Homemade Scouring Powder Recipes: Abrasive Cleaners

Below I've got several homemade scouring powder recipes that you can use in your home if you need a dry abrasive cleaner you would use that is similar to either Comet or Ajax (without the bleach of course).

The nice things is that these recipes are much more eco-friendly than some of those other powder cleansers.

Alyse from Watertown, NY's Recipe:

Mix all ingredients and store in an air-tight container.

Use as you would use commercial scouring powder.

Taylor says:

Thanks for this recipe. I actually have the exact same one below where I gave both a recipe for a dry powdered cleaner using borax, as well as a borax soft scrub.

I added the picture above showing all the ingredients in this recipe, which as you can also contains an old empty parmesan cheese container.

The reason I have this in there is that I love to save all of my old shake containers like this, specifically to use as part of this type of dry powdered form of homemade cleaners.

I've got additional recipes below, and I'd love for you to also share your own here.

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Christmasy Scented Counter Scrubber

by Taylor

Here is a recipe for a Christmasy smelling counter scrubber, using all natural ingredients, that you might like to try in your home.

Citrus essential oils, such as orange oil, act as a natural degreaser.

In addition, when orange essential oil is combined with cinnamon you can get a wonderful Christmastime smell, that many people actually enjoy all year round.

You can add cinnamon essential oil and sweet orange oil together within a homemade cleaner to get this result.

Another method, when you need a scrubber for your counters, is to combine these natural ingredients:
  • 1 cup baking soda

  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon

  • 3 drops sweet orange essential oil
Combine these ingredients, shaking to mix well. You may need to use a fork to break up clumps of oil and evenly distribute the oil throughout the mixture.

Place the combined and thoroughly mixed ingredients into a shaker with large holes and, as needed, shake onto your counter and scrub with a damp sponge. Then, rinse well.

You will get clean counters, but will also get a wonderful scent throughout the kitchen while you clean.

So, do you have any recipes for homemade cleaners or laundry supplies which use essential oils?

If so, you can share your essential oil uses for cleaning and laundry here, or read other tips already submitted.

***Update: A reader, Fee, tried this recipe, and shared her results. She stated:
Really worthwhile making, enjoyed this very much.

This natural recipe made a lovely difference to my kitchen. It is a keeper and one I'll be trying again.

I love the Christmasy fragrance, and the bonus that it is all natural.
Thank you Taylor!
***End Update

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Make Abrasive Cleaners With Borax

You can make abrasive cleaners with borax and other ingredients that you can use to clean most scratch-resistant surfaces.

The nice thing about abrasive cleaners is that they can really dislodge dirt from surfaces, doing a lot of the scrubbing for you, plus these recipes below are both green cleaning recipes.

The nice thing about using borax for this purpose is that you can make a stronger homemade scouring powder, or a homemade soft scrub depending on what additional ingredients you add to the recipe.

Therefore, below are recipes for both that you can use in your home:

Homemade Borax Scouring Powder


Combine all the ingredients together and place in a container with a cover to save the rest.

When you want to use some sprinkle it onto a damp sponge and rub the sponge directly onto the surface you want cleaned.

When finished scouring the surface rinse away the powder and dry the surface.

Homemade Borax Soft Scrub


Mix the ingredients together to make a paste and place onto a damp sponge, and rub onto the surface you want cleaned.

Once you are finished rinse away the borax soft scrub paste and dry.

You can submit your own borax uses for around your home here, or read even more uses for borax already submitted.

I would love to hear even more recipes from homemade cleaning products we can all use in our home. You can share your homemade cleaners recipes here, or read others already submitted.

Plus, if you decide you don't want to make your own all purpose cleaner, but still want to use something eco-friendly, check out these natural all purpose household cleaners reviews, to find a good product for you.

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