By Kelly O’Roark
No matter how hard you’ve tried, that nasty buildup in your shower or tub just won’t budge, but that’s because it’s never encountered your homemade shower cleaner (until now). I feel your frustration. Up until this point, you’ve purchased every fancy shower spray and scrub brush only to end up with mediocre results. You’re starting to think that stubborn soap scum and those pesky hard water stains are clearly meant to be a part of your life, and you just have to come to terms with it. Right?
WRONG. There’s a solution, and it doesn’t require a trip to the store or investing half of your paycheck into some magical concoction. You have everything that you need in your own home, and it’s so easy and effective, that you’re going to wonder how you went so long without it.
Here’s what you need for this game-changing homemade shower cleaner:
- A small spray bottle. It doesn’t have be anything fancy. The one that you got from your local drugstore for a dollar will do the trick.
- An old T-shirt. You know that old t-shirt that you’ve had for ten years, but you keep it in your drawer because you’re convinced that you’ll wear it someday? It’s time to let that go. You can do this.
- Dawn dish soap, white vinegar, and citrus essential oils (optional). Grab your regular Dawn liquid soap from underneath the kitchen sink, some plain white vinegar from your pantry, and if you’re feeling extra fancy, some essential oils from your medicine cabinet.
Step 1: Mix the Ingredients in a Spray Bottle
If you were one of those nerdy kids like me who loved to do science projects, this will give you that childhood fix. It’s not advanced chemistry, but I think Bill Nye would approve. Anyway, time to mix!
- Grab your spray bottle, and pour the white vinegar into it until it’s about a quarter of the way full.
- Next, add equal parts Dawn soap (another quarter of the bottle).
- Finally, add five drops of citrus essential oil. (I chose lemongrass because it smells heavenly!) If you don’t have essential oils on hand, it’s OK. This part is optional, as its main function is to help mask the vinegar smell.
- Now shake it like a Polaroid picture!
Step 2: Spray Your Cleaner onto Surfaces that Have Soap Scum and Hard Water Stains
Now that your homemade shower cleaner is ready to go, it’s time to conquer the grime! The best part about this step is that you don’t need to open a window or turn on a fan to ventilate since there are no harsh chemicals (which also means that you don’t need rubber gloves and a hazmat suit to protect your skin). That’s a big win in my book!
- First, spray your shower cleaner onto the surface that has the most soap scum, hard water stains, and/or mildew. I’m starting with the main faucet handle.
- Next, spray the shower cleaner onto the other surfaces (showerheads, faucets, other handles, and the wall), and let it all sit for about 30 seconds.
Step 3: Wipe it Down with Your T-Shirt (Not the One You’re Wearing — an Old One!)
- Take your old t-shirt and firmly wipe the surface of the faucet handle until all of the soap scum and stains are gone.
- Next, give the other hardware and the walls a good scrubbing too. If needed, spray more of your cleaner if there are certain areas that still have some streaks or buildup.
And that’s it! The months’ (and possibly even years’) worth of soap scum, hard water spots, and mildew are finally a thing of the past thanks to your homemade shower cleaner.
Now that you’ve conquered the shower and you’re feeling like you’re on top of the world, you may want to tackle the other chores that you’ve been avoiding (like dusting your baseboards and crown molding) since I’ve got hacks for that too!
Let us know how your homemade shower solution changes your cleaning game. Do you have any fun essential oil combinations that you would recommend? Let us know in the comments below!