Homemade Cleaners Soft scrub

I’ve been seeing ideas around Pinterest for a diy soft scrub and it reminded me of using the real soft scrub a long time ago. The one thing I remember about it was that it worked really well. So I thought to myself, “my oven is really gross, I should probably clean it.” But that’s for another post, because this one is about making the cleaner. Soft scrub is a very easy homemade cleaner to make; it takes only two ingredients.

Homemade Soft Scrub

Baking Soda

Dish Soap

Mix the dish soap and the baking soda together in a bowl until desired consistency. Super exact and scientific I know. In the ramekin there’s about half a cup of baking soda and a few tablespoons of dish soap. I’m a dump and mix as you go kind of woman. The consistency ended up about the same as paint, so you can “paint” your homemade soft scrub onto whatever needs cleaning.

Homemade Soft Scrub Cleaner

To use, apply a thick layer to item in need of desperate cleaning or degreasing. You need the thick layer so it can sit and work its magic for an hour or so without drying out. If the solution dries out, spray with a little bit of vinegar and add more soft scrub. I loved this little homemade cleaning solution for my oven; it got the toughest burnt on grease off with just a little bit of scrubbing. Within a few minutes of applying the soft scrub, I could see it eating up the grease and changing colors. As a little warning, coming from the woman who rarely wears rubber gloves, prolonged exposure to this soft scrub will result in your hands peeling for a few days. I got a two for one, clean oven and clean “exfoliated” hands with this little homemade cleaner.

Happy Cleaning!


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46 Responses to DIY: Two Ingredient Soft Scrub

  1. Paula Kaye says:

    My oven is currently filthy. I want to try this!

  2. Marilyn says:

    Awesome tip! I’m definitely going to try this!

  3. Erin says:

    Would this work on cleaning a bathtub/shower unit?

  4. Nancy says:

    Awesome tip!!!! I’m going to use it TODAY!

  5. Michelle says:

    Do you think that this would help to scrub and shine a stainless steel sink that is older?

  6. Rebekah L. says:

    Awesome – cleaning my oven is on my to-do list for this week so I may give this a try. Last time I let ammonia sit overnight in my oven and used straight baking soda and only had a partial success.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog. I’m a new follower.

  7. Sara says:

    As soon as I saw this post I thought it was a soft scrub for your face! Ha! Simple ideas though work so fabulously. Love this!

  8. lorijohnston836656258 says:

    Great tip for making soft scrub. I love baking soda ~ it has so many uses.

    Lori @ A Bright and Beautiful Life

  9. nicole says:

    Wow! I will have to try this out! I am a new follower from southern charm! I would love for you to stop by my blog and hopefully follow me back! Have a great weekend, Nicole!

  10. We’ll be trying this for sure. My asthmatic allergies do not like most commercial cleaners but Dawn and baking soda are on my good list. We make laundry detergent, “Windex” (emptied bottle we use) so why not? Thanks.

  11. DesignGeek says:

    I’ve used baking soda and water, but never dish soap. What a great idea.

  12. Definitely on my list of things to try! Cheers.

  13. Wow, this is great! I can’t wait to give it a try! Thanks so much for linking up to Crafty Tuesday again this week!

  14. Jamie says:

    I love DIY cleaners. It’s great to know that you can clean without using harsh chemicals!

  15. […] my motivation to do really cool projects, sometimes. Deviating from the recipe a little I created my own soft scrub from dish soap and baking soda and called it good. Now to remove cooked on grease from the oven, […]

  16. Jessie says:

    Wow!! I’m definitely going to try this! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Weekend Wonders! Hope you’re enjoying your week so far!

  17. We have never seen this before, how creative!

      • We got burned with a damage complaint before with trying to remove grease from wood. We ended up going with a diluted solution of simple green and that worked pretty good. However your solution seems even safer as simple green can actually cause damage to wood if the concentrate is too strong. You just became one of our top resources for safe cleaning advice/techniques!

  18. […] etc. so you can plan what needs to soak while you do the little chores. Coating the oven in a soft scrub and letting it break down the grease will reduce the amount of time you will have to scrub the […]

  19. Do you think this would work for cleaning a gas outdoor grill? Or do you have another for a grill cleaner? I can’t stand the fumes of the cleaners…and the grill is in serious need of a good scrubbing! =)

    • I think so, you would just have to make sure to remove all of the soft scrub when you’re done. I will warn you that if you use a lot and it gets very wet, you have lots of suds and it takes a while to remove it all. Overall, I have loved using this to clean my oven and it’s totally worth the little bit of scrubbing and wiping.

  20. félicitations pour l’ensemble de ton blog… je te suis depuis peu et je trouve tes posts de qualité! J’édite moi aussi un blog depuis peu, n’hésite pas à venir me lire, je tiens un blog de mode moi ! ++ SAM

  21. Camille Casani says:

    Extremely hard to rinse! Too much soap. My tile bathroom floor is generating tons of foam! Next time I’ll dilute it with water.

    • Yes, it is. I discovered this when using it on my oven. The easiest way to rinse/remove it is with a dry cloth. Once you think you have it all removed, then use a wet cloth. Thanks so much for your feedback.

  22. Janet Stewart says:

    I use equal parts baking soda and borax mixed with a little water. It works great. I am going to add a tiny bit of the detergent now and try tis.

  23. tricia says:

    This would work as a great cleaner but I would not compare it to “soft scrub”.Baking soda is very abrasive and can scratch some surfaces like a bathtub.My new tub calls for me to use “soft scrub” only as a cleaner or I will void my warranty.If I used this it would scratch my tub up for sure.Just an FYI !!

  24. This looks great! I love finding ways to make my own cleaning products and hadn’t seen something for Soft Scrub yet. Thanks for sharing!

  25. Smyrna says:

    Wow! Very interesting, I’m a big green cleaning fan and I’ve been tried baking soda plus vinegar; baking soda plus lemon juice; baking soda, vinegar and lemon; vinegar and hot water and so on, and so on. But this is the first time I read about baking soda and dish soap. I will absolutely try it soon! Thank you so much for your share.

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