Cleaning the bathtub/ shower SUCKS. It’s my least favorite cleaning job in the whole apartment (including the toilet). I think because it’s actually physically demanding to clean up and down the tile walls then into the tub, etc. And by the time I’m done, I’m soaked from head to toe in a lovely mix of shower water, soap scum, bubbles, and a little bit of bleach. It’s just unpleasant.
Mike, being the amazing man he is, used to do that particular job to save me the strife, but he takes most showers at work now and has a very valid excuse for giving that job back to me.
On top of that, we use HUGE amounts of bleach while cleaning the tub. So when I started this health kick about a year ago, I started searching for a tub cleaner alternative. My pinterest time was consumed by research for tub cleaners (this is some serious business) and every few weeks we tried a different concoction. We tried at least 3 or 4 and some of them were getting expensive. I was about to give in to the bleach when I found this heavenly mixture.
It’s so simple, very cheap, and perfectly effective. It take a bit of time to soak (2 hours) but there is almost no scrubbing involved and everything gets so sparkly clean!
Older apartments (like every one we’ve lived in) seem to have terribly scratched and threadbare bath tubs. They get SO dirty-looking in so little time. On that note, “sparkly clean” is a relative term, “not quite as gross” might be a better description. But one day, I’ll use it on a nice new tub and the results will be beautiful.
Magical Non-Toxic Tub Cleaner– remix for each use
- 1 cup vinegar
- 1/4 cup blue dawn dish soap
- scrub brush
- Microwave vinegar until warm but not scorching to the touch.
- Mix in dish soap.
- Pour into spray bottle or splash on with your hands. (This stuff is entirely non-toxic and even digestible!)
- Distribute mixture over every part of the tub: tile, tub, caulked corners, fixtures, etc.
- Leave to soap for 2 hours.
- Throw a quick layer of water over the soaking mixture and use a brush to gently remove tougher stains. No muscle involved!
- Give everything a final rinse and voile! Observe the sparkle.
Anyway, this recipe has saved me a lot of discomfort over the last couple months. It was becoming mean that I didn’t share it with you all.
I hope you’re all having Marvelous Mondays. Hug and a big smile- Ash