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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!


  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. 😭

    • Hopefully you got the orange spots off. Here is how to get those orange stains off your tile and grout if you didn’t already or if anyone else reads this.
      Get 1 non-see through spray bottle (hydrogen peroxide needs to be in dark container). Pour hydrogen peroxide in spray bottle. Mist onto the orange stains. Have a good laugh for about 30 seconds as you watch the tiny bubbles make your life easy. When you stop laughing, give the stain a light swipe with toothbrush, scrubby sponge or whatever. May need to give it a 2nd spray if extremely built up but probably not.

  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.

    • Mix equal parts bleach and baking soda to make a paste you can apply to the black caulk with a Q tip. Let sit for a while and boom – black is gone!

  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!

  19. I add a bit of baking soda to this mixture (maybe 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon) to give a bit of scrub when I wipe out the tub. It doesn’t really require elbow grease but does help with stubborn spots.

  20. I use the Blue Dawn-vinegar mixture for everything it seems. I don’t have a dishwasher and even use it to do dishes. The vinegar makes things absolutely sparkle!

  21. I used it on the hand held shower head. Some Dawn and white vinegar in a baggie and wrap the baggie with a rubber band. Soak. Scrub with a toothbrush or electric toothbrush. All build up, black yuck was gone. The shower head gleamed. Perfect!!!

  22. After reading this, I made a mad dash to the store for some dawn. The soap scum just wiped right off. The bath tub looks brand new. Thank you. Next I ‘m trying it on the master bath shower glass doors, hope it works just as well.

  23. Have been hunting for something to use on the bathtub (hard water / well water sucks!). I’ve tried everything including the Dremel scrub brush tool with little success. First try, with a little pressure on the scrub side of the sponge / scrub brush, everything came off all but a patch in the middle. Running second time now…even I have to do it again, I’m THRILLED! Thank you so much for sharing!!! Made a HUGE difference!

  24. OMG THANK YOU!!! My boyfriend is a mechanic and a no longer bachelor. When I moved in to his house almost 3mon ago his tub was stained black or diggy grayish. I seen you tub cleaner diy and pictures and said humm kinda looks like our. What can it hurt I have tried everything to clean it except for replacing it (which was coming). Holy cow our tub looks new!!! Where did I miss this?! I am going to buy dawn and vinegar by the gallons this is my new and only tub cleaner!!
    Thanks again and thanks for saving my knees lol

  25. I also did this to clean my bathroom. I even posted a picture! I made mixture into a paste since it was tiled walls with years of hard water stained. It worked so well I felt like had found the Holy grail! LOL

  26. My husband is a coal miner. The shower is black and oily( disgusting!) just spayed it on, put wash away, and wiped it off! It’s actually cleaner than any chemical cleaner I’ve used!! Thank you!!

    • That’s a tough one. You can definitely try this cleaner, but if the enamel is gone, it’s probably time to get a new tub.

  27. It looks like your tub has a non-slip bottom. Is this true? My tub has a non-slip bottom and over time the non-slip areas that we stand on the most have turned kind of gray/black. I have read that the discoloration is caused from the oil on your feet. I have tried everything to get rid of the discoloration but nothing seems to work. Does your solution get rid of the gray/black?

    • It KIND OF works… I’ve found that if you soak paper towels or cloth rags in the solution and lay them on the non-slip areas, then let it sit for 24 hours (re-spray the solution on if it starts to dry out during that time) it will get most of it off with a good scubbing. Those dang non-slip areas are SO hard to clean!

  28. I went out this morning bought the stuff, microwave, sprayed away…..now counting the minutes to wipe away. Was going to do a before and after…..but it was bad…..lol….

  29. I’m very sensitive to the perfumey odors of most cleaners. When you say this stinks are you talking perfume or vinegar? Thanks!


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