How to Make Your Own Soft Scrub

I originally shared this Homemade Scrubbing Cleaner recipe in January of 2013 and thought that now, 6 1/2 years later (where has the time gone?) was the perfect time to update the pictures and add some more details to this post.

DIY Scrubbing Cleaner

This particular post has always been a reader favorite as well as one of my favorite homemade cleaning recipes so I am thrilled to give it some more love and I’ve also added another alternative as far as the ingredients so we have two versions, one with vinegarand one with hydrogen peroxide, and while both work well I’ll tell you which one I personally prefer.


First, I’m Going to Go Over the Basic Ingredients for Each of the Two Homemade Soft Scrub Variations and Describe Why Each Ingredient Is So Effective for Cleaning

Baking Soda – Why It’s So Great for Cleaning

Baking soda is well known for its ability to absorb odors. My mom and grandma both kept boxes in their refrigerator growing up and I never noticed any odor even when my favorite onion laden potato salad was chilling for a picnic. So, we know it’s good at keeping odor at bay, but it’s also a wonderful cleaner because of its texture which is great for scrubbing and its alkaline pH helps to dissolve buildup and dirt deposits. I also like that it is so easy to rinse away and doesn’t leave behind any oily residue. You may have to rinse the area you’re cleaning several times but the results are worth it and I have found that more than one rinsing is always necessary when using cleaning products with scrubbing capabilities.

Vinegar

Vinegar is acidic and that’s what makes it such a good cleaner. The acid is what is so useful when it comes to tackling yucky buildups including grease and grime. It’s also great for dissolving soap scum and getting deodorant buildup and stains out of clothing and one of my favorite uses for it is cleaning walls.

Hydrogen Peroxide

The most common form of hydrogen peroxide contains three to six percent hydrogen peroxide solution. The six percent ratio works best in the home as an all-purpose cleaner. Hydrogen peroxide is non-toxic and is a great fit for cleaning areas that are used to store food and dishes.


Where Can You Use This Homemade Soft Scrub

The scrubbing cleaner is very easy to use and can be used anywhere that is safe to expose to baking soda and vinegar or hydrogen peroxide.

I do NOT use this on my granite countertop in the bathroom and would not use it on marble. It’s perfectly safe, though, for most countertops, for stainless steel, and porcelain or metal such as toilets, bathtubs, and tile work.

How To Use Scrubbing Cleaner

I use a damp cleaning cloth and pick out a small scoop of the cleaner and then start scrubbing. Use more or less as needed and when you’re done scrubbing, simply rinse the area either directly with warm water OR with a clean damp rag.

Recipe Number One: DIY Scrubbing Cleaner Like Soft Scrub Made With Vinegar

Ingredients:

1/4 cup baking soda

1 tablespoon dish/liquid detergent – Dawn is my favorite to use for this

Cleaning or distilled Vinegar ~ add enough to the above ingredients to make a smooth paste

Mix all of the above ingredients together and use to scrub and shine.  I use this mixture on my stovetop, sink {bathroom and kitchen}, bathtub, shower walls ~ anywhere I need some gentle scrubbing power.

Homemade Scrubbing Cleaner - Vinegar Option
Yield: 3 ounces

Homemade Scrubbing Cleaner - Vinegar Option

Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $1.00

DIY Homemade Soft Scrub with vinegar or hydrogen peroxide. It’s gentle, deep cleans, wipes away grime and grit, and restores shine.

Materials

  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon Dawn dish detergent 
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar

Tools

  • Fork or spoon for mixing
  • Glass jar for storage
  • Measuring cups and spoons

Instructions

Mix everything together and store in an airtight glass jar with a tight-fitting lid.

Notes

The soft scrub may become separated. If it does, just mix it up and it's ready to use again and should last for at least 6 months.

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Check out my stove before and after:

Recipe Number Two: DIY Scrubbing Cleaner Like Soft Scrub Made With Hydrogen Peroxide

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Baking Soda
1 tablespoon Castile Soap
1 tablespoon Hydrogen Peroxide

Add everything to a small bowl and mix well.

Place mixture in a glass jar with lid.

Homemade Scrubbing Cleaner - Like Soft Scrub Made with Hydrogen Peroxide
Yield: 3 Ounces

Homemade Scrubbing Cleaner - Like Soft Scrub Made with Hydrogen Peroxide

Active Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

DIY Homemade Soft Scrub with vinegar or hydrogen peroxide. It’s gentle, deep cleans, wipes away grime and grit, and restores shine.

Materials

  • 1/2 cup Baking Soda
  • 1 tablespoon Castile Soap
  • 1 tablespoon Hydrogen Peroxide

Tools

  • Measuring cup and measuring spoons
  • Glass jar with lid for storage

Instructions

  1. Add everything to a small bowl and mix well.
  2. Place mixture in a glass jar with lid.

Did you try this?

Please leave a comment below or share a photo on Instagram and tag #thehowtohome to let me know!

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