DIY Bathroom Scrub Recipe

I adapted this recipe from Crunchy Betty and I love it! It cleans everything in my bathroom and in other parts of he house as well, and is so cheap to make.

DIY Bathroom Scrub Recipe


  • 1/4 c. baking soda
  • 1/4 c. washing soda
  • 1/4 c. liquid castile soap
  • 1 capful of hydrogen peroxide
  • 2 Tbsp. white vinegar
  • 25 drops lemon balm*
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil*
  • 1/4 c. Water


Pour all dry ingredients into a wide-mouth glass jar. (I find that a salsa jar usually works best for this). Next add the essential oils and mix until well blended. (The mixture will be a bit crumbly at this point). Then add the vinegar and water and mix the ingredients until creamy. The vinegar will react with the baking soda and fizz a bit, but it’s completely harmless.

How to Use:

Scoop out a tablespoon of the cream and scrub on tile with a wet a Skoy cloth or microfiber cloth. Rinse with another wet cloth, and wipe dry. I use this on my shower tile, in the fiberglass tub, the porcelain sink and the marble countertop. I only need a scoop for the sink 2 for the shower and three for the tub. It works great o the soap scum on my glass shower door along with my Glass Cleaner . I also use it to clean the toilet bowl. A little goes a long way.

Try it out, and let me know how you like it! (you may need to add more water and/or soap to get the consistency right)

Thank you to Crunchy Betty for the original recipe.

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9 thoughts on “DIY Bathroom Scrub Recipe

  1. Sheri

    I changed this up a bit and am making it for my friends and family. Seriously, I love this so much I will never go back! Thank you tons for this!

  2. June

    When I made this, I ended up with “rocks” that were so hard I couldn’t mix it. I ended up having to put it in my food processor a little at a time to break up the rocks. Any idea what I may have done wrong? I made it as per the instructions. Once I got it mixed, I love the consistency…..and the wonderful lemon smell. Help!! 🙂

  3. Savvy

    @June I’m so sorry you had problems with this! Let’s see… the only thing that I can think of is that you needed to use more water. IT could have been that the oils you used had more alcohol in them (which evaporates) than what I used. But either way, next time, just keep adding water and/or vinegar until it’s the consistency you want. Thanks for commenting!

  4. June

    Thanks! I did add more water, but it really didn’t help much. I think (just guessing) that I should have added the soap before the water/vinegar. I’m not sure that would make any difference at all, but the soap is a little creamier. I added the water/vinegar first and it immediately turned into “rocks” the size of golf balls. 🙁 That’s why I decided to try the food processor. I’m not giving up because I like the product. 🙂

  5. Savvy

    @June Oh wait! Try adding the water first and dilute the baking soda in it next. The vinegar sounds like it reacted with the baking soda too quickly. If the baking soda is already wet, it won’t have a chance to absorb all the vinegar and get all rocky. Try that next time and lemme know how it goes.

  6. June

    Great idea. Thanks! I’m going to copy these instructions to my recipe. I’ll give it a try and let you know how it does.

    Thanks again! Love your blogs! 🙂 Keep em coming!

  7. Patti

    I’d love to try this, but can this be stored for subsequent use — and if so, for how long? (I’ve come across other recipes for some DIY cleaners/cleansers– maybe even one of Crunchy Betty’s, if I recall correctly–that apparently should be used relatively soon after they’re made.) Also, I’m wondering what the “*” next to the lemon balm and peppermint essential oil denotes; I couldn’t find a reference anywhere on the page. Thanks!

  8. Aminah

    Hi There – Love this idea. I plan to try it soon. When you use it to clean your toilet bowl what do you do? how do you get it inside the bowl? Do you sprinkle the mix on the toilet brush or do you just sprinkle it into the toilet bowl itself. Really looking for a chemical free toilet cleaner.

  9. Savvy

    @Aminah Hi there! It’s creamy so it doesn’t really “sprinkle”. I really use it to clean the outside of the toilet. But you can also scoop a little out and dump it into the bowl itself away from the water and scrub from there. I clean the inside of the bowl usually by tossing in a couple of tablespoons of Borax plus a sprinkling of my Homemade Bath Salts, and just scrub the bowl tieh the toilet brush from there. The borax does the disinfecting and the grittiness of the whole thing cleans really well and it smells GREAT!

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