Monday, 6 May 2013

Natural Shower Cleaner Recipe

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I love cleaning with natural products. I wish I could polish my halo and say it's because I want to live a  green life, but it is just as much to do with the fact that  homemade cleaners are cheaper and just as effective - if not more so - than than chemical products! Until recently the bathroom was the only room where I still used a purpose made, chemically cleaner but recently I've been using my Cif spray less and less because I've found this natural shower cleaner recipe works brilliantly on a lot of bathroom surfaces:

Shower Cleaner Recipe

1 Cup Water
1 Cup White Vinegar
1 Cup Dish Soap (Dawn if you're American, Fairy Liquid for fellow Brits)

Don't get too hung up on quantities, I tend to do "by eye" than by actual measuring. Basically each ingredient should be roughly equal. You can mix them in a bucket and use a clean rag to apply it to your shower and bath, or do what I do and pour everything into a spray bottle and give it a good shake.

Originally I tried my usual white vinegar and water spray in the bathroom but it took a little elbow grease to get off soap scum so I went back to my chemical bathroom cleaner. But the dish soap (or washing up liquid if you're English) makes the natural cleaner ten times more effective.

Here is what my shower screen looked like before. It didn't look terrible as I wipe it down often but it was  a little worse than it looks in the photo:



I spray on my homemade cleaner and then wipe it down almost immediately with a damp cloth. The spray only needs a few seconds to do its thing.


Here is what my shower looked like after - good as new!


You can use the diy bathroom cleaner on the tub and the sink as well, but my favourite thing to use it for (after the shower) is the taps. I seem to wipe these down all the time, but 5 minutes later one of my grubby boys wipes soapy hands all over my shiny tap and it goes back to looking like this:



But a quick spray and wipe and seconds later it goes back to gleaming:



As brilliant and effective as this diy bathroom cleaner is, it won't prevent limescale build up. So if you live in a hard water area then you may want to check out this post to find out my super easy way of removing limescale.

8 comments:

  1. Brilliant - I'm so doing this today, Angela. Well, after I've had a little R + R in the garden! Have a nice bank holiday Monday, oh and I gave your fab printables a shout out on my blog! Antonia x

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  2. Awesome, since our switch to organic living, I love finding natural cleaners. Thanks for the tips!

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  3. I will be trying this out too! Found you on Show me what ya got. Newest follower. You can find me decorating, painting and baking on HickoryTrail

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  4. Thanks...been looking for a natural cleaner that works:)

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  5. Wow that looks so shiny, thanks for the idea.

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  6. Thanks for sharing - I'll have to try this. Since my shower area is prone to mold, a few drops of melaleuca (tea tree) essential oil will be added to the solution when I do this.

    Michelle @ On A Wing And A Prayer

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  8. WoW - just tried it and barely had to use any scrubbing. LOVE it.
    Thanks for sharing!

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