Monday, July 26, 2010

cleaning the tub-what works

so with everything else that is going on, we still have to do regular house-stuff...the one thing i normally argue about is the dang tub...who wants to clean it-yeah, not me!
Santa Ana has some serious hard-water and "OCD-delilah" wants it UBER-clean, military-style to be exact. only problem is that when you want to get rid of the "gunky" stuff, you might have to resort to foul smelling you really want that going into our water-no thank you!
here are some of the things i use to have a happy, healthy and above CLEAN tub:
Ecover: LOVE this company-nothing beats them, their limescale remover is the best thing out and really does work.

scrubbing items: seriously and old toothbrush does the trick-it gets the small spots and you are recycling! i also use walnut sponges from Natural Value...we usually sell them and i must say people order them by the case-they are that good!

ZIP-IT: use this regularly this cheap and tiny gizmo gets the gross stuff that can cause a serious drain problem before it event thinks of happening. SO WORTH the few bucks (we sell em too but so does your local hardware store).

AFM Safecoat: cannot say enough about this pioneering company that was one of the first to create low/zero-odor products-get their grout sealer- it will help if the grout wasn't sealed before and can save you scrub time.

Cream Scrubs: Ecover makes some great cream scrubs that are great for the tub itself...or make it yourself.  here's a great recipe from Natural Home Magazine (love!)
  • 1 cup baking soda, in a medium sized mixing bowl
  • 1/2 cup liquid castile soap
  • 5-10 drops of antibacterial essential oil, such as lavender, tea tree or rosemary 
  • mix everything until it makes a nice paste, make a bunch for later and use water to re-hydrate the mixture
PS: a little spray bottle of water and tea tree oil is great to freshen the tub and to keep it anti fungal.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am gonna try this. I recently bought some eco friendly bathroom cleaner at Grocery Outlet I will try. Thanks for sharing!