How to deep clean your shower and bathtub

January 11, 2017

How to deep clean your shower, chemical-free! DIY shower cleaner recipe gets rid of dirt and soap scum

I have a confession to make. I didn’t deep clean my shower or bathtub for a solid 5 months… (If my mom is reading this I am sure she is horrified – sorry mom!) to the point where there was a RING around our drain and the tub walls were turning BROWN. Barbaric.

How could I let such a thing happen? Shower cleaning has historically been my least favorite chore. In the past I never had a good shower cleaning system – I always ended up soaking wet dealing with the lingering scents of harsh chemical cleaners.

It was only after I researched this DIY shower cleaner recipe (dish soap and vinegar – none of the harsh environmentally damaging chemicals in other super strength cleaners) that I decided I was ready to brave the storm.

And wouldn’t you know, it was one of those projects where afterwords I kicked myself for not having done it sooner. Our shower and bathtub are GLISTENING. As they should! Doesn’t the idea of using a dirty shower to make yourself “clean” seem a little bit wrong? Absolutely yes because it is.

I’m proclaiming this to be a 100% judgement-free zone, if you haven’t properly cleaned your shower in months I get it. This chore can be terrible, but it’s necessary if you are attempting to behave like a real adult. It’s really time to clean your shower.

Read on (or watch the video!) for how I conquered mine.

How to deep clean your shower, chemical-free! DIY shower cleaner recipe gets rid of dirt and soap scum

First add one part vinegar to a spray bottle. Microwave for 30 seconds before adding 1 part dish soap (I used 1 cup of each)
How to deep clean your shower, chemical-free! DIY shower cleaner recipe gets rid of dirt and soap scum

Spray this mixture EVERYWHERE. Tile, tub, chrome, everywhere.

The only place you should NOT spray this cleaner is on natural stone. Vinegar + natural stone tiles do not mix well – use a dedicated natural stone cleaning solution instead.

How to deep clean your shower, chemical-free! DIY shower cleaner recipe gets rid of dirt and soap scum

Wait for 15 minutes then start scrubbing away at the tile, tub, and faucet.

How to deep clean your shower, chemical-free! DIY shower cleaner recipe gets rid of dirt and soap scum

I promise not to let another 5 months pass before the next time I clean this… so gross.

How to deep clean your shower, chemical-free! DIY shower cleaner recipe gets rid of dirt and soap scum

Rinse everything with either your hand held shower head or a plastic cup filled with water.
How to deep clean your shower, chemical-free! DIY shower cleaner recipe gets rid of dirt and soap scum

Stubborn stains got you down? Mix one part baking soda with one part dish soap and use your sponge to scrub away lingering soap scum and dirt in your tub and grout.

How to deep clean your shower, chemical-free! DIY shower cleaner recipe gets rid of dirt and soap scum

How to deep clean your shower, chemical-free! DIY shower cleaner recipe gets rid of dirt and soap scum

How to deep clean your shower, chemical-free! DIY shower cleaner recipe gets rid of dirt and soap scum

Squeegee the ENTIRE shower – not just your glass! Squeegee the tiles AND the tub! Also good to note, the amount of water left behind after each shower directly impacts how often said shower will need to be cleaned. Keep it dry people!

How to deep clean your shower, chemical-free! DIY shower cleaner recipe gets rid of dirt and soap scum

Follow up with a wipe down using a microfiber cloth.
How to deep clean your shower, chemical-free! DIY shower cleaner recipe gets rid of dirt and soap scum

Voila! So much better (and less embarrassing!)
How to deep clean your shower, chemical-free! DIY shower cleaner recipe gets rid of dirt and soap scum

Now will you clean your shower more often?

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