Saturday, February 25, 2017

Best Homemade Tub and Shower Cleaner Recipe

Best Bathroom Cleaning Tip Ever!


Here's the recipe for my favorite homemade tub and shower cleaner ever. Just 2 ingredients and it really works!
Everyone loves easy solutions when it comes to common house cleaning problems, right? That's why I'm so excited that I finally found the best homemade bathroom tub and shower cleaner, one that's easy to make and really does work. For me, this is the best bathroom cleaning tip ever!

While I've tried other combinations, most homemade cleaning solutions have been cumbersome (lots of measuring), tricky (baking soda and vinegar in the same spray bottle? uh, no), or called for ingredients that required more than just grabbing a bottle off the grocery store shelf. This solution really does work well to clean our tub, shower, and fixtures and likely it will work for you.

A Spray Bottle and Two Ingredients You Probably Already Have


To try it in your bathtub, you'll need a bottle of blue Dawn dish soap (any variety as long as it's blue Dawn), a bottle of ordinary white vinegar, and an empty spray bottle (see my tip on choosing a bottle below).

Combine the Dawn and the vinegar in the empty spray bottle using 1 cup of Dawn and 3 cups of vinegar (enough to fill a 32-ounce bottle) or 1/2 cup (4 ounces) of Dawn and 1 1/2 cups (12 ounces) vinegar (to fill a 16-ounce bottle). Replace the spray top, shake gently to combine the ingredients, then spray the walls, floor, fixtures, and even the shower door track with the cleaner. Let the cleaner soak off the grime then run the shower or use a sprayer to rinse the surfaces.

If the tub is especially dirty, let the surfaces soak for a half-hour or more before rinsing. If the surfaces are super-grimy you might need to wipe things down with a sponge. But for maintenance and everyday cleaning, I just spray things down a few minutes before getting in the shower then let the cleaner work as I shower, making sure I've rinsed it all down before I get out. Caution: Be careful as the floor may be slippery!

Really, that's all there is to it to keeping your tub or shower nice and clean. The solution is inexpensive and the ingredients are readily available, easy to pick up while you're doing your grocery shopping. Add this simple spray-down to your daily or weekly chore list to help cut down on the time you spend on housework.

Don't waste your money on cheap spray bottles. Expect to pay around $3 for a good one.
*Tip: Buy a good spray bottle! I can't tell you how many cheap bottles I've had to throw away because they simply don't work. Look in the hardware section of Wal-Mart for a heavy-duty bottle. Expect to pay about $3 which isn't much more than you'll pay for the el-cheapo ones in the household cleaner department.

*Disclaimer and Cautions: Always use cleaning materials in a well-ventilated area. This homemade cleaner works beautifully and safely for me, but your mileage may vary. While vinegar and dish soap are generally safe on most surfaces, always test cleaning solutions in an inconspicious spot or check with the manufacturer of your tub, shower, or fixtures before use.

12 comments:

  1. I agree with this cleaning trick completely. And about buying a decent spray bottle. I've completely switched over to using this and have saved quite a bit of money on cleaners. Wish I had kept track of what I was spending on cleaners!

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    1. Good for you, Dawn Rae! A good homemade cleaner is a great way to save money, not even to mention that it's so much safer to use. Thanks for confirming my conclusion!

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  2. Most timely article, Susan. I was just getting ready to clean my tub & shower for upcoming company! Love homemade cleaners. Both less expensive and eco-friendly.

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    1. Don't you love it when the tub and shower are freshly clean, Elf? I know I do! Have fun cleaning with your homemade cleaner and enjoy your company!

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  3. I will definitely have to try this combination on my own bathtub! I use vinegar all the time to clean and I wash my dishes with Dawn, but I have never combined to two to clean the bathroom! Thank you for the excellent suggestion!

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    1. Sounds like all you need is a good spray bottle, Cynthia. Shiny bathtub, here you come! Thanks for your visit and your comment!

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  4. Why Dawn? I wonder if they sell it in New Zealand. And does it get off those stuck on calcium deposits that make the glass shower doors impossible to fully clean?

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  5. Rhonda, I'll bet if you do a quick Google search you'll find Dawn dish soap in New Zealand. As for the calcium deposits, you might need to scrub a bit, but I really think this combination will help. As to "why Dawn?" for many years Dawn has had the reputation of being able to cut through oil and grease. In fact, it has been used after oil spills to clean oil-soaked birds and I think that's where it got its wide-spread reputation. Through the years there have been changes and improvements in the formula, but most of the DIY cleaner recipes you'll find say to use the "blue Dawn." I hope you can find it there and give it a try on those calcium deposits. Once they're under control, just spray this combination on the shower doors frequently to keep them under control. It doesn't take long at all. Good luck!

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  6. Thank you! I am very interested in making my own cleaners and I am going to make this one!

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    1. I hope this cleaner recipe works well for you, Galen. It's still working for me and I still like it a lot. Appreciate your kind comments!

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  7. This past year I have developed a problem with asthma and have had many asthma attacks set off my cleaning supplies - especially those that have ammonia in them. I can't wait to give this cleaner a try.

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    1. I hope this homemade cleaner recipe will help, Carol. Sometimes I really notice the vinegar smell, though sometimes I don't. Just use caution, as I'm sure you will.

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