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Homemade Soft Scrub Recipe

Today’s chemistry hacks post is a fun homemade soft scrub recipe you can make for just a few cents.

It is really great to clean and refresh the kitchen! You can also use it for bathrooms and any other place that needs a good scrub.

As usual with a chemistry hacks post, I will share the chemistry behind why this cleaner works so well plus what chemicals you are avoiding by making your own
Time: 5 Minutes Cost: $05 Difficulty: Easy

  • 1 tablespoon lemon infused rubbing alcohol**
  • 1 tablespoon blue Dawn dishwashing liquid
  • 3 tablespoons baking soda
  • pinch of lemon powder (optional, please click blog post link at the bottom for lemon powder details)


For more detailed information on infused alcohol, read our homemade bug spray post. Infusing rubbing alcohol with lemon makes a better cleaning agent.

You not only get the acidity from the lemon peel, but also the oils from the lemon. You CAN use lemon oil with the alcohol, but I prefer to use lemon infused alcohol for the acidity. I've tested both versions, and the lemon infused alcohol always works better.

**To make infused alcohol, just fill a jar with lemon peels, fill to top with rubbing alcohol. Allow to steep for 2 weeks or up to a few months.

Add the ingredients to a bowl and mix.

Texture will be thick, but will still pour (almost like a pancake batter) like in the picture below.


To Use:

I love this for almost anything.

For cleaning bathtubs or showers: add a teaspoon of this mixture to a wet sponge or scrub brush (I like it best with a scrub brush). Start working circularly around the area. By adding water to this mixture, you will get really good suds and foam. Continue to add additional teaspoons if needed and rub in circular motion. Rinse well.

For counter tops: use a soft sponge that is damp and rub in a circular motion. This will also foam using a damp sponge, so make sure to wipe off with a towel.

For the tutorial on glass surfaces like stove tops, please click the blog link for our picture tutorial on this.

Chemist Tips for Homemade Soft Scrub:

After testing different combinations, ratios, and methods, this homemade soft scrub was ultimately the most effective.

Click here to see a breakdown of store-bought soft scrub ingredients vs Chemistry Cachet's ingredients. It is so interesting to see all the chemicals contained in the store-bought soft scrub. We also share why we used the ingredients we did and WHY they work!!
Remember to check out the blog post link to learn about lemon powder plus a detailed tutorial on making it (it is so easy and great for cleaning solutions!).

Refresh your home with this lemony homemade soft scrub recipe!

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Ask the creator about this project

  • B. Enne
    B. Enne Canada
    on Jul 21, 2017

    Great share, thank you!

  • Rita M Carey
    Rita M Carey Rochester, NY
    on Feb 8, 2018

    Yes, I plan to try this. Sounds like a great alternative to other products. thank you.

  • Iretha Bodnar
    Iretha Bodnar
    on Feb 8, 2018

    I must try the lemon infused alcohol! I’ve been using a similar soft scrub in my show with baking soda and Bronners Sal Suds. It is amazing stuff! I am betting the addition of alcohol would make it even better!!!

    • Alexis @ Chemistry Cachet
      Alexis @ Chemistry Cachet Granbury, TX
      on Feb 8, 2018

      I really love the lemon infusion into the alcohol. It makes it clean even better! Hope you enjoy it :)

  • Cheryl Lunn
    Cheryl Lunn Cincinnati, OH
    on Feb 8, 2018

    I definitely want to try this. Thank you for sharing!

  • Debbie
    Debbie North Little Rock, AR
    on Feb 8, 2018

    A way back there was cleaning tip on cleaning a oven inside what is it.

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