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DIY Shower Cleaner and Soap Scum Remover

The best way to clean the shower is with two common household ingredients. This powerful homemade shower cleaner easily removes soap scum, grime, and mineral stains from water.

It’s time to clean the shower, a task that for most of us gets put on the back burner. I’m not sure about you but when it comes to cleaning the shower/ bathtub I continuously put it off. Soap scum, grime, and stains from the minerals in the water that require scrubbing and inhaling toxic chemicals are definitely at the bottom of my to-do list.

In today's post, I’m sharing a simple, non-toxic solution to cleaning the shower and removing soap scum and grime with minimal scrubbing. This DIY soap scum remover works better than any store-bought shower cleaner I’ve used, and I’ve used them all. If you’ve been around Lia Rose Simply Home for a while you know I’m passionate about homemade cleaning products. Why? Because they are not only effective and cheap, they are non-toxic, reduce waste, and are environmentally friendly.

This powerful DIY shower cleaner is made with two common household items, equal parts of Dawn dish soap and white vinegar. I know what you're thinking, there is no way dish soap and vinegar are going to easily remove soap scum and grime from the shower. Trust me, this shower cleaner works amazingly. You will be pleasantly surprised. It takes just a couple of minutes to make this DIY shower cleaner. I use one cup of Dawn dish soap and one cup of white vinegar and have just enough for two showers. It's that easy to make so I'll make a fresh bottle when I need it again.

This powerful DIY shower cleaner easily removes soap scum and mineral deposits from water on glass shower doors and tile too.

What You Will Need


Spray bottle ( I recommend glass)

Equal parts of

Dawn dish soap

White Vinegar

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How To Make Homemade Shower Cleaner & Soap Scum Remover.

1. Add one cup of Dawn dish soap to the spray bottle.

2. Heat one cup of white vinegar in the microwave until hot, then carefully add it to the spray bottle.

3. Shake well.

The dish soap in this homemade shower cleaner makes a nice, thick cleaner. The cleaner will stick to the walls and floor of the shower and not run down the drain.

How To Use Homemade Shower And Soap Scum Cleaner


1. Start with a wet bathtub/shower.

2. Spray a generous amount of cleaner on the bathtub and shower. Let the cleaner sit for 30-60 minutes.

3. Scrub and rinse well.

Commonly Asked Questions

Can I use red wine, balsamic, or apple cider vinegar for cleaning?

To avoid the risk of staining surfaces It’s not recommended to use vinegar that contains a coloring agent. White vinegar also has a 5 percent acidity which is close to the acidity in store-bought cleaners.

Does vinegar really clean?

Yes, the acidic nature of vinegar is powerful enough to clean dirt, grease, grime, and mineral deposit from water.

How can I mask the smell of vinegar?

Vinegar isn’t the most pleasant scent but when it’s used for cleaning the scent doesn’t linger. You can mask the smell of vinegar by adding a few drops of essential oil. I find lemon essential works well.

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