Condo Blues: DIY Daily Shower Cleaner

Monday, March 28, 2011

DIY Daily Shower Cleaner

Cleaning soap scum from the tub, shower door, and walls is number one with a bullet on my list of Stuff I Hate to Clean Because It’s a Pain.

How to Make Daily Shower Cleaner
When I discovered daily shower cleaner, it helped. I wasn’t so sure of the not so friendly ingredients in it so I stopped using it. After all, I have a dog to protect from such things.

I switched from bar soap to liquid soap on the advice of my mom’s plumber.  That worked as well as the shower cleaner so I went with that.

I’ve been bouncing from liquid soap (usually Castile) to handmade herbal bar soap (my frugal luxury!) and back again depending upon what’s available or price or whatever.  I likes me some variety in the soap department ‘cuz I’m a girl.

Method has a daily shower cleaner, it does the job just fine. I feel better about the ingredients in it. However, I’m trying to cut spending. I can’t find coupons for it so bye, bye, Method daily shower cleaner.

Until I tried making my own.

How to Make Daily Shower Cleaner

Vinegar straight out of the bottle is a 5% solution that cleans and disinfects. Vinegar cuts through soap scum. However, the fumes of straight vinegar make my eyes water when sprayed in the enclosed shower stall.

I wondered if I could come up with something that would work for everyday and not make me cry, literally or in my wallet.

I mixed three parts water to one part vinegar in a spray bottle. It works as a daily shower cleaner. It doesn’t make my eyes water. Ding, ding, ding! We have a winner!

Using my homemade shower cleaner after each shower keeps soap scum from forming when I use bar soap. It makes my weekly bathroom deep clean much easier.

If  you don’t like the smell of vinegar, you can add a few drops of essential oil to the mix. When I say a “a few  drops” I mean only a few drops. Why?

Because I got hit by the Condo Blues Whammy!

I found a bottle of lavender essential oil during a spring clean out. I thought I’d be a clever, clever girl and use it up by adding it to my homemade shower cleaner. I added a couple of drops to the mix in the spray bottle. Then I noticed that there was a smidge of essential oil left in the bottle and figured what the heck (big mistake!), and dumped the rest of the essential oil into the spray bottle.

That extra bit was waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much! It smelled like a lavender factory exploded in my bathroom.

I fished an empty vinegar bottle and cap from the recycling bins, dumped half of my overly aromatic shower cleaner in the vinegar bottle, and added more vinegar and water to the mix in the spray bottle. The smell was as light it should be and works like a daily shower cleaner.

How do you clean you shower and bathtub soap scum free?

Update April 19, 2011:  I mixed a splosh of shampoo to my vinegar and water solution. I think it works even better on soap scum in the shower.   Thanks N for the shampoo idea!

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