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.

By Annie B. Bond


Duane B.
.5 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Aud Nordby
Aud n5 years ago


Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton6 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Michele Wilkinson

Thank you

Jennifer C.
Past Member 7 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Tim Cheung
Tim C7 years ago


Tim P.
Tim P.7 years ago

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

Nona E.
Nona E9 years ago

I will definitely try this!

Marishka k.
Marishka k9 years ago

can't wiat to try

Jessica Singer
Jessica S9 years ago

wow great idea can't wait to try it out