DIY Soft Scrub Cleaner with Lemon and Eucalyptus

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A toxin-free soft scrub cleaner ideal for stovetops, ovens, sinks and bathrooms. Two minutes to make, with a long shelf life.

A homemade soft scrub on the kitchen bench

Back with another simple DIY cleaning recipe – this one is a soft scrub cleaner ideal for grimy surfaces.

Made from:

  • Baking soda
  • Castile soap
  • Water and
  • Essential oils

That’s it.

As a comparison, here are the ingredients as listed in a common store-bought lemon scented cream cleanser. Sure, there are some rather benign ingredients there, but check out the ones I’ve underlined: 

  • Calcium carbonate: low concern – abrasive/buffering/bulking agent
  • Sodium dodecylbenzenesulfonate: rated C, modern concern to both health and environment. Some concern over developmental and reproductive toxicity, evidence of acute and chronic aquatic toxicity. This is a surfactant/emulsifying agent
  • Sodium carbonate: low concern – pH adjuster/buffering/bulking agent
  • c9-c11 pareth-6: low concern – this is a surfactant/emulsifying agent
  • Sodium cocoate: low concern – surfactant/emulsifying agent, coconut derived
  • Dodium bicarbonate: low concern – abrasive/buffering agent
  • Disodium distyrylbiphenyl disulphonate: low concern – surfactant/viscosity controller
  • 1,2 benzisothiazoline-3(2h)-one: moderate to high concern. Of moderate concern – organ system toxicity. Of high concern – irritation to skin, eyes and lungs. This is a preservative/antimicrobial
  • Perfume: who knows? Legally not obliged to disclose what these chemicals are. They are however likely petroleum derived. Chemicals used to fragrance consumer goods have been linked to a variety of adverse health conditions, from asthma and obesity, to infertility and cancer
  • Ci 19140: moderate hazard. Of high concern – bioaccumulation, of moderate concern – organ system toxicity. This is a synthetic yellow dye produced from petroleum – aside from cleaning, it is approved for use in food, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics

[Source: Environmental Working Group]

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Flat Lay of DIY soft scrub cleaner

DIY Soft Scrub Cleaner Cost

A quick costing in NZD,

  • 1 cup (210g) baking soda: $0.83 (buy bulk – 3kg cost me $11.95)
  • ¼ cup (60ml) castile soap: $1.62 (bulk again – 1 litre for $27)
  • 1 tablespoon water: $0
  • 5 drops doTERRA lemon essential oil: $0.32
  • 5 drops doTERRA eucalyptus essential oil: $0.44
  • Jar: $0 – repurpose!

Total: $3.21

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Enjoy the recipe – so incredibly simple!


 Close up of a soft scrub cleaner surrounded by essential oils

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5 from 1 vote

Ideal for stovetops/ovens/sinks/bathrooms. To fill a mason jar.
Prep Time2 mins
Keyword: Soft Scrub


  • 1 cup baking soda (210g)
  • ¼ cup castile liquid soap unscented (60ml)
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 5 drops doTERRA lemon essential oil
  • 5 drops doTERRA eucalyptus essential oil


  • Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl and whip together. If you think it needs more water, add just one teaspoon at a time.
  • Spoon into a mason jar ready for use.


  • To use, spoon a small amount over your surface (eg stove), then scrub with a damp cloth.
  • To remove reside, use a fresh, wet cloth.
  • If you're using this to clean tile grouts, apply with a toothbrush
  • This recipe has a long shelf life.

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Hi I’m Lauren, practising Naturopath, Medical Herbalist, Nutritionist, and essential oils educator in Auckland, New Zealand. I’m incredibly passionate about food as medicine, and helping people connect with the healing power of Nature. I’ve been sharing my recipes and health articles here since 2012.

BNatMed, AdDip NutMed, BCS, Certified FitGenes Practitioner.