Homemade Soft Scrub Cleaner Recipe

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This easy, frugal homemade soft scrub cleaner is a versatile scouring powder that gets surfaces clean and grime-free.

A hand in a rubber cleaning glove uses homemade soft scrub and a cloth to scour a stainless steel sink

Homemade Soft Scrub Recipe

This recipe creates a scouring paste that gently yet effectively removes stubborn messes, including water spots on your shower doors. It also cleans grimy surfaces, like the dirty ring in bathtubs or tough messes on faucets and taps.


  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 2 tbsp. liquid dishwashing soap
  • 2 tbsp. hydrogen peroxide
  • 6-8 drops of essential oil (optional)


  1. Combine the baking soda and dish soap, then stir in the hydrogen peroxide. Lastly, add the essential oils if you’re using them.
  2. Dampen a microfiber or other cleaning cloth with water, then add a small amount of homemade soft scrub. Use this to gently rub the surface, then rinse it away with a spray of water or another clean, damp cloth.
  3. 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.


Essential oils are optional in this homemade soft scrub recipe, but certain oils can provide added benefits. (Here’s an inexpensive starter set.)

  • Peppermint essential oil deters various 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.


Store unused mixture for up to a month in an air-tight container away from heat and light, which can deactivate the hydrogen peroxide. If your mix is a bit dry after storage, you can thin it out with a little more hydrogen peroxide, washing-up liquid, or both.

Where to Use Homemade Soft Scrub

This cleaner is super versatile and features a gentle abrasion that scours through grime on various hard household surfaces.

  • 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

Check out how I use it to pre-treat the stains on these smelly shoes!

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Remember, just because it’s homemade does not mean it’s not effective. But this homemade soft scrub costs only pennies to make, compared to the storebought stuff.

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  1. This is awesome and another tip I’m very keen to try-perhaps on my kitchen sink this weekend šŸ™‚ No nasty chemicals either. Love all of your tips Katie!

    1. Thank you, Raquel! I’m fanatic about cleaning my kitchen sink. It’s old, and if I don’t stay on top of it the thing stinks up my kitchen. This recipe saves me a fortune as a result!

  2. I am going to have to try this homemade soft scrub cleanser. I recently bought a new Maytag smooth top range and you can really get some tough, cook-on gunk on the top. You can buy stove-top cleaner at the store but it is fairly expensive. I am going to try this instead of the name brand stuff.

    1. Jeff,
      I used it on my smooth top range today, and it left a brilliant shine behind! I love how it cleaned it, BUT, I read on a car care website recently, that vinegar can pit windshield glass if used as a de-icer. I wonder if it can do the same thing to stove tops. Might be worth looking into more.

  3. The soft scub cleaner is brilliant šŸ™‚

    I used an organic dishwashing soap with orange essentials oils in it and my kitchen smells amazing!

  4. This is the BEST cleaner, EVER! I used it today to clean out my sink, and it leaves a beautiful shine afterwards, too. I cannot say THANK YOU enough – your website is permanently bookmarked for me. I use your any-type floor cleaner for all kinds of things, not just floors – I scent mine with peppermint, and it works fantastically – you ROCK!

    1. I’m so glad you like the cleaners, Stephanie! Peppermint is one of my favorite scents to use because it makes the house smell so happy. Enjoy!

  5. Hi Katie….I have some Arm and Hammer natural washing soda on hand. Can this be used in place of the baking soda? Iā€™m looking forward to making my own cleaning products. Thank you for a very informative website.

    1. Hi Marilyn! That would work just fine since washing soda is ultimately baking soda with the water and carbon dioxide cooked off.

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