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My fav shower cleaner

Friday is cleaning day at my house (at least in theory!)…and every day is saving day!  So I was thrilled a few years ago to come across a DIY cleaning solution that was guar-an-teed to work great.  Now, you have to understand that in my experience ~ even though I’m a real DIY nut ~ most of the recipes I’ve tried over the years (even the ones guar-an-teed to work) have been miserable failures.  (Think craftfail.com)  But, ever-hopeful, and since I hate cleaning the bathroom anyway and am always on the lookout for something that will make it more tolerable, I thought I’d give this a try.

And I DO love this solution ~ it’s easy to make, easy to use, smells great and works great!

Here’s the recipe:

1 part blue Dawn

3 parts vinegar

couple of drops of essential oils (optional – I use lemon)

DIY Shower CleanerThe bottle pictured here holds 4 cups of liquid and cost me $1 at Dollar Tree.

You can use this to clean the toilet (inside AND out), sink and counter, tub/shower and shower curtain.  Wherever you use it, just make sure you can scrub and rinse off the solution.  This does a GREAT job on soap scum and leaves your bathroom smelling great…  (If you’re super-sensitive to smell, tho, try mixing up a small batch at first.  If you find the smell offensive, use it IN the toilet and the smell will wash away when you flush…waste not – want not!)

Do you have any simple cleaning solutions?  Please do share below!

Hey, since ya’ gotta clean anyway…why not save $$ at the same time?




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Pat is a Yankee city-girl who has been adopted by the sleepy, sunny south. Married for 30 years and the mother of 5, she woke up one day recently to discover she reached the stage of life where she is the “older woman” described in Titus 2:3-5. A coffee lover, the purchase of a coffee shop a few years ago was her personal foray into the small, family-owned business arena.Today, PatAndCandy.com is her outlet for packaging up and sharing the nuggets of wisdom God and life experiences have taught her.
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10 Responses to My fav shower cleaner

  1. Dawn Adams Johnson October 18, 2013 at 9:42 am #

    I love this recipe and have used it for a while!!

    • Dawn Adams Johnson October 18, 2013 at 9:44 am #

      Oh, and I also created a pin on Pinterest to link to this page! 🙂

      • Pat October 18, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

        Thanks for the pin, Amber! One of these days Moms Morning Coffee will be on there (Pinterest), too! 🙂

      • Candy October 19, 2013 at 7:09 am #

        Thanks, Dawn! 🙂

  2. Elizabeth September 9, 2013 at 7:51 am #

    Soap Scum is one thing . . . but what about mildew? Surely every south Georgia bathroom has it! What do you use to get rid of that? I’m trying to avoid bleach. Are there any other natural/DIY cleaners that will conquer my nemesis?

  3. Ann September 6, 2013 at 4:35 pm #

    I use this! I bought lavender scented dish soap and this works well too!

    • Pat September 6, 2013 at 7:10 pm #

      Oh, goodness…I bet it does! How does it work on cutting the soap scum, tho? The recipe I read said that, in the “chef”s” opinion, Blue Dawn worked exceptionally well. So I haven’t tried anything else…

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