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Homemade sink and bath scrub is a great budget-friendly and natural alternative to a traditional cleaner like Soft Scrub. Clean you sinks, showers, bath tubs, and even toilets with this DIY cleaning recipe made from baking soda, castile soap, hydrogen peroxide and optional essential oils.
The bathroom is one of my most dreaded areas in the house to clean. The fact that we have two young boys who don’t know how to flush or aim when using the toilet makes the task even less desirable. I feel like I am constantly scrubbing some sort of hard grime off of the toilet and sinks. This homemade natural soft scrub helps me get a disgusting job done quickly.
When I first began transitioning our cleaning products over to non-toxic options, one of the hardest things to replace was good ol’ soft scrub. It felt like nothing got rid of soap scum and mildew quite like the store-bought option. I started experimenting and found the perfect 3-ingredient natural ‘soft scrub’ for sinks, bathtubs, and showers.
How Much Does DIY Soft Scrub Actually Cost?
I generally like to make most of our cleaning supplies, because it helps me save some money on our grocery budget. It’s also a great way to transition over to non-toxic products without breaking the bank. Here’s a basic price breakdown based on the ingredients I purchases:
- Baking Soda- I bought baking soda for $3.88 for 80 ounces, but I only used 8 ounces = $0.39
- Castile Soap- I bought castile soap for $7.79 for 8 ounces, but I only used 2 ounces = $1.95
- Hydrogen Peroxide- I bought hydrogen peroxide for $1.30 for 16 ounces, but I only used 0.5 ounces = $0.04
- Essential Oils (optional)- The cost of adding essential oils if you choose to do so depends on which oils you use. Mine were about $0.45
APPROX. TOTAL COST = $2.83 ($2.38 if you choose to leave out essential oils)
More About the Ingredients
Let’s take a look at the ingredients:
Baking Soda: Baking soda is one of the most effective cleaning ingredients due to it’s abrasive properties. When used as a household cleaner, baking soda gets rid of odors and scrubs away stains. I like to get a huge bag of Arm & Hammer to use for my household cleaning DIYs.
Castile Soap or Sal Suds: Castile soap is an amazing multipurpose ingredient that is gentle enough for your skin but tough enough to clean your home as well. I use castile soap in everything from my foaming hand soap to my DIY natural household cleaner. While castile soap is amazing, I often keep Sal Suds on hand for tougher cleaning jobs. Sal Suds can be used interchangeably with castile soap in DIY cleaning recipes.
Hydrogen Peroxide: Hydrogen Peroxide is known for its antiviral and antibacterial properties, which is perfect for a dirty bath tub or sink! This recipe needs to sit for a few minutes, because hydrogen peroxide needs time to do its job.
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- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup liquid castile soap (can substitute Sal Suds)
- 1 Tbsp hydrogen peroxide
- 5-8 drops essential oils (optional- Thieves and Lemon are my favorites)
- Glass jar with lid for storage
- Medium-size mixing bowl
- In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mix all ingredients together until they become a smooth paste.
- Spoon into a large glass jar with lid.
- Secure lid tightly so the mixture does not dry out.