Lavender Cleaning Paste Recipe

Our popular Green Goddess Rose and Peppermint Cleaning Pastes work just as well as Jif but without the toxic chemicals and horrible smell.

We’ve even had people tell us they use it as a shampoo and also as a hand cleaner instead of Swarfega.

Now you can make your own lavender scented version. This paste will get marks off walls, baked on food off of saucepans and will clean up your shower, sinks, bath, basins and oven tops beautifully

The DIY recipe includes our premium baking soda which is a great stain remover that will remove stubborn stains without harsh scratching and damage.

This recipe is enough to last ages. A little goes a long way.

Lavender Cleaning Paste

1 cup Green Goddess Premium Baking Soda

1 tbsp Cream Of Tartar

10 ml Green Goddess Liquid Castile Soap

1 ml Lavender Essential Oil

5 ml water

In a bowl mix together the baking soda and cream of tartar.

In a jug mix the liquid castile soap with the water then slowly pour into the powders and mix with a fork until you have a paste.

Add more water if you need too, you’re wanting a thick paste. Add 1 ml of lavender essential oil and stir to combine. Put into a jar or pottle and leave plenty of room.

Leave overnight with the lid over the top but not screwed down – it will fizz up.  The next day pat the mixture down and put the lid on.

Thanks to Heather Ford for the lovely lavender photo.

 

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      Hi Donna, Dr Bronner’s is the best castille soap to use. You can buy it at my online shop on this website or at my shop at 356 Great North Rd, Grey Lynn. Also have a look at the FAQs for help.

  1. I love this paste! I love it so much that i am inspired to create a bunch of your recipes to give as xmas pressies, so thanks! My experience of making the paste is that i need to use ALOT more water than what is suggested here to get a ‘paste’. And once i have made it, it expands quite a bit so i don’t put the lids on my glass jars for a while as i am concerned that they could explode?
    Is there something i am doing that is creating the need for these things? or is it just how it is? Cheers. 🙂

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      Hi Bianca, yes that’s just how it is. At the shop we have to leave lids off overnight so that it can do it’s expanding thing and then settled down. When we first made it we potted it up and from upstairs I could hear “pop”….”pop”….as all the lids popped off one by one. Will add this detail to the recipe so others don’t worry.

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      Yes, works really well but can leave a bit of a powdery residue, so make sure you wipe off thoroughly. Use a bit of white vinegar if needed.

  2. Hi There

    I am keen to start making all my own cleaning products but I am not sure what containers to make the cleaning paste up in – or can you recommend where I can buy empty containers from etc

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  3. Hello,
    I made a batch of this paste but found the amount of water required far exceeded 5mls, I was wondering if I was doing something wrong or the amount in the recipe is wrong?
    Thanks

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      Hi Rosie, it very much depends on weather and the ingredients. Sometimes you will find you need less water, the important thing is that you get it to a paste. Also it may dry out a bit so just add some more water as needed.

  4. Love this paste. Use it mostly on kitchen bench tops & chopping boards (& other surfaces where food is prepared or stored)as apparently Ants HATE Peppermint. Haven’t had an ant problem since 🙂

  5. Could I use the paste on my lounge suite arms. Have had a very sweaty person leaning on the arm and I now have a rather large mark on it

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  6. Made it, love it, but have discovered the most amazing thing – I recycle jars for jam and pickles, and always struggled to remove the sticky goo most commercial labels are stuck on with. The paste did the trick! Probably the scouring of the soda together with the essential oil I used… whatever, it’s been a godsend! Thanks!

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      Well I do love it when someone teaches me a thing or two. Thank you I have been struggling with labels and now I know what to do!

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      Hi Dorothy this is perfect for stainless steel and stove tops – that’s what I made it for. When finished if you want a brilliant shine a not-so-green thing is baby oil.

  7. Is this the best cleaner for showers (tiles, white base and doors) or is there something else you would recommend? I see it will be good for the stainless in the showers – the doors are what I struggle with most – keeping them clean and clear.

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  8. no need to reply to my question… I tried it out and my shower doors are the cleanest and clearest they’ve ever looked! Thanks 🙂

  9. best shower cleaner ever, and no chemical smell. also fantastic to remove stains from clothes with a little elbow grease then straight in the wash!

  10. I accidentally fried some egg on to the bottom of one of my pots and have spent a week trying to get it off, I was at the point of giving up but then I got some peppermint paste. Week old fried egg gone. With a little bit of elbow grease added in. Brilliant! Definitely in love with this product. I make the natural floor cleaner as well, these natural products have the strange effect of actually making me want to clean, it doesn’t make it a chore anymore 🙂

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      Hi Andrea, no yet. It’s something I’ve been working on but having trouble getting it right, and cheap enough to work. Will post here when I finally work it out.

  11. Advice please on how to rid a campervan (wooden floor) of damp musty smell caused by water damage. Many thanks.

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      Best thing for musty smell is eucalyptus or tea-tree essential oil. Mix 2 mls (20 drops) in 10 mls of oil (any oil you’ve got like olive). Rub on the floor and leave to soak in. Should do the trick nicely.

  12. Hi, our daughter has just returned a fridge we had loaned her a long with a coating of mold inside.Ideas please on how to get it back to a usable state. Thanks.

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  13. I have spent countless hours and money using nasty chemicals trying to get the shower floor and also the shower glass clean (soap scum, the bain of my life). I have made up your cleaning paste and used it several times. Cannot believe the difference. It will take several goes to get the soap scum off as it has been there a long time – but hey presto – clean glistening glass is a joy to behold. Thank you.

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  14. Hi Wendyl, I love your products! Can you tell me if you have a recipe for sugar soap? We have just had tenants move out and EVERYTHING is covered in nicotine & grease. I need to wash down all the walls, ceilings, woodwork, appliances, inbuilt furniture…
    Thanks Anna

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      Try sprinkling with baking soda to soak up the oil. Put a weight on it and leave it overnight. May need to do this several times, then wash out with soapy water.

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  15. my son is an umpire he has got sunscreen on a white top which has turned the collar yellow would the baking soda paste work on this?

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      Hi Sharyn,
      Worth a try although I think you may have to use something like eucalyptus oil to dissolve the oils in the sunscreen.

  16. Hi, I have tried making this paste and can’t seem to get it to look like the picture! My batch comes out with lots of air bubbles and doesn’t get that nice consistency like yours. I have tried it twice and same result both times! I tried a little less water, and a little more…. It still expands nicely but just seems to ‘deflate’ when I go to use it. Do you have any suggestions?? please help!!

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  17. Can I use this on ‘plastic’ basin and bath? I am unsure if this will scratch the surface; bath is not something i would use Jif on (if it helps to decide)

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  18. Hi, can I use normal dr bronners Castile soap or must it be green goddess? I’m guessing the borax might make quite a difference? Thanks.

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