Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Things I Don't Buy (Part 2): Shower Cleaner

Anyone who has ever cleaned a bathroom tub knows that one of the most dreaded things to try to remove is soap scum. It's that icky film in the bottom of the tub that makes it look dirty and dull. And it's also that coating on your faucet that makes OCD people like me a little stressed.


There are a million cleaners in the store that can remove soap scum for whatever price they deem their "miracle product" to be worth. But what's in these that makes them work? Chemicals. Loads and loads of chemicals. Personally, I'm not a fan of fearing chemical residue when I'm trying to get clean. I'm also not a fan of letting my niece, nephews and fur baby bathe in a tub that could be laced with who knows what. 

SO, I ventured onto Pinterest to solve my housecleaning problem (like I do with most household problems). And I found a solution that works! Plus, it's free of any crazy chemicals that warn you to avoid skin contact. 

Here is what you'll need:

  • an empty spray bottle
  • Dawn dish soap (I like the Apple scented kind)
  • white (or apple cider) vinegar
  • water (optional)

  1. Combine ingredients- 2 parts vinegar, 2 parts Dawn and 1 part water (the water is optional)
  2. Shake until mixed well
  3. Spray on tub, tile and door/curtain 
  4. Let it sit for about 10 minutes and then rinse off (for hard soap scum, wipe over with a scratchy sponge before rinsing)

  • I have heard of people adding some lemon juice to the mixture to help cut through the soap scum and give the bathroom a fresh scent (the vinegar smell is offensive to some).
  • Several pins I saw recommended heating the vinegar in the microwave before mixing it together with the other ingredients. Not sure what this will do, but maybe it helps!
  • Baking soda is also in several recipes, but be sure to carefully and slowly mix it with the vinegar first to avoid a nasty explosion.
  • If you don't like the smell of vinegar or lemon, you can add some drops of your favorite essential oil to the cleaner to make your bathroom smell the way you like!