Homemade Scouring Powder

This homemade scouring powder is a staple in my cleaning routine.  It’s like Ajax and Comet, but unlike those toxic, store-bought cleaning powders, this homemade version is natural and safe to use all over your home.


It’s so versatile that it works for all kinds of surfaces from sinks to tubs and showers to counters and even toilets.  It deep cleans to restores shine to stainless steel, porcelain, laminate, and other surfaces.


Here’s why I love it for all kinds of cleaning projects:

  • It’s a mild abrasive that smooths marks and scratches.
  • It gets my sinks, tubs, and even shower floors absolutely sparkling clean.  Seriously, my bathroom and kitchen are shiny clean after I use this magical stuff.
  • But perhaps the best part is how this scouring powder smells!  It’s made with lemon essential oil as well as dried lavender and lemon, which smells divine.
  • And it doesn’t just cover up the stink; it actually deodorizes and neutralizes odors.

Love it!



homemade scouring powder in glass canister with scrub brush beside it, on top of dish cloth and towel



What’s in homemade scouring powder

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Mild abrasive to scrub away marks, scratches, and debris


Helps to clean and brighten surfaces to really make them shine


  • lemon essential oil

Powerful, natural cleaner that’s antimicrobial, antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral — plus it’s a great degreaser


Scouring power and smells amazing


Mild abrasive and natural cleaner with fresh citrusy scent



supplies for homemade scouring powder {made with essential oil} -- glass mixing bowl, wooden spoon, two essential oil bottles, baking soda, boarx, lavender buds, lemon peel --



How to make homemade scouring powder


step 1:  put 1 cup baking soda and 2 tablespoons borax in a bowl


baking soda and borax in glass mixing bowl with wooden spoon



step 2: add 25 drops lemon essential oil


adding essential oil to baking soda and borax mixture


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step 3 (optional): add 1 tablespoon dried lavender buds


adding dried lavender buds to homemade scouring powder



step 4 (optional): add 1 tablespoon dried lemon zest

tip:  You can make your own dried lemon zest.  Start with a clean organic lemon.   Zest the outer yellow rind.  Spread out on a piece of parchment paper.  Allow to dry for a couple of days until it is completely dry.


adding dried lemon zest to DIY scouring powder


step 5:  mix well and then scoop into jar


mixing up homemade scouring powder with wooden spoon


scooping scouring powder into glass jar for storage



step 6 (optional):  add label — get free printable label here


homemade scouring powder cleaner {made with essential oils} -- in glass canister, scrub brush, dishcloth, and towel



How to use

This homemade scouring powder works great on sinks, tubs, showers, counters, and toilets.  It’s great for stainless steel, porcelain, and laminate.  As with any new-to-you cleaner, before use, test it first in an inconspicuous spot.

  1.  wet surface with water
  2.  sprinkle scouring power
  3.  use scrub brush or sponge, then rub in circular motions
  4. rinse well


using homemade scouring powder with essential oils to clean stainless steel sink



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Sarah Lewis

A little thing about me: I 💙 essential oils. I also love using my background in research to help people learn more about essential oils and all the wonderful ways they can be used. I share DIY recipes for natural cleaners that really work, non-toxic beauty solutions, and holistic wellness. My essential oil recipes, info, and tips have been viewed more than 20 million times. I've been featured on MindBodyGreen, Health & Natural Living, All Natural Ideas, This Natural Home, Natural Living Ideas, and Passion for Savings.
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