Keep your shower clean from build-up and soap scum with this DIY Shower Cleaner. It’s easy to make with just a few ingredients you already have in your home.
You won’t believe how easy it is to make a shower cleaner to use weekly to help prevent build up and soap scum. It’ll save you time from having to do a deep clean of the shower all the time.
The Problem with Store-Bought Shower Sprays
Have you seen shower cleaners in the store? It’s tempting to get one to use at home to help with soap scum and build-up in the shower, but take a look at the label and you’ll be surprised to find ingredients you can hardly pronounce. Here’s the ingredients from a popular shower spray brand:
- EDTA – linked to vision issues
- Ethanolamine – linked to allergies, respiratory issues, endocrine issues
- Propylene Glycol – linked to skin irritations and allergies
- Fragrance – may contain up to 200 different chemicals to make up an artificial scent
You don’t need these ingredients to make an effective shower cleaner. It’s actually simple and easy to make your own homemade version.
DIY Shower Cleaner – Cheaper Than Store Bought
This shower spray is made with just a few ingredients, and it just costs just pennies to make this shower spray so it’s cost-effective to use it every day to save time in the long run over scrubbing shower walls and doors.
Ingredients to Make a Shower Cleaner
- Vinegar helps to break down soap scum on shower doors, tubs and tile and lets this spray rinse clean. Omit the vinegar on natural stone such as marble, granite, or travertine.
- Liquid dish soap such as Thieves Dish Soap gives this spray just a bit of a cleaning agent so the spray binds.
- Thieves Household Cleaner is optional but it helps to naturally degrease surfaces and break down surface stains, dirt, and grime.
- Essential oils like Lemon helps to degrease and clean.
What Essential Oils to Use?
You can use a combination of essential oils to provide the natural scent in this recipe, including:
- Eucaplutus (or Raven blend)
- Purification blend
- Tea Tree
- Thieves blend
I prefer citrus essential oils like Lemon (which helps to degrease and remove stains), but any of these essential oils will work.
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How to Make this Shower Spray – Step by Step
1. Remove the nozzle in a 20 oz spray bottle.
2. Add 1 cup Thieves Dish Soap (or natural dish soap), 1 cup white vinegar, 1 tbsp Thieves Household Cleaner (optional), and 10 drops Lemon essential oil.
3. Replace nozzle and tighten cap. Shake well.
How to Use This Shower Spray
To use, spray generously on shower doors, walls, curtains, and fixtures. Let sit for a few minutes and then use a microfiber cloth or scrub brush to gently clean surfaces. Rinse with water and let air dry.
This shower spray works well to prevent build-up and soap scum. If you already have soap scum, use this Homemade Soft Scrub to get rid of it and then the shower spray as maintenance.
Top Tips for This Shower Cleaner Spray
- Opt for citrus essential oils like Lemon to degrease and clean surfaces and Tea Tree to deodorize.
- Omit the vinegar if you have natural stone in your shower like marble, granite, or travertine.
- Use any natural liquid dish soap (I like Thieves Dish Soap), but avoid liquid castile soap as it may leave a residue.
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DIY Shower Cleaner
- 20 oz glass spray bottle
- 1 cup natural liquid dish soap or Thieves Dish Soap
- 1 cup vinegar
- 1 tbsp Thieves Household Cleaner optional
- 10 drops Lemon essential oil
- Remove nozzle in spray bottle.
- Place a funnel over the bottle and add all ingredients.
- Replace nozzle and tighten cap. Shake well.
- To use, spray generously on shower doors, walls, curtains, and fixtures. Let sit for a few minutes and then use a microfiber cloth or scrub brush to gently clean surfaces. Rinse with water and let air dry.
Is tea tree oil necessary for the cleaning effect? I am very sensitive to it and wanted to know before trying.
Tracey Black says
You could replace it with Thieves blend or something that has a cleansing effect like Lemon, Orange, Cinnamon, etc.
Tracey Black says
Yes that works too or even vodka
I can’t wait to try this homemade shower spray. I like that it is natural so I can spray the shower when I get out to help keep it fresh.
Tracey Black says
1.5 cup water = 12 oz, 1/4 cup vodka = 2 oz
then it should be 1/4 cup in the recipe. Right below it is 1/4 so this is very confusing.
Tracey Black says
My apologies. It’s a typo. It should be 1/4 cup. I’ve updated the recipe. Thanks for letting me know.