Going green to clean is fine until you meet the really tough stains that won’t budge, like the build-up in pots, pans and oven or the grime that collects at the bottom of the bird bath. Here you need to bring out the big guns and use something abrasive. Before you reach for that environmentally toxic stuff, grab some eggs! Why? Because you can use the shells to make a super duper abrasive powder that is harmless to you, your kids, pets and the environment. Plus you get to use something that you would probably toss in the bin anyway. So it’s almost free.
What you do:
- Save your egg shells (you need at least 20 or so to make this worthwhile)
- Boil them in a large pot to get rid of bacteria and any eggy bits
- Remove with a slotted spoon and drain
- Spread cooled shells on a baking tray
- Dry them thoroughly in the sun or on a very low heat in the oven (must be bone dry)
- Roughly crush shells before pulverising completely in a coffee grinder or pestle and mortar
- Decant into a jar and add 1 part baking soda to one part egg shell powder
- Mix the two together and you are good to go
- If you want to get fancy, you can add a drop or two of your favourite essential oil
- A large plastic salt or flour shaker works well as a container too
This works well for cleaning the bathtub, basins, shower, tiles, tile grout, linoleum floors, sink, counter tops, oven – just about anywhere. If you don’t have baking soda on hand, you can also just use water and dish soap with the egg shell powder. The baking soda is useful as a degreaser though.