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I was out of my usual noxious bleach cleanser, but needed to clean my sinks. I decided to whip something up myself. To my delight, it actually worked! This is an all natural, fume free way to clean your sinks or any other surface you may want, showers, etc. It is very inexpensive too!
Total Time: A few minutes
Yield: About 1 1/2 cups
For homemade soft scrub cleaner, mix 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup dish soap, and 1/8 - 1/4 cup vinegar. Adjust amounts of baking soda or vinegar until it's the consistency you prefer.
By fossil1955 from Cortez, CO
I prefer this version:
Dump some baking soda into a small, lidded plastic container. Add a good squirt of dishwashing liquid. Gradually add water and mix until the texture resembles cake frosting. If it's too dry, add a little more water. Too wet, a little more baking soda.
I keep a plastic spoon next to the container under my sink and just scoop out a little when I want it. If it's been long enough since I used it that it has dried out, I just add a little more water. I make about a cup of this at a time.
Instead of buying "Soft Scrub" for your cleaning where you need bleach, buy liquid dishwasher soap. It has bleach and works great. The best part is that you get 3-4 times more for the same price as the Soft Scrub and it goes farther.
Dishwasher Detergent is also great for cleaning blinds. My brother taught me this when he owned a house-cleaning business in Palm Springs, CA. Fill the bathtub with enough water to cover the blinds. Add the dishwasher detergent. Cascade works best and let the blinds soak for a couple of hours. No scrubbing necessary. Rinse by turning on the shower. Have a heavy bath towel ready and you're all set. They're ready to hang.