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Summer Shower Scrubber: How-To Formula

Summer Shower Scrubber: How-To Formula

Hot and sweaty much of the time in the summer, most of us take more showers and need to clean the shower stall more frequently.

This creamy-like-frosting soft scrubber is my favorite homemade recipe of all time, and the best solution for cleaning the shower stall.

Add a bit of pure essential oil, such as lavender, to kill mold and bacteria, and it makes the bathroom smell fresh and clean. 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. I like to use the no-scratch “blue” pads.

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.

Tip: Be nice to your back and use a long handled brush to clean the bathtub.

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.

6:56AM PST on Dec 18, 2012

Thanks for the info.

5:20AM PST on Nov 11, 2011

Thank you

5:12AM PST on Jan 12, 2011

Thanks for the info.

9:48PM PST on Jan 3, 2011

I'm interested to try this. I probably will use Dr.Bronner's all purpose castile soap in place of detergent. Hopefully it works well!

12:52PM PDT on Nov 3, 2010


8:22AM PST on Feb 6, 2010

I like this lady's articles --
thanks for this post

5:40PM PST on Dec 20, 2009


7:21PM PST on Dec 4, 2009

Can't wait to try this. I have just been shopping for all the ingredients to replace my current cleaners with eco-friendly and easy to make options! First time I have been excited about cleaning lol!

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