Posted by housebyjsd on 08/13/2012 in FYI |9 Comments

this is going to change your life

Ok, I know that a cleaning tip isn’t really something that we usually share on our blog, but hands down….I had to share this, because it blew my mind!  I MEAN BLEW MY MIND!  It really works!  One of the things I hate most, is cleaning the shower/tub! It seems like I can never get all of the grime out of the textured bottom! And I put fair amount of elbow grease into, not to mention GOD knows how much $ in cleaning product!  Well no more! I tested this tip last night, and was amazed at the result!

All you need is 1 cup of plain vinegar, one cup of BLUE Dawn dish liquid  (I’m not sure why blue is what is suggested, but it worked so I will not veer!), and a spray bottle.

Place the vinegar in a bowl, and heat for 90 seconds in the microwave.  Be careful because it’s going to be hot! Pour that and the soap into the spray bottle, and shake gently to mix the 2 liquids.  Then spray liberally onto the tub/shower surface, and let set for 1-2 hours.  I did 2.  Then all you have to do is come back and rinse and run over it with a brush to wipe it off.  I’m telling you, you’re going to be amazed at the result!

i swear you won’t believe how easy it is.

Unfortunately I didn’t think of taking photos, so I had to find another image online to show you the result, so this is not my tub!! Truthfully, this got it cleaner than I ever did with the store bought cleaners!  I mean it even got the little nooks and crannies clean! I did have to rub a little in a few places to get the deepest dirt out, but it was a piece of cake!

The only downside to this, is that you have the scent of vinegar that lingers for a day or so, but hands down, I’ll smell that over never getting it clean any day!

EXTRA TIP: After measuring out the vinegar with a measuring cup, I used the measuring cup to place the equal amount of blue dish liquid into a bowl with a lip so it would be easier to pour into the spray bottle.  After the vinegar was heated, I placed it into this same lipped bowl, swished it gently to mix the two, and then poured all of the contents into the spray bottle.  By doing this, the vinegar mixed with the soap, and didn’t leave a ton of soap on the walls of the bowl, and it came out very easily!


  1. Robin says:

    Will this also work for tile?

    • housebyjsd says:

      You know Robin, I don’t know. I assume on the tile itself, yes. The grout, I’m not sure. I just tried this on a fiberglass tub/shower. I would suggest before you try this on all of your grout, I would try this on a spot that is not in plain site. Let us know if you find success with this as welll on the tile/grout!

    • Dana Back-Pack says:

      Robin, please reply when you try this on tile and grout as I have a hard time with my walk in shower and would love to know if this works. Thanks.

  2. Awesome! Another thing that works the same way: Buy a bottle of cheapo clear Suave shampoo and rub it all over the shower with a sponge. I like to leave it overnight, then rinse it off in the morning when I take my shower. Sparkling white, I’m telling you.

  3. elisebecton says:

    You can use this for most cleaning.
    Works great for on stains on clothes also!

  4. Sherry says:

    Love it! Thanks. A friend taught me to clean carpet stains with equal mix of club soda and white vinegar in a spray bottle. Saturate the stain with club soda vinegar mix and then dab the stain with a micro fiber towel. Be sure that each dab is done with a fresh piece of the micro fiber towel so that you lift the stain out instead of rubbing it in. I watched my friend remove a terrible pet stain using this method. She said her professional carpet cleaner taught it to her so she would stop using chemicals that were harmful to the carpet between his annual cleanings. It works!

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