Soft Scrub

"This is great for sinks, showers and even hands. My husband fixed our roof and his hands were full of tar. He used this and the tar "melted off!" He said it was better than the hand cleaner mechanics use to get the oil off their hands! It shines my stainless steel sink, it doesn't scratch my stovetop and it is awesome on the tub. Best of all it is easy and cheap! I found it on a make your own cleaner website and it works!"
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Ready In:


  • 12 cup borax
  • 4 tablespoons liquid soap (I use Murphy's Oil Soap)
  • essential oil, as desired


  • Put the borax in a container with a lid. Add the liquid soap a bit at a time.
  • The borax won't dissolve.
  • Mix (I use a fork to mix.) When the mixture is the consistency of frosting it is ready to use.
  • Add essential oils if desired.
  • I am going to try orange next time!
  • Scrub away!
  • You can make as much or as little as you like.
  • Keep covered so it doesn't dry out.

Questions & Replies

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  1. Robin T.
    Can Murphy's oil soap be used to clean toilet bowl and tank
  2. loriprice827
    Can you use it to clean a very baked on dirty oven?


    I had all but given up trying to find an effective product to clean the bathtubs until I found this recipe. I used ever faithful 20 Mule Team Borax, Mrs. Meyer's dish soap with lavender scent and about 6 drops of Aura Cacia Sweet Orange Essential oil. This worked very well for the bathtubs, sinks, chrome fixtures, shower caddy and toilets. It's easy, cheap and quick to make up a batch and cost mere pennies. My lungs were grateful, too. These are also ingredients I always have on hand especially the borax because I use it to make homemade laundry detergent. THANK YOU for posting the recipe and I'll be sure to forward it to family members and friends.
  2. lauralie41
    I used 20 Mule Team Borax and Murphy's Oil Soap without the essential oil and it worked great on my white kitchen sink and stove. Also put a dab or two on a damp cloth to wipe down my can opener, toaster, etc. and everything is shiny and clean. Cant wait to take this upstairs and give it a try in the bathroom. Made and reviewed for Zaar Cookbook Tag.
  3. Patti599
    I used Dr Bronners Peppermint soap, and it did a terrific job on the hard water stains in my tub without having to resort to lung-roasting chemicals. Thanks very much for the recipe!
  4. Phat & Sassy
    I have been making my own soft scrub with this recipes for some time and forgot to review it. I love this! Since your recipe is essentially two parts borax to one part liquid soap, I often just mix-up what I need for the task. Thanks for posting!
  5. K9 Owned
    After making some laundry soap today I decided to give this recipe a try. While I will never be someone who dances around the house cleaning this did make me smile. I used Murphy's oil soap and didn't bother with essential oils - it smells just fine the way it is. So far I used it on the kitchen sink and counters and I'm tickled pink. It works as well or better than the commercial scrubs yet is non toxic and costs pennies. I'm really impressed - thanks for posting this gem!



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