DIY Degreaser Soft Scrub

DIY Degreaser Soft Scrub

I dislike cleaning the stove very much.

Very, very, much. Or at least I did until this DIY degreaser soft scrub. I’ll admit it, I used to let grease from cooking just sitting on the stove procrastinating cleaning it. The whole point of procrastination is you are avoiding to do something you don’t want to do, right? Oh, I’m somewhat of an expert on procrastination. I once started to read a book on how to break the habit of procrastination…but never finished it!

I digress.

My point is, we avoid tasks we don’t really want to do because they are either daunting or not fun. Who says “yay! my stove is so dirty, I can’t wait to clean it!”?

DIY Soft Scrub

I used to clean my stove with only baking soda and vinegar. Until I found out that mixing both is a moot point because one is alkali and the other one is acidic so they cancel each other out. You are left cleaning with only nice bubbles. Well, baking soda alone, even mixed with water, is a great cleaner due to it’s scrubbing power, but when you add the right ingredients you end up with a simple to make, yet super effective cleaner.

DIY degreaser soft scrub

DIY Degreaser Soft Scrub

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Add baking soda and castille soap into a container of your choice (I used these 4 oz. Ball jars) and mix until a homogeneous paste has formed
  2. Add the sweet orange essential oil
  3. With a spray bottle wet surface and scoop some scrub with a natural fiber sponge or brush (I like this brand the best)
  4. Scrub until all grease or grime is removed
  5. Wipe clean with a wet towel
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Baking soda and castille soap make a great soft scrub, and orange essential oil is the best at removing grease and grime. But did you also know that a study revealed that Valenica essential oil (a type of sweet orange) is also effective against E. coli? So this scrub also has anti-antibacterial properties making it great for counters where raw meat has been placed.

It’s not for nothing that conventional cleaning products taut that they use orange essential oil, the problem is that oil is usually synthetic, even the smell is synthetic. Those chemicals are irritants, linked to asthma, endocrine disruption, and even cancer.

All you need are these three ingredients and you have a natural, safe, and effective DIY degreaser soft scrub. Now, knock yourself out cleaning that stove!

DIY orange soft scrub. Great for thatgrease on stoves!


   
About Stephanie

Stephanie is a stay-at-home mom to her curly-haired two year old son, a nursing student, dog lover, and yoga enthusiast. She loves to share her tips on making green and healthy living attainable to families getting
started in the wonderful world of eco-consciousness. She believes in
real food and living as natural as possible…and why not, leaving behind a
better planet for our children.

Comments

  1. Perfect! I was just about to do some cleaning ;)

  2. Mary Simu says:

    Castile soap …. what exactly is it ???? I live in Athens Greece and can’t find it anywhere :-)

  3. I can’t wait to try this! I use my stove top a lot and it doesn’t look at great as it should. I use baking soda, but it doesn’t always get the job done.

  4. This is pretty much like my recipe! I LOVE how well this recipe works! Thanks for sharing!!!

  5. Nysia E says:

    Would this get off the black “baked on” stuff on your stove top?

  6. Isabella B says:

    Can’t wait to try this thank you. I usually put each stove grate in a ziplock sealed with a 1/4 cup of ammonia and let them sit outside which has worked amazingly to clean them but I’d rather get those results from your method as it’s much healthier. Ive also combined equal parts of baking soda and coconut oil to form a paste when removing labels from glass Jars and it works great to get the sticky stuff off after I let it sit for a bit then use a scrub brush for quick removal.

  7. I usually just use baking soda and water on my stove, but I have a few stubborn spots. I’ll have to give this a try!

  8. I love the simple ingredients used, castile soap rocks :)

  9. Debra Devaney says:

    Will this clean a greasy sticky stove hood? I’m at my wits end!!!!

    • It should, Debra. If it’s a really tough job, try adding more baking soda as you are scrubbing and you can add more orange essential oil to the scrub as well.

  10. I linked to this on my 10 Ways to DIY post that published on 7/31 and just featured it on day 3 of the my August awareness challenge that is hosted on Facebook. Thanks for sharing! =)

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