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Soft Scrub & Mold Killer for Tub and Tile

November 6, 2013

Note from Girl Meets Nourishment: Hey everybody, Katie here – I am taking a quick break for the next two weeks since my hubby and I are moving into our new place. But I have some excellent guest posts lined up for you! Next up is Stephanie Heald from Naturally Mindful – she has a great blog with recipes, green cleaning, and ways to make your life more natural. Thank you, Stephanie!

Soft Scrub & Mold Killer for Tub and TileI may be odd, but I like washing the bathroom. And I mean the whole bathroom. I don’t like mold, and where there is humidity mold can lurk around, so I like to keep on top my cleaning duties to avoid any mold.

I’ve searched high low for that perfect soft scrub. One that would not only leave my tile and grout sparkly clean, but one that would kill mold if need be.

I found it!

This scrub has been working great for me for the past months and I am sure you would love it too.

This soft scrubs combines washing soda (sodium carbonate) and hydrogen peroxide. I first discovered this combination when I was desperate trying to get coffee stains out of my favorite pair of white skinny jeans without toxic cleaners. It is by far the best stain remover I have found (you can read here my five favorite natural stain removers).

This scrub also includes the power of essential oils to help kill mold. I used tea tree essential oil because it is what I use a lot and what I had on hand. Tea tree essential oil is anti-fungal and antibacterial, but the following are also great anti-fungals and they would work great with this soft scrub.

  • Clove bud essential oil
  • Thieves oil blend
  • Sage essential oil
  • Thyme essential

Soft Scrub for Tub and Tile & Mold Killer

  • 3 Tbs washing soda
  • 5 Tbs hydrogen peroxide
  • 1/2 Tbs castille soap
  • 10 drops pure tea tree essential oil


In a separate bowl mix washing soda and hydrogen peroxide and keep mixing until a paste forms. Add castille soap and essential oils. Transfer to a container of choice, I like these 4 oz Ball jelly jars.

To Use

A sponge or brush would work, it depends on the surface you are cleaning. If you are trying to clean grout a used toothbrush works great. Simply apply to area with the tool you are using and scrub as needed. Rinse well with water.

For tough jobs or for mold, rinse the first scrub with water, then work a second application into surface and let it rest for a few hours or overnight. Rinse well with water.


I only make a small amount of this soft scrub at a time because when washing soda and peroxide react together it will eventually harden so it would be a waste if you don’t use it all.

About Stephanie

naturally mindful stephanie

Hi, my name is Stephanie, and I live in Ohio with my curly-hair two year old boy, my handsome and supportive husband—even during my crazy attempts at homemade natural concoctions—and our two dachshunds. I am currently a full time nursing student with emphasis on alternative medicine, and author of the blog Naturally Mindful.

I believe in Real Food, in living sustainably, and being gentle to our planet. I believe that a green and healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult. I write about what I am passionate about, helping others take baby steps towards a more natural life. Come say hello on my Facebook page or follow me on Pinterest!

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  • Reply Brooke November 6, 2013 at 8:17 am

    THANK YOU!! My fiancé and I live in a condo near the water that gets a lot of moisture. Our bathrooms don’t have windows so are very difficult to dry out, which means we get a lot mold if we don’t stay on top of it. I have been using baking soda with vinegar, and it works okay, but not great. I am going to try this stat!

  • Reply Deborah Davis November 8, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    I have always hated mold and found the commercial mold products to be alarmingly harsh and smelly! Whew! Thank goodness that this easy homemade recipe for mold cleaner is simple, inexpensive and nontoxic way to clean mold!

  • Reply Sue Mosier November 9, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Thank you for this recipe. Do you know if I could use this or a similar recipe to get my husbands t-shirts white again?

  • Reply melissa November 9, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    where does one find washing soda?

    • Reply Joanna November 12, 2013 at 4:37 am

      You can find washing soda in the laundry aisle at Walmart.

  • Reply natalie November 10, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    How long does it usually last before it hardens?

  • Reply natalie November 10, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    How long does it take before it hardens?

  • Reply julie November 12, 2013 at 4:41 am

    Couldn’t find the washing soda locally either, but luckily this taught me how to make my own: Good luck!

  • Reply Jo Tinckham November 22, 2013 at 7:36 am

    Hi I can’t get it to paste up. I’m using a spoon, should I be using something else?

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