Scouring Powder to Soft Scrub

I use a fancy all natural scouring powder, but it is SO expensive. Can you recommend a recipe for a non-toxic one that I can make at home?

Thank you for asking! You’ve asked for my favorite formula, but it is a bit of a tweak on a scouring powder. Instead try this homemade soft scrub: You can’t beat it. It cleans the tub with a gentle abrasiveness that also cuts the oils, and it rinses beautifully. Best yet, it completely eliminates that grainy feeling in the tub from scouring powder residue; who can really rinse that off well enough?

This takes maybe 15 seconds to make and it costs, well, pennies.

What You Need
For one batch you need about ½ cup of baking soda, a few squirts of a good green all-purpose soap, liquid detergent, or dish washing liquid, a bowl, spoon, and sponge.

Tip: Where to Find a Green Soap or Detergent
Take a trip to the health food store for an all-purpose liquid detergent. Ecover makes one that is commonly available. If you have soft water you could use Dr. Bronner’s castile soap; try the lavender variety for some added ant-bacterial quality with a sweet natural scent, or peppermint for freshness. Alternatively, use some of your green liquid dish detergent, such as from Seventh Generation, a brand that is making it into mainstream supermarkets slowly but surely.

Soft Scrub Formula
½ cup baking soda
two to four squirts of liquid soap or detergent (see above) – more if needed

Pour the baking soda into a bowl. Stir in enough soap or detergent to make a texture like frosting. Scoop a dollop of the mixture onto a sponge and wash the bathtub (or shower stall). Repeat as needed. Rinse.


*Add essential oils of your choice. Essential oils are antibacterial and can give you some aromatherapy at the same time. Only add 10-15 drops, and consult a doctor before using if you are pregnant, or a veterinarian if you have cats.


* Add ¼ cup of salt to the baking soda for added antibacterial qualities.

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Terry V.
Terry V.3 years ago


Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton3 years ago

Great tip! Thanks for posting.

Chris Ray
Chris R.4 years ago


Chris Ray
Chris R.4 years ago


Kay O.
Kay O.4 years ago

Great ideas~thanks!

Robert O.
Robert O.4 years ago


gail d.
gail dair5 years ago


Loretta K.
Loretta K.5 years ago

Thanks for the tips.

ERica E.
ERica E.5 years ago

Today I made a sollution to do the dishes with 1/4 cup baking soda tablespoon salt 1 stash brand tea bag;lemon and ginger.1 dot of actual dish soap.All of this I heated in a deep frying pan on the stove to save water in waiting for the water heater in the apartment.This did a good job on the counters and stove as well.When my dishes were done and this all had cooled I used it to water the plants.I called today my 'kind day.'

Susanne Dawn P.

Well I though I made up this recipe. wink!