I’m probably not alone in the fact that I don’t like to clean. But I do LOVE to find a new cleaner that’s really easy to use and actually works.
That’s this homemade shower cleaner!
It’s just 3 ingredients, shake, spray, and voila – an hour later my shower is magically super shiny and clean.
Here are just some of the things I’ve found this miracle homemade shower cleaner does:
- penetrates deep to knock out stubborn grease, dirt, and grime
- dissolves old, hard, caked-on soap scum
- gets my tub and shower truly clean thanks to it antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties of the essential oils
- removes hard water spots on faucets, knobs, and door handles
- helps treat and prevent mold & mildew
- leaves everything (tub, shower, tile, faucet, glass shower doors) super shiny and sparkling
- smells fresh & clean
- and it does all of this with pretty much no work on my part – I just spray it and leave it. It does all the work. I come back an hour or so later, and my shower has been magically cleaned by this amazing concoction! Usually, I don’t need to scrub or even wipe it down. I simply rinse with hot water and that’s it. I’m done! My glass shower doors are sparkling clear, and my shower has never been shinier. This stuff is a miracle in a bottle!
Supplies for DIY Shower Cleaner
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- Sal Suds or Dawn Ultra dishwashing soap
- essential oil (I use combo of lavender, lemon, eucalyptus, and tea tree)
- 16 oz spray bottle — glass spray bottles like this or this work great, but you can also use certain types of plastic spray bottles that are safe for use with diluted essential oils. Look for plastic #1 PET or plastic #2 HDPE.
- funnel (like this)
- click here for a free printable of the shower cleaner label
Homemade Shower Cleaner Recipe (magically cuts through soap scum on tubs, tile, and showers)
step 1: add 1/2 cup Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds OR Dawn Ultra or other dishwashing soap to 16 oz spray bottle
note: Sal Suds is made by Dr. Bronner’s, the same company that makes liquid Castile soap. Like Castile soap, Sal Suds is made from plants. But Sal Suds is a much more powerful cleaner than Castile soap. It cuts through soap scum, dirt, and grime with ease. Do not substitute Castile soap in this recipe; it won’t work as well.
step 2: add 1.5 cups vinegar
tip: don’t fill the bottle completely full. You’ll want to leave a little space for the essential oils and the sprayer. If you fill the bottle too full, then it will overflow when you put the sprayer on.
step 3: add 25-30 drops essential oil
These essential oils not only smell great, they also help disinfect surfaces and help kill mold.
Here’s what I use:
- 7 drops lavender essential oil
- 7 drops lemon essential oil
- 7 drops eucalyptus essential oil
- 7 drops tea tree essential oil
step 4: put the spray top on and gently mix to mix well
How to Use
- shake bottle to mix ingredients
- spray on shower, tub, tile, faucet, and glass shower doors
- let it sit for at least 30 minutes (and as long as overnight, if needed)
- scrub, if needed
- rinse with hot water
- be amazed to how this magical shower cleaner was so easy and worked so well! All the soap scum, hard water spots, dirt and grime will be gone. You’ll have a shiny shower, sparkling faucet, and gleaming tub that smell clean & fresh.
- keep your shower sparkling clean in-between cleaning with my Daily Shower Cleaner (recipe here)— It works as well as Scrubbing Bubbles Daily spray but without the toxic chemicals
note: Do not use on granite or marble. The acid in the vinegar could eat away at the surface and cause pitting.
caution: like all soap, this cleaner can make your tub/shower floor a little slippery until it’s rinsed off.
Why This Homemade Shower Cleaner Works So Incredibly Well
It works so well because of this powerful deep-cleaning trio.
vinegar: Vinegar is a great natural cleaner for the bathroom! It fights mold and mildew. It eliminates odors. It’s so acidic it dissolves soap scum, removes hard water spots, cut through dirt and grease. And it’s a great rinse agent, so it leaves you with a super shiny shower.
Sal Suds or Dawn Ultra: This is the main powerhouse ingredient in this trio. Sal Suds and Dawn Ultra dissolve grease, dirt, and soap scum like nobody’s business. It’s the workhorse that brings everything together. And it makes the cleaner thicker so that it clings to shower doors and walls.
essential oils (mix of lavender, lemon, eucalyptus, and tea tree): This combination of essential oils is antifungal, so it treats and helps prevent mold & mildew. It’s also antibacterial, antiviral, deodorizing, and purifying. And it has a great fresh, clean scent!
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