The Craft Patch: No Scrub Miracle Tub Cleaner

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

No Scrub Miracle Tub Cleaner

I hate cleaning the bathtub. I'll be honest, I used to wait until we were having house guests to clean it. Then a few years back I tried a homemade cleaner I found on Pinterest (read about it HERE). Little did I know that it would knock my socks off. Seriously, it is the best homemade cleaner. My bathtub has never stayed cleaner because I DON'T HAVE TO SCRUB IT! A no-scrub cleaner that cuts through soap scum and ring-around-the-tub? Yes! It's for real! I have been using it for several years now. All my family uses it. I talk to my friends about it. It is THAT good!

To make your own homemade tub cleaner, you will need

1 cup original blue Dawn dish soap
1 cup white vinegar

Heat the vinegar in the microwave for 1 minute. Pour both ingredients into a plastic spray bottle and spray evenly over the tub. Warning: it stinks.

In 30 minutes to 1 hour, come back and use a cleaning rag to wipe away all the grime. Wipe, not scrub. Really!

If you don't believe me, just look at these photos:

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Score! I did not scrub one tiny bit and my tub is sparkling white. The pictures just don’t do it justice. I could actually see the line down the middle where the solution touched the tub. Look:

Homemade Tub Cleaner


And no scrubbing! Really… I just wiped the grime away!

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You can use other brands of dish soap. They work okay. But blue Dawn is still the best I've found.

P.S. Did you know they sell cleaning grade vinegar? I found mine at Wal-Mart by the other multi-purpose cleaners. It’s cheaper than food grade vinegar and is perfect for jobs like this.

Still skeptical? I let my tub build up grime for two months just to make a video to show you exactly how amazing this stuff is. Why? Because when you find something this good, you have to share it with everyone!


32 comments:

  1. I'm definitely trying this today. Thanks afor the tip.

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    1. You're welcome! I hope you love it as much as I do!

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  2. Did you use regular white vinegar or the cleaning grade vinegar for this?

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  3. This sounds so easy. I'm like you, cleaning when someone is coming over.

    I wonder if you just hosed it down if that would work? hmmm, I'll have to try that. Thanks for the tip.

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    1. You do need to wipe it, not just spray it off.

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    2. If you have a pressure hand held shower head put it on highest pressure w/steamy hot water it will work ALSO I ADD A LITTLE (few drops) of scented essential oils to help with the STINK Haha I keep mixed with water in a small spray bottle Works great (that or a clothespin)

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  4. Do you have to heat it each time you use it?

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    1. I think it works better that way, but I've also used it without heating and it still works.

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  5. Did you use on ceramic/porcelain tub or plastic/acrylic tub

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    1. I've used it on both types and it works well on both!

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  6. I'll be danged... it really does work. Looks like it worked on the hard water spots on the chrome too. All i had was cooking white vinegar and Palmolive Oxy. Next time i think i will use a brush on the bottom of the tub though, to get in the little grooves better.

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  7. Oh my goodness! Just sprayed and saw grime moving. I can't wait to see how it looks in an hour.

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  8. I've found that a little bit of baking soda works amazing too, if I really have a spot that just doesn't want to come off!

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    1. I've had good success with that too. The baking soda is great for scrubbing really stubborn spots!

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  9. I have been using this and it is amazing! Thanks for posting.

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  10. I tried this and loved it but I used 1/4cup dawn and 1 3/4 cups Apple cider vinegar and fill my spray bottle with water I also found it works great on toilets and sinks I had stubborn stains and all I had to do was spray wait about an hour and use the toilet brush came like new I also poured some in my toilet brush holder to sanitize the brush love it

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  11. I have a fiberglass shower/tub combo. It is ridiculously hard to clean. It is becoming harder to clean with age (it's and mine!) Any other tips before I try it?

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    1. Follow the directions exactly, including heating the vinegar. Then let it sit for at least one hour, maybe two. Sometimes the cleaner runs off of the walls, so I go back in periodically and swish it back up the sides of the tub. Then see how it goes. You could also do a second coat of cleaner if the first one doesn't get everything. Good luck!

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  12. I can't wait to try this. My husband is a mechanic and he can destroy the tub like no other!

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    1. Ah, I feel your pain. We drove a junker for years and my husband became a part-time mechanic to keep that thing running. When he decided to wash his monkey suit, I almost killed him when I saw the black ring around my washer!

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  13. Does this work on old porcelain?

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    1. It has worked on every tub I've tried it in so far. I hope it works for you!

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  14. Does this work on tile in the shower or just the bathtub?

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    1. It works anywhere there's soap scum and hard water build up! My mom uses it to clean the hard water build up around her kitchen faucets and I use it on our tile tub surround. It leaves the tiles squeaky clean!

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  15. Will this work on shower glass doors too? We have textured doors that nothing seems to help get the soap scum off of!

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    1. Yes! It may take a few times to get it all off because the solution drips off before it can get all of the soap scum, but it will work!

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  16. how did you let your tub get so dirty to start with yuk

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    1. If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all.

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  17. My tub was way dirtier than yours. ;) I followed the directions and it worked great! I wiped it with a warm, damp towel. Only one spot did not come off the first time, so I re-sprayed that spot, left it on 15 min, went back to wipe again and that was that. Thank you so much for this!

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    1. Hurray! I'm so glad it worked for you. It's amazing stuff.

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  18. Just used your brew in a toxic tub/shower. Hasn't been cleaned in OVER a year. Rubber gloves and brush with looooong handle. Waited an hour and Voila, presto chango, magic and pretty much sanitized. Thank you for your cleaner hint.

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