cider vinegar and Dawn dish detergent.  It had multiple steps, including to almost boil vinegar, then dissolve measured amount of dawn into that, then spray on tub and let sit for precisely however many minutes.  I did this.  It worked great, Actually it work amazingly!!

In all honesty, I have made this several times since then, I clean my sinks with it as well.  I just bought a simple spray bottle from the Dollar Tree.  I fill it half way with Dawn dish soap (the cheap blue soap)  and half with vinegar.  (It doesn't matter if it is white or apple cider, I have found either works great, they just have a slightly different smell.)   Spray this on and leave, go do another chore, come back sometime before it dries, and wipe your tub clean.  Yes wipe!!  Simply wipe.  I tried it with a paper towel just to see how easy the goo came off, and it did!!  You simply wipe it away!!  I normally use a cheap green scrubby and it comes spotlessly clean with no effort.  It is basically harder to rinse the surround now, then it is to clean it.

This combination is non toxic to you and your skin.  The vinegar smell is not exactly pleasant, but it evaporates away and the smell is gone, without poisoning your indoor air.  It you don't like the smell, add some lemon essential oil.  The vinegar is a disinfectant and probably works better than any bleaching agent does anyhow.  They use Dawn to clean little animals harmed by  Big Companies oil spills, it is very gentle and non toxic.  Also not nearly as toxic on your downstream water as a store bought cleaning agent would be.

So save yourself some time, hassle, and money.  Buy a spray bottle, add 1 part Dawn and 1 part vinegar.  Swirl till it is well mixed.  Spray down wet tub/shower area, wait about 10 minutes, clean your tub, smile at your fantastic new discovery, then ENJOY your clean tub by taking a nice hot bath!  :)