Dirty Away Scrubbing Paste

This scrubbing paste gets used a lot for the tough to clean items. I just use an old toothbrush that is always close to my scrubbing paste jar. Place some paste on the toothbrush and give it a little scrub and then rinse off or wipe off with a wet cloth. Anything from your oven trays, benches, sinks cutlery, mugs and anything in-between. If you find that you use it a lot you can easily double the recipe too.  


  • 70g sodium bicarbonate 
  • 35g liquid castile  
  • 1 tablespoon salt 
  • 15 drops essential oil (I love to use tea tree oil, grapefruit and lavender) 


  • Mix all your ingredients together and place them in a glass container with a sealable lid.  
  • To use I usually put some paste on my old toothbrush and give the surface a good scrub. If it is a bit tougher stain and does not come off immediately, I will take 1 teaspoon of the paste and mix it with 1 teaspoon of vinegar or lemon juice, give it a stir and then scrub the surface with an old toothbrush.

About the author, Mariska

Hi and welcome! My name is Mariska. I am originally from South Africa, but now call the world my home. I am an artist, designer, environmentalist, podcast host and speaker.

I started the Mama Earth Talk podcast in 2018 to share some of the things that I learned about just how easy it can be to reduce your impact on the environment. This then quickly grew into a forum that showcases the amazing things that many people are doing to make the planet better, and further into a source of hope and inspiration for many. A few of the amazing guests include Zero Waste Queen, Bea Johnson, Claude Silver, Kathryn Kellogg and zero waste chef Max La Manna.

If you do not already I urge you to follow me and my journey on social media (@designbymariska), and to refuse, reduce, reuse, recycle and rot your own waste using the handy tips I post!

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