Scrub Cleaner - Tub Scrub


  • 1 cup baking soda 
  • ¼ cup castile soap  or Sal Suds
  • 1 TB hydrogen peroxide
  • 1 large jar with a lid (such as a Mason Jar). The jar pictured is a Weck Jar.


    1. In a medium-size bowl, combine the baking soda, castile soap or Sal Suds, and hydrogen peroxide. Stir until the scrub cleaner looks like thick glue.
    2. Spoon the scrub cleaner in a large jar with a lid. Seal the jar. This cleaner will harden when exposed to air for a prolonged period of time. The scrub cleaner can be used immediately and kept at room temperature (in a sealed jar) for several months.
    3. Note: It's important to leave room at the top of the jar for expansion. The cleaner will expand within the first 24 hours. I leave 2-3 inches at the top of the jar for expansion.

    To Use: Apply the amount desired to a cloth or scrub brush and apply to a dirty surface. Allow the scrub cleaner to sit for a couple of minutes. Wipe the surface with a damp cloth.


     A powerful bathroom cleaner that works against even the most stubborn odors and dirt. That cleaner (which is amazing and you really need to check out!) is the go-to homemade solution for my weekly appointment in the bathroom. There are times when the job gets really dirty! So dirty I need a bit more help than my trusty homemade squirt bottle can provide. It’s in those moments that I turn to soft scrub.

    Baking Soda: Baking soda is one of the most effective cleaning ingredients available. This inexpensive ingredient can be used to raise my favorite banana bread and clean a toilet. Pretty amazing stuff! When used as a homemade cleaner, baking soda absorbs odors and scrubs away stains due to its abrasive properties. I use Bob’s Red Mill Baking Soda for baking, but go with the cheaper bulk bag of Arm & Hammer for cleaning.

    Castile Soap or Sal Suds: One of my favorite multipurpose DIY ingredients. Castile soap is a concentrated vegetable-based soap with easy to recognize ingredients.  I use castile soap for everything from  homemade laundry detergent to hand soap and face wash. While I love castile soap, I often purchase castile soap’s cousin, Sal Suds, for tough cleaning jobs. Sal Suds is tougher on grease and stubborn stains than castile soap. 

    Hydrogen Peroxide: Hydrogen peroxide is known for its antiviral and antibacterial properties, making it the perfect cleaning ingredient for a dirty bathroom. Hydrogen peroxide takes a bit of time to work so I let my homemade soft scrub sit for a few minutes before the victorious act of scrubbing away dirt and stains.

    With three simple, cost-effective ingredients homemade soft scrub conquers even the most stubborn bathroom odors and grime. Plus, the act of mixing the ingredients takes less time than a trip to the store to purchase a bottle of the alternative, which means with the extra time you can hide out in a clean bathroom with a homemade latte and good book!