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How to Make 2 Ingredient DIY Shower Cleaner

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You only need two common household ingredients to make this amazing DIY shower cleaner that will get your tub and shower sparkling clean with little effort.

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DIY Bathroom Cleaner

I am the first person to admit that I am a terrible housekeeper.  I do not like to dust, sweep, or scrub one bit and I’m really, really bad at it.  I just cant’ seem to get things clean enough.  I’m constantly looking for any product that will help make the job of keeping our home clean quicker and easier.

I discovered this super simple homemade bathroom cleaner years ago and it is a staple in my cleaning arsenal.

Now, let me warn you that in the summer, my cleaning routine, such as it is, goes by the wayside.  With two kids and my husband home for 12 weeks, come August my house resembles a frat house.  I usually spend the first week of September scrubbing away the grime. So the photos you are about to see are my real bathtub and it is really dirty.


To make this cleaner you need exactly two ingredients: dish soap and plain old white vinegar.  I keep a bottle of dish soap and a gallon of vinegar in my upstairs hall closet just so I can easily mix up this bathroom cleaner when I run out.

Try to use a quality dish soap.  A bottle of dish soap will last quite a while making this homemade tub and shower cleaner inexpensive to make.  Total for the dish soap, a gallon of vinegar and the spray bottle, I spent less than $6.

How to Make 2 Ingredient DIY Shower Cleaner


To start, fill the spray bottle 1/4 full with the dish soap.  You can use any size spray bottle – just fill it about 1/4 full with the soap.


Fill the rest of the spray bottle with the white vinegar.  Just the cheap, plain white vinegar is all you need.  Put the top on your spray bottle and turn it upside down a few times to mix.  You can leave the bottle right in your bathroom until you are ready to clean.


To use the homemade bathroom cleaner, simply spray your entire bathtub and shower area thoroughly with the spray.  Let it sit for 20 minutes.

After 20 minutes, come back and spray the tub and shower down with water.  Unless you have really sticky dirt, you shouldn’t need to scrub any of it all.  It should just rinse the dirt off.  I do scrub my bathtub floor because it’s textured and it needs a little scrub to get all the dirt off.


Vegas is covered in black top and we wear flip flops all summer long so our feet are filthy, which means our tub gets filthy.  The clean is on the left and dirty on the right.  The residual dirt you see is just stuck there no matter how much I scrub, thanks to the textured bottom.



Then we have the corner of the tub where a shampoo bottle has spent way too much time.  The homemade tub and shower cleaner got it all off with just a spray and a rinse.


And my favorite part – the shiny shower handle. I love how shiny the bathroom cleaner makes the metal!


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  • Emily
    August 21, 2014

    Genius! I’ve never thought to use Palmolive as a bathroom cleaner. What a time – and money – saver! #client

    • Camille
      August 21, 2014

      I know! Who knew you could use Palmolive in the bathroom but it’s truly amazing!

      • Toni
        April 7, 2017

        I have a solution for the textured tub bottom. Liberally sprinkle baking soda on the tub bottom. Then spray with vinegar let sit for a bit. The ugly grime comes up!! You can also use a miracle eraser. I had tried everything on my shower floor like bleach, amonia etc., but nothing worked until I used baking soda and vinegar with minimal scrubbing “)