There is something nostalgic about using a product that your parents and grandparents used, and I believe that we can often find a lot of modern wisdom from the way things used to be done.

I use this easy recipe for homemade scouring powder because it cleans everything from stuck on floor messes to tile goo. I feel safe letting my kids use it to help clean and it takes about a minute to make.

It is inexpensive to make and cleans better than store brands without the vague smell of chemical warfare. I use this all the time to clean our bathroom, and especially our kids bathroom which tends to be covered in dirt and stuck on soap/grime after just a few baths. In fact, this was my testing ground when I was experimenting with homemade versions.

It works with a physical action to scour away dirt and other stuck on substances. Rather than relying on a chemical reaction, this scouring powder actually scrubs the dirt and grime away with just a sponge or brush. Unlike most cleaners, it doesn’t contain chlorine, dyes or artificial fragrances and it earns an “A” rating from the Environmental Working Group.

Scouring Powder Ingredients
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • ½ cup salt (not iodized)
  • ½ cup washing soda
  • 5 drops lemon essential oil- for scent. Optional
Scouring Powder Instructions
  • Pour ingredients into jar or bowl.
  • Mix or stir until well mixed.
  • If you want to make a shaker, put in a pint or quart mason jar and poke some holes in the top (carefully) with a sharp serrated knife or use the top of a parmesan cheese container!
  • Lightly wet surface with water or undiluted white vinegar (for really bad messes)
  • Sprinkle powder on and let sit 5 minutes
  • Scrub with sturdy brush until clean
  • Rinse with water or vinegar (for really bad messes)