The Best Bathroom Homemade Cleaner Scum Remover

Inspired-Housewife: The Best Bathroom Homemade Cleaner Scum Remover

With my family having been sick, my hubby on multiple business trips, and the three little ones under foot, the cleanliness of my house got away from me.  My bathrooms were in dire need of a good cleaning, and I repeatedly saw pins on Pinterest and crunchy friends talk about how to use Dawn blue dish soap and vinegar as cleaners.

I am shocked and excited at how well it works.  I did the same little happy dance I did when I discovered my concoction to get urine stains and smells out of our guest mattress.  It is super easy to mix, and the results are nothing short of amazing.

 

Inspired-Housewife: The Best Bathroom Homemade Cleaner Scum Remover

What you will need:

  • A heavy duty cleaning or gardening spray bottle
  • 1 Cup White Vinegar (Heated)
  • 1 Cup Dawn Blue Liquid Dish Soap

 

The Directions:

Take vinegar and heat for 60 seconds in your microwave until hot but not boiling.  Pour the hot vinegar into the spray bottle, and add the cup of blue Dawn dish soap.  Shake gently to ensure good mixing, and then spray liberally onto the surface to be cleaned.  When mixed, the two compounds create a strong smell, and so I had to turn on my fan to dissipate the smell.

My shower and tub in my master bathroom were VERY dirty.  I sprayed the mixture on half of my tub and let it sit for about thirty minutes.  I grabbed my sponge and turned on the water.  I did not have to scrub hard like I normally do with that much dirt and soap scum.  The soap scum and dirt washed away easily.  The photos tell the story, and as you can see the difference is unbelievable.  My tub surface on the left was so shiny and clean you could see the reflection of the light up above.  My shower was disgusting, and it too cleaned up nicely.

I will warn you do not use this mixture on porous surfaces.  One person on Pinterest commented on a pin that she ruined her black marble shower.  Make sure whatever surface, especially if it is expensive tile or stone, you test it in an inconspicuous area and check for undesired changes.  I also used this mixture to clean my sinks and nasty stains on my linoleum bathroom floor.

The great part about this is you can make a lot of cleaner cheaply, and it WORKS!  This is the best homemade scum remover I have ever tried.

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The Best Bathroom Homemade Cleaner Scum Remover
 
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Recipe type: House Keeping Ideas
Ingredients
  • A heavy duty cleaning or gardening spray bottle
  • 1 Cup White Vinegar (Heated)
  • 1 Cup Dawn Blue Liquid Dish Soap
Instructions
  1. Take vinegar and heat for 60 seconds in your microwave until hot but not boiling. Pour the hot vinegar into the spray bottle, and add the cup of blue Dawn dish soap. Shake gently to ensure good mixing, and then spray liberally onto the surface to be cleaned. When mixed, the two compounds create a strong smell, and so I had to turn on my fan to dissipate the smell.
  2. My shower and tub in my master bathroom were VERY dirty. I sprayed the mixture on half of my tub and let it sit for about thirty minutes. I grabbed my sponge and turned on the water. I did not have to scrub hard like I normally do with that much dirt and soap scum. The soap scum and dirt washed away easily. The photos tell the story, and as you can see the difference is unbelievable. My tub surface on the left was so shiny and clean you could see the reflection of the light up above. My shower was disgusting, and it too cleaned up nicely.

 

 

XOXO,

Amee

 

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        • says

          Hi Janet,

          I have never used anything, but Blue Dawn because I have been told it works better than any of the other colors. In saying that if all you have on hand is the citrus orange kind or the apple green colored one use that and do not spend more money. I am sure you will get the result you desire and if not try next time with the blue.

          Thanks,

          Amee

  1. says

    My tub is just covered with gross stains I can’t remove, so I will give this a try. Does it have to be Dawn, though? I have Ajax right now and I’ll try it with that. Thanks for sharing, I found you via I should be mopping’s hop today!

    • says

      Hi Jessica,

      From what I have read it has to be the Blue Dawn, but give what you have a try. Make sure you let it sit about a half hour as I did. Let me know if it works. Glad you found me! :) Amee

  2. Deb Labes says

    I appreciate your recipes for the stain out and odor out. Just wondered if you had any tried and true recipes for something to take the cat urine out of carpet. We thought about the 1 for the mattress but are afraid it will discolor the carpet. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    • says

      Hi Deb,
      I have had people who used the mattress stain/odor on their gold carpet and it did not ruin it. The peroxide is really for fighting the stain so I guess you could try just the dawn, vinegar and maybe through in some club soda. I have heard club soda works on stains and if you can get the carpet up seal the peed areas with Kilz interior primer to seal the odor right out. I hate cats who pee they do not last long indoors in my house. Hope it works!

      Amee

    • says

      Hi Michelle,

      As for floor grout I always tell people go as dark as you can with your grout color so it does not show dirt. That being said I really like Clorox Cleanup on grout in my shower, but I also have found the mixture of Dawn dish soap and vinegar work really well too. If you did the last tip I would do on a small amount of dawn and put in a spray bottle with the vinegar. You will need a good mopping afterwards, but it should clean it right up.

      Other tips I have heard about to clean grout is peroxide and baking soda. Put peroxide in a spray bottle, spray your grout with it and then lightly cover with baking soda. Use a brush and scrub grout then let it dry. Then sweep up dry baking soda and then give the floor a good mopping.

      Thanks,
      Amee

  3. Tina says

    You can use plain baking soda to clean the bath tub. Very easy and cheaper than any other cleaners. Just sprinkle it in the tub/sink, and use a micro fiber/sponge. Barely get it damp and wipe it off! I use sugar scrubs a lot and the oil can make a very dangerous mess. I just take a cup of baking soda in the shower with me and clean the tub when I’m done! Very soothing in the bottom of your feet too!!!

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