Homemade Bathtub Scrub

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Homemade Bathtub Scrub Recipe

Here’s a non toxic but effective homemade cleaner that really gets the grime off your tub:

1 tsp. liquid soap
several drops of an antibacterial essential oil (such as tea tree, eucalyptus, rosemary, or peppermint)
1 cup baking soda

Add just enough water to form a paste, and use it with a sponge or brush to scour bathtub surfaces.


Photo By: Jessica Tam


  1. says

    I try to avoid harsh chemicals when cleaning, too. For the bathtub, I just use some cheap shampoo on a washrag. Shampoo is designed to break down oils, so it works on the tub surface as well as my hair. For the shower doors I use vinegar in a spray bottle, then wipe down with a rag. If the soap scum is bad on a shower door, I use a kitchen scrubby (also know as an onion bag bound together with a rubber band), and a spray of vinegar. Works well, and I don’t inhale caustic chemicals.

    • Jaime says

      I also like to use shampoo for cleaning the shower. I use any shampoo I don’t like. I also purchase inexpensive shampoos at the dollar stores.

      • says

        Shampoo I imagine works really well in the shower. I was taught to use things like the cleanser you use on your face to remove make up for removing make up stains on clothing. If something was formulated to remove make up from you face then logic tells us it should be good to remove it from your clothes. The same goes for shampoo. It was made to remove body oil and dirt and that is what is in the shower. Great idea.

  2. Savanna says

    I use baking soda and lemon juice. It works wonders. I also use it for many other things too such as stove top, fridge, sinks and toilet bowls. Here is my disinfectant recipe for spray bottle

    2 cups water
    20 drops tea tree oil
    1 cup vinegar

  3. Maggie says

    Oh my goodness. Wish I had seen this for the weekend. I used Comet in my bathtub to scour some soap scum stains and the scent was overpowering. Even with the window wide open, I had to keep leaving the bathroom (it’s pretty little) to get a good breath of air before having another go at it. I’ll use this formula for the upstairs bath although it is not nearly as bad because it is just an old footed tub and has no shower. Do you think I could use the baking soda in the washer to clean the soap scum from the shower curtain? I washed that this weekend, too, but it still doesn’t look like it got really clean.

    • says

      Yes, you could try a couple of things for your shower curtain in the washer. The first it to wash it with a towel. The towel will get it cleaner. Then you could rinse with vinegar and that would help with water spots. You could wash with baking soda and see if that works but don’t use both the baking soda and the vinegar together or you will have a big mess! :-)

  4. Terri says

    I love finding recipes like this. I’m trying to cut expenses everywhere I can and cleaners are so expensive. This will help a lot. Only problem I foresee is that I’m “addicted” to cleaning products – lol – yes you read that right. So, this means I’ll just have to detour around the cleaning product aisles. I have a big bottle of laundry soap my sister made and gave to me, plus I just bought the ingredients to make fabric softener. I’ve used baking soda in the past to clean my kitchen sink, and it works great. Next I’m going to make the disinfecting wipes from the recipe I got off this site. And when I run out of the bathroom cleaner I now have, I’m going to make this recipe — in fact, I may not wait!!!

    This living a on dime stuff is actually pretty fun.

    • says

      You are right Terri. It isn’t as much work or as hard as what some people seem to think it is. It really is in the mind set on all of these things. I had to chuckle because I can tell you are addicted to cleaning products – never heard anyone quite so excited in discussing them. : ) Don’t feel alone though I enjoy them too especially if they smell good. As a treat every once in awhile I will buy myself some new cleaning product to try just for fun so don’t feel alone. : )

    • Stephanie says

      Thank you I was trying to remember what I used last time and couldn’t think of it then I saw this and it reminded me

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