Tub and Shower Magic

"This shower cleaner came from an Everyday Cheapskate e-mail, and it is truly magic, as the title states. I just tried it and it got the soap scum off my glass shower door with hardly any scrubbing. It was amazing, as I have tried to clean that door with various products. It is so easy, too. Try it and you will be sold. Be careful because a little bit goes a long way. You need a 24-oz. squirt bottle for this."
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Ready In:
3 cups




  • Heat vinegar in microwave until hot and pour into squirt bottle.
  • Add the Dawn soap. Put the lid on and gently shake to incorporate.
  • You now have a powerful cleaning product that will melt soap scum and tub and shower buildup, clean sinks, appliances and just about anything. Just spray it on, scrub, rinse and be amazed. For tough soap scum build-up, spray the mixture on and allow it to sit as long as overnight. Then, scrub and rinse.

Questions & Replies

  1. Can you reuse this solution even though the vinegar will not be hot
  2. Hi! Is this recipe still effective after the vinegar cools down?
  3. Can you use another dishwashing liquid in this recipe? I have used Dawn before but I don't have any on hand currently and wondered if I could substitute (Gain).
  4. What if I don't have Dawn?
  5. i uploaded some pictures of how my tile turned out bcuz it turned my tile hazy white and I can't get it off any suggestions please? First & Second (if they uploaded in the right order)picture is the after effects and ignore the circle by the drain as that was a borax paste that we tried to clean off the haze with no luck Third picture is what the tile looked like before I used this cleaner which I followed by directions. The weird thing is though that after I cleaned it everything looked fine and as this is a rental; I was unaware of it turning hazing until the property owner showed up after a renter was there for two weeks??
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  1. If by chance there are too many suds when rinsing out...sprinkle a bit of salt on them. They will dissappear immediately.
  2. I found this on Pinterest. This stuff is AMAZING! I used a little less Dawn because there was just too many suds. Leave it sit for a few minutes and no scrubbing is required. My tub is so clean and sparkly now!
  3. This is surprisingly super for removing soap scum off of faucets and bathtubs. It helped shine the faucets and got rid of the stuff that I normally have to scrub and scrub from the corners of the tub. I love how it makes the bathroom smell fresh and clean too and not like chemicals. Definitely a keeper for my cleaning routine from now on. Found in the I Recommend tag game.
  4. I just recently started using this and find it is awesome! I own a cleaning service and I am always looking for inexpensive cleaning products that do their job. Here is a tip that I do with this. I purchased a small 4.5 qt size handheld garden sprayer. After heating the vinegar, I pour it into the sprayer bottle and add the Dawn. Then pump up the bottle and you have a continuous spray instead of constantly pumping a trigger. I have some arthritis and this is so much easier plus you get that light steady mist that covers evenly.
  5. Because this has been asked many, many times in Q & A, I want to say that you only heat this to mix it, you do NOT heat it every time you use it! Hope it works for you ; )


  1. The second time I made this I used only 1 cup Dawn and added 1 capful of Melaluca Solumel (full strength) and 1 capful Melaluca SoluGard(full strength). Was not so thick and worked easier. I also used it on some dirty kitchen cabinets and it cut the grease quickly and made it shine!
  2. Dawn to 16 oz Vinegar to 10 oz



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