As I’ve mentioned before, I love to clean with lemon essential oil. This is a great recipe for deep cleaning. You can avoid hours of scrubbing with this powdered cleanser DIY. It makes it easy to clean even the grimiest of surfaces with very little work. Just sprinkle on the surface, walk away for 15–30 minutes. Return and give a little scrub and then wipe clean.


  • 2 cups borax
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • ½ cup citric acid
  • ½ cup kosher salt
  • 20 – 25 drops Lemon oil

Note: Although borax is natural, it can be toxic when ingested and should be kept away from children and pets. If you are concerned about using borax, you can omit it.


  1. Combine all ingredients into a large bowl and stir until combined.
  2. Store in a large shaker bottle.
  3. To use, dampen surface and sprinkle powder over area you want to clean.
  4. Let sit for 15–30 minutes. For an extra cleansing boost, spray distilled vinegar on powder and wipe clean.
An old spice or Parmesan cheese shaker works great as your shaker bottle!
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