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The Best Bathroom Cleaner Ever (Removes Soap Scum in Seconds!)

This magical cleaner powers through soap scum in seconds, and turns one of the germiest areas of your home into a clean and sparkling space! With only two ingredients, and a powerful track record, you’ll understand why it’s called the best homemade shower cleaner EVER.

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I can’t even begin to tell you how many bathroom products I’ve tried over the years.

I loathe cleaning the bathroom (*shudder*), so I need easy solutions that get me in and out as soon as possible—AKA do what the marketing label promises me it will do. Which apparently, is very hard to find! I’m consistently disappointed in the options that line our store shelves.

Well, I shouldn’t say ALL of them.

These 10 powerful cleaning products actually do their job!

In my internet search for a better option, I came across multiple bloggers sharing a Dawn dish soap and white vinegar mix. Dish soap? AND white vinegar? Surely it couldn’t be that easy.

Turns out, it was that easy. And costs pennies. And is now the only bathroom cleaner I’ll ever use!

This miracle formula powers through soap scum instantly, and leaves you with a sparkling tub that looks like HGTV stopped by and worked their magic. I also use it on the floor, sink, and toilet, for a gleaming bathroom that looks like I spent hours scrubbing, but totally didn’t!

Supplies Needed:

  • 1 cup Dawn dish soap (don’t skimp on the brand—this makes all the difference!)
  • 1 1/2 cups white vinegar
  • Clean spray bottle (if you use the glass ones from Grove, you’ll need to scale down your measurements)
  • Cute label (optional, but fun!

Directions:

Step 1: Heat vinegar in the microwave until it’s very hot, then pour into a spray bottle. This helps the vinegar mix with the dish soap.

Step 2: Pour dish soap into a spray bottle and shake well to combine.

Step 3: Add a label! I used this label maker paired with a clear tape cartridge to print out my label, and adhered it to a strip of washi tape. Then I covered both with a layer of packaging tape so the label is protected and doesn’t fall off.

How to use it:

My favorite place to use this cleaner is in the shower, but bathroom floors, toilets, and sink areas are perfect surfaces to tackle while you’re at it.

Just spray the area you want to clean, and wipe away with a damp microfiber cloth, sponge, or paper towel. If you’re using this in the shower, I recommend using a scrub brush to work the product into the tile, then rinse the area afterwards.

Note: This stuff smells pretty strong at first, but the vinegar smell dissipates quickly.

If you haven’t tried this homemade cleaner yet, do it sooner rather than later. I can’t say I LOVE cleaning the bathroom now, (although cleaning does have it’s benefits), but the task is so much easier without struggling and scrubbing like I used to!

Have you tried this bathroom cleaner?

Share your thoughts about it in the comments below. Did it change your life, or at least make your cleaning routine easier?


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This DIY magical bathroom cleaner powers through soap scum in seconds, and turns one of the germiest areas of your home into a clean and sparkling space! With only two ingredients (dawn and white vinegar), and a powerful track record, you'll understand why it's called the best homemade shower cleaner EVER.
This DIY magical bathroom cleaner powers through soap scum in seconds, and turns one of the germiest areas of your home into a clean and sparkling space! With only two ingredients (dawn and white vinegar), and a powerful track record, you'll understand why it's called the best homemade shower cleaner EVER.

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49 Comments

  1. This stuff really works! I discovered it a few months ago and it worked so well on our hard water spots. We have all glass showers, which until this cleaner were a pain to keep clean. I’ve been telling everyone I know about it (yep, awkwardly asking all my friends if they have soap scum problems ๐Ÿ˜‚). Now I can send them to your post. Thanks for the reminder to do this in my showers again soon!

    1. “So… do you have soap scum issues?”
      “HOW DID YOU KNOW!?”

      ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚

      I keep most of my shower cleaning supplies right in the shower now. Helps me remember to not let it get too far. ๐Ÿ™‚

    2. I tried this for the first time. What am I doing wrong? I sprayed, then I used a light scratchy rough sided sponge over it, rinsed the sponge with clear water, used the sponge side to clear off the solution. It seemed to make tons of suds- took several rinses with the sponge and clearing off with water. I had to scrub hard to get the soap scum and hard water stains off.

      1. Hmmm, I’m honestly not sure! I haven’t tried the solution with hard water stains, but I do know it gets really sudsy fast. I like to use a rag with it instead of a sponge because it seems to soak in the solution better rather than spread it all around. I hope that helps!

  2. I use a version of this (I add water) to mop my laminate floor. I use vinegar and baking soda to clean the soap scum from my bathtub.

      1. Kalyn, I mix 3 parts water to 1 part vinegar. 1 squirt of liquid dish detergent. put it all in a spray bottle and you’re good to go! Spray it on your floor but not to saturate, and use a microfiber mop. I usually do 3-4 foot sections at a time. It keeps my floors looking brand new

  3. I am so excited to try this! We have shower doors and they are so difficult to clean that I have to spend a ridiculous amount of time on them. I so hopeful this is the solution I’m looking for! Thanks!

  4. Yeah, smell is pretty strong at first and my kids really hate the smell. But I agree with you, vinegar smell dissipates quickly. This is a useful cleaning item. Can you suggest something homemade like this for cleaning my bathtub? It’s ceramic made.
    I tried several cleaners from different local shops. The result is not satisfactory, let alone the higher price ๐Ÿ™

    1. It should! You may need a soft brush to get the soap scum out of any spots that a cloth may miss but the cleaner should work really well.

    1. Hi Hannah! This should be fixed. I’m having Joseph reach out to you with the schedule as well just in case you haven’t received it yet.

  5. I read that vinegar should it be used on grout..is this the case? I will sure try itbo. The shower door though!

    1. Hi Shirley,

      We use it on the door all the time, just give it a quick rinse after. I’m not sure about vinegar on grout – we used this on our old tile bathroom and never saw a problem though!

      1. Hi Kalyn,

        Our tile/grout specialist informed us to never use vinegar on grout. It will break down the sealant quickly. He recommended using just Dawn and water- baking soda if needed.

  6. Has anyone tried this cleaner on that orangey hard water staining? I need something super strong to get through that stuff. Thx!

    1. Pamela, i used it at my son’s house. His tub/shower surround was orange. I sprayed and let it set for about an hour. It did take a little bit of scrubbing, but I was really impressed it worked that well!

    1. We’ve never had that problem! We have glass shower doors and we clean it with this and then quickly rinse it after.

  7. The only thing that seems to remove soap scum in my bathroom is the flash bathroom cleaner, however I can’t stand the smell. I can’t wait to try this version!

    1. Ours is fine as long as it is well rinsed. We’ve discovered that it’s more the bathroom floor that you have to be careful with – of course one should always be careful of stepping out onto any floor with wet feet.

  8. I just bought the blue dawn dish liquid and the distilled white vinegar to clean my tub. Itโ€™s amazing, very easy to clean. I love it

  9. Great DIY cleaner- I always feel like I save money and feel better knowing what I’m spreading throughout my kitchen! Have you ever made a DIY cleaning solution for a carpet cleaner?ย 

  10. LOVE this natural cleaner! I was wondering though, does it have to be dawn soap or can you use other dish soaps?? I have gain on hand and wanted to know if it made a difference. Thank you!

  11. I really, REALLY appreciated this recipe. Honestly I’ve always struggled with keeping up with cleaning showers/bathtubs. It was stressful having products that I couldn’t use while showering, or they had bleach in them and had to be left to sit for a long time. Anyway, I did exactly what was instructed: Spray the solution all over the tiles and grout (yes, we have grout and it was very effective), wash my hair, and then scrub the walls with a sponge and rinse. I am blessed to have a detachable shower head that I can use to spray down the walls. Thank you very much! I would highly recommend this.

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