How to Make Your Own Scouring Powder

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Make Your Own Scouring Powder
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Scouring powder is used on many surfaces throughout a home to scrub away grease, grime and dirt. Scouring powders are used in kitchens, bathrooms on pots and pans, in garages, etc. Many store bought scouring powders have a distinct chemical odor. I do not like using a household cleaner with a harsh chemical smell around myself or my family. I also like to know exactly what ingredients I am using to clean the items my family is coming in contact with. Scouring powders are also expensive. If I can save money and clean just as effectively, I will always choose to save money on my cleaning products. The only thing I give up is spending extra money! Scouring powders are a perfect example of being able to make a common product yourself at a fraction of the cost.

In a clean, glass, lidded jar add 1/2 of a cup of baking soda, 1/2 of a cup of Borax and 1/2 of a cup of salt. Choose a jar that will leave room after all of the ingredients have been added to allow room for mixing.

Place the lid tightly on the jar and shake the jar vigorously to thoroughly mix all ingredients. Be sure to clearly label the jar with all of the ingredients.

Sprinkle the scouring powder on the bottoms of pans and all other surfaces you would normally use scouring powder.

Dip a sponge or rag in plain water to scrub off grease, grime, dirt and stains from surfaces.

Store in dry area with the lid securely in place. keep out of reach of children and pets.

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