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
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)