I will freely admit I’m not the world’s best housekeeper. Not even second best. In fact, I hate the job. So, as you might guess, I’m always looking for shortcuts and ways to make it easier and faster.
In the 15 years that I’ve lived here in Utah, I’ve tried a lot of products to cut through the hard water and soap scum combination that glues itself to the bathtub and shower surround. You can’t get that stuff off with a chisel. (I came from Oregon, where hard water is pretty much unknown.) I tried everything from CLR lime remover to Lysol, to Scrubbing Bubbles. You name it, I’ve tried it. Even the Magic Eraser was less than impressive. They all left gray stuff all over the tub, especially on the bottom with its pimply rough surface.
Recently, I found a pin on Pinterest that has blown me away with the results. It was for a DIY cleanser that this particular pinner named Blessing in a Bottle. The recipe is available all over the internet, with slight variations. But they all boil down to this simple combination:
8 oz Dawn dish soap (the blue variety)
8 oz white vinegar
Mix the two together in a 16 oz bottle. It works best if you spray it on the surface, let it sit 15-20 minutes (or longer), swirl it around with a scrub brush or plastic scrubbie to loosen the dirt and then rinse. It comes off like nothing was even there! My shower is now cleaner than it has been since we moved in three years ago!
The first time I tried this, I left it on the shower walls while I did the rest of my housework and then rinsed it off. It worked so well, I’ve tried it on several other surfaces. I’m ecstatic with the results. My only complaint is that it makes LOADS of soap suds. You have to rinse with a wet cloth a couple of times and then dry it with paper towels (or a new cloth) to get all the soap off. But things are so clean and shiny, it may be well worth the extra effort. However, I’m thinking the next time I mix some up, I may cut the soap in half and increase the vinegar by that much. Or maybe add water? I think diluting the soap a little more will help.
In any case, I’m very pleased with the results and this has inspired me to look for more do-it-yourself cleaning tools. Think of the money you could save not having to buy all of those different cleaning supplies!