Homemade Soap Scum Shower Cleaner

 Homemade Soap Scum Shower Cleaner

Over the last month, I have been trying a couple different shower cleaners.

This is THE one I like the BEST!
Let me start by saying, if you don’t like the smell of vinegar, you won’t like this recipe. It has a strong vinegar scent. Personally, I don’t care for the smell of vinegar, but it has amazing cleaning properties, and really with a little bit of time, the scent goes away.
This recipe is very easy to make and it only takes two or three ingredients!
Plus, you can clean your microwave at the same time!
What could be better than that!?

Homemade Soap Scum Shower Cleaner 

Here is what you will need:
Spray Bottle
1 cup White Vinegar
1 cup Dawn Dish Soap or Liquid Castile Soap
Hot Tap Water, if desired
Place vinegar in a microwave safe bowl. Heat in microwave for 1-2 minutes.
Remove bowl from microwave.
Clean microwave, if desired.
I always give it a good wipe down when I do this.
Next, add the soap to the vinegar and slowly mix with a whisk. 
Place in spray bottle.
Now, if you have tough soap scum, use as is.
For those with less soap scum, add 1/2 cup hot tap water, more or less, depending on your preference.
Play around with this part and find what works for you.
Start with a little water, you can always add more!
Shake gently to mix.
Don’t forget to label your spray bottle!
To use:
Spray cleaner on walls, bath tub, shower doors, etc.
I always spray it on after someone has showered.
You don’t have to do this.
I just think it helps with the cleaning process,
 and it is just what I have done for years!
Leave on for one hour and then scrub and rinse off.
Do you know the trick to keeping your shower from getting soap scum?
I don’t do it, I’m lazy, but I have friends that swear by it.
Here it is:
Dry the shower and bath tub with a towel after every use!
This cuts down on how often you need to clean!
Enjoy your clean shower! (And microwave!)
About Robyn

Robyn is a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant, Author/Owner of Robyn's View, Contributing Author on Daily Dish Magazine, and Social Media Manager for TOKYO Bistro. She enjoys DIY projects, working on crafts, researching her family history, walking on the local beaches, watching TV sitcoms, and movies. Robyn is a mom to two adult children, both of whom have flown the nest and are married. She also has two grandchildren, 4 dachshunds, 4 chickens, 2 cats, a bunny, and an amazing man in her life.


  1. My mom dries her shower after every use and it does work. No soap scum, no mold, no mildew or discolored grout. I however must admit to laziness in that part, so much so that I take baths when I visit so I don’t have to wipe it down, lol. I like your cleaner idea better!

  2. I need to give this a try. I prefer to use a “green” cleaner as opposed to something really harmful.

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  4. Do you throw away the remaining cleaner or do you leave it in the bottle til next use. I am asking because of the need to warm the vinegar when making it, does it need to be warm to be effective? Thanks.

    • Hi Holly. No, I save it for the next time, and just use it cold. I think one of the reasons you heat it when you make it, is to help the ingredients to combine together better.

  5. Sandra VanHoey says:

    So…this will help with that annoying soap scum? I need to try this, there are some cleaners that just will not cut it no matter what. Thanks for sharing this

  6. I use this too, and it really does work!

  7. What a great idea. I absolutely hate the toxicity of bleach and the fumes when I’m cleaning the shower and so this would be great. Thanks for sharing.

  8. I don’t care for the smell but if it means those darn tiles in my bathroom will look clean again then I must try. I have been using and trying every thing under the sun and still look dirty. Thanks for share!!!

  9. This is a great idea- I am going to add it on Pinterest. Found you on the Skip the Housework link party and started following on Google +

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