Clay stone is a universal cleaner very popular in Europe, that replaces many conventional cleaning products. In French it is called “pierre d’argile.” Try it once and it will immediately become your favourite ally to clean your house, especially in the kitchen and the bathroom. The clay stone is basically a scrubbing paste with multiple uses: it cleans, scrubs and shines. It is anti-limescale, makes all surfaces shine, does not scratch, cleans and degreases. All this for a ridiculous cost when it is homemade.
The clay stone is a mixture of clay, baking soda, and black soap. The clay in its powder form is a light abrasive, it has purifying properties and absorbs grease. Baking soda is also a light abrasive, it removes grease, stains, deodorizes and neutralizes bacteria. Black soap provides a light lather and removes dirt. These ingredients are all ecological, non-toxic and biodegradable.
It is called clay stone because it is very dry and looks a bit like a stone. You rub a wet sponge or brush on top of your clay stone and proceed to clean or polish the surface that needs cleaning. It does wonders to clean the oven, the stove, all stainless steel pots and pans, your shower, sink, toilet and bathtub, and so much more! Except for wood and non-stick surfaces such as Teflon (which I seriously hope no one reading this blog owns), you can use it on all surfaces. After scrubbing, rinse well and marvel at how clean and shiny everything is!
What you’ll need:
- 100g white clay or green clay
- 60g baking soda
- 70g liquid Marseille soap or black soap
- optional: 35 drops of your favourite essential oil (I personally do not add essential oils and love its neutral natural clean scent )
- a small glass container with a lid
What to do:
- Mix the clay and baking soda with a wooden spatula (clay looses all its poperties when in contact with metal)
- Add the liquid soap and optional essential oil
- Mix well until smooth.
- Then place the mix in the glass container and let it dry in the open air for one to 2 weeks.
- Only once it is dry, close the container with the lid.
- Your clay stone is now ready to be used.
How to use it:
- Take a wet sponge or brush and rub it on top of your clay stone.
- Clean, polish or scrub the surface you want.
- Repeat step 1 until your surface is covered with a thin layer of wet clay stone.
- Should your surface be very dirty, like for a example your oven, apply and let it stand a while before scrubbing.
- Once the surface is clean, rinse well and dry.
- After each use, allow the clay stone to dry before closing the container.
Clay stone can replace many of your cleaning products and do the job better. But the best part is that it is safe, non toxic, ecological, and it will save you lots!