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I scrub the tubs about once every two weeks. Because we have hard water, we do need to clean a little more frequently than I imagine most people do. In asking around, I found that many friends clean their tub once a month.
Growing up, we always used a green powdered cleanser. Recently, I decided to take a look at the powdered cleaners available. The one I grew up using has bleach in it. That’s out! In fact, several of the scrubs I looked at contained bleach, and they all had a strong, disagreeable scent.
The great thing is that you don’t have to buy a commercial product to get scrubbing action. You’ve got it with baking soda!
To make my tub scrub, I combine about a half-cup of baking soda with a little squirt of liquid soap, then stir in enough water to form a paste. That’s it! I put some on my scrub brush, and scrub down the tub. Rinse and I’m done.
If I need a little bleaching action going on, I use lemon juice instead of water to make the paste. Some people cut a lemon in half and use that to apply the paste to the scrub instead of a brush.
Cost Break Down
One 21-ounce container of commercial tub scrub: $3.95
21 ounces of baking soda bought in bulk: ($7.39 for a 13.5-pound bag) $0.72
One squirt of Dr. Bronner’s soap: $0.21
Total to make it at home: $0.93
Total saved per container: $3.02
Next week, we’ll show you how to create a wonderful spray that will cut soap scum amazingly.