Make Your Own Tub and Shower Cleaners—Cheaper, Better and Faster!

The only thing better than making things myself is when what I make turns out to be cheaper, better and faster than something I can buy in the store to accomplish the same goal. That makes me so happy!

Dear Mary: I love, love, love! the homemade Tub and Shower Soap Scum Remover. It works better than any product I have ever used. Our tubs and showers have never looked so good! Now, I would love to know how to make my own daily shower cleaner—the kind you just spray and walk away for daily tub and shower maintenance between cleanings. Any ideas? Polly

Dear Polly: Yes! I’m confident this is the recipe you’re looking for.

Daily Shower Cleaner

  • 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide
  • 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol
  • 1 teaspoon liquid dishwashing soap (like blue Dawn)
  • 1 tablespoon dishwasher rinse aid (like Jet-Dry)
  • 2 cups water
  1. Pour all of the ingredients into a 24-ounce spray bottle. Mix gently. Each day before you step out of the shower, spray the walls then walk away.
  2. This no rinse, no wipe, no scrub shower cleaner spray is safe to use on glass, glazed tile, stone, tubs and shower curtains. The gentle formula contains no bleach, ammonia or harsh chemicals and it wont scratch surfaces or leave behind a dull residue.
  3. Store your daily shower cleaner in a dark cupboard, as hydrogen peroxide breaks down quickly in the presence of light.

Here, for readers who may have missed it, is that nearly magical cleaning potion you love so much (so do I!)

Tub and Shower Cleaner

Pour one cup blue Dawn into a 32-ounce spray bottle (1/2 cup Dawn if you are using a 16-ounce bottle). Fill the bottle the rest of the way with white vinegar. Apply sprayer top; shake gently to mix. To use: Spray liberally on the area to be cleaned. Allow to sit from 30 minutes up to overnight, depending on the severity of the problem. All of the offensive gunk and grime will break down and become soft and gooey. Simply rinse it away. For especially challenging situations—or if this is the initial treatment—use a sponge or brush to gently scrub the surfaces before rinsing. Caution: Do not use on stone, marble or granite.


Dear Mary: We live with extremely hard well water. Given this challenge, can you recommend a brand of laundry and also automatic dishwasher detergent that will suitable for hard water? Thank you! Jeannine

Dear Jeannine: Rather than changing products, I suggest you supplement what you are using now—in both the clothes washer and automatic dishwasher—with Super Washing Soda, also known as sodium carbonate. It’s a natural product (read more about it HERE including ten other ways to use washing soda around the house) that looks just like white powdered detergent. Super Washing Soda boosts the power of soaps and detergents because it instantly softens the water. I’d start by adding 1/2 cup Super Washing Soda to every laundry wash cycle and the same amount to each dishwasher load. You can just toss it into the machine before you close the door. As a bonus, sodium carbonate (Super Washing Soda) will clean out the hoses and pipes in your appliances to keep them from mineral build-up that can wreak havoc on a household appliance. 

Most supermarkets and discount stores carry Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda, or you can easily order it online through Amazon. It comes in a 55-ounce box for about $5. Good luck and be sure to let us know how that works for you! 

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