Meliora Cleaning Scrub Powder - Non-Toxic Zero-Waste Cleaner Bucket (Peppermint Tea Tree)
Meliora Cleaning Scrub Powder - Non-Toxic Zero-Waste Cleaner Bucket (Unscented)

Gentle Home Cleaning Scrub Powder - Zero-Waste Bucket

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Eliminate packaging waste with our Zero-Waste Gentle Home Cleaning Scrub Bucket.
Our Gentle Home Cleaning Scrub is a people- and planet-friendly cleaning powder made with safer ingredients and eco-friendly packaging. This gentle cleaner is just as effective as big name powder cleaners but is bleach-free, chlorine-free, dye-free, synthetic fragrance-free, and preservative-free.
  1. Wet the surface and sprinkle cleaning powder directly onto it.
  2. Rub the powdered surface with a damp rag, sponge, or dish cloth.
  3. Rinse the surface and wipe until clean and dry.

Read our How to Use Gentle Home Cleaning Scrub guide for full usage instructions.

Ingredient Common Name CAS Number Purpose
Sodium bicarbonate Baking soda 144-55-8 Odor neutralizer
Sodium cocoate Vegetable soap 61789-31-9 Enemy of dirt; cleaner of clothes
Cocos nucifera oil Organic coconut oil 8001-31-8 Byproduct of soapmaking
Glycerin Glycerin 56-81-5 Byproduct of soapmaking
Mentha piperita leaf oil Organic peppermint essential oil 8006-90-4 Scent (peppermint tea tree only)
Melaleuca alternifolia oil Organic tea tree essential oil 68647-73-4 Scent (peppermint tea tree only)

For more information, visit our Ingredients page.

Contains Fragrance Allergen Unscented Peppermint Tea Tree
Mentha piperita oil
Lavandula hybrida oil
Citrus limon peel oil
Eugenia caryophyllus bud oil
Cymbopogon flexuosus oil
Linalyl acetate

"✔" means that the finished product contains above 0.01% of the fragrance allergens listed. For more information, visit our Ingredients page.

Our zero-waste cleaning powder bucket is an eco-friendly option for heavy cleaners. We send you a full 5-gallon bucket of our concentrated cleaning powder—the equivalent of more than 53 Gentle Home Cleaning Scrub canisters! 

The price of each bucket includes shipping to your home and return shipping to our factory. Keep the box it comes in and send the empty bucket back with the included pre-paid shipping label.

We use only what you need to clean your home: a gentle formula of baking soda and vegetable soap made with organic coconut oil. The scented version is made with organic essential oils—no mysterious “fragrance” blends that contain undisclosed ingredients.

Our Gentle Home Cleaning Scrub is effective on most hard surfaces, including stainless steel, porcelain, ceramic tiles, and stovetops. It is not intended for use on natural, sealed stone, or non-stick cookware.

All of our ingredients are MADE SAFE® Certified, Leaping Bunny certified cruelty-free, and vegan. We list every ingredient, including scents, on the front label so you can see what’s in your cleaner.

Due to the size and weight of these buckets, there are no refunds or returns on these buckets. We strongly advise trying our Laundry Starter Bundle or standard Laundry Powder canisters before upgrading to a 5-gallon bucket.

Available in unscented and peppermint tea tree.

Net wt. 40 lbs. (18.1 kg).

      Start by wetting the surface you want to clean with warm water. Then sprinkle on a small amount of cleaning powder and scrub the surface using a wet rag, sponge, dish cloth, or brush. The baking soda in the powder acts as a mild abrasive that helps scrub away tough stains. Once the area is clean, rinse the surface with warm water to remove any remaining powder and wipe dry using a clean rag or cloth.

      Our Gentle Home Cleaning Scrub works best on hard surfaces that are resistant to scratches and other abrasions, such as stainless steel appliances, stovetops, and porcelain and ceramic tiles. It is not safe for use on natural or sealed stone or non-stick cookware. We strongly recommend testing the cleaner on a hidden spot with treated or delicate surfaces such as stained wood, painted walls, and fabrics.

      The powder is 100% biodegradable and septic-safe, making it safe for use in tubs, sinks, and toilets.

      Our All-Purpose Home Cleaner spray is a perfect pair with our cleaning powder. These solid soap refill tablets dissolve in water to create an effective all-purpose cleaning spray without the need for plastic bottles. It works great on many surfaces that are too delicate for the Gentle Home Cleaner Scrub, such as natural stone countertops and wood floors.

      Ingredient disclosure and transparency is the cornerstone of our business. We list every ingredient on the front label of each product and here on our website. Our Ingredients page lists the technical name, chemical identification (CAS number), country of origin, and additional details for every ingredient we use.

      You'll never see the word "fragrance" on our ingredient labels. This catch-all term allows companies to hide ingredients that are potentially harmful to the health of people and the planet. In the US, hundreds of ingredients in the "fragrance" family have never been tested for their impact. Every product is available in an unscented base formula. We also offer products scented with organic essential oils. 

      Sodium Bicarbonate, also known as baking soda, is an odor neutralizer and a gentle abrasive that is effective at removing tough stains and dirt.

      Our vegan, plant-based Vegetable Soap is made from organic coconut oil that is processed into soap, resulting in the following ingredients:

      Sodium Cocoate is the chemical name of organic coconut oil that is saponified, or 'made into soap’. It's the chemical that grabs onto both dirt and water to do the cleaning.

      Glycerin is chemically a type of alcohol and is naturally created when the oil is converted into soap. We do not add any additional glycerin to our soap. 100% of the glycerin present is a byproduct of the soapmaking process and is vegan and cruelty-free.

      Organic Cocos Nucifera, or organic coconut oil, is left in the soap after conversion to sodium cocoate. This is because we use sodium hydroxide, or lye, in the conversion process, and leaving excess oil ensures there is no remaining lye in the finished product. Our coconut soap has only a very small amount of excess oil, so it is designed to get tough jobs done without leaving oil behind.

      Water is used in the soapmaking process to dissolve the lye and help evenly mix the oils and lye together for a complete saponification reaction. After saponification is complete, the water evaporates. There is only about 5% water in the finished soap, making it more shelf stable than a liquid soap that would require a preservative due to the high percentage (about 60%) of water.

      Organic Mentha Piperita Leaf Oil, or organic peppermint essential oil, is a scented oil derived from peppermint leaves. It is a natural, plant-based alternative to synthetic fragrance blends and adds a festive, invigorating scent to our cleaning powder.

      Organic Melaleuca Alternifolia Oil, or organic tea tree essential oil, is a scented oil derived from tea tree leaves. It is a natural, plant-based alternative to synthetic fragrance blends and adds a medicinal, woody scent to our cleaning powder.

      Zero-Waste | MADE SAFE® Certified | Cruelty-Free | Made in the USA | No Synthetic Fragrances | Vegan | Dye-Free | Bleach-Free | Chlorine-Free | SLS-Free | Preservative-Free | Palm Oil-Free | Phthalate-Free | Biodegradable Ingredients | Organic Ingredients

      How to Use Our Cleaning Powder

      How to Use Meliora All-Purpose Cleaner - Sprinkle

      Sprinkle powder directly on a wet surface

      Start by wetting the soiled surface with warm water. Then gently sprinkle a small amount of cleaning powder on the area.

      How to Use Meliora All-Purpose Cleaner - Scrub

      Scrub with a wet rag or sponge

      Rub the powder around the surface using a damp rag, sponge, or dish cloth. Be sure to test on a hidden spot with new surfaces.

      How to Use Meliora All-Purpose Cleaner - Wipe Clean

      Rinse the surface and wipe until dry

      Rinse the surface with warm water to remove any remaining powder. Wipe with a clean cloth rag or towel until dry for a streak-free finish.

      Zero-Waste Bucket Program

      Our zero-waste cleaning powder bucket program is an eco-friendly option for heavy cleaners. We eliminate packaging waste by loading 40 pounds of cleaning powder into a reusable 5-gallon bucket. When you run out of powder, send the empty bucket back to us and we’ll wash and reuse it.

      Your bucket purchase includes shipping both ways—from our Chicago factory to you and back again. Each bucket comes in a cardboard box with a pre-paid shipping label, making it easy for you to send it back.

      Zero-Waste Laundry Bucket Program – We Ship to You

      We ship you a 5-gallon bucket

      Enjoy 40 pounds of zero-waste cleaning powder! Each bucket has a screw-top lid for easy opening and reclosing.

      Zero-Waste Laundry Bucket Program – You Ship It Back

      You send the empty bucket back

      Keep the cardboard box the bucket comes in. When you run out of powder, just put the empty bucket back in the box and apply the pre-paid shipping label.

      Zero-Waste Laundry Bucket Program – We Clean and Reuse

      We clean and reuse the bucket

      We receive the empty buckets, clean them thoroughly, and reuse them for another happy, people- and planet-friendly home. Nothing gets thrown away!

      Safer Ingredients, Listed on the Label

      Our cleaning powder is MADE SAFE® Certified, meaning it meets the strictest ingredient screening requirement in the industry. MADE SAFE® certification means that a product has been Made With Safe Ingredients™ that are not known or suspected to harm human health, animals, aquatic life, or ecosystems.

      This powder cleaner is made from baking soda and vegetable soap. It is free of bleach, chlorine, dyes, preservatives, and other harsh chemicals commonly used in cleaning powders. The scented variety is made with organic essential oils, not synthetic fragrances.

      Gentle Home Cleaning Scrub is non-toxic when used as directed. For additional safety information, see the Safety Data Sheets on our Ingredients page.

      Eco-Friendly Concentrated Powder

      Our eco-friendly cleaning powder is concentrated and packaged to minimize waste and environmental impact. By making a concentrated dry powder, we eliminate the need for added preservatives or unnecessary plastic, like hidden liners or PVA pods and sheets.

      Powder cleaner is lighter and more concentrated than liquid cleaner, making it more energy- and cost-effective to ship to you.

      With our zero-waste bucket program, we remove the packaging altogether and reuse buckets and the boxes they come in to send bulk laundry powder to happy homes.

      Everything You Need to Clean Your Home

      Start with the Gentle Cleaning Scrub canister

      Try our Gentle Cleaning Scrub in a plastic-free container before you buy in bulk. Refill the can from the bucket.

      Shop Gentle Cleaning Scrub

      Pair the powder with All-Purpose Cleaner spray

      Use our powder cleaner for tough stains and let our All-Purpose Cleaner spray cleaner do the rest.

      Shop All-Purpose Cleaner

      Go plastic-free with our Dish Soap bar

      Ditch the plastic dish liquid and wash your dirty dishes with our solid Dish Soap bar.

      Shop Dish Soap