If you’re like me, and tired of the chemical cocktails for sale at the store to clean our houses with, cleaners that contain chemicals that will disrupt our hormones, cause allergies, potentially harm our children, pets and ourselves, then you will enjoy learning about some wonderful alternatives!

My last post was about how to make your own carpet freshener and natural cleaning spray https://www.theprairieapothecarycompany.com/summerizing-your-house/

Today I have some helpful hints in the way of scouring powder! It’s baking soda to the rescue again, along with Borax. Borax is a natural mineral found in the earth that is helpful for boosting cleaning power, softening water, deodorizing, etc… it can be found  in the laundry aisle at the grocery store.

GEDSC DIGITAL CAMERA Washing soda is also found in the laundry aisle and is used to boost cleaning power as well. It’s not the same as baking soda, however they are related. Baking soda is sodium bi carbonate, washing soda is sodium carbonate. It is  highly alkaline which makes it great in your laundry to boost detergent power. It also boosts the cleaning power of other cleaners as well, such as this scouring powder.

Here is the simple recipe.

1 cup baking soda

1/2 cup borax

1/2 cup washing soda

20 drops of essential oils

I used lavender and tea tree, but peppermint, lemon, orange, thyme, Thieves, or eucalyptus could also work.

I chose my oils based on their cleansing and purifying power, plus they smell awesome!

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Simple to mix up and pour into a pint jar, and the cover of your parmesan cheese container works great for this. Open the cap and sprinkle onto the surface of sink, counter, tub or whatever needs a good scrubbing.  Here is a picture of my very dirty kitchen sink, and the results of a scrubbing with the natural scouring powder.

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It cleaned up really well, and whole kitchen smelled fresh and clean!

A great way to freshen up your kitchen drain is to pour 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1 cup vinegar down, let it sit for 15 min. and then pour a tea pot of boiling water down the drain.

Next time we will learn about making some laundry soap and fabric softeners that will cost only pennies per load!

Until then, happy cleaning!

P.S. If you are truly interested in getting into using quality essential oils in your home, I can help you with that! Young Living has top of the line, pure, quality essential oils and a great wholesale program with many other perks! Just contact me at tmburnet69@gmail.com or click http://bit.ly/MarcieBurnettYLEO