How to make natural cleaning paste


We wouldn’t dream of putting toxic cleaning products in our bath water before we soak in it, would we?  What we use to clean our bath tub is as important as the products we put on our skin, as the residue from cleaning products can of course make it’s way into our bath water and therefore our skin (our body’s largest detoxification organ) and our blood stream. Not exactly what you want when you relax into a long hot soaky bath at the end of a long day, is it?

The problem with many commercial cleaning products is that they contain toxic ingredients known to irritate skin, not to mention the harm that bleach and other disinfectants can cause to our throat, lungs and other internal organs. Cream cleaners with ingredients that carry warnings like ‘hazardous’, ‘irritations to skin’, and ‘keep out of reach of children’, should send alarm bells ringing. 

A few simple food-based ingredients, castille soap and water are all you need to cut through  grime in your bath tub, and clean the rest of your bathroom too.

Bicarb soda is great for scouring, the addition vinegar (which disinfects), castille soap and lemon essential oil turns it into a powerful natural cleaning agent.

Why lemon essential oil as opposed to lemon juice? Lemon essential oil is great for cutting through grease and grime – it comes from the rind of the lemon, rather than the juice, which means it has very different properties.  The high limonene content of lemon essential oil makes it a powerful cleaning agent.  It is also much more concentrated and potent – there are 40 organic lemons in just one 15ml bottle of doTERRA’s lemon essential oil,  for example, (each of which contains 250 drops). You would need a much higher concentration of lemon juice to get the same potency as 1-2 drops of oil, which work out to be 0.05 cents per drop – much more cost effective than buying an organic lemon!

You can rest assured that any left over residue from these  ingredients won’t be harmful to you skin.  I actually add bicarb soda to my bath (along with Epsom salts) because it helps draw out toxins and restore alkaline levels (you can check out my detox bath recipe here), while lemon essential oil, as well as being a natural disinfectant, is known for it’s skin purifying benefits. The ancient Egyptians used lemon essential oil to rid their bodies of toxins.

You will need:

  • 3/4 cup bicarb soda (ideally organic, aluminium-free, I buy mine online in bulk from Blants wellbeing & lifestyle).
  • 1/4 cup unscented castille soap (I use Dr Bronner’s unscented)
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 8 drops of 100% pure therapeutic grade lemon essential oil (I use doTERRA)*

What to do:

1.  In a mixing bowl, combine the bicarb soda and castille soap and stir.
2. Add water, vinegar and essential oil and mix into a paste.
3. Apply the paste to your bath, let it set for a few minutes and then scrub clean.
4. Store any leftover paste in an airtight container.

If you’d like to learn more about how you can use essential oils to support a healthier home, check out my ‘essential oils for healthy homes and healthy bodies’ live online supersession, come along to one of my workshops, or feel free to reach out to me directly if you’d like help getting started on your oily journey. 


Zara is a healthy home coach and keynote speaker on a mission to empower 1 million people to takes steps towards a healthier home. Zara learned about the link between our homes and our health after going through two different types of cancer. Zara is passionate about shining the spotlight on what she believes to be the least understood health challenges of our time, and sharing the things she wishes she had known, that could have prevented the illnesses she has been through. Recognised as one of Australia’s leading health influencers, Zara was a finalist in the 2014 Bupa Health Influencer of the Year Awards. She has appeared on TEN News, Today Show and The Project, been featured in the Herald Sun, I Quit Sugar, and contributed Medibank’s Be. Magazine and Fairfax health online publications. Zara contributed to the National Breast Cancer Foundation’s first comprehensive report on breast cancer in young women in Australia.

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