Yesterday, I attacked my standup shower in full vengeance. This well water really does a number on our plumbing fixtures. And the red mud that we always seem to track in sticks to our tubs and sinks like glue, and is nearly impossible to scrub off.

And the soap scum… forget about it!

I’ve tried baking soda, and Mr. Clean Magic Erasers, with minimal luck. Scrubbing Bubbles is the only that that has given decent results. But I hate using that stuff. The fumes are so strong, I have to hold my breath while spraying, then run out of the bathroom to gasp for fresh breath, then run back in to scrub a little… it’s ridiculous.

There must be a cleaner that I don’t have to worry about inhaling that actually works!

And then I found a recipe on Pinterest that looked promising, so I mixed it up and gave it a try.

Bathtub and Shower Cleaning Gel

  • 1 cup white vinegar; hot
  • 1 cup blue Dawn dish detergent

Place both in a squirt bottle (I used an empty shampoo bottle), and shake to create a gel. Squirt the solution all over your tub, and allow to sit for a few minutes. You can even let it sit overnight if you have some really hard to clean spots. Wipe off with a sponge or rag, then rinse.

Check it out:


YAY!!! It worked SO well. I wish I could say that it made my shower doors just as clean, but it seemed to make them worse. I’m still on the hunt for a good shower door cleaner, if you have one.

One of the best things about this recipe (besides it being safe to breath in!) is that it’s much cheaper to mix up yourself than buying expensive store-bought tub/shower cleaners. Not only can it save typical households a lot of money over the course of a year, but businesses like gyms, housecleaners, and even school cleaning services could benefit from tightening their purse-strings and giving this diy scum buster a shot!

Anyways, I was excited about finding this recipe. I like the gel solution, ’cause it drips down and spreads easily. And a little really does go a long way.