Thursday, April 18, 2013

Homemade Shower Cleaner

The Makings of Substance of Living Homemade Shower Cleaner
The Makings of Substance of Living Homemade Shower Cleaner

I've been using my homemade laundry detergent for about a year now and absolutely love how my clothes come out nice and clean.  I also use vinegar to clean my windows, stainless steel appliances, and use it to eliminate any funky odors like paint around the house.  Another secret use for vinegar is to place it in shallow bowls around a room if there are smokers.  Fortunately we don't have smokers in our home so we don't need to eliminate that odoriferous scent.

I also use vinegar to clean my coffee maker and the inside of the microwave.  To clean the microwave, put a little vinegar in a microwavable safe bowl and allow it to steam for about 30 seconds or so.  Then simply wipe down the inside with a damp cloth or sponge.

Have you seen all the posts lately about using the blue Dawn liquid dish detergent and vinegar?  Well, I didn't have any blue Dawn on hand and like usual was too impatient (lazy) to run up to the store and get some.  So....

I used what was on hand.  That being white vinegar and my environmentally friendly liquid dish soap by Kirkland Signature (Costco).  NOTE: I am not being paid nor did I gratuitously receive these products from Heinz or Costco.  This is strictly my opinion.

Substance of Living Shower Cleaner

  • 1 Cup White Vinegar
  • 1 Cup Kirkland Signature Environmentally Friendly Liquid Dish Soap (for washing dishes by hand)
Heat the vinegar and soap together in the microwave for about a minute or less then pour into a spray bottle. 

You want the mixture warm but not boiling hot.  Shake lightly before use. 

Unfortunately, I didn't get a picture before but hopefully you can see the difference between the side that was sprayed and the side that hasn't been cleaned yet.

This first picture shows a before and after from the outside.  The left side was cleaned but not the right.

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After (left) and Before (right) View from Outside Shower


This is a before shot of the glass looking from inside the shower.  I've started spraying the cleaner which is the wet stuff you might be able to see on the top of the picture.
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Substance of Living Homemade Shower Cleaner in a Before View from Inside Shower

Here is a better look at the cleaner sticking to the glass.  It was incredible how it pretty much stayed in place with a little run.
Substance of Living Homemade Shower Cleaner
Substance of Living Homemade Shower Cleaner

The cleaning solution stayed in place over night.

This is the left side of the shower from the inside and hasn't been cleaned but is wet.
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Before from Inside Shower

This is the right side of the shower glass after it has been cleaned.  Again looking out from inside the shower.
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After from Inside Shower

Here is a nice before and after shot from outside the shower.  Neither side has been wiped down with a squeegee.
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After (left) and Before (right) from Outside Shower

Before and after from inside the shower.  The left side has not been cleaned and the right side was.
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Before (left) and After (right) from Inside Shower

Findings:

  • I will definitely continue to use this solution.  It had a pleasant smell.  Not a strong vinegar scent at all.
  • A lot of shower cleaner can certainly be made with a bottle of vinegar and liquid soap for a whole lot less than buying one bottle of shower cleaner.
  • This worked sooooo much better than any shower/bath cleaner I've found.
  • I don't know how the blue Dawn works, but this certainly did the trick.  There wasn't any soap or harsh water residue after a simple wiping and rinsing.
  • The solution was on the glass for about 12 hours or maybe a little less.
Have you tried using a homemade solution to clean your shower?  How did it work?


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