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    Homemade Bath and Shower Cleaner {Recipe}

    Posted by  ·  February 25, 2014

    This homemade bath and shower cleaner is amazing. This recipe has been floating around the web and I had to give it a try for myself! I couldn’t be more thrilled to have found an inexpensive powerful homemade bathroom cleaner. You problably have the ingredients already at your house. Once again vinegar proves to a a great household cleaner. You can even mix vinegar with baking soda for a great way to unclog a drain.
    DIY Tub and Shower Cleaner

    Homemade Bath and Shower Cleaner Recipe

    Measure out equal parts of Dawn dishwashing detergent and vinegar. Heat vinegar a couple of minutes in microwave or on cook top until vinegar is hot. Carefully pour vinegar into a spray bottle. Add in Dawn dishwashing detergent and shake to mix.

    This Dawn & vinegar cleaner will cut through soap scum, clean sinks, and also the potty. Just spray it on, scrub and rinse. For tough soap scum build-up, spray the mixture on and allow it to sit for about 30 minutes. Scrub and rinse.

    Do be careful, it does make alot of bubbles, so the tub might be slippery. If there are too many bubbles try mixing two parts vinegar to one part Dawn. Salt will also dissolve the bubbles.

    You will be amazed with this bottle of blue magic! 

    homemade bathroom cleaner

    If you like this cleaner you might like this DIY Laundry Detergent Recipe.

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    1. Tuesday, September 6th, 2016
      One thing most people forget while making home made stuff.. Label it!! Child safety first!
    2. Saturday, January 16th, 2016
      I love this cleaner, Cindy! It's the only one I use to clean my showers and tub with now! Thank you SO much for sharing my laundry detergent in your post! I hope your followers love it as much as I do!
      • Wednesday, January 20th, 2016
        Thanks Jackie! I love it too!
    3. Barbara Quintanilla
      Sunday, January 3rd, 2016
      My microwave needs cleaning. Please give me a good and safe cleaning solution.
      • April
        Saturday, July 23rd, 2016
        You can just microwave a Pyrex cup with about a cup or do of water for 5 min and let the steam do the work! Everything should wipe away after the 5 min
    4. suwise23
      Tuesday, December 29th, 2015
      Actually, my apology - this post doesn't call it natural. The person that shared it did....
    5. suwise23
      Tuesday, December 29th, 2015
      This does work great, but it's far from natural. Dawn is a very effective, but chemical, grease cutter. It's inaccurate and not right to call this a natural cleaner.
    6. M
      Friday, September 11th, 2015
      I use this all the time on everything! You don't have to warm once or repeated. The 50/50 mix is too much Dawn - too soapy!! I pour mostly vinegar with some water and a little dribble of generic-brand Dawn into a spray bottle. When the bottle gets low, I just add some of each to fill. I use WalMart's generic version of Dawn and it works excellently! I have used other soaps, but they don't seem to work as well.
    7. lisa
      Thursday, September 10th, 2015
      dawn mixed w/dawn makes a great softscrub..
    8. Rebecca Goble
      Thursday, August 20th, 2015
      I've been using this for several years and I love it !!!
      Cleaners were really getting harder and harder for me to use because they are so toxic. But with vinegar,dawn and borax I can clean anything.
    9. Deborah
      Sunday, July 19th, 2015
      Trying to get back to a simpler life!
    10. Jeannie
      Tuesday, December 30th, 2014
      the harsh smell of vinegar is easily soothed by adding essential oils. Lemon or lavendar essential is what I like in my vinegar that I use for softener instead of using downy in my laundry
    11. Debbie
      Monday, November 24th, 2014
      I make my own cleaners to avoid all the chemical crap the big companies like to put in all our personal care items (and cleaners). Using Dawn defeats this purpose. Do you have another alternative.
    12. Emma
      Thursday, July 10th, 2014
      UK-ERS use fairy/persil washing up liquid with vinegar works well been making it's for about a year now :)
    13. Emma
      Thursday, July 10th, 2014
      For UK-ERS use fairy/persil w
    14. Elaine
      Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
      For Laminate, linoleum, tile and hardwood use 1/3 c. water, 1/3c. white vinegar and 1/3 c. rubbing alcohol and a couple of drops of Dawn dish soap. Put it in a spray bottle. I love it. I used another brand cleaner with that same brand "mop" and it streaked and left a film on the floor. I love this cleaner!! Much less expensive too!!
    15. gursheen
      Saturday, June 28th, 2014
      Please tell me an effective home made
      time cleaner
    16. Tracey
      Friday, June 27th, 2014
      Gail Murphy-Dawn is the washing up liquid they use here, it's on par with fairy liquid
    17. Viviane Silva
      Friday, June 27th, 2014
      What can i use to clean my hardwood floor? I so tired to clean him, its always so stick when we walk! My sandals make a lot of noise e have a lot of fingertips. Thank you for the help and sorry for my english, its not very good.
    18. Paola Guerra
      Friday, June 27th, 2014
      Hello! I don't live in the US, so I don't have Dawn available. Will any dishwasher do?
    19. Christy
      Friday, June 27th, 2014
      I use 50/50 water and white vinegar. I dont heat up the vinegar. It works brilliant for everything - i dont buy any other cleaners. We also use it in the childcare centre I work at as its a great disinfectant without harsh fumes
    20. Monday, May 19th, 2014
      I use this all the time and am a discusting slob so had scale on my tub from soap etc. started using it and scale gone with just this and a washcloth after a few showers.
    21. Shawn
      Saturday, May 17th, 2014
      Do you have to heat it up every time you use it? Or is that one time for vinegar?
      • Tuesday, May 20th, 2014
        Just the first time. However, I have made it many times and I often skip that step and it still works great.
    22. Joni
      Saturday, May 17th, 2014
      Vinegar is too harsh. Don't let it set too long.
    23. Tiffany
      Saturday, May 17th, 2014
      Paula, my shower, in fact our whole master bath suite is natural stone, slate, marble and granite. I use a mixture of rubbing alcohol and water to clean all of it. I have a big spray bottle that I put 1/3 alcohol and fill up the rest with water then shake well. It cleans and disinfects beautifully! I use that same mixture to clean our mirrors and toilets. Been using it for years and have had excellent results.
    24. Gail Murphy
      Saturday, May 17th, 2014
      Can anyone tell what is Dawn? I live in the United Kingdom and am not familiar with this product.
      Thanks in advance
      • Tuesday, May 20th, 2014
        Hi Gail, it is a liquid dish soap for washing dishes in the kitchen. I hope this helps.
    25. Jaimie
      Friday, May 16th, 2014
      I use this recipe for shower buildup and dont need to srub off. Just let it sit for a couple minutes and everything rinses off easily! Love it :)
    26. Jaimie
      Friday, May 16th, 2014
      I usethis for shower buildup and i dont need to srub at all. Just let it
    27. Kim Strating
      Friday, May 16th, 2014
      TILED Shower Warning - Please don't use this on a TILED shower, or Granite! Over time, the vinegar (acid) can/will break the grout down. With a newly tiled shower, our installer suggested CHEAP mouth wash (high alcohol content, great smell): Full strength in a spray bottle. His suggestion = Spray on, walk away. Once or twice month, Wipe down, vigorously, with a damp rag after the spray. (Regarding how often: your mileage may vary, depending on frequency that shower is used :) )
    28. Wednesday, May 14th, 2014
      Can't wait to try this...just recently moved and now have Hard Water...that I can not clean with my regular cleaner. Thank you.
    29. Paula
      Wednesday, May 14th, 2014
      I use this and love it in my tub but my separate shower has natural stone and I can't use vinegar in there. I wish there was a homemade cleaner to use on natural stone tho.... Any tips?
    30. Judy Cubillos
      Wednesday, May 14th, 2014
      The reason that you use Dawn with this is because Dawn cuts the grease!! Our bodies can release oils or maybe the products that we use on our hair sticks around. Dawn cuts all of that down. I had already been using the Dawn, but not with the Vinegar! I'm excited to give it a try, especially on my sinks AND the potty!!
    31. Andrea Dodge
      Wednesday, May 14th, 2014
      No need for dawn, too soapy. Just use White vinegar 30% up to 50%. Fabuloso (tablespoon or two for scent and degreasing). No need to boil it either. I have had many cleaning companies and this is silly. No soap. And bar type soap produces more "scum" than body wash types. Find a pretty small sprayer for the bathroom and spray curtain, glass etc just before you get out snd leave (30%). Keeps clean. Cheap vinegar will make you cough more. They now sell "cleaning" vinegar. Slightly less fumes. Don't use on marble or unpolished/protected stone. Tiles can be used if rinsed and use 30% of Vinegar. Will help with pink mold and some early black mold. Will keep it at bay if used after each shower on trouble spots.
    32. Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
      Sounds amazing. I am wondering if you have to use it warm...and all at once? Will we want to make just enough for use at one time? Thanks for sharing.
      • Thursday, March 20th, 2014
        You don't have to use it warm or all at once, so it will work for more than one use.
    33. Ro
      Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
      Will original Palmolive dish soap work? Can't wait to try it either way, gonna give it a go today. Thanks for the recipe love your site!
      • Thursday, March 20th, 2014
        Thanks Ro! I am not sure about the Palmolive. It wouldn't hurt to give it a try. Please let us know!
    34. Rhoda
      Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
      Is it Dawn only that works or will any dish detergent do? Just curious as I don't use Dawn.
    35. Ema
      Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
      Don't use vinegar on natural stone/marble.
    36. Stephannie
      Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
      Could something other than dawn work? I'm allergic to dawn.
    37. Stacy
      Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
      This works GREAT in dishwand - like you would use in the kitchen to wash dishes.
    38. Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
      What great timing. We just ran out of our usual "scrubbing bubble" cleaner ... so I'll make
      up a batch of your recipe! THANK!
    39. Christina
      Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
      We use this cleaner on our 'refinished' bathtub - it was recommended by the refinishing company. The only problem is that the vinegar is very ... strong! Makes one cough, a lot. Be prepared to have vent the room, turn on the bathroom fan, etc. Works great though.