This no-scrub shower cleaner magically melts soap scum, tub rings, and shower buildup; no harsh chemicals are necessary! It’s made from only two ingredients and rates an “A” on the Environmental Working Group (EWG) scale.
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Raise your hand if bathroom cleaning is your LEAST favorite housekeeping task. I love my bathroom to be bright and shiny, but I hate scrubbing tub rings and toilets.
I used to purchase a foaming bathroom cleaner to get my tub and shower spotless with very little effort, then I began to investigate the harmful ingredients in cleaners, and I was shocked…. my commercial bathroom cleaner rated an F on the Environmental Working Group (EWG) scale. I had to find a substitute!
All-Natural Bathroom Cleaner
I hopped onto Pinterest for DIY shower cleaners and tried making cleaners with:
- lemon and salt
- hydrogen peroxide and tea tree oil
- vinegar and rubbing alcohol
None of them cleaned well, so I went back to cleaning with my Natural All Purpose Cleanser. It does an amazing job but requires some elbow grease.
Testing Shower Cleaners
I found a popular no-scrub shower cleaner recipe on Pinterest and was intrigued. The cleaner is made from Dawn dish detergent and hot vinegar to clean the shower with no scrubbing.
I wanted to give it a try, but there were two problems:
- I did not want to use Dawn because it rates poorly on the EWG scale.
- I did not want to heat up vinegar; I wanted a cleaner I could store in my bathroom cabinet.
Detergent vs Soap
- Soap is made from vegetable or animal fats and oils; synthetic detergents are made from man-made chemicals.
- Soap has been around since around 2800 B.C.; synthetic detergents have been around since 1916.
- Soap will break down when it is mixed with vinegar; detergent has a different chemical makeup and does NOT lose its cleaning power in a mixture with vinegar.
- Sal’s Suds is a detergent that is made from plant-based surfactants (not petrochemicals like many detergents) and does not contain synthetic dyes or fragrances. It is 100% cruelty-free and rates an A on the Environmental Working Group (EWG) scale.
No Scrub Shower Cleaner Recipe
- Pour vinegar and Sal’s Suds (or detergent) into a spray bottle and swirl to combine.
- Spray the mixture onto the shower and tub, wait for a few minutes, then rinse and prepare to be amazed.
Shower Cleaner Tips
- Use this cleaner on areas that are easy to rinse, like sinks, tubs, showers, and the inside of your toilet.
- Test before using on any natural stone surface, vinegar can damage some stone finishes.
- For tough stains and hard water buildup, allow it to sit for 10-15 minutes, then scrub and rinse.
- This cleaner smells like vinegar; add 15-20 of essential oil for a natural scent. Lemon, thyme, rosemary, tea tree, eucalyptus, peppermint, and lavender are all great choices. (10 drops of eucalyptus, 5 drops of lavender, and 5 drops of rosemary create a spa-like scent.) These are my favorite essential oil brands for cleaning.
- Use DIY glass spray bottle if adding essential oils.
- Dilute the mix with 1 cup of water for less odor and bubbles. I use the full-strength mix for extremely dirty surfaces and dilute for weekly cleaning.
- Using unscented dish detergent makes the cleaner have fewer fumes. Make citric acid toilet cleaner for a no-fume bathroom cleaner.
No Scrub Cleaner Results
Let me first say it is hard to photograph a bathtub or shower, I apologize. My (lack of) photography skills aside, this cleaner is AMAZING!
- The tub above is in my kids’ bathroom; they are in charge of cleaning, so it is not the most spotless place in the house. (Notice the pink shower gunk rings from the shampoo bottles and the soap scum build-up on the overflow drain.)
- Now look at the after picture. I sprayed on the cleaner and let it sit for about 5 minutes, then rinsed. Shower gunk and soap scum GONE!
- The shower stall in our master bath has a floor that is made of white plastic. It has a slight texture that tends to attract dirt, especially when we wash our German Shepherd in it.
- I cleaned it every week, and it looked clean until I sprayed it with one squirt of No Scrub Shower Cleaner (see the very top picture). I rinsed it with water, and it was immediately bright white where the cleaner landed (with NO scrubbing). I completely cleaned one side (see the before-after above), built up dirt and soap scum. GONE!
- The cleaner also works great in toilets. The liquid detergent helps the vinegar cling to the sides of the bowl, allowing it to dissolve mineral deposits and hard water stains.
- I sprayed the inside of the bowl, focusing on the top ring where hard water tends to build up, and waited 10 minutes. I then brushed and rinsed, and the hard water stains were gone!
- Acidic cleaners such as vinegar can be harsh on grout. Try using hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to make homemade grout cleaner that works great.
Cleaning the bathroom may not be fun, but it can be greener and EASIER with this Non-Toxic No Scrub Shower Cleaner. I hope you try it at home!