No Scrub Miracle Tub Cleaner

 This homemade bathroom cleaner blasts away built-up soaps scum in your tub or shower. No scrubbing required!

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!

What is the best natural Shower Cleaner?

You found it! It’s a two ingredient mixture of Dawn dish soap and vinegar.
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:

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 And no scrubbing! Really… I just wiped the grime away!
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Is it safe to mix vinegar and Dawn dish soap?

Yes! Mixing Dawn and vinegar is completely safe. And it works wonders on soap scum! I really can’t say enough good things about this easy homemade cleaner.
A few other notes…

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!

60 COMMENTS

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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

  5. 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?

    • 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. Works AMAZINGLY!!!! Our tub has literally been BROWN since the day we moved in. Not Comet, not Barkeeper's Friend, not soap scum sprays or the most diligent of elbow grease has worked. Used this formula with some baking soda on the bottom of the tub (which is one of those horrible tub liners with built in grippers) and scrubbed my heart out (it was really really bad!) and… It's bright!!!! I might actually take a bath after another treatment or two! Thank you so much! I wish I had checked this out sooner. I had almost lost hope!

  9. This also works like magic on coolers! My hubby left ours out all winter. It was horrible! I really thought I'd have to toss it and get a new one, but because they're so expensive I figured I'd give this a try 1St and I'll be darned if the thing doesn't look brand new! I wish I would've done before and after pictures! Thanks so much for the 'recipe'!

  10. Followed the directions (so easy!) as you posted them and my spray bottle was clogging….not sure why? I know it worked fine before adding the mixture because I had been using it with water before. I ended up splashing it out of the bottle and we'll see how it works. Do you have trouble with your spray bottle clogging?

  11. I bought a spray bottle at the dollar store but the tube in it was so narrow, it wouldn't suck up the thick solution. I removed the sprayer and splashed it on the tub and walls. It really worked great. I'll have to look for a sprayer with a thicker tube.

  12. Just happened to run across this. trying to find some way not to use hard chemicals and not scrubbing my shower and wow this works thanks. So much easier now

  13. Have this mixture "percolating" now in my apartment shower- I can already tell its working if I swipe my finger along the area right under the soap dish where it runs down. I did not use the whole amount so can I re-heat it next go-round with the dish soap and vinegar combined?

  14. The dirt I had before wouldn't scrub even with my fingernail, that's how tough it was. Your mixture simply BLEW away the dirt off the bathtub, shower tiles, sink, toilet, etc. It simply made these look like new, and I'm not exaggerating a bit. Absolutely no scrubbing, just wipe it with a sponge or even a piece of toilet paper, the metal/ceramic underneath will remain shiny and will look like new. I have noticed the metal piece inside the drain (the one that keeps long hairs from going into the drain) turned green so careful if you have any metal/copper parts around the bathtub.
    I have used half Dawn (blue one) and half regular 5% vinegar from the store. Didn't warm it up at all, just let it sit anywhere between 30min-1h. The washroom will STINK, run the fan or open a window.
    No more hours passing rubbing all these dirty places! Thank you for saving me that hard work.

  15. I tried this and wish I had the same results as everyone else. I followed step by step and let it sit for an hour but when I went to wipe it down there was no change. 😭

  16. Ok, my tub was absolutely disgusting. I've let it slide for way, way too long. Working a new job, kids, caring for my dad… it was last on my list. Every day I looked at it and thought I had to do something. I'd try scrubbing here and there and it seemed like such a huge job. I've seen this recipe before, but hadn't tried it. I had a small amount of Dawn blue in my laundry room and a jug of vinegar and I thought it couldn't hurt! I mixed up a spray bottle and added lemon juice like one of the posters recommended. I sprayed and let it sit for 1/2 hour. I used a scrubby sponge to try and "wipe away" the grime… well, some came off, but some was stubborn. I could see drip marks in the dirt where maybe the spray didn't cover as well. I didn't rinse, but sprayed again and let it sit again. After about 20 minutes I went to work again with my sponge. I had to use a bit of elbow grease in spots, but not nearly what it was before. My tub is white again!! I rinsed a bit, then took a shower and rinsed more during that. My fixtures haven't been so shiny in a long time and I won't be embarrassed by my tub anymore. Now my only big issue is the caulk. I have that nasty black in the caulk and can't seem to scrub it away. I am running to the store today to get more Dawn blue for my laundry room and cleaning. Thank you! I did take before, during and after pics and the difference is amazing!

    • I have used the Clorox gel toilet bowl cleaner on the caulk around our tub. Squeeze some on the caulk and let it sit for about 30 minutes and then wash it away. On some spots, I had to repeat the process.

  17. THIS IS THE BEST RECIPE AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR CLEANING 🛀🏾 BATHTUBS. I’m in love with it and keep sharing with everyone. 💃🏻

  18. OMG! Thank you so much for this cleaning hack for my evil tub. I just tried it and every where I sprayed it worked. I can also see where my spray bottle missed areas as those are dark compared to the clean areas.
    I let it sit for a few hours and it just wiped off. Even the mold did. My back thanks you too!

    I added Tea Tree oil to my mixture about a teaspoon worth in a 4 cup spray bottle. I will have to get some Dawn as prescribed.
    Again thank you!
    USMCGal

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