Love the cleaning power of your soft scrub cleaner but don’t love all the yucky ingredients? Whipping up a batch of homemade DIY Soft Scrub is a quick and easy win to clean your home naturally. You’ll be a green cleaning pro before you know it with this DIY Soft Scrub recipe.
You want a clean house without loads of work. Soft scrub makes quick work of soap scum and grimy surfaces. It’s a pretty awesome product. Except that it can cause a bunch of health problems for your family.
You can be the hero in your home! A clean home without chemicals. Cleaners you feel safe using in your home – around your children and pets.
Cleaners so safe you feel comfortable letting your children get in on the cleaning fun. The ultimate goal is that your kids will help you with cleaning and chores – right? They make more than their share of messes, it makes sense that they help clean them up. Our kids help with chores from a young age.
Yet I’d be hesitant to have my kids help me clean if we used most store bought cleaners.
Why Soft Scrub is Bad For Your Health
Confession time. Before I had kids I used soft scrub all the time on my bathtub. It worked great and I loved the lemon scent it would leave behind. The lemon scent was the proof that I’d just cleaned.
But Soft Scrub is no good.
It gets a D safety rating from the Environmental Working Group. Yes, just like school. A is best. F means you FAILED. You can learn more here.
Here are some of my other concerns with Soft Scrub:
- Moderate Cancer Concern
- Moderate Asthma/Respiratory Concern
- Some Skin Allergies and Irritation Concern
- Some Environmental Concerns
You can see why you need a safer alternative to use in your home. You want something effective that will cut the soap scum and make quick work of messy surfaces.
Cancer rates are already at an all time high. If you’re here, I’m sure the safety of your family is a high priority. You want to do everything in your control to cut that risk.
Natural cleaners can have a huge impact – meaning less exposure to chemicals and toxins. That’s why you need to whip up a batch of this DIY Soft Scrub.
DIY Soft Scrub Recipe
Okay I know you’re busy so I promise this will be super simple. I’ve seen a bunch of recipes where you make a paste in a squeeze bottle. But that’s more work for you to whip up.
So we’re going to keep this so simple your preschooler could make it for you.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Baking Soda
- Essential Oils – I like Lavender, Lemon, or a Cleaning Blend
- Container – I like to reuse an old grated Parmesan container but any container will do. Don’t overthink the container thing. Just find something with a lid. Our container is plastic since little kids help with the cleaning. One day we’ll upgrade to glass.
How to Make DIY Soft Scrub
Pour baking soda into your container. A large funnel is helpful. Otherwise you’ll end up with a baking soda mess.
Don’t have a funnel? That’s okay. It could be a blessing in disguise if you have a dirty sink you need to clean. Just pour your baking soda into the container over the dirty sink. Then make a paste with some water and scrub your sink. I use it to clean my stainless steel kitchen sink too.
Then add 10 -15 drops of essential oils into the container. Screw the cap on and give it a good shake. That’s it! You’ve made your own Soft Scrub.
How to Use DIY Soft Scrub
The biggest change you’ll experience with DIY soft scrub is how to use it. The scrubbing power is the same or better than soft scrub. But instead of a paste, you’ll be working with a powder that you will make into a paste.
I’ve seen recipes where you pre-add water to make a paste. Then add it to a squirt bottle and use it like Soft Scrub. That’s a cool idea. But since it can dry out quickly I opted to wait until I use it to add the water. Plus it will take more time to whip up. And the rule for my DIY cleaners is they need to be effective AND easy to make!
All you do is sprinkle some powder over the surface you’ll be cleaning. I use it in my bathtub the most. My kids enjoy when they get to dump powder all over the tub! Since the tub is a large area it’s hard to miss and make a mess yet I don’t leave them unsupervised while sprinkling the baking soda.
Then get a microfiber cloth or towel wet and give the baking soda a good scrub. It should form into a paste. If it’s still crumbly, add a little more water.
If you need an extra cleaning boost – add some castile soap to the mix.
And if you add too much water? Just add some more baking soda. You’ll be a pro in no time.
It’s amazing how well this simple cleaner cleans. If you’ve got some soap scum build up or a dirty surface you’ll see your baking soda paste go from pure white to a grey. Meaning you’ve scrubbed off that soap scum and dirt. It’s pretty awesome!!
Then just rinse the paste down the drain.
For the tub I just rinse and go. My stainless steel sink seems to get a haze when I clean it with DIY Soft Scrub. The solution? I use a microfiber towel and dry the sink after you clean it. Voila! No more haze and it helps make the sink even more shiny.
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