DIY Soft Scrub Recipe with Essential Oils - Great for cutting through soap scum, erasing stains, restoring shine to sinks, disinfecting ...

DIY Soft Scrub Recipe with Essential Oils

Do you have soap scum in your tub or shower?  Kitchen sink dull or scratched?  Surface stains on your counter?  Hard to clean food stuck on dishes?

Then you are going to be so happy that you found this DIY soft scrub recipe!

Here are a few of the reasons I love this cleaner:

  • easy to make:  only 4 ingredients (and one is water).  only takes about 2 minutes to whip up a batch.
  • inexpensive:  only costs pennies per use
  • effective:  it works!  You can see in photos below that I use this soft scrub to clean stuck on food from dishes, remove surface stains from counters, clean & shine sinks, cut through soap scum in bathtubs and showers, and clean dirt & grime from sinks. 
  • natural:  non-toxic, no harsh chemicals, and eco friendly

 

Use diy soft scrub to clean stuck-on food from dishes

DIY Soft Scrub Recipe with Essential Oils - Great for cutting through soap scum, erasing stains, restoring shine to sinks, disinfecting ...

 

Use diy soft scrub to clean surface stains from laminate counters (this lovely mess was from making blueberry pancakes)

DIY Soft Scrub Recipe with Essential Oils - Great for cutting through soap scum, erasing stains, restoring shine to sinks, disinfecting ...

 

Use diy soft scrub to disinfect and restore shine to kitchen sinks

DIY Soft Scrub Recipe with Essential Oils - Great for cutting through soap scum, erasing stains, restoring shine to sinks, disinfecting ...

 

Use diy soft scrub to clean soap scum from bathtubs and showers

DIY Soft Scrub Recipe with Essential Oils - Great for cutting through soap scum, erasing stains, restoring shine to sinks, disinfecting ...

 

Use diy soft scrub to clean dirt and grime from sinks

DIY Soft Scrub Recipe with Essential Oils - Great for cutting through soap scum, erasing stains, restoring shine to sinks, disinfecting ...

 

What’s in this homemade soft scrub?

DIY Soft Scrub Recipe with Essential Oils - Great for cutting through soap scum, erasing stains, restoring shine to sinks, disinfecting ...

baking soda – acts as a mild abrasive to help remove dirt, grime, and surface stains

unscented liquid Castile soap – grease, dirt, & soap scum fighter

essential oil – degreaser, deodorizer, and disinfectant

distilled water – thins the consistency of the soft scrub so it can be spread out over the surface that’s being cleaned

 

DIY Soft Scrub Recipe with Essential Oils - Great for cutting through soap scum, erasing stains, restoring shine to sinks, disinfecting ...

Free printable labels and recipe cards

Be sure to click here get your free printable soft scrub labels and recipe cards.  Feel free to use these printables yourself, share them with your team, or use them as handouts for a make & take class.  Printable has three pages, so that you can print exactly what you need.

  • 1st page –  1 bottle label & 1 recipe card (print this page if you just want to make soft scrub for yourself)
  • 2nd page – 8 soft scrub labels (print this page if you want to share labels at a Make & Take class)
  • 3rd page – 4 soft scrub recipe cards (print as many copies of this page as you need for a Make & Take class)

 

How to Make Homemade Soft Scrub Cleaner?

step 1:  using a funnel, add 3/4 cup baking soda to a 8 oz jar or squeeze bottle

DIY Soft Scrub Recipe with Essential Oils - Great for cutting through soap scum, erasing stains, restoring shine to sinks, disinfecting ... DIY Soft Scrub Recipe with Essential Oils - Great for cutting through soap scum, erasing stains, restoring shine to sinks, disinfecting ...

 

step 2:  add 2 Tbsp unscented liquid Castile soap

DIY Soft Scrub Recipe with Essential Oils - Great for cutting through soap scum, erasing stains, restoring shine to sinks, disinfecting ...

 

step 3:  add 2 Tbsp distilled water

DIY Soft Scrub Recipe with Essential Oils - Great for cutting through soap scum, erasing stains, restoring shine to sinks, disinfecting ...

 

step 4:  add 12 drops essential oil

suggested essential oils that are great degreasers, deodorizers, and disinfectants:

lemon essential oil

sweet (wild) orange essential oil

grapefruit essential oil

tangerine essential oil

tea tree (melaleuca) essential oil

use 12 drops of a single oil or use a combination of essential oils (such as 5 drops lemon, 5 drops tangerine, and 2 drops tea tree)

DIY Soft Scrub Recipe with Essential Oils - Great for cutting through soap scum, erasing stains, restoring shine to sinks, disinfecting ...

 

step 5:  use a chop stick or wooden skewer to stir soft scrub mixture together

DIY Soft Scrub Recipe with Essential Oils - Great for cutting through soap scum, erasing stains, restoring shine to sinks, disinfecting ...

once it’s well mixed, it should look like this (below)…

It should be a thin paste.  If it’s too thick, add another teaspoon or two of distilled water to thin it out.

DIY Soft Scrub Recipe with Essential Oils - Great for cutting through soap scum, erasing stains, restoring shine to sinks, disinfecting ...

 

step 6: print out free labels (get them here)

step 7: cut out labels

DIY Soft Scrub Recipe with Essential Oils - Great for cutting through soap scum, erasing stains, restoring shine to sinks, disinfecting ...

 

step 8: put label face down on packing tape

DIY Soft Scrub Recipe with Essential Oils - Great for cutting through soap scum, erasing stains, restoring shine to sinks, disinfecting ...

 

step 9:  adhere label to bottle

getting labels to stay stuck to squeeze bottles can be a little difficult.  I’ve found the trick is to overlap the tape at the  back of the bottle so that the tape sticks to the tape as well as the bottle.

DIY Soft Scrub Recipe with Essential Oils - Great for cutting through soap scum, erasing stains, restoring shine to sinks, disinfecting ...

 

Here’s the Soft Scrub Recipe One More Time

(get free printable of recipe cards here)

add 3/4 cup baking soda to a 8 oz jar or squeeze bottle

add 2 Tbsp unscented liquid Castile soap

add 2 Tbsp distilled water

add 12 drops essential oil (see suggested oils in step 4 above)

use a chop stick or wooden skewer to stir soft scrub mixture together

It should be a thin paste.  If it’s too thick, add another teaspoon or two of distilled water to thin it out.

 

How to use

  • Squeeze out a small amount onto the surface to be cleaned
  • Using a damp sponge or microfiber cloth, scrub the surface
  • If stains are really tough, let the mixture sit for a few minutes and then scrub again
  • Rinse with warm water

 

caution:  Baking soda is a mild abrasive.  Test soft scrub in an inconspicuous spot to make sure that’s it is safe for your surface.

tip:  if soft scrub dries out or become too thick, you can add a little more distilled water to thin it out.

 

Where to get supplies?

baking soda – baking aisle in the grocery store, or do what I do and get a gigantic bag of baking soda at Costco for about $6

unscented liquid Castile soap I get mine here

distilled water – get it in the water section of your grocery store (or in place of distilled water, you can use boiled and cooled tap or filtered water)

8 oz squeeze bottleI get mine here.   You cold also clean and sanitize an empty condiment bottle and use that.  Or you could use a glass jar and scoop the soft scrub out.  But I do really like my squeeze bottle for this soft scrub – it’s so easy and handy to use!  Makes cleaning a breeze!

funnel – any funnel will do.  Or skip the funnel – the opening is wide enough, you could just pour the Castile soap, water, and essential oils directly into the bottle (the bottle opening is pretty wide).  For the baking soda, I recommend using either a funnel or create a makeshift funnel by rolling up a piece of parchment paper.

chopstick or wooden skewer – raid your kitchen drawers for something long and skinny that will fit down into the squeeze bottle.  I use something like these 12-inch skewers.

click here for free printable labels and recipe cards

DIY Soft Scrub Recipe with Essential Oils - Great for cutting through soap scum, erasing stains, restoring shine to sinks, disinfecting ...

 

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DIY Soft Scrub Recipe with Essential Oils - Great for cutting through soap scum, erasing stains, restoring shine to sinks, disinfecting ...

DIY Soft Scrub Recipe with Essential Oils - Great for cutting through soap scum, erasing stains, restoring shine to sinks, disinfecting ...

 

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2 Comments

  1. Connie February 23, 2017 at 10:37 pm - Reply

    Love it!!! Never thought to use a bottle like that for easy application. Great post!!

  2. Deborah April 21, 2017 at 7:05 pm - Reply

    Love all your great recipes Sarah! Thank You:)

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