Scrub A Dub Dub: How To Make a Natural Cleaning Paste For The Tub

updated Jun 5, 2019
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Over the years I’ve been guilty of occasionally buying whatever bath cleaner is on sale at the store -could be all-natural, could not. The moment I try to settle into a nice, relaxing bath I immediately start thinking about what chemicals I’m being subjected to and majorly regret my decision.

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I recently stocked up on a few bottles of essential oils with anti-bacterial qualities for the winter months and have been researching all different sorts of ways I can use them around the house. I fell in love with this recipe because its easy to make and with the exception of the essential oil -everything else is probably already in your pantry!

What You Need


  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 10-12 drops of high quality anti-bacterial essential oil (Tea Tree, Rosemary, peppermint, or eucalyptus)
  • 1 teaspoon liquid soap
  • Water


  • Jar with lid


1. Mix the liquid soap and essential oil with 1 cup of baking soda. Add just enough water to make a paste. I make my paste in a small jar by screwing on the lid and shaking it up until the ingredients come together. The jar makes it so easy to transport the paste around the house to the bathrooms without having it spill everywhere!

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2. Apply the paste in generous amounts all around your tub and shower -don’t forget the fixtures!

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3. Work around the surface with a soft scouring pad that won’t scratch the surface of your tub, then let sit for about five minutes.

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4. Rinse with warm water.

This also makes a fantastic toilet scrub if you have any leftovers!

More great tips and tutorials: Cleaning Basics