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Earth Paste Recipe September 28, 2012

Seems all I do is homework and housework.

I’ve yet to find a simple solution to getting all of my homework done, but I have a recipe for what we call “Earth Paste” that will make your cleaning experience easy, efficient, and eco-friendly.


Earth Paste Recipe


1 2/3 cup Baking Soda

1/2 cup Castile Soap (we use Dr. Bronner’s Tea Tree Pure Castile Soap)

2 Tbsp distilled water

2 Tbsp distilled vinegar

3 drops Essential Oil (optional for scent)



In a large bowl mix the baking soda, Castile soap, and distilled water with a fork until smooth. Add the vinegar (the girls love watching the mixture bubble). At this point you’ll add your drops of essential oil if you’ve chosen to use them. Mix everything again, until smooth. Use a rubber spatula to scoop the mixture into an airtight container (we make and store ours in an old plastic ice cream bucket).

We use this mixture to clean our bathroom (toilet, shower, bathtub, sink), but it’s great for plenty of other things too (stove top, cutting boards, etc). It’s very easy to use, just put a tablespoon or two on a towel or sponge and get to cleaning. You’ll be amazed at how softly you scrub, and how wonderfully the solution cleans up! If you want to make it even more abrasive try adding lemon juice and salt (I’ve never had to do this, and I’ve been using this recipe consistently for the past five years).

I hope you like using your Earth Paste as much as I do!


2 Responses to “Earth Paste Recipe”

  1. Teresa Cleveland Wendel Says:

    Another fabulous, eco-friendly cleaning tip!

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