Dust-free, scratch-free scouring soap paste cleanser

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    IrishLass

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    The idea for making this concoction all started when I ran out of Comet powdered cleanser recently (which I use for cleaning my shower floor), and when I went to buy another canister, I found out my grocery store no longer stocked it. :confused:

    Out of curiosity, I wondered how hard it would be to make my own scouring powder and started looking online for DYI Comet powder recipes, while in the meantime, my nephew who is currently living with us offered me his tub of scrubby cleansing paste made by a well-known MLM company to tide me over. I was quite surprised at how well it worked to get my shower floor clean and pristine, and I especially liked how it didn't kick up cleanser dust into the air like regular powder cleansers do...... and then as things so often happen in my DYI mind, I thought to myself, 'Gee wiz, this little tub of scrubby paste is so awesome yet soooo expensive, but lookee here- there are only 3 simple ingredients in it, and the main one, which is the scrubby-but-non-scratchy ingredient, is the exact same ingredient that others are using in their DYI Comet powder recipes (marble flour, aka calcium carbonate, aka chalk, aka feldspar, etc..) and it is super cheap to buy....how hard could it be to make my own for pennies on the dollar?". For what it's worth, the other ingredients in my nephew's paste were natural soap and a trace amount of coconut oil.

    Somewhat excited and impatient to make up a sample amount right away, I went to my health food store and bought some NOW-brand calcium carbonate powder, as well as a small bottle of Dr. Bronner's peppermint scented 'Castile' (mostly coconut oil) soap, and got to concocting.

    While I wasn't able to get my concoction to the exact same consistency as the paste that my nephew loaned to me (theirs is a little drier than mine but somehow still holds solidly together), it's close enough for me and it works quite well in the same way, although for kicks I might tweak it in the future just to see if I can get it closer in consistency.

    I had to wing it with the ratios, but in the end I used about 1/4 cup of the calcium carbonate, which weighed 56g on my scale, and 6g (about 1 and 1/2 tsps.). of the liquid soap. I didn't add any coconut oil. I figured it might very well be possible that there were traces of a coconut oil superfat in the Dr. B soap, so I didn't bother.

    In percentages, this is what it looks like:

    90.32% calcium carbonate
    9.68% liquid soap

    At first, I was trying to mix the two ingredients together in a small bowl, but that was proving to be rather difficult, so I transferred them to a Ziploc baggie and smooshed them into a well-blended, cohesive mass before dumping it out into 2-oz low-profile tub container and pressing it firmly down into the container. It filled the container about 2/3 of the way up.

    To use, you're supposed to dampen a microfiber cloth or sponge or whatever other cleansing implement of choice, swipe it on the surface of the paste to pick some of the paste up and then rub it on whatever mess that you are trying to clean.

    To test my concoction out, I chose my hubby's badly tea-stained, plastic coffee travel mug to use as my guinea pig. On several previous occasions, I'd tried getting those stains out with one of those Scotch-brand scouring pads and soap, but was never able make much if any headway at all. Barring soaking it in bleach, I had resigned myself to the fact that it was probably stained permanently, but what do you know- the paste worked like a charm and got the stains out! Yay! :thumbs: It also works well at cleaning hardened food off my porcelain dishes and my stovetop.

    I really like this paste form of scouring powder. It's nice to not have to deal with getting cleanser dust airborne everywhere.


    IrishLass :)
     
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    Sounds like a winner, IrishLass!
     
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    This is awesome! I have that awesome and overpriced MLM cleaning paste. It works so well, but I tend to hoard it for my stove top since it’s so pricy. I will try this out and thanks for sharing!
     
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    Here is a recipe that I have used for years. I use this instead of scouring powder or commercial soft scrup.

    1/2 cup baking soda
    1/2 cup washing soda
    1/4 cup borax
    1/2 cup liquid or cream soap
    2 Tbsp. white vinegar
    25 drops tea tree EP
    10 drops lemon EO
    10 drops peppermint EO
     
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    @IrishLass "Dr. Bronner's peppermint scented 'Castile' (mostly coconut oil) soap" -- Question: Why not use your own LS??? Dollars to donuts it would clean as well. I like this idea. Thanks for sharing!

    DIY 100% Coconut Oil LS:
    0% SF; Water at 2 X KOH. Dilution: 40% Soap to 60% water. Makes good laundry soap -- I pour it into a re-purposed Purex Detergent jug and use that cap to measure the amount per load. Add white vinegar to the rinse cycle. Run a second rinse cycle to make sure all the soap scum is removed.

    Other use: DIY All-Purpose Orange Spray Cleaner:
    31 oz water
    1 Tablespoon 100% Coconut Oil LS
    1 Tablespoon White Vinegar
    1 Teaspoon Liquid Calgon (water softener)
    1 Teaspoon Orange EO


    I Spritz my black range top, wipe with a paper towel and it cleans up grease spatters and stuck on food crud to a mirror finish. Works on formica counter tops, finished wood window sills, all appliances, big & small; not sure about stainless tho... don't have any of that.
     
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    @IrishLass thanks for sharing, one of these days I'm going to have to get back into my lab and play with all the ideas I've seen the last several months.
     
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    I know, right? It's a really good product, but goodness- it's insane how much they charge for their paste considering how very inexpensive the raw ingredients are. You can buy a whopping 10 lbs. of fine calcium carbonate powder online for $5.00 cheaper than what they charge for just one of their 6.7 oz canisters of paste. I was doing some calculating, and going by my very rough estimates based on the weight of the calcium carbonate I used to fill a 2 oz canister 2/3rds of the way full with paste, I figure that with that 10lbs of calcium carbonate I found online that I could probably make enough paste to fill 20 of their canisters for $5 cheaper than they charge for just 1 canister. Even the comparatively more expensive 12 oz. bottle of calcium carbonate powder I bought at the healthfood store is able to fill about 1 and 1/2 of their canisters for $22 less than what they charge for just 1.

    Thanks for sharing, Linda! When I was looking online for a DYI Comet powder recipe, I ran into lots of folks using a baking soda/washing soda/borax combo and I almost made it but I couldn't find the washing soda component at my grocery store. I have the Borax and baking soda, though, so I'm going to keep looking for the washing soda and when I find it I'm going to go ahead and make it to see how it compares.


    You're welcome, Zany. I most definitely would have used my own LS, but unfortunately I've run out and need to make another batch. :cool:


    IrishLass :)
     
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    If you can't find washing soda, spread baking soda in a shallow pan and put it in the oven at 400-450 F for about 1 hour or until the weight of the pan + powder doesn't change much anymore. The baking soda will lose about 1/3 of its starting weight, speaking from memory. The texture will also change from a slightly lustrous and flowable powder to a dull and somewhat clumpy powder.
     
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    You can also just use all baking soda until you find washing soda.:)
     
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    Doncha hate that?! I know the feeling... I just ran out of my hand lotion today. Now, if I just had 4 more hours in a day, I wouldn't worry about such things. :p
     
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    @IrishLass - Thank you! I love this kind of thing.

    You can buy washing soda at WSP. I usually buy it in bulk there when there's some sort of discount.
     
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