The only thing better than making my own cleaning products is when what I make turns out to be cheaper, better, and faster than something I might buy in the store to accomplish the same goal.
More than 25 years ago, I learned how to make a powerful tub and shower soap scum cleaner (you will find it below) that tackles soap scum and beats any commercial product I have ever tested. It rocked my world and it’s done the same for thousands of readers I’ve shared it with through the years.
But we needed to find a way to keep our tubs and showers looking that beautiful every day, without a lot of effort. This spray-and-walk-away Daily Shower Cleaner is the perfect solution to keep tubs and showers sparkling between major cleanings.
Daily Shower Cleaner
While homemade Tub and Shower Soap Scum Cleaner (see below) works really well—like magic!—it’s not something you are going to want to use for daily maintenance. Once that tub and/or shower is sparkling clean, use this Daily Shower Cleaner to keep it that way. Effortlessly!
- 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
- Pour all of the ingredients into a large spray bottle (24-ounce or larger). Mix gently.
- This no rinse, no wipe, no scrub shower cleaner spray is safe to use on glass, glazed tile, stone, marble, granite; tubs, doors, and shower curtains. The gentle formula contains no bleach, ammonia, or harsh chemicals and it won’t scratch surfaces or leave behind a dull residue.
- Store your daily shower cleaner in a dark cupboard, as hydrogen peroxide begins to break down quickly in the presence of light.
To use: Just before you step out of the shower, spray the walls, doors, fixtures, curtain with Daily Shower Cleaner and walk away.
Tub and Shower Soap Scum Cleaner
I have never found a commercial tub and shower cleaner that comes close to this homemade product. Tub and Shower Soap Scum Cleaner is like magic and I’m not the only one who thinks so. I’ve had thousands of responses over the years from my readers who were as astonished as I the first time they used it.
- Blue Dawn
- White vinegar
- 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: Open a window to make sure the area to be cleaned has good ventilation. Spray liberally on the tub, shower, floor, walls, fixtures, and doors. Allow to sit from 30 minutes up to overnight, depending on the severity of the problem. Just close the door and walk away.
All of the offensive scum, gunk, mildew, 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, which are porous materials treated with a sealant. Vinegar is acetic and can etch, pit, dull, or otherwise negatively impact the sealant and appearance of your stone.
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Stone, Marble, Granite Cleaner
Natural products like stone, marble, and granite require extra special care. These porous materials must be sealed upon installation, and then resealed at least once annually with a good sealant made specifically for stone, granite and marble and available from the manufacturer or any home improvement store.
When used in a tub or shower surround, it is particularly important that soap and scum never be allowed to build-up on the surfaces or around the fixtures. Not only will that dull and harm the sealant, it’s a bear to remove without taking the sealant with it. The best approach is to prevent any kind of build-up by wiping down all stone, marble, or granite surfaces with a squeegee or towel after each use. Then use this cleaner weekly to prevent hard watermarks and to maintain the beauty of these natural products.
- 1 cup 70% isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol
- 1 cup distilled water
- Blue Dawn or Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile soap
Pour rubbing alcohol, water, and soap into a spray bottle. Mix gently. Spray down stone surfaces, clean with a non-abrasive brush or sponge. Wipe dry with a clean soft cloth.
Maintain your beautiful natural product between cleanings with homemade Daily Shower Cleaner, above.