We have investigated the influence of in-situ H2 etching on the surface morphology of the 4H-SiC substrate prior to homoepitaxial growth. In this study, we varied the types of gas atmosphere during in-situ H2 etching; namely, hydrogen (H2) alone, hydrogen-propane (H2+C3H8), and hydrogen-silane (H2+SiH4). We found that in-situ H2 etching using H2 + SiH4 significantly improved the surface morphology of 4H-SiC substrate just after in-situ H2 etching. By adding SiH4, formation of bunched step structure during in-situ H2 etching could be significantly suppressed. In addition, H2 etching using H2 + SiH4 was able to remove scratches by etching a thinner layer than that using H2 alone. We also discussed the in-situ H2 etching mechanism under the additional SiH4 condition.