Homemade Soft Scrub Cleaner
Soft scrub is a popular and versatile cleaner that can be used on a variety of surfaces. It’s also something you can easily make at home when you discover how to make this homemade soft scrub cleaner.
Is Soft Scrub Toxic?
I used to love using store-bought soft scrub to clean all types of surfaces in my house. I’d use it to shine up the kitchen sink, remove the ring from around the bathtub, and get the counters clean in the laundry room.
But I wasn’t thrilled with some of the potentially dangerous ingredients used in the scrub. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) gives Soft Scrub with Bleach an F because of its health and environmental concerns.
The following are just a few of the ingredients that can make Soft Scrub toxic:
- 1,1-Dichloroethene– Some concern for cancer, damage to the kidneys and urinary system, and general damage to the organs.
- Chloroform– Some concern for cancer, reproductive issues, and damage to the digestive system and organs.
- Carbon Tetrachloride– Some concern for cancer and damage to organs.
- Chlorine– Some concern for damage to vision, respiratory damage, skin irritation, allergies, and damage to other organs.
And that’s not to mention all the harm that bleach can cause.
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How to Make DIY Soft Scrub
When I started making my own cleaning products to live a healthier and more natural life, I knew the store-bought Soft Scrub had to go.
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Fortunately, I also knew I could easily make my own homemade soft scrub using a few simple and natural ingredients. After some trial and error, I found that this homemade soft scrub offered the best cleaning results.
- 3/4 cup of baking soda
- 2 tablespoons of citrus castile soap
- 2 or 3 tablespoons of water
- 5 drops of lemon essential oil
- Wide-mouth glass jar
- Combine the baking soda, citrus castile soap, and lemon essential oil in a small bowl.
- Add just enough water to make a liquid paste. For these measurements, I’ve found that two or three tablespoons work best.
- Transfer the mixture into a wide-mouth glass jar for storage.
How to Use Homemade Soft Scrub
When you’re ready to use your DIY soft scrub, spread a small amount on the surface you want to clean. For tough dirt or grime, let the mixture sit for a few minutes.
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I wouldn’t recommend using this homemade soft scrub to clean granite countertops or stone tiles since lemon can cause damage. Instead, check out this excellent homemade granite cleaner and this effective homemade tile floor cleaner.
As with any homemade cleaner, I suggest you test this DIY soft scrub in a small, inconspicuous area before using on the entire surface.
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