I have an old laminate countertop in my kitchen and replacing it has not been in the budget. Old knife cuts collect dirt and the laminate absorbs stains readily. My kids are known to leave the cast iron sit on the counter, wet, until it leaves a rust stain. And, of course, there are coffee, tea, and other things that an old, porous countertop absorbs. Just look at the horrid stain in this photo.
I have created a wonderful cleaner that not only is non-toxic but works. The lemon essential oil in this recipe smells wonderful and fresh as it cleans and brightens. The peroxide, also, is a natural brightener. And, the baking soda provides scouring action without scratching like some commercially prepared cleaners.
Folks that live in old houses, like me, are always on the lookout for non-toxic cleaners to remove decades of dirt, germs or stains. If this describes you, add this cleaner to your arsenal of cleaners, because you can use it on a lot more than the kitchen counter. It will remove water spots from your stainless steel faucets and sink, clean the porcelain in the bathroom, and remove stains from dishes.
The power is in the lemon. Did you know that it takes 75 lemons to create one 15 ml bottle of lemon essential oil? Six to 10 drops might not sound like a lot until you think of 75 lemons squeezed into that tiny bottle.
Homemade Citrus Scouring Scrub
I have created a wonderful cleanser that not only is non-toxic but works when you need to clean tables and countertops. The lemon essential oil in this recipe smells wonderful and fresh as it cleans and brightens, it also de-greases!
- Hydrogen peroxide
- 6 Tbsp baking soda
- Lemon essential oil
- 1. Stir just enough hydrogen peroxide into the baking soda to form a paste.
- Add 6-8 drops of lemon essential oil and stir thoroughly.
- Store in a glass container.
- Apply a thick coating of the cleanser to your stain and let sit for about 10 minutes.
- Scrub with an old toothbrush or other non-scratching scrubby.
- Rinse with clean water
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