Okay, I came across a recipe for a soap scum shower cleaner but I had an issue with a few of its ingredients, so I did some tweaking and I think it turned out to be quite an awesome shower cleaner and more.
I have a tub scrub recipe and I love that recipe but sometimes I don’t want to make quite so big a mess and do so much work, so this recipe is what I really wanted to use on my once a week deep clean of the shower to help keep ahead of any problems. If you have an older shower like me you know how it seems like your shower can just hold onto things so much more than a new one leading to more work making it stay looking like new. I also wanted something easier to clean my toilets with and to clean my natural stone tiles with. The one thing that it failed on was the tiles, not because it didn’t do a good job because it left the floor a bit slippery.
The recipe is simple and you probably have all necessary ingredients already.
1 cup of White Distilled Vinegar
½ cup of dish soap (either store bought or homemade, does not matter, though the less natural one you use the sudsier the solution will be when you go to wipe it causing you to have to rinse it, a problem I did not have with Seventh Generation)
½ cup of water (you can substitute this with more vinegar or dish soap for a stronger solution, but I did not find strength a problem at all)
15 drops of Lavender Essential Oil (optional)
15 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil (optional)
First you want to heat the water and vinegar for about 45 seconds to a minute. Pour it into a spray bottle and add the dish soap and essential oils. Slightly swish it around to mix and get to work.
Why do I add essential oil? One, I like the added bacteria fighting power. Two, bugs hate these oils. Usually not a problem I have in bathrooms but when I was going to use it in the entry way tile I thought it would end their best entrance location, as my children leisurely walk into the house and sit in front of the door as they slowly take off their shoes. If you live somewhere with lots of bugs and want to deter them just put a few drops of these oils in the locations with the most problems, though be careful to wipe it in if young children have access. Though most essential oils are edible I wouldn’t want my children licking them off the floor.
So back to this cleaner though, it cleans faucets and makes them look brand new. During the almost 2 months I have lived here I have been unsuccessful in getting the tub faucet to look nice; it had that foggy, scummy look to it. It was a joke to clean off for this cleaner. I find my tub cleaner does a better job on the actual basin so I would still use it when I first move into a place but I will immediately follow up with this and clean with this from then on except when I want a really, really deep clean. You can spray this on and clean immediately or spray and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes to let it start going to work without you. Just don’t let it sit so long that it dries. I did that my first time, distracted by the kids bed time. Nothing horrible happened and it still wiped off but did have to then be rinsed with water and dried, which I did not have to do when I did the other bath, not letting it dry. Remember this will make the shower floor slippery so run water before getting in after the clean so you don’t fall. Also, to make cleaning your shower simpler and quicker keep a squidgy in your shower that you use to dry the walls before you get out after a shower, such a simple thing that saves you so much cleaning time later.
This cleaner also works great on glass so you can use it on your glass doors and mirrors and it will make them look amazing. I felt it easier to clean with than vinegar and water, though my normal day to day will still be that for mirrors and windows as it is a cheaper solution.
For the toilet I sprayed this solution in and scrubbed with the brush. I then just sprayed and left it. The toilets in this house have never looked better. The only problem I ran into leaving it in until the next flush was it caused bubbles after my daughter used the toilet and my son tried to reach in to grab them. Luckily I got there in time and I will watch out for that in the future; problems I never thought I would have 4 years ago when I was pregnant with my first child. This trick of spraying and leaving is also great to do before going on vacation to prevent rings from forming at the water line when you are gone.
I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do. I love the simplicity and the way it cleans. If you have a family member that inspects everything in your house when they come over, clean all your sinks and bathrooms with this and they will not find anything but a sparkly shine in those places; I cannot vouch for anywhere else, that is completely up to you, but I am sure I have some more recipes on here that can help.