Non-Toxic Allergy-Friendly Citrus Bathroom Scrub

Non-Toxic, Allergy-Friendly Citrus Bathroom ScrubWhen I was a young kid, I remember cleaning the tub after every bath with one of those powder cleaners that come in a can. Afterwards, I always seemed to have a bit of respiratory irritation from indirectly inhaling the powder as I sprinkled it around the bathtub.

When I was a teenager, my grandmother mistakenly mixed Comet® Powder Bathroom cleaner with bleach. As you can probably guess, that did not go very well.

Mixing comet with bleach, or mixing cleaning supplies in general, can be very dangerous. Mixing bleach with ammonia, or anything acidic is a big “no-no” as it creates a very dangerous chemical reaction that can result in the formation of toxic chloramine vapor or toxic chlorine gas which can cause death at very high levels. Even at low levels, chlorine gas almost always causes respiratory distress and irritation of mucous membranes.

Luckily, my grandmother was okay. Needless to say, after that my family removed all of the dangerous cleaning products from her home.

Unfortunately, most common household cleaners on the market can trigger respiratory problems. Having kiddos with asthma, I am always looking for more natural, non-toxic cleaning solutions. Most household cleaning jobs do not require the harsh chemicals found in cleaning products today. It is overkill in more ways than one.

My daughter is currently having a bit of an asthma flare right now due to the extremely cold weather and just getting over a respiratory virus, so I am über conscious about not using any products that might trigger her asthma.

Luckily, I have this awesome homemade non-toxic and allergy-friendly Citrus Bathroom Scrub. It is perfect for cleaning bathroom tubs and tile.

It is amazing at removing soap scum and stains with very little elbow grease. It also smells yummy and won’t singe your nose hairs or make your eyes water while your cleaning the bathroom.

Non-Toxic Allergy-Friendly Citrus Bathroom Scrub

  • ¾ cup baking soda
  • 4 drops of your favorite non-toxic dish soap (I used Honest® White Grapefruit Dish Soap)
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 15 drops lemon essential oil

Recipe Instructions

  1. Combine the baking soda and dish soap in a mason jar.
  2. Add the water and stir.
  3. Add the vinegar and stir (it will bubble up a bit).
  4. Add 15 drops of lemon essential or just enough drops to neutralize the vinegar scent.
  5. Stir until the scrub is the consistency of a very thick paste.
  6. Store in an air-tight container.

Cleaning Instructions

  1. Apply a heaping tablespoon of Citrus Scrub to a soft cloth or brush.
  2. Using the cloth or brush, apply the Citrus Scrub to the bathtub and tile.
  3. Wet the cloth or brush and scrub the tub and tile.
  4. Rinse well after cleaning.
  5. Store the remaining Citrus Scrub in an air-tight container.

This cleaner works well on porcelain and ceramic tile. Note: If you have natural stone tile, baking soda may scratch the surface and anything acidic, such as vinegar, might damage natural stone. I will be sharing what I use in my stone-tiled showers in another post.

About Tiffany deSilva

Hi I'm Tiffany deSilva, MSW, CPC, CHC, Founder of BrightFire Living, LLC. I am a social worker, speaker, author, certified health, wellness and lifestyle coach, certified green living coach and toxic-free consultant. I am passionate about helping women like you to detox each area of your life, safeguard your family's health, and live life fully charged and completely lit up! I am on a mission to empower women and families who are managing food allergies, autoimmune disorders, and other modern chronic health conditions to live a safe, happy, and healthy life that truly lights your fire!

Feedback & Comments:

  1. Trying this this weekend! I just ran out of tub cleaner and can’t stand how long the smell lingers, so am really excited about this!

    • Tiffany deSilva says

      Hi Sarah! Thanks so much for stopping by! One of the reasons I love this citrus scrub is that it has such a fresh invigorating scent while not having the lingering noxious smell that commercial cleaners have.

  2. Can’t wait to try… I too have lots of allergies and asthma issues and most cleaners are way to harsh and either give me a monster headache or a huge allergy flare ups complete with watery eyes and sneezing up a storm. Will definitely be using. Thanks for sharing your tips.

    • Tiffany deSilva says

      Hi Lisa! I often get headaches from chemical cleaners, as well. Let me know what you think after you give it a try.

  3. I’m excited to try this out! Many times, I don’t like the smells or residues that typical household cleaners leave behind. With two young kids (and not to mention, my husband and myself!), I like to keep things as naturally clean as possible.

  4. I LOVE this recipe! I’ve been looking for an alternative to heavy chemical cleaners as I have fibro and am very sensitive to chemical smells and fumes. I may have to give this one a test run this weekend! Thank you!

  5. I’ll try it. Actually have lemon essential oil on hand! Baking soda by itself works fairly well, too. I use it in the kitchen.
    To clarify one point in your article, the reason Comet created chlorine gas when combined with Ammonia, is because it’s a chlorine-based cleaner. Very effective, but you have to be careful. Bleach is chlorine, so it shouldn’t have created chlorine gas when combined with Comet, but would intensify the chlorine. I worked with chlorine years ago as a swimming pool operator & sometimes had to use the powdered chlorine when we were out of the liquid or the pump wasn’t working. I had to hold my breath when scooping it out to use. Chlorine is powerful stuff.
    By the way, it’s good to hear from you again. :-)

    • Tiffany deSilva says

      Hi Sara! Thanks for sharing! Chlorine is powerful stuff! There’s been a few times when I’ve felt like I could barely breathe just walking into the indoor pool at the gym. Thanks again for stopping by. It’s great to hear from you, too!

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