Saturday, July 11, 2015

How to Make All-Purpose Homemade Scrubbing Solution

This simple combination of just two natural, common household ingredients can be used to safely and effectively clean just about any surface. It really works. I wouldn't bother writing about it if it was just kind of OK- which is how my natural cleaning methods were for years, before I started making this. 

natural scrubbing solution

In fact, I can't believe it took me this long to try it. Previously, I was simply cleaning my tub with pure baking soda, and a whole lot of scrubbing. It worked, sorta. I cleaned my sinks just with a scrub brush and some soap. When my worlds collided in this recipe, I was amazed at how much easier it was to clean everything, just as naturally, and how much cleaner everything got.

To the recipe, then!

make natural scrubbing solution
All you'll need are these items, plus a bottle for the finished product.


ingredients for scrubbing solution

1 c baking soda
1/4 c liquid castile soap
1/4 c water
(If your soap isn't scented, and you like things that smell nice, you can add a couple drops of essential oil. Lavender or tea tree oils will also help with disinfecting.)

natural scrubbing solution
I like to write what goes into my homemade cleaners right on the bottle, which makes it super straightforward when it's time for a refill!


Measure ingredients and pour into the bottle. I use an old Siracha bottle, but any repurposed squeeze bottle will work great.

make scrubbing solution

Shake well and use like any scrubbing cleanser. When I was a kid we used Soft Scrub, and this works every bit as well. 

scrubbing sink

Besides the fact that this is a million times cheaper than products you can buy (if I did my calculations right) you don't have to worry about rinsing every bit of cleanser away before, for example, bathing your children in the tub. It's just baking soda and natural soap, both of which you might actually want a little of in a bath. 

stainless sink

It's easy to make, and kinda even makes cleaning fun.

In a closed container, this solution should last indefinitely. Shake before use, as the ingredients can settle into layers. 

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July 12, 2015 at 4:23 PM

i have used for a very long time one simple cleaner for my stainless steel sinks and appliances.
believe me, i have never been disappointed......after all what do labs use? yes, and what do
medical back offices use as a part of their cleaning ritual for instruments? Now i will not say
this product kills viruses like aids and etc....we are only using it as a cleaner for these instruments
not a killer for such viruses.....ok, so i tend to ramble, just wanted to make it clear on the subject of labs. In a squirt bottle simply add straight bleach. Spray your soft rag for cleaning appliances,
and spray your sink. Allow time to let the bleach do its job, then i scrub with nice thick gloves.
Viola! Sel:)

January 19, 2016 at 12:37 PM

Excellent cleaner, thanks !
Another suggestion...after cleaning the sink up with the scrub wipe the sink down with a paper towel with a bit of olive oil. It makes the sink shine and actually stay cleaner longer. Got this tip from another blog, it works fabulously...

July 15, 2016 at 8:15 AM

I've really got to try this! Thanks for sharing! Pinned!

July 18, 2016 at 4:43 AM

I've never actually mixed this and put it in a bottle, though I do love to do a little squirt of homemade soap and some sprinkles of baking soda! I certainly need to start bottling things up! Thanks for the reminder and the proportions! :)