DIY Shower Cleaner

I finally got around to trying the d.i.y. shower cleaner that I pinned a while back.

Every one swore by it. Said their showers had never been cleaner or shinier. Sounds like a winner to me. So, I got my supplies together.

I followed the directions from the original source.

Well, except for the part where you’re supposed to microwave the vinegar til it’s hot. I got mine a little too hot.

I was starting to wonder if a d.i.y. cleaner was even worth it. But, I was really curious to see if it worked as well as ‘they’ say; especially on my teen daughter’s shower. She is responsible for cleaning her own bathroom, but we have different standards on what is considered “clean.”

I also used the cleaner on my bath tub and shower. It did a great job of shining up my glass shower enclosure and bringing some sparkle to the faucets. I can see why people like it so much.

But I will say that I don’t think the tubs or shower walls are any cleaner than with my usual tub and shower cleaner.

And I much prefer the smell of Clorox to the strong amonia smell of this cleaner. I thought I was going to have to leave the house, it was so strong. Maybe I created that problem by boiling the vinegar. I don’t know, but after having “pin there and done that,” I’m going to stick to my usual cleaning routine.

If you have tried this cleaner, I’d love to hear about your experience. Maybe you can talk me into trying it again.

Until next time,



  1. Great idea.


  2. Sharon, I don’t think we will be trying this at our house. Bob cleans the showers because I have so many allergies but I don’t think I want that strong a smell even in the house. Thanks for being the guinea pig, I am glad you are ok!
    hugs, Ginger

  3. I don’t blame you one bit, Ginger. What do y’all clean the showers with?

  4. Didn’t work for me! To be fair, I had used a body wash with some kind of oil in it that left the floor dark. The mixture didn’t budge it at all! But it also didn’t do much for the water spots on the chrome or the other spots on the shower wall that come off with no scrubbing using my usual brand. I count it a Pin-Fail!

  5. Thanks for sharing with me. I was curious to know how well it works for others. It doesn’t live up to the pinner comments in my opinion.
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  6. Yeah, I tried one I saw too. Used almost a half of a bottle of dawn and I didn’t see a big difference. I am going to stick to what I normally use.
    It was fun to stop in and see what you have been up to. 🙂

  7. This worked great on my tile shower. It even cleaned the grout! The Dawn has a pleasant smell which helps to cover the vinegar odor. I’m not sure what the lady was talking about when she commented on the smell of ammonia. Vinegar is not ammonia. After rinsing thoroughly, the vinegar smell was gone. Thanks for this great “recipe”. Pat

  8. Denise Jones says:

    I used a 1/2 cup of Dawn…and 1 cup white vinegar. My daughters shower was full of bronzing lotion/ self tanning lotion…..This stuff was AMAZING……but I did use a Mr. Clean Eraser with it….Smell was not that bad after the first few minutes….but I did leave the bathroom exhaust fan on. I also used it on the white walls….and it worked…

  9. Thank you, Denise. I may need to give it another try.

  10. I used this and it worked very well on all the soap scum on my shower glass. I sprayed and left in on for awhile and just rinsed off. Amazing

  11. It does work well. I just didn’t prefer the smell.

  12. Dori Fontes says:

    Do you boil the vinegar EVERY time……is the HEAT the secret?
    I have a half full spray bottle of the solution left it is cold of course but does not work as well cold…just a thought plus my soaker tub is from the 70s and is brown!! Soap scum really shows after grandsons soak and splash. So my routine is to wipe dow the after showering or bathing then spray but still seeing white streaks (on the brown!) , ugh!
    I’ve spent YEARS trying different solutions nothing is easy, fast or uncomplicated…
    So should the vinegar be hot EVERY time. I haven’t tried it yet because I don’t remember until I’ve already wiped down AFTER I showered! Lol

  13. How fun for your grandsons! I remember when my daughter got to do that at her grandparent’s house.

    To answer your question, I believe the vinegar is supposed to be warm, but to be honest, Dori, I didn’t like this cleaner enough to keep using it.

    I use Bio Green Clean (for pretty much everything). If I need a little extra scrubbing power, I add baking soda to my scrub rag. For really stubborn stains, I use a pumice stone.

    Between cleanings, I use Method Daily Shower Spray.


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