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Homemade Shower Cleaner to Cut the Most Disgusting Soap Scum

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I’ve tried everything to cut the soap scum in our bathrooms. I’ve tried new products, only to find out that they don’t work. Or, worse yet, they work, but have a harsh chemical smell (and I feel like my skin’s burning off if I forget to wear gloves).

I wanted to try making a homemade shower cleaner, but I was frustrated by the number of ingredients most seemed to require. I finally “discovered” this recipe, although I’ve modified it a bit.

It’s cheap to make, only requires two ingredients, and works like a charm.

Happy cleaning!

How to Make Two-Ingredient Shower Cleaner


5 – 8 oz. Dawn Dish Soap (the blue kind works best)

8 – 10 oz. Vinegar


Pour Dawn dish soap into a clean spray bottle.

Add vinegar to fill the bottle.

Shake to mix the ingredients.

Spray liberally over the shower or bathtub, especially focusing on areas with a lot of soap scum (like that lovely ring around the bathtub).

Let the spray sit to dissolve the soap scum. I typically let mine sit for 30 minutes, but you can leave it overnight in extreme cases. 😉

To scrub the shower, use a regular sponge or even a no-scratch sponge. I’ve also used a scrub brush when the soap scum was really bad (like during farming season when there’s no keeping up with the grime that comes off my husband). Typically, the soap scum wipes off easily.

Note: I originally found this recipe in The Best Homemade Cleaners, but I didn’t heat the vinegar, and I used a little less dish soap.

Feel free to add essential oils to this recipe to soften the vinegar smell or even boost the vinegar’s cleaning properties.

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Wednesday 30th of August 2023

Great one, I will try it in our shower. Thank you for sharing your links with us at #276 SSPS Linky. See you again next week.


Monday 28th of August 2023

Thanks for this! I have trouble with those bathroom cleaners too. If they work, they are so strong they make me feel faint! Pam