Homemade Cleaner: Two Ingredient Soft Scrub

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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45 thoughts on “Homemade Cleaner: Two Ingredient Soft Scrub

  1. 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.

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

    Lori @ A Bright and Beautiful Life

  3. 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!

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      • 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!

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  6. 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.

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  8. 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.

  9. 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 !!

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