Homemade Shower Scrub Cleaner with Essential Oils

This homemade shower scrub cleaner with essential oils is so simple to make using just 4 natural ingredients, it’s a great non-toxic alternative to store-bought cream cleaners. This shower scrub cleaner takes less than 2 minutes to make, cuts grease and grime, and you’ll save a ton of money making it yourself! 

Glass jar filled with shower scrub cleaning paste. There is a bottle of lemon essential oils and a half cut lemon on the left behind the jar.

Recently, I’ve been testing and replacing chemical cleaners in my home every week. My latest natural cleaner obsession is this homemade shower scrub. Since I always use cream cleaners, this was a necessity for my cleaning supplies. 

My favourite thing about soft scrub cleaners is how easily they can remove hard water, soap scum and grease from glass and the shower but the chemicals in them are toxic. A massive goal of mine is to eliminate the use of toxic cleaners with homemade products. A lot of the store-bought cleaners are filled with harmful chemicals that are toxic to our skin and lungs!

I’m excited to share the recipe for this shower scrub cleaner with you after putting it to the test for a few weeks. When I say put to the test, my hubby is an electrician, which means the bathroom can get filthy very quickly. You can count on this stuff to get the job done!

This homemade shower scrub is soft enough not to scratch surfaces, it’s gritty enough to keep scrubbing to a minimum. 

The best thing about this cleaner is that you can mix it right before cleaning your shower or bathroom, so you won’t need to keep a container on hand. You can use this scrub and then finish your cleaning with my all-purpose natural cleaner, your bathroom will be just as new by the time you’re finished!

I have written a complete guide to natural cleaning supplies if you’d like to learn more about what I use in our home to clean more thoughtfully. 

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Glass jar filled with shower scrub cleaning paste. There is a linen cloth and scrubbing brush on the left behind the jar.

Why You Will Love This Shower Scrub Cleaner

  • All natural ingredients making it non-toxic, safe for us and the environment.
  • Quick to mix together before you start cleaning.
  • Powerful cleaning on grease and grime.
  • Made from affordable ingredients.

Shower Scrub Ingredients

Baking soda – Baking soda has been used for cleaning for many years. It works wonders for removing odours and is a mild abrasive cleaner, making it ideal for this shower scrub cleaner. Plus it’s super cheap to buy from the supermarket.

Salt – Salt will add some extra abrasive texture along with the baking soda.

Essential oils – I love lemon essential oil because of its antibacterial properties, making it a great choice to use in the bathroom or for cleaning. 

Castile Soap – Castile soap is my best friend. It’s magical, you can use it in beauty and cleaning products, it’s all-natural, great for sensitive skin and cheap! I love Dr Bronner’s brand in peppermint or tea tree for cleaning. You can make your own shampoo and hand soap with it.

Close up of shower cleaning scrub in glass jar next to open bottle of lemon essential oils

Best Essential Oils for Cleaning

Essential oils are incredible for cleaning, here are some of my favourites:

Lemon – If you love that clean, fresh scent try adding lemon essential oils. The antiseptic, antiviral, and anti-infective properties make it ideal for cleaning products. Also known to help reduce stress – a bonus while cleaning the bathroom!

Peppermint – Clean, fresh and minty, peppermint oil is antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and antiseptic.

Eucalyptus – If peppermint isn’t your thing try eucalyptus oil. Fresh and sweet-smelling, it also has antibacterial and antiviral properties. 

Tea Tree – Tea tree is amazing for killing mould, its antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and antiseptic. Making it great for adding to homemade cleaners.

Equipment You May Need 

Tips To Make DIY Shower Scrub

  • I like to make mine in a jar with a glass lid so I can save it if it’s not used up.
  • This scrub cleaner is thick like a paste so you may need a spoon or to use your hands to scoop it out with. 
  • This doesn’t store super well so try to just make enough as you need. This recipe makes enough for one bathroom. Double or triple as you need.
  • When you have finished cleaning wipe the surfaces with a clean, wet towel to get any baking soda off. 
Shower scrub cleaner in a glass storage jar with a linen cleaning rag, scrubbing brush and essential oils in the background.

How To Make Homemade Shower Scrub Cleaner

  1. Combine the baking soda, salt, essential oils and water together in a jar.
  2. Mix until a paste consistency forms. 
  3. Use on the shower or in the bathroom with a scrubbing brush or cloth.

How To Use this Scrub Cleaner

This will be a paste-like consistency similar to a cream cleanser. I use a soft scrubbing brush for my first scrub of the shower then a cloth to wipe it down with an all-purpose cleaner. 

You can use this shower scrub in the toilet by adding some inside the bowl and scrubbing as usual. Leave it to sit for a few minutes then scrub again and flush away. 

Try this on the bathtub to get rid of water scum rings and in the bathroom basin. Apply the scrub cleaner all over the bath or sink with a wet cloth and leave to sit for a few minutes, then wipe clean.

For stubborn stains or grime rub on a good amount of cleaner and leave to sit for 10 minutes to work its magic. Scrub with a brush and rinse clean. Repeat as needed. 

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Yield: 1 Cup

Homemade Shower Scrub Cleaner with Essential Oils

Homemade Shower Scrub Cleaner in glass jar with scrubbing brush and essential oils in the background

This homemade shower scrub cleaner with essential oils is so simple to make using just 4 natural ingredients, it’s a great non-toxic alternative to store-bought cream cleaners. This shower scrub cleaner takes less than 2 minutes to make, cuts grease and grime, and you’ll save a ton of money making it yourself!

Active Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $2.00

Materials

  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 3 1/2 tbsp Castile soap
  • 10 drops essential oils

Tools

  • Storage jar
  • Scrubbing brush
  • Cleaning rag

Instructions

    1. Combine the baking soda, salt, essential oils and water together in a jar.
    2. Mix until a paste consistency forms.
    3. Use in the shower or in the bathroom with a scrubbing brush or cloth.

Notes

  • I like to make mine in a jar with a glass lid so I can save it if it’s not used up.
  • This scrub cleaner is thick like a paste so you may need a spoon or to use your hands to scoop it out.
  • This doesn’t store super well so try to just make enough as you need. This recipe makes enough for one bathroom. Double or triple as you need.
  • When you have finished cleaning wipe the surfaces with a clean, wet towel to get any baking soda off.

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