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Scouring Powder to Soft Scrub

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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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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1:52PM PDT on May 10, 2012

Great tip! Thanks for posting.

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12:44PM PST on Jan 5, 2011

Great ideas~thanks!

3:45PM PST on Dec 28, 2010


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10:29PM PST on Feb 12, 2010

Thanks for the tips.

12:32PM PST on Jan 29, 2010

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.'

10:32PM PST on Jan 28, 2010

Well I though I made up this recipe. wink!

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