This easy, frugal homemade soft scrub cleaner is a versatile scouring powder that gets surfaces clean and grime-free.
Homemade Soft Scrub Cleaner
Using a scouring paste is an easy way to get rid of water spots and mineral buildup on glass shower doors. (Related: Homemade No-Scrub Soap Scum Remover.) It also speeds up cleaning grimy surfaces, like the dirty ring in bathtubs or tough messes on faucets and taps.
Essential oils are entirely optional in this homemade soft scrub recipe, but certain oils can provide added benefits. (Here’s an inexpensive starter set.)
- Peppermint essential oil deters a variety of household pests, so adding it to the recipe when cleaning sinks or grout can help keep your kitchen pest-free.
- Use tea tree oil if you’re cleaning bathroom surfaces to help prevent mold and mildew.
And, of course, liquid dish soap helps remove grease and dirt on surfaces, while hydrogen peroxide fights stains.
Uses for Homemade Soft Scrub
This cleaner is super versatile and features a gentle abrasion that scours through grime on a variety of hard household surfaces. (Related: Natural Homemade Cleaner Recipes)
- Spotty glass shower doors
- Dirty bathtubs
- Sticky bathroom vanities and sinks
- Nasty grout
- Stained and smelly toilets
- Crusty tile floors
- Dingy or tarnished knickknacks
- Moldy flower vases
- Lightly rusted flatware
- Stained mugs and cups
- Gray cutlery marks on plates and dishware
- Greasy baking sheets
- Grimy pots and pans
- Burnt food on ceramic or glass cooktops
- Filthy litter boxes
- Sooty fireplace surrounds
- Muddy doorway thresholds
- Grungy door handles
- Oily stains on cement
The same rules apply to homemade soft scrub as to the store-bought stuff: don’t use it on granite, marble, wood, or highly polished surfaces. (Related: Homemade Granite and Marble Cleaner.)
How to Use Homemade Soft Scrub
The easiest way to apply this mixture is by getting a microfiber or other cleaning cloth slightly damp, then adding a small amount of homemade soft scrub to it. Use this to gently rub the surface, then rinse it away with a spray of water or another clean, damp cloth.
Store any unused mixture for up to a month in an air-tight container away from heat and light, which can deactivate the hydrogen peroxide. (Related: How to Clean and Disinfect with Hydrogen Peroxide.)
If you find that your mixture is a bit dry after storage, you can thin it out with a little more hydrogen peroxide or washing-up liquid, or both.
Homemade Soft Scrub Cleaner
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 2 tbsp. liquid dishwashing soap
- 2 tbsp. hydrogen peroxide
- 6-8 drops essential oil optional (I like peppermint to deter pests or tea tree to prevent mold)
- Combine the baking soda and dish soap then stir in the hydrogen peroxide.
- Add essential oil if using.
- Increase the amount of peroxide if you prefer a thinner consistency.
- To use, apply with a microfiber cloth or a sponge, scrub, and rinse dry.
- For greasy jobs, let the homemade soft scrub sit on the spot for 5-10 minutes, apply elbow grease and a damp microfiber cloth, and rinse with hot water.
Note: This post first appeared in May, 2012. It has been updated for republication.