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      does anyone know of a recipe/alternative for a daily shower spray — the kind that you just spray on the walls & door after each shower?  i’ve tried the commercial ones and they are so expensive to use everyday. not to mention they make my throat feel scratchy, and i haven’t really noticed the shower staying clean.  that soap scum is so stubborn & i hate to use harsh bleachy stuff on it.  thanks for any ideas!!



        I don’t have a recipe, but my suggestion is to stop using bar soap. That is what is causing the soap scum. Ever since I switched to shower gels I don’t have the soap scum buildup anymore.


          I am a severe Asthmatic on oxygen 24 hours daily.  I try to do most of my own cleaning and find alternatives to strong cleaners.  For the shower, I use BOUNCE fabric softener sheets.  We have VERY hard water and I actually just wet the Bounce sheet and wipe down the shower.  I was amazed how easily it removes the soap scum and smells wonderful in the process. You will feel when you need to replace the sheet.  Then just spray it down and squeege it off.    I was going to push bounce sheets in a spray bottle and spray after every shower.  But have not tried that yet.    Good luck  :)


            There are a couple of suggestions I have.  One is to use vinegar.  The odor will disappear as it dries.  It is an anti-fungal.  I used to have mold on the bottom of my shower mat.  Since I have started using vinegar to rinse my hair (instead of conditioner which builds up) and also a rinse for my body the mold has not come back.   Also, I use TKO orange (a natural cleaner) for most of my cleaning.  You can clean anything but plexiglass with it. I do not sell it!!  I have found it to be a great cleaner with a clean scent.  So many cleaners have cancer causing chemicals and many make me sick to smell. I am trying to stay away from all chemicals that I can.  If you need a bit of scouring you can use baking soda.  It is also good for odors.   I put baking soda and vinegar in my drains to keep them free flowing.  Vinegar will take off hard water deposits.  I put cotton around my faucets and soak with vinegar.  When I come back a bit later–I can wipe the mineral deposits off with no problem.


              I have tried a combination of tea tree oil (antiseptic, and fresh smelling) combined with rubbing alcohol and a drop of liquid detergent, mixed in my last commercial shower-spray bottle for easy application, and so far it has worked pretty well.  The tea tree oil is expensive, but you only need a couple of drops, since it’s so concentrated.  Might be worth a try…..


                Haley’s Hints suggests the following:

                1 cup ammonia
                1 cup vinegar
                1/2 cup washing soda

                Mix the ingredients in a bucket of warm water and scrub with a sponge.


                  I am an avid dollar store shopper and I use the dollar store brand. It works just as well and get this-costs only a $1. ;D The dollar store also carries a cleaner called Awesome. I don’t know what’s in it but for most things it is truly awesome, and of course only costs $1.


                    In a spray bottle, I mix half water and half vinegar, and spray it on the shower walls after every shower, to prevent soap scum buildup. It keeps my shower looking really clean, and the chrome fixtures really shiny. I wipe down the fixtures after I spray the vinegar and water on, as well as around the tub; it would probably be a good idea to wipe down the walls as well, but I am too lazy!


                      Vinegar is an excellent all purpose cleaner. It’s inexpensive and it cleans almost anything. I bet it’ll make your shower shine!



                        The best commercial cleaning product I have ever used to clean not only my shower, but the entire bathroom…. Windex.  It cleans everything!  You don’t necessarily need to by the brand name.  I am a die-heart Dollar General Store shopper and their brand is just as great.


                          I totally agree with the opinion on Windex (in my case, Wal Mart’s version for 97 cents).  It cleans tubs, showers, counter tops, etc.  I especially like the way it works on carpet spots – none of the carpet cleaners even come close.  Just be sure to test it in an inconspicuous place if you have very light colored or white carpet.  You certainly don’t need a blue spot!


                            A previous reply to “I’d like a homemade alternative to the daily shower cleaner spray” said “…..or for tile/grout mix 1/4c warm water, 1c baking soda, 1c ammonia, 1/2c white vinegar….”. Surely this should read washing soda??? The baking soda reacts with the vinegar to fizz up. 1 cup seems a lot to dissolve in so little water. Can anyone clarify this?
                            Thanks, Brien


                              On the idea of using Bounce sheets to clean it … consider the toxicity of what's in those:

                              We use something called Sunshine Concentrate as our shower gel (watered down 1/2 and 1/2) and can use a variety of scents with essential oil choices.  Since we got off of the liquid soaps or bar soaps as mentioned previously, there's no shower to clean. 


                              It's pretty amazing.  About every 3 months we give the sides a once-over and scrub the floor which shows some water staining around the drain where water remains after the shower.  Other than that, it keeps itself clean.  Pretty cool!


                                I make my own…get a spray bottle and put some amonia in it and water and alcohol.
                                I'd say about 1/3 cup amo—and about 1/2 cup alcohol and the rest water.
                                Careful of fumes .  I just cover my face with a small towel. Spray on ..scrub and dry with clean towel. The alcohol in your bottle also helps drying process so no streaks!


                                  One other idea, actually more of a preventative, is to purchase an inexpensice squeegee.
                                  After every shower, squeegee down the walls before you even step out. I did one good and
                                  thorough cleaning about a year ago using stright vinegar, did the car wax thing (cheap brand
                                  I got at Big Lots) and now I use my squeegee daily. I still keep a bottle of vinegar/water spray
                                  handy for other quick uses around the bathroom. My shower always looks great and best of
                                  all – I'm not afraid of drop in company!

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