My parents are coming to visit tomorrow. This means I needed to clean my tub, which hasn't been cleaned in an embarrassingly looooong time. Calling it dingy would be quite polite. I've been putting it off because I'm transitioning to non-toxic cleaning products. Oh yeah, and because I'd rather do just about anything else besides clean my tub.
So far, my cleaning transition includes: a vinegar spray and old newspaper to clean mirrors and windows, just plain Method dish soap and water to clean countertops, Method toilet cleaner (which actually smells good - weird) and Seventh Generation laundry detergent.
But I wasn't really sure if any old natural or home-made product was going to be up for THIS challenge. I had heard somewhere to make a paste of baking soda and vinegar. So I mixed up a small batch (about 1/8 cup) of the two ingredients in an old small glass jar, and applied the liquid paste to the tub tile grout with an old toothbrush.
Shiver me timbers!! The bizarre orange stuff in the tile grout magically disappeared. Instantly! It just washed away with a wet cloth rag. So I decided to go for it, and applied the velvety white magic paste to the ring around the tub with a brillo pad. More magic! Oh so clean. No scrubbing. No cursing. No toxic odors. No poisons washed down the drain.
I'm so giddy. That actually was easy. And now, 5 minutes later, I'm done - without breaking a sweat. I hope you will forgive me for grossing you out with the description of my "dingy" :) tub. If you'll excuse me, I need to go check my tub just to make sure it's as lovely and white as I remember it.