Yes, I am that excited about this, that I used caps!
I hate cleaning the shower. I always have. We went with a solid marble shower when we built the house in hopes that would be easier to clean. It is. But I still hate doing it! My cleaning routine is as follows:
- Mold builds up in the caulk lines
- The floor turns a weird orange color
- Time to clean
- Spray the caulk with the strongest mold and mildew cleaner
- Sprinkle with Comet, let it sit for an hour
- Scrub off the chunks (or until my elbows fall off)
- Forget the soap scum on the walls, it is white like the marble
I know…it is gross. Just keeping it real.
Pinterest is FILLED with cleaning “miracles” most of which I am skeptical about. I made the laundry detergent which I have been really happy with. The few other things I have tried…not so happy with. When I stumbled across this shower cleaner and people swore up and down that it worked, well I had to try it out myself.
The main ingredients are extra strength vinegar (pickling vinegar), dawn dish soap and a spray bottle. The vinegar is what does the trick. The dish soap just adds thickness to it. Some suggested using cornstarch or flour to thicken it up…I tried it and it does not work as well. Stick with the Dawn.
Heat up the vinegar until it is almost boiling (about 4 minutes in my microwave for 3 cups). CAUTION: The smell is STRONG! Don’t inhale it or you will burn your nose/lungs! Mix in about 2T of dawn, or just enough to thicken it up. Put it in the spray bottle and spray on the shower. I let it sit for about 15 minutes.
The 1 inch thick layer of soap scum wiped off fairly easily! I was so giddy with excitement, I got out the scrub brush and with a few strokes, the shower was clean! This picture does not do it justice. (And since I did not believe it would really work I did not take a before picture.) You can see the window reflection on the wall and the water drops. That WAS a layer of soap scum!
*This will not do anything about the mold and mildew though. I guess I will have to keep bleach on hand for that.