Clean tubs, tile, sinks and other surfaces with this homemade DIY Soft Scrub Cleaner. Made with just 3 simple ingredients you already have in your kitchen, this soft scrub cleans, degreases, and whitens bathrooms and kitchens without any toxic ingredients.
There’s one spot in my house that ALWAYS gets stained: the kitchen sink. It could be the chai teas and coffee. Or the cocoa powder I use for homemade hot cocoa. In any case, my white kitchen sink is rarely ever really white. Enter soft scrub cleaners.
I refuse to resort to bleach or other toxic, chemical soft scrubs. But then I found out an easy-to-make soft scrub cleaner. It’s made with just two ingredients: baking soda and Lemon essential oil (how to order). The stains just lifted right out and my sink looks nearly new.
The kitchen sink isn’t the only place I use this DIY Homemade Soft Scrub Cleaner. I also use it on counter tops, stove tops (yep, it’s great for that grease grime), ovens, tile, grout, bathroom tubs, shower stalls, toilets, and so much more.
Baking soda is a fantastic base for this recipe. It’s a gentle, natural abrasive that will lift dirt and grime without scratching. It’s used in most commercial soft scrub cleaners – which also have a long list of harsh chemical cleaners too. Baking soda and water alone work well as a DIY soft scrub, but the secret ingredient is lemon essential oil. Yep, you read that right. Lemon essential oil is like a natural goo and gunk cleaner. It helps to lift stains like nothing else and combined with baking soda, it makes an amazing (and cheap) DIY Homemade Soft Scrub Cleaner that’s great for almost any cleaning job.
How to Use This DIY Soft Scrub
You can use this DIY Soft Scrub in kitchens, bathrooms, tubs, tile, floors, countertops, ovens, microwaves, kitchen appliances, etc. It’s really versatile, yet doesn’t contain any toxic ingredients.
Just apply the paste directly to stained area and scrub until stains are gone. You can even add a few extra drops of Lemon essential oil to the surface for an extra boost to lift stains and gunk.
How to Make DIY Soft Scrub Cleaner
This DIY Soft Scrub Cleaner is made with just 3 ingredients: baking soda, water and Lemon essential oil. You could use it without the essential oil but you might need to put some extra elbow grease into cleaning. The Lemon essential oil is the secret ingredient to remove caked on gunk and lift stains. Both help to whiten and brighten surfaces too.
About the Ingredients
- Baking soda is a gentle abrasion that helps to lift dirt, gunk and grime from surfaces. It naturally polishes and whitens too.
- Lemon essential oil is very effective in cleaning dirt and grime. It’s a natural degreaser and goo gone remover, so it works well on tough stains on tubs, tile, and other surfaces, and it naturally whitens.
This homemade soft scrub cleaner is really easy to make. In a small bowl, add 2 tbsp baking soda to 1-2 tbsp water to make a thick paste. Add more baking soda or water to adjust the consistency. Add 5 drops Lemon essential oil and mix well. Apply paste directly to stained area and scrub until stains are gone.
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DIY Soft Scrub Cleaner
- 2 tbsp baking soda
- 1-2 tbsp water
- 5 drops lemon essential oil
- Mix baking soda with water in a small bowl to make a thick paste. You may need to add more baking soda or water to adjust the consistency to a paste.
- Add lemon essential oil and mix well.
- Apply paste directly to stained area and scrub until stains are gone.
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Do you need to use a glass bottle when using the thieves household cleaner?
Tracey Black says
I would highly suggest it and move away from plastic. You could get a stainless steel bottle as an alternative.
Wende Chan says
Just moved into a musty old house and am already using baking soda and white vinegar for all sorts of clean-up tasks. Love the addition of essential lemon oil, so much more fragrant and mood lifting than before! Thieves sounds like the logical next step! Thanks
Fantastic ideas! Thanks for sharing. I received my bottle of Thieves Household Cleaner and I found your website with all of these fantastic ideas…
Tracey Black says
So glad the recipes are helpful to you.