How to Make Your Own Scooba Soap
Scooba is a floor-washing device made by iRobot, the makers of the Roomba vacuum.
The proprietary soap that comes with the Scooba is made by Clorox. Some users have found other liquids that work well with the Scooba, at lower cost and sometimes with more natural ingredients.
Mix either vinegar or tile cleaner with water. (If using hardwood cleaner, no water is necessary.)
Press the handle to remove the tank from the Scooba's robot base, open the "Clean" compartment and add the liquid.
Place the tank back in place and run the Scooba.
- Vinegar will break down the chalk in tap water, leaving your floors squeaky-clean.
- Vinegar has a strong odor that some may find off-putting or irritating.
Since 2003, Karen Hoffmann has covered science, technology, health, and the environment for the "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette," Carnegie Mellon, SUNY, UPMC, and the University of Pittsburgh, among others. She holds a B.A. in biology and writing from Carnegie Mellon University and is a member of the National Association of Science Writers.
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