This homemade soft scrub is ready to handle even the dirtiest room in your house. As a bonus, it’s easy to make and smells amazing.
I’ve been making my own cleaners for years now, and one of my all time favorites is this mint-eucalyptus homemade soft scrub. It packs a powerful cleaning punch, smells like a spa, and makes even cleaning the bathroom less of a chore.
If you’re anything like me, that says a lot. My bathrooms are the most neglected rooms in my house. I dread them so much I put them last, and then end up with a big job on my hands instead of a quick wipe down. Please, please tell me I’m not alone in that. Tell me you also shut the door to your bathroom and cross your fingers that company doesn’t arrive unannounced?
I used to pride myself in how clean my bathrooms were. They were my biggest pet peeve before I had kids, and even when they were younger! But now, my kids are older, and handle all of their bathroom business on their own. And, if you haven’t noticed, kids are kind of gross.
No matter how many times I remind them to clean up after themselves, there are towels on the floor, toothpaste in the sink, makeup on the counter, and a shower curtain bunched up in the corner of the tub collecting mildew.
It’s a big job, and sometimes, it takes more than a regular old bottle of all purpose cleaner. That’s where the handy soft scrub comes in. Luckily, the homemade version is easy!
I’ve shared another homemade soft scrub recipe here, but recently re-discovered an old favorite and started using it again. I have to say, this might be the best smelling cleaner I’ve used in a long time. Probably since I started using green and homemade cleaners!
Homemade Soft Scrub with Eucalyptus and Mint
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This recipe isn’t quite as simple as my other soft scrub recipe, but at the same time, it also doesn’t require you to have a cleaner concentrate on hand already. You can make this soft scrub with simple, easy to find ingredients, right in your kitchen.
What I love about this recipe is that each ingredient packs a good cleaning punch on it’s own, and they can all be found in your local grocery store or Target. Let’s take a look at each ingredient we’ll be using for this cleaner:
Castille Soap: One of my favorite multipurpose DIY ingredients to have on hand. Castille soap is a concentrated soap with easy to recognize ingredients. I use this soap for pretty much everything, from homemade cleaners to foaming hand soap, and make sure to keep it stocked in the house all the time.
Baking Soda: It’s amazing to me that you can get such effective cleaning out of something so affordable and readily available. Adding baking soda to your homemade cleaners helps eliminate odors and gives your cleaner some extra scrubbing power due to its abrasiveness. Grab a big box of Arm and Hammer to keep in your cleaning cabinet and you won’t regret it.
Borax: A lot of people use Borax and Baking Soda interchangeably when it comes to cleaning, and of course, this addition is totally optional for this recipe. Still, I like adding a small amount of Borax to the recipe because it just gives it a little more stain fighting power. I’ve found that Borax will take care of stains that Baking Soda can’t touch, so for tougher jobs, it’s really handy.
Peppermint Tea: Peppermint is naturally antibacterial, which makes it a great addition to your favorite cleaner. Plus, it smells amazing, and there are some that say peppermint deters ants and spiders.
Eucalyptus Essential Oil: Eucalyptus is a great germ killer, making it the perfect oil to add to your bathroom scrub. Plus, it freshens the air, and combined with peppermint, it’ll make your bathroom smell like a spa.
To make your cleaner, you’ll need:
- 1c liquid castille soap
- 1c baking soda
- 1/2c Borax
- 15 drops of Eucatyptus essential oil (I buy mine here)
- 1c peppermint tea, brewed strong
Brew a cup of strong peppermint tea with boiling water and let it sit.
In a glass container, combine liquid Castile soap, baking soda, borax, and 15 drops of eucalyptus essential oil. Mix well.
Once your tea has cooled, add it to the above mixture and stir until combined. Add it to a squirt bottle or a jar with a lid, and remember to shake well before using.
You can use your cleaner right away, or store it at room temperature in a sealed jar for several months.
This recipe makes approximately 2 1/2-3 cups of cleaner.
How to Use Your Homemade Soft Scrub
Okay, don’t laugh at me, but the first time I tried to use this soft scrub, I didn’t understand what it was. I added a bunch of extra liquid so that I could add it to a spray bottle and just went to town like I was using a regular cleaner. Obviously, it left residue on everything, and I quickly realized I had to use water with this cleaner.
Don’t be like me. This recipe will be more watered down than the typical soft scrub, but it will still clog up a spray nozzle and leave a residue if it’s not rinsed.
Add this scrub to a squirt bottle, or keep it in a mason jar with a lid, and remember to shake it well before each use to keep it mixed. Then, just apply it to a brush or towel and use it to scrub your dirty surface. Let it sit for a couple of minutes to really let the cleaners work, then rinse well.
This is my favorite cleaner for the bathroom, and even the kitchen! I use it in my tubs and sinks, on the floor, and even as a toilet bowl cleaner. If you’re looking for one cleaner to do the whole job, this one is for you.
With just a few simple ingredients that pack a powerful punch, this homemade soft scrub recipe will clean every surface it touches. As usual, be sure to test your cleaner on a small surface to ensure that it won’t damage any surfaces. So far, I’ve had good luck, but don’t take my word for it!