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Tub Tile Shower Cleaner

Tub, Tile, Shower Cleaner

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In what has to be more than 25 years since I a reader shared this recipe (we’re talking pre-Internet, pre-Pinterest … maybe pre-historic), I’ve used nothing else to clean tubs, showers, sinks, toilets, patio furniture—just about anything that will stand still long enough to get sprayed, and can be rinsed easily. It is truly magical. This must be rinsed away well with clear water.

You will need:

  • 32-oz. empty spray bottle
  • 1 cup Blue Dawn dishwashing liquid
  • white vinegar

To make:

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. (Or 1-part blue Dawn to 3-parts vinegar, regardless of the size of the spray bottle.) Apply sprayer top; shake gently to mix.

To use:

Spray liberally on the area to be cleaned—shower and tub walls,* floors, doors and faucets. 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.

While this Tub, Tile, and Shower Cleaner works to loosen and remove most mildew, if you see a lot of black growth you will want to pretreat with full-strength liquid chlorine bleach* before proceeding as above.

Note:

While this Tub, Tile, and Shower Cleaner works to loosen and remove most mildew, if you see a lot of black growth you will want to pretreat with full-strength liquid chlorine bleach* before proceeding as above.

And now for three important cautions …

*1. Never, ever allow chlorine bleach to come in contact with and acidic product, especially vinegar. This could produce chlorine gas, which is deadly. Don’t panic. When treating mold or mildew with chlorine bleach,  make sure you rinse the chlorine bleach away completely before proceeding to clean with this awesome homemade tub, tile, and shower cleaner.

2. Always make sure you are using a non-slip rubber mat in the shower or tub before attempting in-shower maintenance!

3. Never use this on granite, marble, stone shower walls or countertops as vinegar can damage the sealant that makes granite look so beautiful. (Granite needs to be re-sealed annually. Don’t forget!) Alternatively, in this Tub, Tile, Shower Cleaner recipe, you can substitute rubbing alcohol for the white vinegar, which will make it safe to use on granite, marble, natural stone, however with somewhat less dramatic results.

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