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How to make a DIY soft cleanser

Whether for health or financial reasons, many households today are striving to find effective cleaning products without harsh chemicals. Many folks are using baking soda to deodorize, but a recipe for a soft, mildly abrasive cleanser – especially one that smells wonderful and can be stored for later use – is less common. However,  Jess Kielman of Mom 4 Real has found the answer.
What Kielman has created is a soft cleanser that smells pleasantly of citrus, is stored in a jar, and is simple and inexpensive to make. In fact, Kielman explains, "You only need a few ingredients, and you don’t have to use much of it to get the job done!" We're already intrigued.
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Kielman mixes baking soda, castile soap and a citrus or essential oil with a small amount of water and stores it in an airtight jar. She uses the mixture to "scrub away the dirt and scratches" from sinks, bathtubs, and even toilets!
For the complete recipe and detailed instructions, visit Kielman's post on her blog, Mom 4 Real.
If you aren't familiar with castile soap, it's the name used for soaps using all-natural ingredients and a vegetable oil as a base. The technique is believed to have been developed long ago in the Castile region of Spain, which is why it is sometimes spelled with a capital "C." The soap is used for everything from facial wash to ant spray to all-purpose cleaning. Whether you buy castile soap or make it yourself, it's an extremely effective, all-natural cleanser. 
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