One fab (chemical-free) soft scrub recipe!

sft scrubWho doesn’t love a fabulous recipe?!?! This one isn’t even in jeopardy of getting rudely rejected by your family, because it’s not meant to please an appetite… it’s all about chemical-free cleaning.

I’ve shared recipes for a multi-purpose cleaner and a furniture polish so, now… how about when you need a little extra scrubbing action?  Would you be surprised to learn that the main ingredient is amazing baking soda?  Of course you aren’t… so let’s just get to the recipe:


  • 2 cups baking soda
  • ½ cup liquid castile soap
  • 5-10 drops essential oil
  • ¼ cup water

Just like with the other cleaners, the essential oil is… well… ESSENTIAL! My recommendations are always lemongrass or tea tree oil. Lemongrass is a natural anti-bacterial (yes, natural… not harsh like commercial anti-bacterials) and the tea tree oil has bking sda box2properties that are both anti-viral and anti-fungal.

DIRECTIONS? Well, those are easy.  Just mix them all together and use it anywhere you’d use a soft scrub cleaner.  Leftovers can be stored in a glass jar you’ve salvaged.  (I’ve also heard that you can add a few tablespoons of vegetable glycerin to act as a preservative.)

As always, you have a new recipe to try for chemical-free cleaning but… you know what that means… yep, it’s time to clean! (BLEH!)

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6 thoughts on “One fab (chemical-free) soft scrub recipe!

  1. Thanks for the great recipe! Aloe vera also has natural anti-fungal/anti-bacterial properties. I love chemical-free alternatives like this because they’re easy on the skin too. For a wealth of information about how to use aloe at home check out

  2. OMG, I am so trying this…it broke my heart to give up the actual Soft Scrub, the only actual cleaner I ever got that could get the bottom of my tub mostly white again.

    It also occurs to me that after one scrubs the heck out of a tub or whatever with this, a vinegar rinse prior to the actual rinse could be even better, getting all the little vinegar-and-soda bubbles going. (Or it might just be that I get way too excited about the chemical reaction there, ever since I was a kid…)

    I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I can’t wait to go clean the tub with this!

  3. I use this all the time,I love it.when ever I need a little extra muscle I make up some of this wonderful concoction and go to work.

  4. Derm – I don’t imagine so… it omits too much liquid and you’d probably wind up with a thick paste that wouldn’t go very far. You could just opt for baking soda and water though…

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