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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".
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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.
To avoid this, try making your own natural shower cleaner, which can help improve the health of both the environment and your family.
For an all-purpose cleaner, mix ½ a cup of vinegar and ¼ of a cup of baking soda into two litres of water. Store this in a sealable container and use for any kind of water deposit stains on the shower, bathroom, chrome fixtures, windows or mirrors.
To target bathroom mould and grout amongst tiles, mix one part hydrogen peroxide to two parts water in a spray bottle and spray on areas that suffer from mould. Once sprayed, leave it on the area for at least an hour before thoroughly rinsing.
Another option is spraying shower doors with full-strength white vinegar after you have squeegeed the glass or before you turn on the shower. This will help to eliminate any water deposits that have proven hard to remove
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.
1) Stop using bar soap, use Shower Gel (this will eliminate 95% of 'soap scum').
2) Squeegee the walls (all vertical surfaces).
3) Wipe the remaining surfaces with a micofiber sponge.
This only takes about 5 minutes and the shower will stay clean.
(a good silicone squeegee and microfiber sponge can be found at any good Auto Parts store)
My fiance lives for the 'House Proud' award, so every 4 months or so, I take my Porter-Cable Orbital Polisher and tackle the shower walls and sink basin with Mother's Auto Wax. After drying, a quick wipe down with a terry cloth rag, and it's beautiful once again for months. Once done and a 5 minute clean up after showering, it looks great with very little effort.
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.
After researching blogs for months, I found a solution that is not only effective but also green! A friend turned me on to a suction-cup device that holds the curtain off of the tub siding, allowing fresh air to circulate to dry the area and prevent mold in the first place. I ordered online and they even gave me a new shower curtain liner, and three and half months later it's still mold free. Stopping mold before it starts is not only incredibly easy for me, but it's also the green solution I've been looking for. No more chemicals and no more constantly replacing the shower curtain! Their website is www.air-it-out.weebly.com Hope this helps!
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
By Connie E.
I need the recipe posted awhile ago using vinegar and Dawn to spray in shower to clean.
Is there a homemade shower cleaner and disinfectant I can spray on and not wipe or rinse off?
I have three showers, one fiberglass, one ceramic, and one Vikrell.
By nanagma from MN
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|I would like a recipe for the spray shower cleaner that is used immediately after taking a shower.|
PC from AZ
|Here's a recipes I found but haven't tried it... |
Put all the ingredients into a gallon jug, fill the rest of the room with water. Then re-fill a spray bottle with the solution.
I don't know what the best concentrated all purpose cleaner would be, though. Maybe Simple Green?
|I also wonder if just white vinegar might do the trick.|
|Keep a Squeegee thing you use for cleaning windows in the shower. As soon as you get out, simply run it down the panels and it will stay clean and clear forever.|
|Easy Shower Cleaner||11/24/2004|
|Dilute floral scented store brand bleach 1 part to 9 parts water and put in a spray bottle to use as a quick mist after showering every couple of days, I also mist the curtain liner. (Be sure to mark the bottle carefully so everyone knows what it is! Keep out of reach of kids.)|
I mix and spray the entire shower with the following solution after every bath:
50% White Vinegar
30% Dish washing liquid
20% Lemon Juice
Rinse thoroughly with the hand shower and squeegee the glass. You will be amazed how clean it keeps your shower without any scrubbing.
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?
How do you keep shower doors clean without using commercial product.