Get rid of that toxic cleanser!
Years ago I decided I’d had enough of what what regular cleanser did to my skin and lungs, not to mention what it does to the environment after it goes on down the drain. The chlorine alone can cause damage to the eyes, nasal passages, and lungs simply from inhaling the fumes. This alone is enough to make it a no brainer to say no to using this type of cleaning product.
So in an effort to use non-toxic cleaners in my home I searched out recipes for a non toxic cleansing powder that I could make with recognizable ingredients. I ended up with this recipe which is a combination of what I liked best of all of them. I have been using it for years as well as giving jars of it to friends and family who always want more. So now I’m going to share it so you can make your own too. It’s easy to make and works like powdered cleanser. I use it on my tub surround, metal and porcelain sinks, even in the toilet. You still have to scrub (like cleanser), but the results are lovely and smell fantastic! Plus if there is any residual cleanser left in your tub when you take your next bath it’s okay. Go ahead and add some more of your lovely safe cleanser to your bath for a soothing scented soak!
The main ingredients – baking soda, sea salt and corn starch – are simple, easy to
obtain and harmless. Adding the essential oils are the fun part because you can customize the scent as well as it’s actions with the addition of a single oil or a combination of favorites.
Non Toxic Cleansing Powder Recipe:
- 2 cups baking soda
- 1/2 cup sea salt
- 1/4 cup cornstarch
- 25 drops (1/4 tsp) essential oil of your choice (add more or less to your liking).
Mix baking soda, salt and cornstarch in mixing bowl. It’s best to use a glass or metal bowl rather than plastic so your future food doesn’t taste like the scent you use! Take out a small amount of the mixture (about 1/2 cup). Add the essential oil to this and blend it in with the back of a metal spoon until it is evenly dispersed. Add this back into the main bowl and mix well.
I found some little glass restaurant style parmesan cheese shakers at a garage sale, so I keep one near each
sink….they’re cute. I have also re-used the big shaker after my parmesan cheese is gone. But you don’t have to use a shaker. I have just shaken it out of a canning jar, and it still works.
The essential oil you use can give your cleanser some germ-killing power or be just because you like the scent. While essential oils are not toxic when used correctly, some oils can be irritating to some people, so if you just want a fragrance free cleanser you can leave it out completely.
Here is a list of some essential oils that have anti-microbial properties.
Here is a list of essential oils that are favorites for scent:
These are only a few suggestions. There are so many more to choose from.
Happy green cleaning!