This lemony scented cream cleaner comes together in a flash, and is fantastic for cleaning sinks and bathtubs, but it’s also done great things to grime on my stove top. It’s basically a lotion, but instead of a carrier oil, I’ve used d-limonene (aka citrus terpenes) for the oil part. D-limonene is a biodegradeable solvent and disinfectant, and since it’s derived from lemons, the citrus scent is built in.

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A bit of baking soda gives the cleaner a bit of abrasion—it shouldn’t scratch anything (my acrylic tub & porcelain sink were fine), but it really helps blast away bathtub rings.

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Like all lotions made with an emulsifying wax, this comes together in a flash. It’s a bit thin at first, but as soon as you add the baking soda it perks up to a thick, creamy texture.

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The final product is really useful. It’s disinfecting and helps break down grease, and thanks to the baking soda, it’s got a bit of an abrasive kick with its citrussy punch.

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Lemon Cream Cleaner

7g | 0.25oz emusimulse (or other complete emulsifying wax—not beeswax!)
18g | 0.63oz d-limonene

75g | 2.6oz just-boiled water

1 tsp baking soda

Broad spectrum preservative of choice (why?)

Weigh the Emulsimulse/Ritamulse and d-limonene into a saucepan and melt over medium low heat. Add the water and heat through. Remove from the heat.

Whisk to combine as the mixture cools. Once it is mostly cool, whisk in the baking soda and preservative.

Decant to a plastic or glass jar. Use as you would any mildly abrasive household cleaner. Be sure to wipe/scrub it off, and not just rinse, as its creamy nature can be a bit hazardous on a tub, especially if left on in large quantities for unsuspecting bathers.

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