Shower sprays can help prevent soap scum and other grime from building up in your shower. There are homemade shower spray options that can work as well as the store bought ones without the harm chemicals. This page contains homemade shower spray recipes.
I keep a spray bottle of vinegar by the shower. When I am done showering, I use the squeegee and then I spritz the shower walls and inner curtains with the vinegar. It keeps mildew at bay and disinfects the shower. Don't forget to label the spray bottle "Vinegar".
Does anyone have or know of a natural recipe for a daily shower cleaner that you can spray on? I have been using one from Walmart, but it's not natural and I don't want the chemicals.
The Main Ingredients:
Baking soda is a miracle food that can also deodorize and scour. It has anti-fungal and antiseptic properties, and can remove stains.
White vinegar is great for removing odors. When the smell of the vinegar leaves, it takes other smells with it. It also cuts grease and removes mildew.
Hydrogen peroxide, in the 3% solution found at the grocery stores, is a mild bleaching agent.
Lemon oil, eucalyptus oil, lavender oil and tea tree oil (often called "essential" oils) are sold in natural health stores and some grocery stores. They have antiseptic and deodorizing properties.
Basic shower cleaner: In a spray bottle, mix two parts water, one part vinegar and about 3 drops essential oil per 2 ounces liquid. Shake and spray on shower, then wipe off.
Scouring cleaner: Just sprinkle baking soda on a sponge, wipe on and rinse off.
Mildew cleaner: In a spray bottle, mix one part hydrogen peroxide with one part water. Spray on mildew and wait one hour. Rinse off. Hydrogen peroxide can be irritating, so use caution.
Drain cleaner: Use the action of vinegar plus baking soda to clear drains. Pour baking soda in drain, then follow with vinegar. Wait 20 minutes, then pour hot water down drain. Do not do this if you have already tried a commercial product, as the vinegar can mix with the commercial product and cause dangerous fumes.
Other Easy Ways to Keep A Shower Clean
Here are a couple of other easy methods to keep a shower clean. Using a squeegee after each shower will keep mildew at bay and reduce cleaning time. Using a chamois cloth after each shower can also keep mildew at bay. Both of these methods require the cooperation of everyone who uses the shower.
I am looking for a daily shower cleaner recipe.
I had bad problems with mold build-up on my shower curtain and tried every type of "remedy" to cure it. Not only did I find that harsh chemicals were ineffective in treating mold, they were caustic to work with and left a strong pool smell for days.
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I'm searching for a safe and effective shower cleaner that will remove pink and black mold from my shower. The only commercial one I have found to be effective is Tilex, but the fumes from the chemicals are very strong. I've used a basic vinegar solution, but no luck.
By M Cook
How can I make the product, Shower Saver or Fresh Shower? I use this cleaner after the last person showers everyday and it really works. I would love to make my own cleaner like the name brand cleaner. Surely there is someone that knows what's in this product. Please let me know if you know the ingredients. It's approximately $5.00 per bottle.
By Connie E.
This type of product is available in dollar stores. Don't know how well they work but you only risk $1 to try it out.
I am looking for a recipe for cleaning showers.
By Judy from Houston, TX
Wipe the walls of the shower off with ammonia undiluted to cut the soap scum easily. Good luck and keep us posted on what you end up doing. (11/16/2010)
By Paula Jo
I had a recipe for homemade shower cleaner that I found on the Scrubbing Bubbles Page (which I found odd) and I lost it. It contained scented bleach, Dawn, and a couple other ingredients that I can't remember. Can anyone help me? Thanks.
By Ima Tramp from Grove, OK
Put baking soda in a bowl. Add Dawn dish soap, a small amount at a time, stirring after each addition. You can make a smaller amount by using less baking soda for the base.
When it's the consistency you want, it's ready to use.
I smooth it on a wash cloth and scrub away. If you place the "tub scrub" in a container with a lid that closes tightly, it will keep for several days.
It's a lovely color, so you can place it on the counter in a decorative jar (just be sure to label it as a cleaning product.)
We bought, renovated, and sold houses for years. I've used a lot of cleaners in that work, even industrial strength stuff. This homemade cleaner is the best thing I have ever used for cleaning tub, sinks, showers, etc. It doesn't scratch and it doesn't take a lot of "elbow grease." It only costs pennies. I found the recipe in Woman's World Weekly.
Another terrific cleaning idea for toilet bowls. Drop two denture cleaning tablets into the toilet bowl. (They will fizz in the water.) Close the lid and wait a few moments.
(If you have no children nor pets to worry about, you can leave the lid open.)
After a few moments swish with a toilet brush.
Flush and you should have a sparkling bowl, (even if it was really grimy to start with.)
Remove shower head and soak in warm vinegar, baking soda, and water. Most residue will come off easily. (05/25/2009)
I saw the original recipe called for mixing Dawn and scented bleach. Mixing bleach with any type of detergent will cause noxious fumes. I have always read never to do this. Just thought I'd throw that out there. Vinegar and baking soda work great! (05/26/2009)
Thanks to all who have sent me good ideas. But, I'm still looking for the recipe that I can use in my Scrubbing Bubbles Shower Cleaner Machine. (05/26/2009)
By Ima Tramp
Ima Tramp, you should listen to Camper917! I just Googled about mixing bleach and dish soap and the fumes are deadly! Stop and think about it: Perhaps the reason the recipe is no longer on the Scrubbing Bubbles page is because they were advised to take it down because of possible law suits and prosecution if anyone was disabled (like the COPD which I now have from harsh chemicals) or died! I can tell you have your heart set on that original recipe, but I truly believe you should just try some of the more natural remedies suggested here by other posters and see which one works best for you. (05/29/2009)
I don't have homemade recipe for shower cleaner, but oven cleaner is the best way to clean a dirty shower (i.e. rental property, etc.) (06/05/2009)
Bleach and soap isn't toxic, but bleach and ammonia fumes can kill you! (07/01/2009)
Regarding mixing dish soap and bleach again! Here's a couple links to read how the two do combine do make fumes such as mustard gas :-o Sorry I didn't post the links when I commented before :-(
I applaud the Dawn detergent and baking soda mixture! I have a very high iron content in my water and my shower gets stained orange/brownish color. I would use SOS pads, which worked, but not as good as this. Hardly any elbow grease to get it off, amazing. Thanks so much for the tip. You have to try this! (08/31/2009)
I'm trying to find a formula for homemade daily shower cleaner. I've tried vinegar/water and Jetdry/water, but they don't quite "cut" it. Anyone have any suggestions?
quarterhorsey2 from Kalispell, MT
Daily Shower Cleaner
Put vinegar in spray bottle and fill rest of bottle with water. Spray shower with daily cleaner after last shower of the day to keep a clean shower spot free. Water sheets off walls. Spray shower curtain, too. Do not rinse.
Use the following to clean your shower before using the Daily Cleaner.
Fill a 32 ounce Rubbermaid spray bottle with this solution, and fill rest of spray bottle with water. Use this solution and spray heavily on shower walls and use a scrubbie or sponge to remove hard water and soap scum from shower walls. Rinse thoroughly.
Linda from PA
One time every week, I like 1 part bleach to 3 parts water. Works for me.
Spray the walls, (spray bottle) till very wet then leave the room, close the door and keep out for at one hour. Then spray the walls with clear water. (06/24/2006)
Things like Tea Tree oil or baking soda or even Eucalyptus oil. The oils in a little hot water or straight on the cloth don't need wiping over a second time. But the baking soda on a damp cloth would need rinsing off. (07/09/2006)
I've used this on our new shower for years: works great.
For a 24-oz spray bottle:
Don't make up a big batch to refill because the H2O2 doesn't last very long and turns into good-old H2O. The H2O2 dissolves proteins (like sloughed skin and body fluids), the alcohol and Dawn dissolve oils, the Jet Dry suspends the minerals. (08/25/2006)
Water with 10 to 20 percent bleach works fine. And you can buy the kind that does not smell. (10/16/2006)
Bryan's recipe works great. If you want to make it up ahead of time, leave out the hydrogen peroxide and make a gallon of base solution from:
To fill a 32 oz. spray bottle add 2/3 C hydrogen peroxide and fill with base solution. For a 24 oz. bottle use 1/2 C peroxide and top off. (02/12/2007)
Be careful with pure white vinegar in the shower. I began using it in my Scrubbing Bubbles Shower cleaner and it worked great. The only problem is that the acid in the vinegar broke down the caulk around our tub surround and allowed mildew to grow. So, the tub ended up looking worse than it did if I hadn't cleaned it at all. We had to replace the caulk and start all over. But it was probably just because it was so very concentrated, diluting it would probably help. (04/18/2007)
Daily Shower Spray (makes 1/2 gal.)
Use an empty 1 gallon container to mix the solution. Use:
<p.Give a few last shakes to combine. Pour into spray bottle for use in the shower.
By Barbara P.
Vinegar is acidic. Green Potions has a daily shower spray. You spray it on before you get out of the shower and rinse it off with shower water just before getting out of the shower. Then just leave it to dry by itself and it dries crystal clear. I should note that you need to start with a clean shower then use it daily. It will stop any build up in the shower. You can get it in a grapefruit, spearmint, and a couple of others I think. greenpotions.com.au (05/27/2008)
How do you keep shower doors clean without using commercial product.
I would like a recipe for the spray shower cleaner that is used immediately after taking a shower.