Homemade Shower Cleaner

Magic homemade shower cleaner shines, cleans, and disinfects tubs, tile, and glass shower doors with practically no scrubbing to get rid of soap scum, hard water stains, dirt, grease, grime, mold & mildew. Just 3 ingredients (Dawn, vinegar, and essential oils) makes shower clean, shiny, and sparkly! {essential oil cleaner, essential oil shower cleaner, essential oil shpwer spray} #essentialoilrecipes #DIYcleaning #essentialoilcleaning #DIYessentialoil

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.

It’s amazing!

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! 

 

Magic homemade shower cleaner shines, cleans, and disinfects tubs, tile, and glass shower doors with practically no scrubbing to get rid of soap scum, hard water stains, dirt, grease, grime, mold & mildew. Just 3 ingredients (Dawn, vinegar, and essential oils) makes shower clean, shiny, and sparkly! {essential oil cleaner, essential oil shower cleaner, essential oil shpwer spray} #essentialoilrecipes #DIYcleaning #essentialoilcleaning #DIYessentialoil

 

Supplies for DIY Shower Cleaner

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  1. vinegar
  2. Dawn Ultra dishwashing soap or a natural dish soap like this
  3. essential oil (I use combo of lavender, lemon, eucalyptus, and tea tree)
  4. 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.
  5. funnel (like this)

 

Magic homemade shower cleaner shines, cleans, and disinfects tubs, tile, and glass shower doors with practically no scrubbing to get rid of soap scum, hard water stains, dirt, grease, grime, mold & mildew. Just 3 ingredients (Dawn, vinegar, and essential oils) makes shower clean, shiny, and sparkly! {essential oil cleaner, essential oil shower cleaner, essential oil shpwer spray} #essentialoilrecipes #DIYcleaning #essentialoilcleaning #DIYessentialoil

 

Homemade Shower Cleaner Recipe (magically cuts through soap scum on tubs, tile, and showers)

step 1:  add 1/2 cup Dawn Ultra or other dishwashing soap to 16 oz spray bottle

Magic homemade shower cleaner shines, cleans, and disinfects tubs, tile, and glass shower doors with practically no scrubbing to get rid of soap scum, hard water stains, dirt, grease, grime, mold & mildew. Just 3 ingredients (Dawn, vinegar, and essential oils) makes shower clean, shiny, and sparkly! {essential oil cleaner, essential oil shower cleaner, essential oil shpwer spray} #essentialoilrecipes #DIYcleaning #essentialoilcleaning #DIYessentialoil

 

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.

Magic homemade shower cleaner shines, cleans, and disinfects tubs, tile, and glass shower doors with practically no scrubbing to get rid of soap scum, hard water stains, dirt, grease, grime, mold & mildew. Just 3 ingredients (Dawn, vinegar, and essential oils) makes shower clean, shiny, and sparkly! {essential oil cleaner, essential oil shower cleaner, essential oil shpwer spray} #essentialoilrecipes #DIYcleaning #essentialoilcleaning #DIYessentialoil

 

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

Magic homemade shower cleaner shines, cleans, and disinfects tubs, tile, and glass shower doors with practically no scrubbing to get rid of soap scum, hard water stains, dirt, grease, grime, mold & mildew. Just 3 ingredients (Dawn, vinegar, and essential oils) makes shower clean, shiny, and sparkly! {essential oil cleaner, essential oil shower cleaner, essential oil shpwer spray} #essentialoilrecipes #DIYcleaning #essentialoilcleaning #DIYessentialoil

 

step 4:  put the spray top on and gently mix to mix well

Magic homemade shower cleaner shines, cleans, and disinfects tubs, tile, and glass shower doors with practically no scrubbing to get rid of soap scum, hard water stains, dirt, grease, grime, mold & mildew. Just 3 ingredients (Dawn, vinegar, and essential oils) makes shower clean, shiny, and sparkly! {essential oil cleaner, essential oil shower cleaner, essential oil shpwer spray} #essentialoilrecipes #DIYcleaning #essentialoilcleaning #DIYessentialoil

 

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.

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.

Dawn UltraThis is the main powerhouse ingredient in this trio.  Dawn Ultra dissolves 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!

 

here are a few other essential oil posts that I think you’ll like:

The Best Streak-Free Window & Mirror Glass Cleaner

DIY “Before You Go” Poo-Pourri Toilet Spray

Homemade “Lysol” Disinfecting Spray

Trash Can Deodorizer Tabs

 

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Magic homemade shower cleaner shines, cleans, and disinfects tubs, tile, and glass shower doors with practically no scrubbing to get rid of soap scum, hard water stains, dirt, grease, grime, mold & mildew. Just 3 ingredients (Dawn, vinegar, and essential oils) makes shower clean, shiny, and sparkly! {essential oil cleaner, essential oil shower cleaner, essential oil shpwer spray} #essentialoilrecipes #DIYcleaning #essentialoilcleaning #DIYessentialoil

 

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Could you substitute alcohol for the vinegar to use on stone surfaces? I would really like to use this but we have quartz tile in our showers.

I haven’t tried it, but I think it would work. I use vodka all the time to clean.
Maybe try a quarter or half batch and see how it goes?
If you try it, please let us know how it works. I’m guessing there are others who would like a non-vinegar option for natural stone showers.

Will this remove the hard water stains in addition to soap scum? My shower is a combo of fiberglas and glass. The fiberglas part isn’t difficult to clean, but the glass part is a challenge. Thanks for the great post!

Yes, it does.
It’s amazing how well this works on glass. And found that my glass even stays cleaner for a week or so after using this cleaner than it did when I used to use commercial shower/tub cleaners.

adding clove oil to this mix inhibits mould spores as well…

Any idea for a substitute for Dawn ultra, we don’t have it in Australia?

I’m not sure what’s the closest substitute for Dawn in Australia, but you can use another dish soap, it just may take a little more scrubbing than it would with Dawn.

Sarah, I look forward to your posts and emails.

Do you use this on a dry shower/tub or while it is wet? Or does it matter?

It works either way.
I usually apply it to a wet shower just because that’s the easiest time to apply it.
But I’ve also used it on dry shower/tubs, and it worked great, too.

Do you have a printed label for the shower cleaner?

Yes, I will send it to you.

This sounds great! Is there a printable recipe for this?
Thanks!

Hi Janet,
I haven’t put together a printable for this one yet, but I’ll email you the recipe.

Hi. If your bathtub is really grimy, heat the vinegar first til really hot (not boiling) then mix in the dish soap. Pour into a squirty bottle, scoosh round the bath and scrub. Leave for about an hour, scrub again and rinse. You will be amazed at how clean and shiny it will be! This is the only thing I have found that will clean a really grimy bath, and I have tried nearly everything!

Hi!
I’m curious to try this. I’ve used a similar recipe, but with a natural dish soap. It worked fine, but it took A LOT of scrubbing and elbow grease! I stopped using Dawn in favor of all natural products, but I’m going to have to try this! Scrubbing the tub and tile is my least favorite chore! 🤪
Fingers crossed! Thanks! 😊

I’m like you. I don’t use Dawn for my dishes. I use natural dish soaps or this homemade dish soap with essential oils.
But I found that Dawn was the best for cleaning my shower with very little effort. I’m still blown away at how clean my glass doors get. It’s not as natural as I would like, but it works, and it’s a lot better for my family and the environment than the shower and bath cleaners that I was using.

I tried this and it didn’t work as stated. I put on for 1/2 hr., scrubbed and rinsed. I did a second time, overnight. It did not work. It even left white spots. It is also very soapy. I do not like using soooo much water to rinse. Not sure which is worse, using another cleaner or wasting so much water. I’m trying to go natural with more things, unfortunately this isn’t one of those items.

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