i should be mopping the floor: Best DIY Tub & Shower Spray. Ever. Seriously...ever.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Best DIY Tub & Shower Spray. Ever. Seriously...ever.


I've just been convinced to come on over to the DIY side of cleaners. Usually, I don't want the hassle of creating my own thing, but seriously this stuff is life changing. Which probably makes my life seem a little dull. But when soap scum that's been scrubbed for years (probably from the previous owners, gag) melts away in a matter of moments, I'm sold.

Apparently this isn't a new concoction, my son's preschool teacher told me she's used it for years (where in the heehaw have I been, y'all?), but nonetheless, it's something you need to give a whirl.

You'll need one part white vinegar and one part blue original Dawn dish soap. If I were you, I'd do at least a cup of each because you'll want to use it all over the place once you start.



Here's the trick...heat your vinegar in the microwave for two minutes.


Then pour it into a cleaned out spray bottle (I cleaned this one really well, since it had a bleach cleaner in it before.

While your vinegar is nice & hot and sittin' pretty in the spray bottle, add your dawn and shake it gently to incorporate. The heat really helps with this.


Now, go find something to scrub on!

Boom.
Barely even touched it with my wipe cloth (still remaining cleaner dripping down).

You can wipe it down and rinse it.

No more yucky scum on the shower door!
And it smells nice, too!

Happy Cleaning!








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27 comments:

  1. Can't wait to try this, thanks for linking up!

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  2. I'm excited to try this! Thanks for sharing.

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  3. I am already looking for an empty bottle!

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  4. So AWESOME! Thanks for sharing your secret!

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  5. Kristi, this is fantastic. I'm always on the look out for DIY cleaning products, especially ones that work. I'm trying this for sure! If you get a moment, would you like to link up to my "Thriving on Thursdays" Linky Party here in Australia? I feature recipes, crafts, furniture makeovers, organisating and decluttering advice, makeup tips, financial advice, etc. Anything goes.

    http://domesblissity.blogspot.com/2012/01/thriving-on-thursdays-linky-party-2.html

    Anne @ Domesblissity xx

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  6. wow! Great tip! I can't get enough DIY cleaning supply ideas. Thanks for the follow...I'm following you back @ My Blog Review

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  7. Hi Kristi...What a fun blog you have. I am now following you! Many thanks for commenting on my blog post about Chocolate Decadence. Boy do I know about different names for this dessert. A restaurant had it on its menu as 'Dirtie Dory.' One of my cookbooks has this same recipe four different times but all under different names for it. Whatever its called....it sure is good! Thanks again for your comments. So fun coming here to meet you!


    Nann

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  8. I use this all the time but never thought to heat it.

    Thanks for the tip.

    Dee

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  9. I just bought a big jug of white vinegar so i could start using all the DIY home cleaning tips I've been finding on Pinterest! Also got some cheap empty spray bottles, now if only i had remembered we are almost out of Dawn when i was at the store last night lol!! Well, guess I'll be stopping by there today... and will make this when I get home tonight! Thanks for the step by step :)
    -Jamie
    www.seeyoutheredesign.com

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  10. Totally going to try it next time! Thanks for sharing :)

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  11. That looks like it works wonders. Thanks for linking up to Refresh Your Nest Friday!

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  12. Wow, great idea!! I will have to do this!!! I'm having a linky party, and would love it if you joined! Here is the link! http://www.thesouthernproductqueen.com/one-stop-shoppe-linky-party-3 Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Hi Kristi! Just wanted to say thanks for linking up to my Thriving on Thursdays party last week. It's on again tomorrow (Australian time). We'd love to see what you've been up to.

    Anne @ Domesblissity xx

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  14. I must have done something wrong, because this did not work on my shower scum. It just left a big soapy mess to rinse over and over :(

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    1. Andrea...thanks for stopping by. How long did you let it sit on the soap scum for? I discovered that sometimes I could spray it...leave it overnight....and then rinse it all before I showered and it came completely clean. I have a fiberglass shower, too. Not sure how this works on other surfaces...just my own experience. I have a friend who swears by it, too, and I'm pretty sure her shower is ceramic tile. Let me know if you decide to try it again. I'm really loving my results with it.
      {HUGS},
      kristi

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  15. One question... do you have to reheat the solution before you use it every time or just when you're making it???? I'm definietly going to give this a try!!!!

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    1. I don't....but my friend does. Lately, I've tried to just create enough for that time so I won't have to hassle with trying to reheat it. If you did want to reheat, I would just sit the spray bottle in hot water...kind of the old-fashioned way of reheating a baby's bottle. Thanks for stopping by! ;)

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    2. THANKS!!!! I'm definitely going to give this a try.

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  16. Does it have to be Dawn dish soap?

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  17. Does it have to be the blue Dawn dish soap? I only have the red :(

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  18. I didn't see where you mentioned how much Dawn to add. Could you please share, per cup of vinegar + how much Dawn to use? thanks!

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  19. Oh my, I can't wait to try this!

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  20. I use this too but have never heated it before. Do you do that everytime you use it or just when you first mix it? Thanks!

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  21. Nice post! To prevent some of those rust stains from the shaving cream can try to remember to paint the bottom of each new can with some cheap clear nail polish!

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  22. Just tried this for the first time. Worked great. Everything is sparkling clean. I may have used a little too much in the tub as there were lot's of bubbles lol In the shower stall I found the vinegar smell a little overpowering, but at least it's a safe smell, not chemicals. Thanks for sharing!!

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  23. Been using this for a while! It is AMAZING! And relatively safe too! Vinegar is a miracle cleaner, use it on a ton of stuff. Also, If you follow up with a layer of rainx, it will help to slow down the accumulation of soap scum for next time!

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  24. Going to try this for sure! Thanks for the great tip.

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