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Homemade Bath and Shower Cleaner {Recipe}

Posted by  ·  January 4, 2017  ·  Last Updated: December 11, 2017

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. Kate
    Thursday, May 30th, 2019
    Will it work on grout between kitchen floor stone? Will it work on the stove ? Not the burners- the actual stove? Thanks.
  2. Julia Esaman
    Sunday, February 10th, 2019
    Love to make homemade bath soap
  3. Sunday, February 3rd, 2019
    I'd like to add essential oils to the vinegar / Dawn cleaner. I think the addition of detergent will help to disperse the scent. Just not too much.
    • Noni_G
      Sunday, July 21st, 2019
      If adding Oils to cleaner, doesn’t it get greasy?
      It’ll just smear.
  4. George
    Monday, January 21st, 2019
    This works so well it cuts the grease too and leaves the surfaces clean and shiny!
  5. Sunday, September 23rd, 2018
    Tried all sorts will try this thanks
  6. Mary
    Wednesday, August 1st, 2018
    What can you sub for Dawn? It has tons of petrochemicals and other chemicals, so I won’t use it. Need a good shower cleaner, but not with Dawn.
    • Cindy
      Monday, August 13th, 2018
      Mary, I LOVE LOVE Thieves Household Cleaner from Young Living. That and some baking soda makes a great shower cleaner. If you have questions just email me.
  7. Chrissy
    Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018
    We are adults, why use the word potty? I find it annoying
  8. Melissa Namanny
    Tuesday, February 20th, 2018
    I tried this on my shower and it did an amazing job!! I will never buy store bought cleaner for my shower again!!
  9. kim ream
    Thursday, December 7th, 2017
    Question how much Dawn and how much Vineger
    I have the spray bottle it is 32 oz's. I keep the ones I have baught
    with old cleaner they have great Micro controlled Spray tops.

    • Cindy
      Monday, December 11th, 2017
      Hi Kim, you use equal parts of Dawn dishwashing detergent and vinegar.
  10. Sunday, November 19th, 2017
    Love vinegar for cleaning. Definitely my home favorite.
  11. Sally Chalmers
    Sunday, November 12th, 2017
    Hi! I love all your ideas and recipes. Thanks for taking the time to create all these ideas for us. I have a question about the shower cleaner with The Dawn soap. I too like using as much all natural as possible. Is the Dawn essential or could I use a different dish detergent like Thieves or Sunlight?
    Thank you!
    • Cindy
      Monday, December 11th, 2017
      Hi Sally, I haven't tried that. I use this mixture only in our showers when doing a deep clean. I am a HUGE fan of Young Living Thieves Cleaner. It is amazing. We use it for windows, counters, bathrooms.... really everything. If you want to learn more visit https://www.skiptomylou.org/young-living-essential-oils/
  12. Appliance Art
    Thursday, September 14th, 2017
    Vinegar will always be a great household cleaner. Thanks for sharing this informative article. Wanna try this at home.
  13. Joyce Stepniak
    Monday, July 24th, 2017
    One question...why heat the vineager? Thank you.
    • Cindy
      Friday, August 11th, 2017
      Joyce, I am not sure. My guess is that it helps it all mix together better.... however, I have gotten in a hurry and skipped this step and it still worked.
  14. Keery
    Friday, July 14th, 2017
    If there is leftover mixture
    a) Do you have to throw it out if you don't use it all?
    b) if you can use it again later, do you have to head it up again?
    c) If you don't have to heat it up again, then why head it up in the first place?

    Thanks for this! I am going to try it!
    • Cindy
      Friday, August 11th, 2017
      a) no, I keep it and keep using it
      b) no, I don't reheat when I re-use
      c) I think the heating is the best way to mix all the ingredients. I have gotten in a hurry and skipped this step and it still worked.
  15. Christine Fuller
    Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017
    I AM IN LOVE WITH THIS CLEANER! One slight suggestion: try "Heinz CLEANING Vinegar": AWESOME stuff! Incredibly STRONG vinegar! Thanks for the information on the Spray bottles on Amazon! My husband calls me "Mrs Amazon Google"! ♥️ this 💦 Cleaner!
  16. Tuesday, September 6th, 2016
    One thing most people forget while making home made stuff.. Label it!! Child safety first!
    • Alysa Fleisher
      Sunday, January 14th, 2018
      I use either Planet or Seventh Generation free Dish Detergent because they are SO much safer than Dawn. Dawn may clean oils off the animals that are in the commercials but its still not safe. Planet & Seventh Generation free are safer. Only the free is safer. There are many other safer brands, that is just what I can find myself. I don't heat anything, its not needed and I use only at most 1/4 the dish soap and the rest vinegar. 1/2 is way too much but I have a softener, though even before the softener 1/2 was way too much. I store it in a recycled spray bottle that was previously cleaned out.
  17. Wednesday, August 17th, 2016
    Hi they. Dont sell dawn by us ,
  18. adrienne
    Friday, August 12th, 2016
    Where do you get damn they dont sell it by us thx
  19. adrienne
    Friday, August 12th, 2016
    Very nice ideas thank you
  20. 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!
  21. 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
  22. suwise23
    Tuesday, December 29th, 2015
    Actually, my apology - this post doesn't call it natural. The person that shared it did....
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. lisa
    Thursday, September 10th, 2015
    dawn mixed w/dawn makes a great softscrub..
  26. 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.
  27. Deborah
    Sunday, July 19th, 2015
    Trying to get back to a simpler life!
  28. 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
  29. 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.
  30. 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 :)
  31. Emma
    Thursday, July 10th, 2014
    For UK-ERS use fairy/persil w
  32. 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!!
  33. gursheen
    Saturday, June 28th, 2014
    Please tell me an effective home made
    time cleaner
  34. Tracey
    Friday, June 27th, 2014
    Gail Murphy-Dawn is the washing up liquid they use here, it's on par with fairy liquid
  35. 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.
  36. 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?
  37. 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
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. Joni
    Saturday, May 17th, 2014
    Vinegar is too harsh. Don't let it set too long.
  41. 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.
  42. 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.
  43. 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 :)
  44. Jaimie
    Friday, May 16th, 2014
    I usethis for shower buildup and i dont need to srub at all. Just let it
  45. 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 :) )
  46. 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.
  47. 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?
  48. 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!!
  49. 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.
    • Sally Chalmers
      Sunday, November 12th, 2017
      Hi Andrea! When you say 30%, do you mean what's on the vinegar label? For example my jug says 5% acetic acid by volume. Or do you mean 30% vinegar, 70% water or 50% vinegar, 50% water. Sorry, just want to be clear. I like your idea of no soap! : )
    • Sally Chalmers
      Sunday, November 12th, 2017
      And is Fabuloso a product? Thanks again! : )
  50. 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.
  51. 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!
  52. 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.
  53. Ema
    Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
    Don't use vinegar on natural stone/marble.
  54. Stephannie
    Wednesday, February 26th, 2014
    Could something other than dawn work? I'm allergic to dawn.
  55. Stacy
    Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
    This works GREAT in dishwand - like you would use in the kitchen to wash dishes.
  56. 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!
  57. 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.