Homemade Shower Cleaner

posted by Andrea | 02/1/2012

A few weeks ago, I shared how I keep our showers clean in about 10 minutes a month. I mentioned that although I try to use mostly homemade cleaners in and around our house, I still hadn’t found a great homemade cleaner for the shower.

Well, after that, I got a bunch of emails with different “recipes” for homemade shower cleaner; and although I was skeptical, I decided to try a few of them out.

Anyway, after experimenting these past 2 weeks (yes, our shower is now extremely clean) I’ve picked my favorite… and it’s REALLY simple!! 

Recipe for Homemade Shower Cleaner

Thanks to Anna for sending me this “recipe”!

Step #1: Pour 1 to 2 c. of white vinegar into a plastic spray bottle

Step #2: Heat it up in the microwave until very warm. {you do NOT need to reheat it every time you want to clean your showers}

Step #3: Pour 1 T. of Dawn dish soap into the spray bottle.

Step #4: Put the top of the spray bottle on and gently shake until they are combined.

That’s it!!

Just 2 simple ingredients and about 5 minutes of your time and you have a very inexpensive, homemade shower cleaner that works wonders on soap scum and smells great too!

NOTE: This cleaner is also great for removing greasy buildup in the kitchen!

Do you have any other great homemade cleaning recipes?


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  1. Karen Ackerman


    Would your Vinegar/Dawn shower cleaning “recipe” be effective on the grease build up on my kitchen back splash?


    Andrea Reply:

    I’m guessing it would work well. Dawn is a great de-greaser!!


  2. Pat


    Oh, just remembered to mention, don’t use anything but the regular Dawn the high concentrated ones take forever to rinse off, did this by mistake.


  3. Pat


    I also have tried this on the shower and it does really work! Also good for the glass shower doors that want to leave water spots. I have tried this on my porcelain sinks and a few other places like the carpet in the truck after winter that leaves that white stain from the road salts.

    Very good and cheap!


  4. Karen S Jerread


    I add several drops of tea tree oil and it also kills any mold spores.


    Andrea Reply:

    good to know! Thanks!


  5. Diana


    Does that mean 1 to 2 cups or one-half cup?

    I had the same question about putting the plastic bottle in the microwave–
    I will try heating the vinegar in a glass jar before putting it in the plastic bottle!

    Thank you!!


    Katy Reply:

    Why do I not see a direct answer to this question? 1 to 2 cups or is it one- half cup? Am anxious to try.


  6. Julie


    Doesn’t putting the plastic bottle in the microwave melt it? Also the original blue dawn is the best for cleaning the shower. I just next heard about the spray bottle going into the microwave.


  7. Robin


    The recipe says 1-2 c. of vinegar. Does c. stand for cups?

    How much dawn do I use? Teaspoon? Tablespoon?


  8. David


    I tried this showe cleaner. We have a large shower (4×6 feet). It does do and excellent job of cleaning the shower. I spayed it on, waited about 5 minutes and wiped down with a damp cloth. The strong Oder from the vinegar just about did me in by the time I was through. Not sure I could do it again


    Lori Reply:

    Atleast you’re breathing vinegar and not chemical cleaners! I just started using vinegar for my tile floors–was so hard to give up bleach but guess the dogs sneezing and a baby on the way finally got me in the right mind!


  9. Jill


    Doesn’t the Dawn add soap to the soap scum that is being removed?


  10. Fran


    Ihave bought 7year old house and looks like shower has never been cleaned,the glass is all water marked.I have tried commercial cleaners but nothing has worked yet.Any suggestions?


    KT Reply:

    We have clear glass doors on our shower, I spray glass cleaner on them then take a brillo pad to remove water marks. Once I’m done that I wipe it down with a rag then spray with glass cleaner again and dry the doors with paper towls. They look like new after… just don’t use brillo pads on the tub it could scratch them.


    Ann Reply:

    Baking soda works wonders on old soap scum. we have an apartment we ntnto college students, believe me, I have tried everything, and this is the best! Wet the surface, sprinkle baking soda over it, and wipe off/rub, then rinse.


  11. Marcia


    I moved to Florida about a year ago. We have a tile shower – I hate it- that builds up with mold and yuck. I’ve been using baking soda with bleach, it works but doesn’t seem to remove the mold. Will your recipe help with the mold and gunk!!


  12. Trena


    FYI per professional stone and tile companies, if you seal your grout and/or tile (and you really should), you should never use cleaners that are not pH neutral (7). Vinegar and lemon juice are acidic and baking soda is basic, so all three of those are out. My choice for tile cleaner, therefore, is Bona Stone, Tile & Laminate Cleaner. It’s pH neutral and nontoxic, safe for infants/children and pets, and I’ve always had good luck with this and their hardwood cleaner over the years. It can be expensive, but if you search you can find wholesale size concentrates that you can dilute as needed to refill the spray bottles and that is cheaper way to go.

    Otherwise, Andrea, I am enjoying your site and also everyone’s comments. Thanks!


  13. Patty T.



    I tried the vinegar/Dawn liquid combo. I didn’t heat the vinegar and used it on my colored ceramic tile. After I rinsed and let the water dry off, I found that my tile looked dried out/chalky. Could this be because I didn’t warm the vinegar? Perhaps it helps get rid of the acidity in the vinegar? Thanks, Patty T.


    Andrea Reply:

    hmmmm… I honestly don’t know. Our tile is all white, so I might not even notice if it left a whitish residue. I wonder if you just tried washing it once more (or even just rinsing it once more)?? I really don’t know what to say, but I can’t believe it would be a result of not heating the vinegar.


  14. Corinne


    Hi I use 4oz washing up liquid, 6oz lemon juice , 8oz white vinegar and 10 oz water, mix together. I use this and love the smell of lemon and don’t smell the vinegar.
    I use this mixture which they call sparkle in all the kitchen, work tops. Sink, tea stains in cups. Bathroom ,toilet, mirrors, windows, paintwork. Spray leave a few minutes then dry with kitchen paper and it all sparkles.
    I love it and so cheap.
    Lots of recipes on Pinterest.


    Karen Reply:

    Please explain “washing up liquid”. Is it liquid hand soap—any brand?


  15. Yvonne bryce


    In your recipe for shower cleaner ….what does “c” mean with the 1-2c vinegar and what does
    1 T of dishwashing liquid mean.


    Tammy Reply:

    C is for cup, T is for Tablespoon, and the lowercase t is for teaspoon


  16. GG


    Do you have to wipe the spray on/off the shower and tub? Am handicapped and searching for a tub/shower cleaner that requires no scrubbing. If you have to, any other ideas for no wiping or scrubbing, just spray it off with hot water. Thanks…gg


  17. Debbie


    We have fiberglass shower and wondering if this is safe for that. Also, in regards to heating the vinegar would it be better to heat it in a microwavable cup and then pour it in the spray bottle? I didn’t think spray bottles are microwave safe. How strong is the smell of the vinegar after spraying it all over the shower? That’s the only thing I wouldn’t like about this even if it does clean and safe for fiberglass. Vinegar smell just belongs in the kitchen for me. I wish it could smell like rubbing alcohol instead.


    Julie Reply:

    If there is a vinegar smell it should disspate fairly quickly. At least it does for me when I just use a dilution of water and vinegar. I haven’t used this recipe exactly. My recipe calls for 1 c vinegar and 1 c Dawn dishwashing soap(the original scent) and it is overpoweringly strong. So strong that it will send me into an asthma attack.


    Mogie Reply:

    If the vinegar smell is too much for you try this:

    Save your orange peels. Put them into a glass mason jar with lid. Fill 1/2 way with vinegar and let that sit for about 2 weeks. The end result will give you the same benefits of cleaning with vinegar but the strong smell will be replaced with an orange smell. You use peels that would otherwise go into the garbage so it only takes a few minutes of your time.


  18. Rachael


    Brilliant! Works a treat!!


  19. Janet


    It looks like you have a ceramic tile shower, is the acid in the vinegar safe for ceramic?


  20. Jaimie


    My sister made a cleaner off of facebook that was similar to this but she said it also had lemon juice. Now we can’t find the recipe anywhere cab you help?
    This stuff was the best ever. I sprayed it in the shower & it looked like I had scrubbed it all day. All I did was rinse it after it sat only long enough for me to do my make-up.


    Andrea Reply:

    Hi Jaimie,
    Sorry, but I honestly don’t know of any recipes with lemon in them. Did you try Pinterest? That would be my first suggestion!! Hope you find it again 🙂


  21. Sherri


    What is the point of heating the vinegar?


    Andrea Reply:

    to help it better dissolve the soap


    kg Reply:

    Does it have to be Dawn?


  22. Cesar


    Does it have to be dawn soap


    Elisabeth Reply:

    Nope. I used Seventh Generation free ‘n clear, (’cause i have sensitive skin and don’t really like fragrance) and it worked fine.


  23. Susie


    Andrea, did you have any trouble with the spray bottle clogging?


    Andrea Reply:

    Hey Susie — no I’ve personally never had trouble with it clogging — I’m wondering if you could run some hot tap water through the sprayer to “clean it out”? Sorry, not sure on that one!


  24. Sue


    I use vinegar and water 1/1 with a squirt of Dawn and 1 tsp of dishwasher rinse agent. I don’t heat the vinegar, and the rinse agent makes the rinse water just sheet off the surface. For maintenance it works great.


  25. Pete


    What is a T? A teaspoon?

    What is a C? A cup?



    Andrea Reply:

    in general:
    T. = Tablespoon
    t. = teaspoon
    c. = cup


  26. Dora


    I’ll try, thanks for sharing with us!


  27. Denise


    I have tried this twice now, and it does not work for me.


    lisa Reply:

    i use a different recipe: one cup of vinegar and one cup of Dawn and it works much better. Try it!