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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Soap Scum Be Gone!

Cleaning the shower seems to be a constant battle for me. I clean the shower and soap scum comes back a week later. We have must have hard water out here in Buckley because I swear we didn't have this issue when we lived in Federal Way. Plus, my husband is a diesel mechanic so he makes some serious nasty black grease marks everywhere. I keep telling him he needs to install a shower in the garage. Maybe one day... a girl can only dream.

Anyways, awhile back I found this post on Pinterest and thought I'd try it out. It seemed like a cheaper and more natural way to clean the shower ...although, I was skeptical as first because it's posted as a recipe on food.com ... but people are weird I guess.

  All the articles I found specifically recommended the blue dawn, so I didn't mess with it. I do know it's the stuff that's used to clean up birds affected by oil spills, so obviously it's tough stuff that's still gentle on your skin. (It also has a cute little penguin on the front of the bottle)

BEWARE!  The first time I tried this I about died coughing! The smell of hot vinegar in a shower stall becomes overwhelming! I usually spray it down while pretty much holding my breath then shut the shower stall door and run away.

Soap Scum Be Gone!

What you will need:
4 oz Distilled White Vinegar (HOT)
4 oz Blue Dawn Dish Soap
Spray Bottle

Step One: Heat up 4oz of vinegar in microwave for 1-1.5 minutes. 


Step Two: Pour 4oz of soap in spray bottle. 
(I use a spray bottle with measurements on the side.)


Step Three: Pour hot vinegar in with soap. Swirl together.
(don't shake too hard or soap will get really sudsy)


Step Four: Spray down entire shower. Let sit for 1-2 hours.
(I usually do 2 hours so it can really work and then I can do other things
like laundry, vacuuming, ... or Pinterest. You know, important stuff.)

Look at this soap scum before I cleaned it! So gross!!!

Step Five: Wipe down with sponge, cloth, etc.
(I like to use these scrubber dish cloths)


Step Six: Rinse, making sure not to completely soak your clothes when the water runs down the wall the way I always do. Oops.

No picture for this. 
I'm not bringing my camera anywhere near water.
I'm far too clumsy.

 Look at the difference!
Since I started doing this I've noticed a huge difference in how quickly the buildup comes back and the effort I put into scrubbing is minimal! Wa-hoooo! (it's funny the things that get me excited now that I'm a housewife! haha)



3 comments:

  1. I love this stuff for cleaning! I have also found that if you wipe your shower walls and tub down with the original 'Skin So Soft' from Avon-it helps in between cleanings and smells nice.

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  2. So glad I found this post and will be trying it tomorrow! So Excited!

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  3. after you clean them, use RainX in the auto dept
    Spray it on, let it dry, wipe with clean towel... amazing how it keeps it

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