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Homemade Soft Scrub Cleaner

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Looking for a really easy homemade soft scrub cleaner recipe? This one takes mere minutes to whip up, and you might already have the ingredients on hand at home!

(You can check out more of my Do-It-Yourself Experiments here!)

Easy Homemade Soft Scrub

I learned to make Homemade Soft Scrub years ago, and it’s crazy how simple it is! I thought this would be a fun one to bring out of the archives!

Homemade Soft Scrub Cleaner Ingredients

It’s seriously just three ingredients — one of which is water. How much easier could it get?!

Mixing Up Scrub

It takes all of maybe three minutes to mix up. And that is it!

I always love having cleaner with a little bit of gritty scrubbing consistency to it to really get the tough spots clean. And the baking soda in this recipe does just that. It works really well for cleaning tubs, tile, sinks, and toilets. Score!

Homemade Soft Scrub in Jar with Label

And you could totally slap a label on it to give as a fun DIY gift — especially during spring cleaning season.

Soft Scrub with Label and Brush

Let me know if you try this homemade soft scrub cleaner or if you have another recipe you like!

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  • Tiffany says:

    I use this exact same thing to clean my tubs, except I use Dr. Bronner’s peppermint soap. I would recommend putting it in an open container, like a tupperware container. After time it will harden up and it’s easier to add more water and mix when it’s in a container with a large opening. I just add a little water, mix with a spoon and use. A tupperware container will last me for months!

  • Shelly says:

    I am so glad you tried this recipe and it worked well. I was just thinking I need a soft scrub recipe. I had seen some with salt and others with baking soda so I didn’t know which one to try. I tried a shower cleaner recipe and I was really happy with how it turned out. Now I have a recipe for soft scrub too. 🙂

  • Carla says:

    Where do you purchase Dr. Bronner’s? Can you buy it at any grocery store?

  • Jessica says:

    Where is the the least expensive place from which to buy Dr. Bronners? I see Amazon has it for $0.32/oz for the 18oz bottle. Are there other sites/stores that anyone recommends? Thank you!

  • Morgan says:

    Does anyone know if this is septic safe? I would love to start making my own cleaning supplies, but I’m so worried about messing up the balance of the septic tank. Any suggestions for septic safe homemade cleaners (detergent, bathroom scrub, etc)? Thanks!

    • Teri Capshaw says:

      I have a septic system and the Castile soap seems to be the way to go. You do want to avoid bleach and conventional antibacterial soaps. But Castile soap even with some essential oils should be fine. You just want to avoid anything that will wipe out your bacteria population.

  • Crystal says:

    I’ve been using this for a while, and it cleans my 1960s etched tub better than anything. The original recipe I used had a but of vegetable glycerine in it as a preservative. That might keep it from hardening. I think it would be thicker if you used the Castile soap because there’s a difference in the consistency of the Mrs. Meyer’s. I like it thick, so I can get it righ where I want it without it running away. I store mine in a wide mouth jar and use a Popsicle stick to get it out.

  • Kathy says:

    I can’t wait to try this!

  • Ellen says:

    does anyone know if you can add bleach? I am in love with Soft Scrub with Bleach and have been looking for a replacement for it… wondering if adding a couple tablespoons of bleach would make it more effective.

  • Nichole D. says:

    Hi Crystal,
    This sounds like something I’m going to try, but can I ask what did you clean with it? Sink, bathtub, counters and toilet? I’d like to use it mainly in the bathroom and wondering if it’ll clean everything except the floor and mirror? Thanks!

  • Reesa says:

    When I make things like this, I pour the mixture into a squeeze bottle from Michaels (I think it’s a Wilton brand bottle). It’s a clear bottle that is shaped like, but smaller than, a generic red/yellow ketchup/mustard bottle found at the dollar store.

    The squeeze bottle allows me to run a nice small line along the grout. I usually let it sit for a little while then go in with a scrub brush or sponge. I use less with the squeeze bottle than I did when I was getting the mixture out of a tub with a sponge.

  • Channa says:

    Adding several drops of lemon essential oil is a great addition to this recipe!

  • Beth says:

    I just keep an old Parmesan cheese shaker (plastic container) full of baking soda, a bottle of Dawn (or Dr. Bronner’s), a spray bottle of 50/50 vinegar and a spray bottle of “granite cleaner” (1 tsp liquid soap, 1 T alcohol and the rest water) b/c vinegar etches granite. Each of these fits in a plastic caddy I have. I also keep plastic grocery bags, scrap towels, scrub brush and old tooth brush in the caddy as well. You can keep one in each bathroom or one for the whole house for the house. My quick soft scrub is to sprinkle the baking soda and then add a little liquid soap and get to the scrubbing. Spray counters with “granite cleaner”. Same soft scrub cleans toliet bowl. The vinegar spray is good for deodorizing around the toliet. Only reason I like this better is I don’t have to pre-mix or work to get it out when I need it (if its dried up). To each his own!

  • Ana says:

    I have a question. Pardon me my ignorance, but can you tell me for what is it use this soft scrub. I don’t get it if its for hands,?

    • Lea says:

      Soft Scrub is a brand of multipurpose cleaner for things like bathrooms, floors, etc.

      I had to look it up too!

  • How fantastic! I have everything to make this! 🙂

  • Alto says:

    This worked wonderfully! It smells great and I didn’t have to suffer through a migraine because of the bleach-smelling soft scrub. My bathroom sink is sparkling. Thank you for posting the recipe.

  • denise c. says:

    Thanks so much for this recipe! I used Kirk’s castile soap! it was placed in a squeeze bottle and we are ready! 🙂

  • Vicki says:

    I love this recipe, I even add a few drops of orange essential oils to mine and the entire kitchen smells so fresh and clean.

  • Melissa says:

    This worked like a charm after our blue hair dye quarantine experiment left more than just my oldest’s hair blue. The blue stains in the tub and on the sink came right up. THANK YOU!

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