The best shower cleaner ever


Hello! And happy summer! I am loving this time of year because i am a teacher…i guess i dont have to explain more than that right?
Anyways, we just got back from renting a cottage for the week, so I haven’t had a chance to get much done at home. But, Starting in about April, I start making a list of all of the things I want to do over the summer…but, this job has been on my to do list for a long time…
I am going to swallow my pride a little and let you see a dark and very dirty secret I have been hiding since we moved into our house… Our shower. I have tried scrubbing and scrubbing, using very toxic chemicals, and nothing has worked to clean it. But the thing is, it is a closed little cubicle with not much air circulation, and I have just never been able to get it clean.
So, when I was searching for chemical free cleaners, I came across this recipe. I would have just skipped it except I kept seeing it again and again, with every one saying how amazing it was, so I thought, why not try it…
So here’s the secret……
Dawn liquid soap and hot vinegar…

Now I don’t know how important it is that you use Dawn, and not Palmolive, or ivory…. But every recipe I read says to use Dawn, so for a couple dollars, I bought a bottle of Dawn. If you try another brand, let me know if it works for you…
Anyways, the other thing I read was to use hot vinegar, not cold, but hot vinegar. Mix the hot vinegar and Dawn in equal parts…

Then, pour into a spray bottle and spray onto your tiles and grout. Because the liquid Dawn is a bit thicker, it drips down a little, but is thick enough to stick to the grout. FYI, I would recommend using glasses or goggles if you have them, I kept getting the spray in my eyes, and trust me, soap and vinegar doesn’t feel good in your eyes!

Sorry my pictures aren’t so great, as I said, it is a closed tiny space…
Now for the easy part….leave it for a few hours…
Then, when I came back, i used a scrub brush to rub the soap off, but I barely had to scrub…

Then, I used the shower head to wash to soap off. Of course, I had to see the difference, so I just sprayed half the shower. This picture shows the half a sprayed (the right side) and half I left (the left side). It is a little tough to see, so check out the next few photos.

Here is the before (please don’t judge me…on the dirty tiles, or the tiles themselves…they are going soon!)

And here is the after…

Here they are side by side…

I was very impressed at how little effort this took, I will be using this again! The best part is that it is so cheap, and chemical free.

6 responses »

  1. This is good advice. For those who like to use a ecofriendly and household safe ready to use shower cleaner, there is a new “green” cleaning chemical manufacturer that has an excellent shower cleaner that dissolves soap scum. The company is They are coming out with a full line of household cleaners. Their goal is to have green cleaners outperform the best non-green cleaners. I tried just about every shower cleaner known to mankind trying to remove nasty soap scum buildup in my kids shower. With this, a corn based product, the heavy layer of soap scum dissolved like butter. I now use it on a regular basis not because it works, but because I have had skin cancer a couple times and I hate the thought of showering with toxic residue from regular cleaning chemicals.


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