Before I start... this isn't a DIY recipe! For a DIY tub and shower cleaner, see the bottom of this post. But for the busy (okay and maybe lazy like me) among us, buying non-toxic is still better than buying toxic! So read on a be encouraged to be healthier, regardless of whether you make or buy :)
Maybe this isn't the most thrilling topic you've every seen... but if you're anything like me, you have a little "thing" for cleaning products, especially non-toxic cleaning products! Now I'm a huge fan of DIY non-toxic cleaners, and there are probably 100 effective recipes for a DIY bathroom cleaner out there, but I'll admit that I've been buying ours. We have a black sink (NEVER BUY A BLACK SINK, PEOPLE) and we use "real" soap on our hair and body so a layer of soap scum coats the tub after just one bath or shower. I was using Dr. Bronner's soap with a vinegar rinse to clean the tub but it required just a little too much elbow grease, and let's face it... sometimes something has got to give! I'm okay with buying some products for convenience as long as they aren't full of dangerous ingredients and work well. The Honest Co. Bathroom Cleaner works SUPER well and it's fun to use. I simply spray, scrub with an old sponge, and rinse! Don't tell my mom but I'm planning on buying her a bottle of this to replace the Scrubbing Bubbles she's used for as long as I can remember because it contains an extremely high amount of a solvent called butoxydiglycol. To put it heavily, it's ILLEGAL in the European Union. Mom, if you're reading this, forsake your Scrubbing Bubbles and come over to the bright side!
Here's a list of ingredients in The Honest Co. Bathroom Cleaner: Water, Ethyl Alcohol (Fermented From Corn Sugar), Caprylyl/Myristyl Glucoside (Plant-Based Cleanser), Sodium Gluconate (Plant-Based Water-Softener), Sodium Citrate (Plant-Based Water-Softener), Potassium Sorbate (Plant-Based Preservative), Citric Acid (Plant-Based PH Regulator), Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Leaf Oil, Mentha Arvensis (Wild Mint) Leaf Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil.
You can find The Honest Co. Bathroom Cleaner here! No, I don't receive commission from The Honest Co. for promoting their products. (Wouldn't that be nice?) But if you DO decide to try them out, please use this link to sign up so that I get some store credit when you make your first purchase!
What do you have to lose? Start cleaning safer today. You never know... you might even enjoy cleaning more using products that look this cute. I often find my husband voluntarily cleaning our bathtub with this stuff. I can't promise similar results, but it's worth a try :)
If you're looking for a DIY bathtub and shower cleaner that will combat soap scum, try a 50/50 mix of white vinegar + dish detergent. Heat the vinegar (in the microwave or on the stove) then mix in the dish soap. Most recipes call for "Blue Dawn" but I personally don't buy Dawn and would try it with any dish detergent. One reason Dawn works so well is because it's a petroleum based detergent, which is a topic for another day! Store the mixture in a spray bottle, a "scrubbing wand," a squeezable bottle of some sort, or get creative. Two tips? If the mix is too sudsy, adjust the ratio to use LESS dish detergent. Most "Blue Dawn" will be a concentrated version and will require less detergent and more vinegar. Also, remember that castile soap (like Dr. Bronner's) is NOT the same as dish detergent and shouldn't be mixed directly with vinegar because it will turn into a curdled mess.