Dear Frugal Upstate,
I’m looking for how to make a frugal/homemade solutions comparable to Tilex or Arm & Harmmer’s “Clean Shower”. They are everyday shower sprays and I love just spritzing versus wiping down the ceramic tiles! Has anyone come up with a frugal solution?
A Loyal Reader
Great question! Cleaning really isn’t one of my favorite things (as my dear, patient husband will tell you) so I am always looking for ways to make it faster and easier.
I love using homemade cleaning products not only for their budget friendly frugal flair-but also because homemade cleaners are frequently better for the environment! I’m a not so closet greenie wanna-be 🙂
Disclaimer: I am not a scientist, nor an expert in home care. All of these ideas and suggestions are just that. You need to research & make your decisions on the safety and utility for your own family.
1. Before you start spraying anything on your shower, you should see if there are any small changes you can make to keep it cleaner naturally. Try using a squeegee immediately after showering, or to wipe the shower down with a towel in order to remove the moisture & soap scum before it has a chance to harden onto the walls.
2. I found a suggestion online that “body washes” are better then bar soap when you want to keep your shower clean. Do It Yourself.com says
It’s the talc in most bar soaps that causes the buildup. Changing soap can eliminate the buildup.
On the other hand, body wash is usually more expensive than bar soap. . .so that’s one where you’d have to weigh the pros and cons yourself.
3. Several sources have suggested that applying car wax (yes, car wax) twice a year to your shower walls and doors-but NOT the floor-will make clean up easier. Of course, you would need to start with a clean shower-no sense waxing the dirt on!
4. Make your own daily spray. Of course make sure all cleaners are clearly labeled and kept out of reach of children.
Version 1: “Jet Dry” Style Shower Cleaner
1/2C Hydrogen Peroxide
1/2C Rubbing Alcohol
1/4 tsp (6-8 drops) Dish Detergent*
2 tsp Jet Dry or other “spot free” dishwasher rinse”
1 1/2C Water
Mix together and spray daily. Don’t mix up more than this at a time-the Hydrogen Peroxide will dissipate over time. *anything labeled “grease cutting” works best. I like Dawn or Seventh Generation.
Version 2: Simple Shower Mold Inhibitor
1/3C white vinegar*, rubbing alcohol or cheap Vodka
3 1/2 C Water
Mix & spray daily. *Some sources suggested that since vinegar is acidic it can eat into your tub’s caulk, while others say they’ve used it for years with no issues. Be warned and use with caution.
Version 3: Fabric Softener Daily Shower Cleaner
1C Vinegar (see note in Version 2)
2TBS Dish Detergent (see note in version 1)
2TBS Liquid Fabric Softener
3 1/2 C Water
Mix and spray daily.
So how do you clean your shower? Do you have any homemade recipes you use? I’d love to hear about it!
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