How to Make a Homemade Bathtub and Shower Cleaner
Cleaning the bathroom can take a long time and way too many different products. If you're using specific products for your shower, bathtub, toilet, mirror, tiles and so on, you may start feeling a bit desperate. Are you wondering if there is a single all-purpose DIY cleaning product you could use instead?
Luckily, here at oneHOWTO we've compiled different answers on how to make a homemade bathtub and shower cleaner that are cheap and safe to use. You'll be saving money, have a more sustainable lifestyle and clean the bathtub or shower in no time, from screen to drain. Read on!
How to make a homemade bathtub or shower cleaner
There are different ways to make a homemade bathtub or shower cleaner, depending on how many products you have at home, whether you want to use only natural products or chemicals, and how dirty your bathtub or shower are.
1. Baking soda and water
The easiest homemade bathtub cleaner you can make is the classic paste with baking soda and water, useful even with headstrong stuck dirt. If you notice it doesn't work, you can make a stronger version by adding some vinegar.
2. Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide
Although this is not a natural method, this is the best way to make a DIY bathtub cleaner - and the cheapest one as well.
Simply sprinkle some baking soda directly on the worst stains of your bathtub and shower and spray it with hydrogen peroxide. Scrub them - don't forget to wear gloves - and voilà!
3. Baking soda, castile soap and essential oils
Castile soap is made from olive oil, so this method is perfectly natural and environmentally friendly. If you're conscious about helping the planet, this homemade bathtub cleaner is the best option for you. However, since it doesn't have any chemicals, you should use it all before two weeks.
- Pour 2 cups warm water and 1 tablespoon baking soda into the spray bottle.
- Shake well.
- Add two tablespoons castile soap (neuter or with aroma).
- Add about 50 drops essential oil; you can use citric, cinnamon, tea tree or oregano oil, or combine them as you like. Essential oils smell wonderful, and they also have antibacterial properties.
- Shake the mixture again.
To use it, spray on the dirty bathtub or shower as you would any store-bought cleaner and let it rest for a couple of minutes. Wipe away - done!
4. Vinegar and dish detergent
This homemade bathroom cleaner has chemical products and a quite strong smell, but it's very useful and easy to make.
- Warm up 1/4 cup white vinegar.
- Add it to 1/4 liquid dish detergent in a spray bottle.
- Shake well.
In order to use this vinegar and dish detergent cleaner properly, it should be a bit warm. Spray on the surface and let it rest for twenty minutes.
How to clean the bathtub or shower drain with vinegar and baking soda
- Pour 1 cup baking soda down the bathtub or shower drain.
- Pour 1/2 cup vinegar.
- Cover it up with a plate and let it sit for half an hour - you will hear it fizz and bubble.
- After that time has passed, take the plate away and pour hot water.
How to make a homemade tile cleaner
Simply mixing equal parts water and vinegar works wonders for bathroom tiles, even if they have mildew. However, there are other easy methods to make your own cleaning product for your bathtub or shower tiles.
- Mix 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1/2 vinegar and 3/4 cup baking soda in a bowl.
- Add 3 tablespoons salt and 3 tablespoons liquid dish detergent.
- Add about 10 drops essential oils - see above.
- Pour the mixture into a spray bottle or a container.
- Shake well.
How to make a homemade mirror cleaner
As with tiles and bathroom counters, you can easily clean a bathroom mirror or shower screen by spraying the glass with half water and half vinegar. In order not to leave any residue, wipe the glass with a wet microfiber cloth or a cotton rag; after that, polish it well with a dry cloth or even some newspaper.
Another method to make a homemade mirror cleaner is the following:
- Pour 2 1/2 cups water and 1/4 cup vinegar into a spray bottle.
- Add 1/2 teaspoon liquid dish detergent. Too much soap will leave residue.
- Add 1 teaspoon cornstarch.
- Shake well.
This mixture also goes well with citric - especially lime - or lavender essential oils. Here you can find more tips on how to clean the bathroom mirror.
This is how to make a homemade bathtub or shower cleaner for the ceramic, porcelain or glass surfaces of your bathroom. What do you use? Tell us your favorite cleaning methods in the comments section!
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