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Homemade Soft Scrubber

Homemade Soft Scrubber

This creamy-like-frosting soft scrubber is my favorite homemade recipe of all time, and the best solution for cleaning the bathtub and the kitchen sink without synthetic fragrances and toxic chemicals.

It also works well for Formica countertops and shower stalls. The softly abrasive quality of the baking soda provides the grit to scrub off dirt and soap scum, yet the recipe rinses off very easily.

Basic Soft Scrubber Formula
1/2 cup baking soda
Enough liquid soap or detergent to make a frosting-like
consistency (see note, below)
5 drops antibacterial essential oil such as lavender,
tea tree oil, or rosemary (optional)

Pour the baking soda in a bowl; slowly pour in the liquid soap or detergent, stirring all the while, until the consistency reaches that of frosting. Scoop the creamy mixture onto a sponge, wash the surface, and rinse.

Note: If you have hard water, you will want to choose a liquid detergent instead of a liquid soap. Most health food stores offer all-purpose liquid detergents and soaps. These are the best choices because they include no synthetic perfumes and dyes, and tend to be the most concentrated.

If you are lucky enough to have soft water and can use a liquid castile soap in your soft scrubber, consider one in which peppermint has been added, for extra antibacterial action.

Read more: Home, Non-Toxic Cleaning

By Annie B. Bond

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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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5:35AM PDT on May 12, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

10:16PM PDT on Apr 11, 2013


6:55AM PST on Dec 18, 2012

Thanks for the info.

5:17AM PST on Nov 11, 2011

Thank you

5:17PM PDT on Aug 23, 2011

Thanks for the article.

8:23PM PDT on Aug 20, 2011


1:47AM PDT on Apr 16, 2011

Annie B, many thanks for sharing these ideas and especially your "magic formula. Baking soda with the tea tree oil is definately my favourite option. It gives a such a satisfying freshly cleaned smell. We now use your recipe in my House Cleaning London
Many thanks again. Tim

4:21AM PST on Jan 30, 2010

I will definitely try this!

5:40PM PST on Dec 20, 2009

can't wiat to try

7:04AM PST on Dec 19, 2009

wow great idea can't wait to try it out

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