About three years ago, I wrote a post on a DIY Shower and Tub Cleaner, and it worked amazingly well. For example, when my children created some “Picasso-style” art on the shower walls, the mixture of dish soap and vinegar cleaned it right up.
Pretty good results, right?!
But a few years ago, I started to incorporate essential oils into my DIY cleaning recipes to give them some added cleaning power, so I thought I’d share this updated version.
Here’s What You’ll Need:
- Ceramic Soap Dispenser with Brush (or you could use a glass soap dispenser and pump the mixture onto a dish brush)
- 2 Cup Glass Measuring Cup
- Glass Container with Lid (I use a mason jar)
- Dish Soap
- Tea Tree Essential Oil– Not sure where to buy essential oils? Check out this post.
When working with essential oils, you need to be very careful with how you store them. Many (including Tea Tree) will break down plastic, so it is always best to store your DIY cleaning products (that contain essential oils) in glass, stainless steel, or ceramic. I like to make a larger batch of this shower/tub cleaner, and store it in a mason jar. Then, when I need to clean my showers and bathtubs, I pour a “single use” amount into a ceramic dish soap dispenser. You could also try a glass soap dispenser, and pump the contents onto a scrubber brush or sponge, however, you do risk the glass breaking if you store it in the shower. If you find a stainless steel dispenser, be sure the inside isn’t lined with plastic (many are), and know that it is prone to rust, so storing the dispenser in the shower isn’t ideal.
No matter how you decide to store this mixture, the directions are the same. Pour 1/2-3/4 cup dish soap into your glass measuring cup. (This makes it easier to mix and pour later on.)
Then add an equal amount of vinegar: 1/2-3/4 cup; and stir to combine.
Once mixed, add 10-20 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil, depending on the size of your batch. (Just to note: Tea Tree is not the best smelling essential oil, but it does wonders in the cleaning department.) Once you’ve got the Tea Tree added, give it another stir.
Pour your mixture into a glass container for storage, and seal until you’re ready to use it.
When your showers and/or bath tubs need a cleaning, simply add a bit of the mixture to the ceramic soap dish, wet down the shower and tub walls, scrub on the mixture with a dish brush, and rinse. It’s that easy.
Remember to thoroughly rinse your brush when done as many contain plastic bristles… and again, Tea Tree will break that down over time.
Word of advice: if the mixture has been sitting for awhile, shake prior to using to combine all the elements.
Helpful Hint: Clean the shower while taking a shower. You’ll end up drenched either way 🙂
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