Soft Scrub Cleanser Goop and Scouring Powder

Soft Scrub Cleanser “Goop” and Scouring Powder | 2 Homemade Cleaning Products

Soft Scrub Cleanser “Goop” and Scouring Powder to add to Your DIY Cleaning Tote

Add these simple, homemade cleaning products to your DIY cleaning tote: Soft Scrub Cleanser, or Goop, and scouring Powder. They take just a few minutes to whip up with common ingredients you may already have at home or can find easily at the grocery store.

Why spend more than you need to for cleaning products?

Once you have made these cleaning and scouring products once, you’ll see how easy it is! You can easily refill your containers over and over.

Soft Scrub Cleanser is commonly called “goop” in our house for the simple reason that it is goopy! It’s a paste you apply to sloped surfaces such as then sides of a sink or bathtub, when you need the product to stay put. It couldn’t be easier to make!

Scouring Powder is another household cleaning staple.

I have been a big fan of a particular commercial brand, but as the price kept increasing and availability was limited, I decided to search online for a DIY formula and make my own. Thank you to Rachel Lewman for this recipe!

Soft Scrub Cleanser, Goop

Soft Scrub Cleanser or Goop

Useful for cutting grease and scouring sloped surfaces such as kitchen sinks and bathtubs, removing scuffs and stubborn spots on tile, and gunk that builds up on the stove top or in the oven.

Liquid dish detergent or Castile soap

Baking soda

Optional ingredients if using Castile soap:

A few drops of essential oil, such as grapefruit, rosemary, or lemon

A small amount (try a teaspoon) ground dried rosemary or fir needles

Small container you can reach into with a tight lid (a wide-mouth half-pint jar or a product container you saved)

  1. Fill the container halfway with liquid dish detergent or Castile soap. Add baking soda to almost fill the container and stir well. Add optional ingredients, if using. You’re looking for a consistency like paste, but keep it a little looser than you think it needs to be, because it will thicken overnight. Place lid on container, label it, and it is ready to use!
  2. The next day, check your Goop. If it is too thin, stir in more baking soda. If it is too thick, stir in additional soap.
  3. To use, apply product directly to hard, nonporous surfaces and scrub gently with a damp sponge or rag. Rinse with water.
Scouring Powder

Scouring Powder

Good for hard, nonporous surface such as ceramic, tile, glass, and stainless steel. Not for delicate surfaces or mirror finished stainless steel.

1/2 cup (250 g) salt (just plain white salt; save your good salt for food!)

1/2 cup Borax powder (100 g)

15 drops lemon essential oil, optional

Quart jar for mixing

Pint jar with lid, for a shaker

  1. Measure ingredients into the quart jar in order, adding essential oil if desired. Stir well.
  2. Using a nail and a hammer, punch holes in the lid of the pint jar.
  3. Transfer scouring powder to the pint jar and add the lid.
  4. To use, dampen surface to be cleaned and shake scouring powder on. Rub gently with a damp sponge or rag to polish.

That was easy! Now go make some!

diy cleaning tote

Click the button above to download and print a free instruction sheet for assembling your own DIY Cleaning Tote.

Looking for more homemade cleaning products?

I have time-tested recipe formulas for glass cleaner and a super all-purpose spray cleaner, complete with printable labels here.

You can make your own simple and inexpensive laundry detergent from grocery store ingredients from my recipe here.

Give your favorite wooden spoon and all your wooden kitchen utensils a “spa treatment” with this easily made Spoon Butter/Cutting Board Conditioner. Make it yourself with 3 simple ingredients including coconut oil. 



    • I just checked. You’re right. The print button goes to the handout for creating a cleaning tote.


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