Whole Home Detox: Magic Tub and Shower Cleaner

Today I’m going to share with you one of my favorite DIY cleaners from my Whole Home Detox project:  Magic Tub and Shower Cleaner!  I know that this recipe is already all over The Inter Nets, but I just can’t sleep another night without telling you about it.

It is so easy, it’s bewildering.

Here is what you do.  Grab some vinegar.  Grab a bottle of dish soap.  Pour equal parts of each into a glass bowl and microwave for a minute (I guess this is to incorporate the ingredients).  Now pour into a spray bottle.

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You have just made Magic Tub and Shower Cleaner.  Now, go into your bathroom and spray it all over your tub.  Wipe it off with a cloth and see the magic for yourself.  Seriously, is this not the best shower cleaner you have ever used in your life?  I can’t even believe how many years and dollars I spent gouging my eyes out with the toxic fumes of five different shower cleaners and still not being able to get the tub and shower clean!

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When I first tried this, I tackled a month’s worth of bath tub ring.  Mind you, we have one bathroom and it gets a lot of traffic.  I had my scrub brush handy because I really didn’t trust this stuff.  It turns out I did not need the brush.  I sprayed the cleaner on, let it set for a minute, and wiped that tub ring right off with a dry cloth. It literally erased the scum off.  My faucet gleamed. It was a beautiful thing.  (It has the same effect on a scummy sink and faucet too.)

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I actually keep my tub and shower cleaner in a basket under my sink with my all-purpose/glass cleaner and some cleaning rags.  Every morning after I get ready, I just do a quick “swish and swipe.” (It’s a Flylady thing.  I do all her routines. I added wiping out the tub each day, since it’s so easy now.) The swish and swipe is basically a two-minute thing that keeps me from ever having to “clean” my bathroom.  It kinda just cleans itself.

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You know what the greatest thing about my Magic Tub and Shower cleaner is?  It’s the same exact ingredients as my all-purpose and glass cleaner, just in concentrated form!  It’s the dish soap, I swear. I use it for all of my cleaning nowadays.  (Go here to read about the safest dish soaps on the market and which one I recommend).

What more is there to say?  Go clean a bath tub!


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  • Andrea Pratt

    I don’t have a microwave, do you think I could boil the ingredients instead?

    • frugalfaye

      Sorry I did not see this until you posted on Facebook the other day! I bet you could warm it up on the stove no problem!

  • Cassandra Gregg

    We have a very old tub, which looks awesome when clean but gets supa-dupa-nasty (that’s the technical term) when neglected too long. For the most part, we try to keep it clean by rotating out a “wiping towel” and keeping it hanging in the bathroom… if everyone picks a random spot and gives it a quick rubdown with the wiping towel after each shower, hey-presto, clean all the time! With a teenager in the house, though, this step is sometimes forgotten. More insidiously, some “random” spots involve more bending over or awkwardly straddling the tub than others. Guess which spots get dirty? I can’t stand showering or bathing in a dingy tub, but it’s pretty tough to get it sparkly-clean without chemicals harsh enough to provoke all kinds of unpleasant reactions. I have vinegar. I have dish soap. I’m almost eager for the next appearance of tub grime!

    • frugalfaye

      I can’t wait to see how it works for you! Our tub is older too. Old seems to attract grime…

  • Shannon

    I have a stand alone glass enclosed shower. How would you clean that?

    • frugalfaye

      Oh man, Shannon, I used to have a glass shower door and I made my husband take it down because I hated cleaning it! We have hard water here. Have you tried the vinegar/dish soap combo on it?

  • Taylor Hale

    How much water do you put in the mix? Or do you? I read the first paragraph compared to the second so now I’m confused! LOL! I’m excited to try this! :)

    • frugalfaye

      Hey Taylor! No water in this recipe. Just equal parts dish soap and vinegar. I think I might have confused you by saying (in the last paragraph) that it’s the same solution as my all-purpose cleaner. It is….minus the water. Sorry for the confusion!

      • Taylor Hale

        That’s quite alright! I’m actually making some right now! :)

  • Taylor Hale

    What do you use for your toilets?

  • Gizela

    What do you use on tile floor (e.g. in a kitchen)?

    • frugalfaye

      The very best thing I have found is simply warm water and a few drops of dish soap! Sometimes I add vinegar if my floor needs a little extra oomph…and sometimes I add lemon or orange essential oil just for a good smell!

  • ash

    Worked great on first try. Palmolive dish soap for now.

  • Maria

    Ok. This is inspiring! I’m always deep cleaning my shower, but I hate those fuming cleaners that burn my eyes. This sounds so smart, I’d be a food not to mix some up!

  • Melanie

    Do you need to warm the mixture each time it’s used?