UPDATE: Please read my Updated Homemade Shower Cleaner | Homemade Soft Scrub. The cleaner here doesn't do what I thought it would.
I've been working hard to make more and more homemade homecare products recently.
Things like homemade glass cleaner, homemade dish soap, and the like.
Today, I've got a homemade shower cleaner to share with you!
Cleaning bathrooms is NOT one of my favorite things.
You remember that song from The Sound of Music, right? “Raindrops on roses and cleaning the bathroom….”
Ahem. We just got the 45th anniversary copy of The Sound of Music as a family Christmas present so it was kind of on my brain :-).
Anyway, I really don't like cleaning bathrooms.
And I really don't like all of the chemical stuff that you supposedly need to buy in order to get it clean.
If you're like me, and you just don't like cleaning the bathroom, then this homemade shower cleaner is going to make your life a lot easier.
We seem to have an issue with hard water. We get a film on our shower that needs to be removed now and then and we have one of those acrylic shower stalls, so you really don't want to use an abrasive cleaner that would put scratches on it–making it harder to get clean in the future.
So the other day, it was time to clean the shower again :-(.
I looked all over the internet to find something easy to make–and that would work!
I found one DIY shower cleaner that was super popular, but it used a premade dish detergent with color and fragrance in it–two things that I really like to avoid– and so I kept looking.
What I finally found was this great DIY shower cleaner from Elizabeth's Kind Cafe.
I whipped it up super quick and really–it worked great!
No need to scrub a ton and scratch up your shower.
And no exposure to super toxic chemicals.
Why make your own Home Care Products?
1. Reduce toxic exposure for you and your family. Like I said, I really dislike the chemical and fragrance smells in the multiple chemical-laden products on the shelves these days.
2. Use less packaging. With all of the multiple cleaning products in the stores, I prefer to make my own items, and then refill the reusable spray bottles, etc., thereby lowering my impact on the environment.
3. Lower toxins in the environment. Every time you purchase something that's loaded with chemicals you encourage companies to keep making them, and after you use it you are putting the toxins back into the air we breathe and the water we drink. Let's keep this stuff out of our environment as much as possible, shall we?
Homemade Shower Cleaner
1 cup baking soda
1/3 cup borax
½ cup liquid soap (I used Dr. Bronner's)
2 Tbsp vinegar
1 cup warm water (the warm temperature helps dissolve the ingredients)
4 drops essential oil (I used lemon for its grease-cutting capabilities and fresh scent)
1. Place all ingredients into a spray or squeezable plastic bottle.
2. Combine well.
3. Apply to shower surface evenly.
4. Allow to sit for a few minutes.
5. Wipe off and rinse.
UPDATE: There is some info on the internet about not mixing castille soap and vinegar, but this really does seem to work. I am going to do some more experimenting and will get back to you on this.
Here are some other great posts about Natural Home Care Products:
Since I've made quite a few DIY household products, I had everything in my home needed to make this.
If you don't, all of the ingredients are fairly easy to find and you will be able to use them for other DIY projects in the future.
Right now, I have some essential oils on sale in my Healthy Living Store and you can also check out Rocky Mountain Oils (formerly Native American Nutritionals) for essential oils. I recommend them in my Best Essential Oils Series.
What DIY Home Care Products do you make?