OK. I rarely claim that my lightbulb moments are life-changing, but I believe this one is. I have discovered a non-toxic, homemade HEAVY DUTY shower cleaner.
Are you ready? It has only two ingredients and one cleaning tool.
A heavy-duty scrubbing sponge.
And I am beyond excited. Here’s the thing. My various cleaning “issues” pile on top of one another until they become completely overwhelming.
Issue #1 – Slob Vision. Or Time Passage Awareness Disorder. Or Whatever You Want to Call It.
When life gets crazy (and when is it not?), I get tunnel-vision-ated and dirty showers become invisible to me. Then life speeds by and if I’m not following my Weekly Cleaning Schedule, I truly have no idea how long it has been since I last cleaned the shower.
Until the shower door looks like this. And kind of smells funny. (Not ha-ha funny.)
This issue results in large amounts of overwhelmed-ness.
Issue #2 – Overactive Imagination Regarding Length of Required Cleaning Time.
For real. I can imagine that a task is huMONgous and that I can’t possibly take the time out of my schedule to deal with this gargantuan mess.
This issue results in me procrastinating. For even longer.
Issue #3 – Cleaning Aisle Aversion
I don’t window shop in the cleaning aisle of the grocery store. Unless the exact product that I just realized I needed THAT morning (but still didn’t write on my list) is in my face at the checkout aisle, there’s a 94% chance I will never remember to pick it up at the store.
This issue results in a fabulous excuse to not clean even when issues 1 and 2 could possibly be overcome.
Issue #4 – (Distantly related to #2) Overactive Imagination Regarding Toxicity of Cleaning Products
It’s true. I feel the need to wear a haz-mat suit when using really chemical-ey products.
And then I get paranoid about rinsing away those products.
My overactive imagination shows me all the life-long repercussions of showering (or bathing!) in those chemicals.
Add together issues 1-4 and you have a problem. I let the shower get to the point where it needs heavy duty cleaning, and yet the typical heavy-duty cleaners scare me, so I put off the cleaning even longer. And the need for heavy-duty cleaning increases.
By a lot.
It’s a never-ending cycle.
Sooooo, I’m pretty excited about this. Mike of Discount Cleaning Products tweeted a random tip a few weeks ago about using dishwashing liquid to clean the ring-around-the-bathtub.
I thought “hmmmm.”
And then forgot about it.
Then, when I was working with my daughter last week in my own icky bathroom, I remembered that I’ve heard over and over lately that Dawn dish soap and vinegar, together in a spray bottle, make an effective shower cleaner.
Except I was out of vinegar.
And I didn’t have a spare spray bottle.
So I thought I’d give Mike’s tip a try on the shower in general.
I used Dawn from the kitchen sink on the just-out-of-the-package sponge, but once it was contaminated with bathroom germs, I couldn’t bear to take it back into the kitchen. After that, I opted for the Ivory that I use in my homemade cleaning spray.
It . . . works. Seriously. I simply wet the sponge, squirted the dish-soap onto the green scrubby side, and started scrubbing. It removed soap-scum, ring-around-the-bathtub, water-spots, etc. It CLEANED the bathtub/shower.
Elbow grease was required, but significantly less than I expected, as I just used liberal amounts of the dish soap on the tougher spots.
And the fact that my Grandma used to use Ivory dish-soap to make my bubble baths means that I have NO paranoia whatsoever about bathing after I’m done.
Or about my daughter scrubbing the bathtub!
And here’s that previously-hideous shower door!
Note: Elbow grease is muscle power. I do feel the need to clarify that since I’ve heard a Grandma or two laugh about some youngster asking where to buy it.
Note #2: Read the comments! Evidently, these types of scrubby sponges shouldn’t be used on all types of tub surfaces, because they can scratch some. But the dish soap with nylon or other types of non-scratching sponges seems to work too!
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