Friday, July 6, 2012

Awesome Cleaner or Stinky Mess? - Tub Cleaner

After finishing the bathroom painting and decorating I was horrified at our bathtub.  We had to stand in it to paint around the top of the tub and between the dust from the walls from sanding the mud, the dirty feet from going in and out with the paint and the dog and cat running around all over, it was sad to look at.

  Here's the before:

It's terribly dirty isn't it? I'm a little embarrassed by how dirty it is, but I need to show you the before so you can see if it works or not, right?

Here's the shower in our bathroom.  After getting dirty in the garden and all the yard work it's started to stain. :(  Not good!!   So I wanted to clean this up too.

I found this pin, that linked to this site, to show you how to make a bathtub cleaner. Here's the recipe:

1/2 Cup Vinegar
1/2 Cup Dawn dish soap
Spray Bottle

It has the recipe with the Cleaning Vinegar and the blue Dawn, but I didn't have either of those so I substituted :)  Besides the dragon fruit Dawn helped to cover the smell of the Vinegar.  The Vinegar was $1 and the Dawn was $2 at the store! Not to shabby, I say!

The recipe says to cook the Vinegar in the microwave for 90 seconds. Which I don't know if you know (Heck, maybe you knew before I did!?) but when you cook vinegar in the microwave it actually cleans your microwave!!  Awesome right?  Kill two birds with one stone ;)  The only thing you need to do it just wipe it out!

Okay, so I don't have a microwave anymore... but I do have a pan and stove top!  So I cooked 1/2 a cup of vinegar until it just started to bubble (it's stinky, fair warning!).  Just to be safe make sure you pour it into your spray bottle over the sink.  Once you get that ready in the bottle measure out 1/2 a cup of dawn dish soap (it doesn't have to be perfect, no worries!) and add that to your spray bottle. Then, shake it to mix it all together.

Spray your mixture all over the tub and let it set for 1-2 hours.  It says in the recipe to just wipe it down and then wash with water.  I actually changed this part a little bit.  I sprayed the mixture in the tub, on the fixtures, on the walls and on the door of the shower, I also sprayed the sinks down.  I wanted to see what all it would clean!

Look at that yucky sink!  I had to clean that, it was driving me crazy.  So I sprayed it down with the Vawn (hehe, just made that up.. like it? Sounded better than Dinegar or Vawnigar, haha!)

So, we were getting ready to head out for the 4th of July festivities, what better time to spray the bathrooms down?  That way we didn't have to smell the vinegar smell and it could soak for awhile.  Well.. the party ran longer than expected, so the tub, shower and sinks got to soak over night.  I know it was only supposed to soak for and hour or two but I figured it's pretty dirty so 12 hours wouldn't hurt it, right?

  So are you ready to see the changes?
 **Drum roll**


Well, I don't know about you but I think the guest bathroom turned out really well!!

So as I was standing in the fresh cleaned (stinky) bathtub trying to get the picture above for you guys I looked over and saw the below picture.  Isn't it pretty?!  I loved it :)

So it is a bit stinky to use the vinegar BUT the good news is it works very well and the 
smell doesn't stick around!


  1. That's way kool you found the recipe for that cleaner and it works really well :) The way you wrote it out is quite entertaining as well!

  2. Thanks Phil :) I thought it was great because it was so cheap to make and it works good!

  3. I just found this link and have to tell you that I made it up yesterday afternoon, sprayed down the shower/tub and cleaned it out this morning. Thank YOU. It worked like a dream!