Friday, January 6, 2012

Dawn + Vinegar = Soap Scum KILLA

So, you might remember this post from a while back. And if you do, you'll remember that I cannot stand soap scum. Like, it actually bothers me. I hate that we have this gorgeous bathroom, and all I can see is the soap scum that threatens to take over. And God help me if hubby and I are in the shower together (hey, we're in a water shortage) and I accidentally touch the walls. Ugh, gives me the heebie jeebies just thinking about it.

I've tried it all. Kaboom. 409. Every bottle that promises to get rid of the soap scum. And I'm left disappointed every. single. time. 

So when I saw this post on pinterest, I was a bit skeptical. Magic in a bottle? Yeah, okay. But I figure, what did I have to lose? So the next time I went to Walmart, I figure I could drop $3 on a bottle of Dawn and a spray bottle. We already had a huge bottle of white vinegar, thanks to Lover cleaning his stinky Vibrams (those weird 5 toe shoe things that make him look like he has swamp creature feet).

My oldest daughter asked me if I bought the Dawn just because it had a penguin on it (I collect penguins). 

So it's pretty simple. Heat up some vinegar (I used a cup of vinegar and nuked it for 2 minutes). Then pour it in your spray bottle, add an equal amount of blue Dawn (the website comments were pretty specific about getting the blue kind), shake gently, and voila! 

Again, that's a one to one ratio of white vinegar to blue Dawn. I measured out a cup of each originally, but only used about half of my bottle. So next time I'll just do a half cup of each. The whole point is that the white vinegar is heated up, and while I haven't used it with it being room temperature and don't know if it'd work just as well, I'd rather just make it fresh each time. Especially if it's going to give me super clean results.

Here is what we're dealing with. Gross, right? You can't tell me you'd want to touch that in the shower either. EWWWWW. 

Do you know how hard it is to take a pic of soap scum? I finally figured out that I had to place the camera on the door and face it down with the flash on. 

Isn't that gross? I know I already said that, but man. Ewww. 

So the website said that you can spray it on and leave it overnight for tough stains. But have you ever tried to spray on a cleaner on a vertical surface? What's the first thing that happens? It all slides down. BUT, with the vinegar Dawn spray, it's a bit thicker, almost like a watery gel, and it stayed on the glass where I sprayed it. Yeah, a few places dripped, but it was staying. Holy crap. 

I let it sit for 2 hours, came back in with a sponge and some warm water, and wiped it off. And holy crap. 

Yes, that is an unedited (except for the watermark, obviously) photo of the same area. And that isn't soap scum at the bottom, it's the reflection of the shower floor (you can see the drain). Isn't that crazy? Lover came in to see it when he got home from work, and he said "Holy crap, it looks freaking new!". It totally shocked me when I walked in the bathroom this morning when hubs was taking a shower. Usually it looks like he's standing behind a frosted glass door where all you can see is his head. But this morning, it was completely clear. Like brand spanking new.

So if your nemesis is soap scum, give it a shot. It'll cost ya under $5 even if you have to buy everything, which is cheaper than the other cleaners that aren't working. I will warn you that it stinks to high heaven and I'd recommend putting on the bathroom vent. But for results like these, it was worth it for me.

No, I'm not getting paid to post this. I wish I was! But ya know, Dawn making people, feel free to send a big ole check my way.

Update! I did have a nice reader send me this. Thanks Herb! "Today, I called P&G - NO ammonia or ammonia producing ingredients in Dawn Blue.  I also asked was there a difference between Original Blue Dawn, Dawn Original Scent & Dawn Ultra Original Scent.  The P&G person said Original Blue Dawn is referred to as Non Ultra (not concentrated) while Dawn Ultra (2X) Blue Original Scent is concentrated.  The non Ultra is hard to find so most of the folks in your blog comments that complain the mix is too soapy are probably using Ultra & need to halve the Dawn."


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Sisterino said... [Reply to comment]

I am so trying this. I'm like you... forever fighting the soap scum battle. I laughed when you talked about showering with your hubs and not wanting to touch the walls... that sounds like me too. Funny!

SkinnyMeg said... [Reply to comment]

ohhhh I'm all over this next time I decide to clean my bathroom! I actually put a shower curtain in front of my shower door to hide it's ugliness, this may work better!

Janice said... [Reply to comment]

I have seen this a couple times on pinterest and keep debating whether to try it. IT's on my shopping list. Suck it, soap scum!

And you rock for posting this.

Lesley said... [Reply to comment]

I did this mix of heated up vinegar mixed with Dawn on my microwave yesterday. Seriously...It was like it just pulled the grossness out of there like a magnet.

Lisa Fliehman said... [Reply to comment]

I'm on my way to Wally World!!! I can hardly wait to see Mr. B through the glass again!! heehee!!

Rhiannon said... [Reply to comment]

thank God i dont have that kind of white soap scum, but what we have is like a brown stain on our textured floor from the red dirt stained feet we have. i wonder if it would work on that? cause not even bleach takes it off.

Lisa Fliehman said... [Reply to comment]

Mr. B and I ran out and bought the stuff, we will see the results tomorrow. If I have as good of results as you, you may see a link up of my post. But believe me my before pick is so much worse.

The Hartley's said... [Reply to comment]

We rushed out and bought the stuff and you were right!! Amazing I would have never believed it! Also I tried it on that nasty oily dust that collects on the range hood over the stove. I left it on for about 20 minutes and it wiped off all the crud. Thanks for sharing. Definately a high of my week :)

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Does anyone know if it HAS to be Dawn? I'm in the UK and it's not something we have, exactly.

TT said... [Reply to comment]

i am so gonna try this. we have burgandy/dark walls in our shower so the scum shows up pretty bad. We usually have to take a razor and get it off. I know - yuck - but i promise i do clean. Can't wait to try this.

Shabby chic Sandy said... [Reply to comment]

Thank you so much for sharing this--I was just thinking how I need to clean the shower!

Wendy said... [Reply to comment]

I'm going to tell everyone I know about this amazing stuff!
I'm so THRILLED to find something that I can make myself, that doesn't burn up my nose hairs when I am spraying it!
Woo Hoo! So glad I found this blog!!

Debi said... [Reply to comment]

How does it work on tile and grout?

Laura Maxell said... [Reply to comment]

i just tried this for the first time and it worked great. i have a molded shower/tub and i sprayed it every where. thanks for posting this...

arlene said... [Reply to comment]

Oh my shower is SO bad! I have three guys (hubby and 2 teenage sons...not just 3 random guys. Just clarifying that) who use the shower in my basement, and they are responsible for cleaning it. Guess what? It looks like it's "cleaned" by three guys. Grodey! I just mixed a batch and sprayed on the whole bottle (1 cup of each) It is sticking to the shower walls like magic. I'll let you know how it works. I just may let it sit overnight, and clean in the morning when the banshees have left for work.

Shelly said... [Reply to comment]

way cool idea, looking forward to your next tricks, you are a clever funny blogger!

Shannon Ivy said... [Reply to comment]

Definitely going to try this! I clean houses for a living so I might have to see if I can microwave them when mixed together...

arlene said... [Reply to comment]

OK, I tried this. It is nothing short of miraculous!!! OMG! Thank you! I actually thought we were going to have to replace our stained and gross shower stall, but now it looks like new. You rock!

WestMIWifenMommy said... [Reply to comment]

I keep hearing amazing cleaning/stain treating tips about the original blue Dawn dish soap. Someone swore by it for laundry stains. I do wonder...what's in the blue soap to make it so effective? lol Thanks for the detailed post about this.

Cassie Perry said... [Reply to comment]


I use the blue Dawn (well the blue Wal-Mart brand Dawn for those weird spots you get sometimes in the laundry from dryer sheets, and it takes them right off. It also works for stains/grease from taco-type meat, spaghetti, just about anything the 8yr old monster will eat. The trick for laundry is to drip one or two drops on the spot, rub it in with your finger, and let it sit for a while - I always wash with cold, and I usually don't see the stains until they've gone through the wash & dry cycle completely, so it is pretty much a miracle method.
I'm SO gonna try this on my NASTY molded tub. 15 years old and it has the grossest dark places in the bottom. True story - the only product in all those years that has removed that blechy stuff? Wal-Mart brand lavender baby wash. A little scary if you think about it...

Crissy said... [Reply to comment]

Has anyone made this and saved it and used later on? I own a maid cleaning service and would love to start using this but I wouldn't be able to use a fresh batch each house/bathroom.

Clint & Alicia McLaws said... [Reply to comment]

THANK YOU, FOR THIS POST!!!! I tried this, with a little skepticism....because our soap scum was really, really bad. I let it sit for 2 hours, and imagine my surprise when the soap scum just came right off!!!! I literally squealed with delight. Hubby was cracking up! Thanks!

VickiA said... [Reply to comment]

~I've used this and when I'm done, I've applied Rain X~ a product often applied to windshields. It helps put a finish which is clear on your glass and repels the water better. I love the results, for it stretches the time between having to do a DEEP Cleaning.

LaVon Baker said... [Reply to comment]

We are full-time RVer's and we HATE soap scum in our shower. I can't wait to try this!!!

Jennifer said... [Reply to comment]

While it totally got the soap scum off of the shower walls and tub, I had a hard time rinsing my rag between swipes. It was REALLY soapy! Did I do something wrong or did I just not heat the vinegar enough?

Kellyinflorida said... [Reply to comment]

After seeing this on pinterest, I thought I would give it a try....and me being the impatient person that I am- I did not have blue dawn, but I had the pineapple dawn on hand, so I tried it anyway. I took your advice and cut in half, so I did 1/2 cup of each.(I have to admit, the pineapple/vinegary smell was WEIRD) but Oh. My. Gosh. My shower doors look brand spanking NEW!!! I love this! thank you for posting!
Between my home made laundry detergent that I found on pinterest and all the other cost saving cleaning ideas I have found, I can go shopping for MORE craft supplies this weekend!! LOL

melanie said... [Reply to comment]

I'll be trying this for sure! One thing that does help to cut down on soap scum that I do after each shower (because I can't stand scummy shower doors and I can't clean every day) is to squeegy the doors before you get out. Really helps.

MomTo3 said... [Reply to comment]

This is Soap Scum Magic. Just tried this today, and waaaa-la SCUM BE GONE! Lol. Definitely use hot water to wipe clean. We used the green Dawn soap instead of the blue (only because that's what I had on hand).

MomTo3 said... [Reply to comment]

This is Soap Scum Magic. Just tried this today, and waaaa-la SCUM BE GONE! Lol. Definitely use hot water to wipe clean. We used the green Dawn soap instead of the blue (only because that's what I had on hand).

McKelle said... [Reply to comment]

I had the same problem as Jennifer. It was so soapy. It worked really well, but it took some time to get the soap washed off.

michele said... [Reply to comment]

Does it have to be Dawn? I only use earth friendly non animal tested products.

rlc said... [Reply to comment]

OK this sounds wonderful for soap scum! But, does it work in removing hard water marks also? I've been trying to clean our shower door with everything I can find and so far no luck. Any other suggestions?

AntiqueChase said... [Reply to comment]

OMG...I think I am going to get a penguin today too!! Thanks so much! great post!!

AntiqueChase said... [Reply to comment]

I pinned this and I am your newest follower! COme say hi!!

Pam Schmidt said... [Reply to comment]

Hey, why didn't we see a photo of Lover in the shower once the shower door was cleaned? hee hee!
I'm going to try the mixture. I hope it will work on the tile walls, too.

Jessica said... [Reply to comment]

@rlc, I think that IS hard water she had on her shower door, not soap scum. Though it could be a little of both in the shower.

Vinegar works fantastic on hard water spots, you can try it straight, or try this. I use straight white vinegar on my fridge where the water dispenser drips and makes hard water stains.

Marianne said... [Reply to comment]

Vinegar is the active ingredient here, the dish soap is really just a thickening agent to allow it to stay where you spray it longer. I'm guessing whoever came up with this thought Dawn was the best/thickest to use. I would also think that it should work if you reheat it.

mom_o_7 said... [Reply to comment]

Hi, silly question here. I actually joined pinterist so I could get the laundry soap recipe and can't find it. Would you be willing to share. I would really appreciate it.
God bless, Denise


mom_o_7 said... [Reply to comment]

Hi, silly question here. I actually joined pinterist so I could get the laundry soap recipe and can't find it. Would you be willing to share. I would really appreciate it.
God bless, Denise


Life, Crafts and Whatever said... [Reply to comment]


The recipe I use is

Lea said... [Reply to comment]

@Rhiannon To clean your shower floor: Buy cheap dishwasher detergent (liguid). Spread it all over the floor, generously. Let it sit for a couple hours, then scrub lightly and rinse.

Pipe Sensei said... [Reply to comment]

Because the Feb 20th post said that the dish detergent was mostly a thickening agent, I tried thickening the hot vinegar with 1T of corn starch. Then I only had to add 2 or 3 T of dish detergent. It made a powerful vinegar "gel" that REALLY clung to the shower walls. Because it stuck to the wall so well, it had more time to work on the stains. After an hour, I wiped and rinsed. GOOD BYE SOAP SCUM. GOOD BYE HARD WATER STAINS!! Easier clean up than using a cup of detergent...too sudsy for me. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction!!!

I posted clearer instructions on:

Niecy said... [Reply to comment]

I love your colorful style of writing! I'm definitely going to try this mixture!

lawyer mom said... [Reply to comment]

Does anyone know if this is safe to use on tempered glass? My shower doors are opaque not clear and some cleaners have said not to use their product on tempered glass. Also we just moved into a new house (I don't know how this shower got so gross) and there is a fearsome lime scale problem on one of the floors. Any suggestions? Nothing seems to work!

Simply Complicated said... [Reply to comment]

@lawyer mom Is this in the tub? I would try vinegar. Maybe soak a rag with vinegar and lay it on the spot overnight?

Nana_Di said... [Reply to comment]

so what to try this BUT Can you tell me please what "Dawn" is as we don't have "Dawn" in New Zealand. Is it glass cleaner, dishwash liquid?

MLegacy said... [Reply to comment]

@Diane Bold

MLegacy said... [Reply to comment]

Last post didn't work. Dawn is a liquid dish soap (not for dishwashers, but for hand washing dishes).

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

Wonder if this would work on shower tile grout ...any thoughts?

Pickles' Bubbles said... [Reply to comment]

I wonder if it works on greasy build up in the kitchen too. Hmm, might try this.

TLilly said... [Reply to comment]

OOOHHH yeah, Walmart 1st thing in the morn, for sure doing this, thank you !!!!!

Shelly R Wilson said... [Reply to comment]

So excited use this. Thanks for the detailed scoop

Kat said... [Reply to comment]

Thank you so very much for this idea. I was finally able to get rid of the soap scum in our shower/tub that has been their since we moved in last April.

lindsayjones0 said... [Reply to comment]

@Diane Bold

I feel bad for anyone who does not live in a place where you can get Dawn Dish Soap... and the original blue. It is the best ever for dishes. I would suggest trying to go online and seeing if you can order it to be shipped there. Well worth the shot.. trust me. You would never go back! My guess is you would have something similar. Do you have a blue dish soap?

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

You are so fun here! Great blog and terrific post - I've got this linked to my household cleaners post too today, go clean!

NOSE IS BURNING! said... [Reply to comment]

I tried this and it smelled just as bad as the stuff I usually use! Burned my nose! but, I do have a sensitive nose...allergies and all. Waiting till I go back to wipe down. pew!

NOSE IS BURNING! said... [Reply to comment]

OK. I take it back. SO WORTH THE BURN!!! LOL I have never had a cleaner that allows me to just wipe it away. I always have to scrub and sweat and spend a LOT of time cleaning it. This was spray, walk away, come back, I rinsed THEN wiped, that way there wasn't AS much soap in the cloth. BRILLIANT! The hardware is even sparkling! I thought that stuff was forever to be dingy! It cut right through it! AND RUST!!! LOVE IT!!! THANK YOU!!!

Chris P's Minis and More said... [Reply to comment]

I am going to try this..I have been putting off the shower stall for awhile I HATEscrubbing it. Thanks it's a God sent!

Annie said... [Reply to comment]

Well I've just sprayed my entire shower with this stuff and am waiting to wipe it off. The smell was a lot stronger than I was expecting. I started to freak out that I was creating some sort of chemical reaction, so I called Dawn. They said not to mix their soap with anything >_< but too late! I figure if everyone here has done it and survived that I should too. Can't wait to see if its worth the bad smell.

Danielle said... [Reply to comment]

Tried this today. It worked great just as promised! The only issue I have with it is the horrible smell. I had to open all the windows in the house for about 4 hours to get the smell out. I followed that up with potent essential oils air freshener! Any ideas on how to get the smell out of my microwave? I really do not want everything I nuke to smell like vinegar. I think next time I will just heat it on the stove to avoid this problem in the future.

ziggy09 said... [Reply to comment]

Mix a tbsp of baking soda and 1 c of water in a bowl and microwave for a couple minutes to take out the vinegar smell.

Em said... [Reply to comment]

This worked great & on hard water residue- thanks for posting!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Dawn rules. I am very brand loyal. If you ever use Vasoline in your hair for a costume, Dawn is the only thing that will get it out.

CBussey64 said... [Reply to comment]

I just tried it ... we recently remodeled bathroom and don't have a glass door but have new tiles ... and I don't want them to get scummy. So I cleaned them with it, then I got worried that the blue dawn would stain new grout (it is sealed though) and it cleaned it beautifully. The smell isn't that bad, there are WORSE smells than vinegar (I work in a hospital LOL) ...

Jules57 said... [Reply to comment]

Phenomenal! I have struggled with soap scum as it is a pet peeve. Just ask my kids! Tried everything on the market. Some have such strong odors and you have such high hopes they will do what they say they will only to be greatly dissapointed. This worked beautifully! My spray bottle only worked in a stream so I took the nozzle off an empty Windex bottle and it sprayed great. Although I'm allergic to Dawn, it was no sacrifice to wear gloves because I got a beautiful tub and shower! I have since checked out other uses of vinegar. Check out this site: Thanks for the great idea! You rock!

cdoiron said... [Reply to comment]

OMG best thing ever.... it used to take me an hour scrubbing and scrubbing..... now 10 mins tops!!!! i LOVE this and am so happy to have found this thx to pinterest!!!!!!

Patty Brown said... [Reply to comment]

After removing all soap scum and water spots put on rainx will keep the soap scum and water spots from sticking to the glass, but you will need to do this every 4 months are so...

nicole dasnoit said... [Reply to comment]

This stuff is awesome!!! I decided to try it my shower curtain and it was amazing!!! Almost looks brand new!! I didn't use blue dawn or wait 2 hours (more like 5 minutes) but I was so impressed I proceeded to spray everything in my bathroom with it!! THANKS :)

Jake and Terri said... [Reply to comment]

I saw this on Pinterest and tried it. It worked great! Thanks for sharing!

Kelly Dawn said... [Reply to comment]

oh hell yeah - gonna have to do this when i get home - have to go to walmart anyway since i havent been to the grocery store in weeks.... - yeah - poor planning on my part - :)

Mrs. Sol said... [Reply to comment]

I know what works on that creepy brown floor... Easy Off Oven Cleaner - the kind you can use on cold ovens. I tried it and all of the junk came right off the textured floor. Just spray it on and leave it for a half hour or so, then scrub with a sponge or brush and rinse.@Rhiannon

Maybaby said... [Reply to comment]

Ok...I just used the formula using green apple scented ultra Dawn and vinegar...I used 3/4 Dawn to 1 cup vinegar...WOW...I only let it sit about 5 minutes...still very, very sudsy so next time I will try 2/3 cup Dawn. I had months worth of soap scum on 22 yr old glass shower doors that I swear have perma scum...I'd say 95% of the scum came up very easily using one of those yellow sponges with the green scrubby on the back of it. I think in a couple of weeks when I redo it, the rest will come up easily. I also used wet, used "every day" facecloths to remove the cleaner after scrubbing..much easier and less messy.

alison said... [Reply to comment]

tried it...loved it! just wiped it down with a wet washrag after a few minutes. thanks for posting about this

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

@Jessica ThanK YOU! ThanK YOU!!!!

Cyndi - YaYa said... [Reply to comment]

Did not have blue Dawn.. in fact, did not have dawn of any kind.. couldn't wait to try I used AJAX dishwashing liquid.. while it didn't exactly "stick like gobs" to the walls it did stay a bit longer than regular spray from a bottle. I left it about 15 minutes then rinsed off.. Pretty good results.. can only imagine how good blue Dawn will work .. I feel like the acutal hard working ingredient is really the white viegar which is such a good thing to use on many, many things.. thanks for posting this recipe. I will be mixing the original recipe as soon as I make a trip to Walmart...

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

@AgentWoods I use Fairy and vinegar. As Fairy is not as thick as Dawn you will need to mix half and half, like in 1 cup vinegar, 1 cup Fairy. It works wonders!

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]


Dawn definitely works on laundry stains! I wonder if you can use this with the vinegar being room temperature so it does not have to be heated every time I clean the shower.

Hoosier Mamma said... [Reply to comment]

I mixed this stuff up this weekend, sprayed it all over the shower walls, floor and door, let it sit for 2 hours, and KABOOM! Just like you said! This homemade concoction did a fantastic job at removing that nasty soap scum! Thanks for the awesome post.

Susan said... [Reply to comment]

Just sprayed down my hubby's bathroom shower...we will is very strong though so cover your face and ventilate!

Dannielle Griffin said... [Reply to comment]

I am about to try this now in my shower! I am super excited.
For those asking about tile grout, the best thing I have found is peroxide! I got a grout brush at Wal-mart ($1.97) and one BIG ole bottle of Perioxide. I put the peroxide in a spray bottle. The difference is AMAZING!

ash said... [Reply to comment]

I made some up awhile back and filled up half the bottle (24 oz bottle). After the initial use I had some left over so I've been using it at room temp with the same results. Pretty cheap and works great!

Proud mom said... [Reply to comment]

Definitley going to try this!

emkelly said... [Reply to comment]

After years of purchasing tons of products that say they remove soap scum, I was a little skeptical with this recipe. Who would have thunk vinegar and dawn could be so magical!? I can't believe how well this works! SO glad I tried it. Thanks so much for posting it!

Jenny said... [Reply to comment]

I just sprayed this on the shower doors. I hope it works. However, my nose and throat are burning now. Whew, that's some stinky stuff. I've never had trouble with other cleaning products burning my nose. Maybe it means it will work?

tokkibaby said... [Reply to comment]

I totally laughed about your daughter asking you if you bought the Dawn soap with a photo of penguins because you collect them!! I'm gonna have to try this b/c my shower looks like your before...yuck!

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

I'm waiting to go wipe down my shower walls right now. Did anyone have trouble getting the spray bottle to work? The first bottle I tried wouldn't work and the second one wire my hand out because I had to push the nozzle so much.

cakegirl said... [Reply to comment]

Thank was my question. Glad you asked. I had bubbles everywhere, but no soap scum!@Jennifer

Amanda said... [Reply to comment]

I hate to be the kill joy, but I do NOT recommend this for tile and grout tubs. I'm sure it may work wonders for glass shower doors, but it was way too much trouble to clean off my tub tile and grout. Now I have some blue stains on my grout. I used the 1 cup blue dawn and 1 cup hot vinegar mixture and sprayed almost all of it all over the tile walls and tub floor. It let it sit for about 2 hrs. The mixture produced TONS of suds. So far, I've washed it off once with a sponge, scrubbed hard once with a hard bristle brush (trying to remove blue stains in grout) and washed off again with a wash cloth. I swear, the walls STILL suds up when water is applied to them again. Yeah, the tub is clean, but I think it is more because I've now washed and scrubbed the tub 3x!

Kimberley said... [Reply to comment]

Anyone think this would work in the oven too? I HATE the smells of oven cleaners, and my oven is well overdue for a cleaning

Plumfan said... [Reply to comment]

I'm a bit late to the game, but for those of you wondering, it does not have to be Dawn. I used a previous commenters recipe that just thickens the vinegar with cornstarch and adds a bit of dish detergent. Worked great. I also used it cold, made a batch the night before with about a tablespoon of detergent and sprayed it in the bath the next morning before running errands. It stuck and wiped up beautifully. It also came out of my spray bottle a lot better than when I tried 3-4 Tablespoons of soap. probably because there were too many bubbles in the first batch. I can shake the second batch and not have any problem. Just make sure you coat everything really well because it will not work on areas you did not spray.

Ladette said... [Reply to comment]

Just what I've been looking for!! Thanks.

moni1247 said... [Reply to comment]

I used this today. Heated the vinegar on my stove top added both the vinegar and blue dawn to a spray bottle with no problem. I sprayed the shower doors down and let it sit for a couple of hours while I did some other things. I just finished wiping and rinsing. I have a hand held shower head that helped with the rinsing. Where ever I saw remnants of scum I just wiped with the sponge that still had the mixture on it and off it came. I love this because normally I would spend at least an hour in the shower with my scrub brush and Lime Away or whatever chemical I would try that go around. The vinegar smell was strong as I sprayed and made me gasp but it does that when I add it to hot food as well. I just turned on the fan and opened the windows. Try it you will be happy you did. Now off to shower number 2!

Dania said... [Reply to comment]

I must say you had me cracking up. Loved reading this and yeah I'll try it, but I hate to clean. lol! Thanks.

girlafraid said... [Reply to comment]

Just tried this, it works great! 8 Months prego so I needed something a little on the less toxic side.

missmarquisha said... [Reply to comment]

This works! I made my Facebook status about it! But, I don't know why I got the crazy idea to try it at 11:30 pm. I guess I can leave it on til morning. Even though it started working minutes after being on the nasty, dirty bathtub that I thought was forever stained! Thank you so much to whomever came up with this idea! I hated having my kids use that shower/tub because I couldn't get it cleaned from the last people who lived here, and I've tried EVERYTHING!

Sarah said... [Reply to comment]

@Diane Bold
Dawn is a dish washing liquid for your kitchen sink.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]


I realize you posted this comment many many months ago, but for those who are wondering about Dawn's eco-friendliness, notice that the back of the bottle says NO PHOSPHATES. This is a good thing, because one of the big problems that wastewater treatment plants have is phosphate removal due to large incoming amounts from shampoos/detergents/etc, so a lot of phosphates end up in water sources, which (long explanation here) ends up being bad for animals. I imagine that's why there are penguins on the Dawn bottle? Either that or because they use it to clean up animals after oil spills.

But long story short: One bottle of Dawn shouldn't compromise your environmentally -friendly efforts too much.

Kat Jett said... [Reply to comment]

I used this same recipe for my white tile floor and white grout-I just moved into this home, bathroom floors, were nasty. left it on the floors for an hour, floors look brand new! It was very "soapy" so prior to rinsing, so I used a dry micro rag and removed as much as possible. New fav clean tech.

De-stressing, Un-packing, and Loving MY home! said... [Reply to comment]

I just tried this... I can't wait to see the results... I am currently recovering from Vinegar inhalation :)

Rach said... [Reply to comment]

I just tried this. AND HANDS DOWN this is amazing! :) I just watch the soap scum fall right off. It makes me soo happy :P

I've also been trying to scrub soap scum off my Dad's shower for years. It comes off, but not all of it comes out. So I'm soo excited to see it come right off! Wuhoo~

thank you! thank you! thank you!

Kelly said... [Reply to comment]

Awesome !!!!!!! I am kind of obsessed with the results! I cleaned my tub last night, found a spot to try it on, on the living room carpet earlier today & just finished cleaning my stand up shower!! Amazed. It smells terrible (vinegar) while it is sitting (I let everything sit on for a good while), but once it's gone so is the smell & it's super clean! I'm so happy to be going to bed with a clean shower & tub, with two little ones this does not happen often. I love that these are harsh chemicals either. I jumped right into my shower & steamed it up, washing myself as I wiped down with walls! :) seriously thank you for posting this!!!

Kelly said... [Reply to comment]

I would try it with like double the vinegar, if you try to make it again. That's what I'm going to do anyway. I thought there was a little too much dawn. But it still worked great for me. Just a thought.

Mallory said... [Reply to comment]

Loved this for my shower door! Definitely going to make some more of it! And I blogged about it.
Thanks for the tip! :)

The Busy Bee's said... [Reply to comment]

This is awesome!! I was so impressed we posted it on our blog too linking them back to you of course.

One Lazy Saturday said... [Reply to comment]

I know an earlier comment asked, but I didn't see an answer. Has anyone tried an earth-friendly soap? I will not buy Dawn, so I'm wondering if any greener products have been tried.

Stampin Cats said... [Reply to comment]

Just tried this. Didn't have a spray bottle so I mixed the dawn and vinager in a storage container and wiped it on. Used it on the whole shower. OMG!!! it so worked.

Chris said... [Reply to comment]

Well, yay for all of you who say this works. I did not have the same results. Contrary to the original posting, this mixture dripped and was not gel-like. I ended up going back a total of four times to respray - and that is normally what I do with the store-bought soap/scum cleaners. The very bottom of the shower - the part that has the worst scum build-up, still did not clean up.

You have to be sure to rinse this mixture with water because it definitely does leave its own soap residue.

nmc said... [Reply to comment]

I used Costco's Kirkland environmentally friendly dish soap with the vimegar. It works like magic. I swear, I've never seen anything clean my tub the way this does, and I've uses tons of useless cleaners. I've actually used the leftover from the spray bottle (not a fresh batch), and it works great. I'm in love with this stuff.

nmc said... [Reply to comment]

*vinegar (sorry)

wordnerd (Rebecca Carey Rohan) said... [Reply to comment]

I didn't get to leave it on as long as I wanted to -- daughter needed a shower -- but I felt there was way too much residual Dawn left on the shower door! It was really soapy the minute I tried to wipe it down. I ended up jumping in the shower and using the spray nozzle to rinse if off 'cause it would have taken me forever to do it with my sponge and bucket. BUT -- not only did it take off the soap scum/hard water, it also got rid of these gross orange-ish hard water stains we get around the edges of the shower base, that NOTHING else would clean except the super hardcore cleaners that I don't like to buy! So I will definitely do this again -- just with less Dawn.

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

i am going to try this today! we have soap scum in both our bath/showers and i am so tired of the beach fumes from clorox tub and tile. every time i use clorox i feel like i killed brain cells and i am about to pass out and vomit all at the same time - so bad for me. i just bought a big jug of vinegar. i can't wait. i repined on pinterest too :) thanks for posting!!!

lynda said... [Reply to comment]

I saw this on Pinterest and had to try it. OMG!!! Best thing ever to clean the shower! I'll never clean the shower with anything else! Amazing!!

Brandxyz said... [Reply to comment]

@Melanie Thompson

I am also suffering from lack of ventilation - feel like I seriously burned by lungs and sinuses. Hope it's worth it! I haven't wiped the shower out yet.

BellCello said... [Reply to comment]

I am very excited to try this! I have just discovered that using that wonderful degreaser, Dawn, alone would remove soap scum fairly well, but adding vinegar to it makes sense also as it cuts through hard water and is a natural disinfectant. I already us vinegar in cleaning elsewhere. (Using lemon and/or lavender essential oils can help w/ the smell. Only use a drop or 2 to start with, though!) See this link for a GREAT laminate floor cleaner w/ no streaks!!

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

I used it on my tub and shower and it worked wonders. My tub is fiberglass and my surround is all white subway tile with white grout. I did NOT have any staining issues. I used 1 part dawn (blue) to 2 parts vinegar (which I did not heat up...) and sprayed it thick. Left it to sit for an hour then just sprayed it off. The smell was pretty horrendous while it was on the wall but it dissipated quickly once I rinsed it off.

Cydne said... [Reply to comment]

I used 1 part dawn to 2 parts vinegar. Worked great.

Answers to Qs:
Didn't heat it up. Used the leftovers the following week on the shower curtain.
Don't really think that it has to be Dawn brand dish soap, just a thick dish soap.
It is really sudsy. I have to spray it off with my shower head (it is the removable kind with a hose attached). I like the idea of using cornstarch & dawn as a thickener to cut down on the dawn even more.

I am also going to play with adding something to get rid of mineral/hard water deposits because that still required a little scrubbing.

euro.chick said... [Reply to comment]

Most Dawn stocked these days is the ultra-concentrated kind, not the original kind. (At least at my store) That's why a lot of us are getting so many suds.

You need to adjust for the difference. I think I ended up using 1/8 cup in 32 oz bottle.

I also added a bit of lemon juice to counteract the vinegar smell since my husband can't stand it.

puscher said... [Reply to comment]

you are my HERO!!! it DOES WORK!!! AMAZING... I tried it with my normal dish soap (no Dawn in France) and IT WORKS like a charm!

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

I have both these at home & my bathrooms needed cleaning like... YESTERDAY so... here's to trying it out today! Thanks for the idea! Now, where's the nose plug & gloves? Cause... with 3 guys in my house that have terrible aim, my bathrooms aren't so pretty!

jab said... [Reply to comment]

We avoid bar soap in our home and we never get soap scum with the liquid soap. Never-the-less, this is good for clean the shower and for other areas of the house.

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]


We have HORRIBLE rusty looking hard water stains in our shower (if left untreated.) Tip that came from our landlord, (who lives around the block with the same hard water problem) is to use "Toilet Ring Remover" from Ace Hardware. It's around $8/bottle, but it's totally worth it to remove those awful stains! Put it straight into a spray bottle, spray your shower, tub, sink, toilet, whatever, and let it sit for half an hour or so. Later, just wipe it down! And once you start treating it, if you keep up with it, it's easy to keep up with.

Kathryn said... [Reply to comment]

I just tried this yesterday, although I had to make the necessary "hurried SAHM modifications" of running out of dawn after about three squirts, and trying to rush through the wiping due to two screaming kids; but it was still the best my shower has looked in months! No more nasty chemicals for me! Great tutorial!

Erin said... [Reply to comment]

I gotta tell you that I tried this today and my husband, who has mild asthma, had to leave the house he was choking so badly on the fumes. I've seen recipes now that have a lesser concentration, but this one did him in and I'm in the dog house. Thought it would be natural=mild. I've since seen others posting the coughing problem too. You might want to put out a disclaimer.

FERGY said... [Reply to comment]

After you get the soap Scum off, spray your glass with rain-X or some kind of car wax it keeps glass doors from building up this stuff. For the bottom of floor in shower use magic eraser no bleach needed. I have cleaned homes for 25 years and use dawn in cleaners for kitchens its not toxic smells good and rinses clean. The cleaners with scents Added you will ALWAYS need to rinse especially around food areas or floors(or they are going to be sticky). Most people don't read instructions but be aware its there to RINSE ALL SERVICES AFTER YOU USE CLEANERS.

FERGY said... [Reply to comment]

After you get the soap Scum off, spray your glass with rain-X or some kind of car wax it keeps glass doors from building up this stuff. For the bottom of floor in shower use magic eraser no bleach needed. I have cleaned homes for 25 years and use dawn in cleaners for kitchens its not toxic smells good and rinses clean. The cleaners with scents Added you will ALWAYS need to rinse especially around food areas or floors(or they are going to be sticky). Most people don't read instructions but be aware its there to RINSE ALL SERVICES AFTER YOU USE CLEANERS.

BeckyB said... [Reply to comment]

I just sprayed down the bathroom - and I do have a tile wall within the tub/shower area. I did not use "blue dawn" since I have the clear (bleach alternative) that I use for soaking Pans - did I mention I love this formula. I set the time for one hour- and I am going to see how its going - will post back after we are done. Thanks- Also, my brother mentioned if you add a teaspoon of baking soda to this mixture -you can get the "skunk" stink out of a dog. His dog was sprayed a few days ago, and this is exactly what he used - plus the baking soda !!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

The smell, you got a bonus! When the SAARS pandemic hit China, you could smell the vinegar in apartments and hallways. They would boil it as a disinfectant of the germs in the air. Maybe it really works!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

The smell, you got a bonus! When the SAARS pandemic hit China, you could smell the vinegar in apartments and hallways. They would boil it as a disinfectant of the germs in the air. Maybe it really works!

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

I have tried this on my summer home tub.and it looks brand new.i tried this at home in shower doors that are 18 yrs plus.look also brand new.the smell is strong but worth it.i strongly recommend it. Happy cleaning and wear rubber gloves. Clementine

Juju said... [Reply to comment]

Vinegar works on hard water spots, soap scum, and RUST! Just be careful not to use it too often, because it is also corrosive and it will eventually etch tiny microscopic lines into your glass, tile, etc. (bleach does the same thing.) Those microscopic lines collect scum & dirt. Once you have a clean shower & tub, try keeping the soap scum at bay by using Scrubbing Bubbles or a similar product that is NOT corrosive.
Also, for those people asking about grout: Once you have your grout clean (Or better yet, when it's brand new), use a grout SEALER and it will keep mildew & mold, stains, etc. from forming. Re-apply the grout sealer yearly. You can buy it at Home Depot or Lowe's.
Just speaking from 30 years experience as a homemaker.

Hopes And Dreams Studio said... [Reply to comment]

Newest follower here. Found you on pinterest. Thanks bunches for the tips.

Terri Gold said... [Reply to comment]

Installing a water softener will help with limescale which eats the surface of everything. I think less Dawn could be used but then it would be drippy although it would be a lot easier to wash off due to less suds. Vinegar cleans everything - including the inside works of your coffee pot so why shouldn't it clean your shower?

Susie Y said... [Reply to comment]

Easy off oven cleaner in the blue can (no fumes)works awesome! I had tried everything on my 26 year old shower floor, this was amazing. Just spray it on wait a while and us a brush to lightly shower floor looks like new.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Just sprayed this stuff all over my shower. IT SMELLED SO BAD. I was almost weeping. I hope in two hours when I go back in there that all that nasty soap scum will be GONE.

Also thinking about whipping some up and cleaning an old BBQ grill with it. I think it might work wonders.

Kate said... [Reply to comment]

Hi AgentWoods,
This is probably far too late, but Dawn and Fairy Liquid are almost the same. Can you get Fairy in UK? I can't remember if it's only available in Ireland.

Frenchy Luv said... [Reply to comment]

Lol I actually gave up on trying to clean the shower cuz nothing would work so I left it all to my Hunny to tough scrub it off but man oh man I'm def going to try this and boy will he be glad!

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

I did this using Fairy (it was the green ultra concentrate) and it worked a treat. We don't have Dawn where I am either and I've read that Fairy is a close equivalent. I used a little less detergent as it was concentrated with excellent results.

myldy said... [Reply to comment]

@Rhiannontry borax and water made into a thick mixture... Let it sit overnight and rinse.. Worked for me!

myldy said... [Reply to comment]

@Rhiannontry borax and water made into a thick mixture... Let it sit overnight and rinse.. Worked for me!

kaforgey said... [Reply to comment]

This is truly a hidden gem!! I am not an ambitious house cleaner. I would rather close the door than clean. In an area of hard water that means the tub/shower enclosure is nothing short of gross. I heated 2 cups of vinegar & then realized I only had 3/4 cup of Dawn. This still worked amazing on a shower that I can't remember when it was last cleaned. Hard water stains/scum or soap scum , whatever, my hubby said our 22 year old shower looks brand new!!

Amy said... [Reply to comment]

I used Palmolive and it worked fine - I even forgot to heat the vinegar, only waited an hour, not two, and it worked a charm. I can't believe how gleaming my tub is!

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

I tried this, I must have over looked the part that said heat the Viniger , but it worked great with out heating it up. I had bad soap scum and it all came off! Without heating anything up. I'm going to try and heat it up next time and see if there is a difference.

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

I tried this. Forgot to heat vinegar, but even at room temp it works. I love it!!!! I used to buy Scrubbing Bubbles Max....$5 a can. Never cleaned as good as this. I started making my own fabric softener too..... 1 bottle Suave conditioner, 3 c. vinegar, 6 c. hot water. I can make 3 batches for less than the cost if 1 bottle of Downy. Next up is homemade laundry soap. Clean House & $$$ in my pocket!

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

I tried this. Forgot to heat vinegar, but even at room temp it works. I love it!!!! I used to buy Scrubbing Bubbles Max....$5 a can. Never cleaned as good as this. I started making my own fabric softener too..... 1 bottle Suave conditioner, 3 c. vinegar, 6 c. hot water. I can make 3 batches for less than the cost if 1 bottle of Downy. Next up is homemade laundry soap. Clean House & $$$ in my pocket!

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

vinegar works like a charm. i have tried this after reading these tips from your blog. keep updating. Cleaner Jobs

Munkeh said... [Reply to comment]

@Angelina Mitchum
You can use plain white vinegar for fabric softener. It works a treat and doesn't smell by the time the wash is finished and dried and its very inexpensive. Everything comes out so soft and fluffy.

Tara @ Tales of a Trophy Wife said... [Reply to comment]

I just featured this in my round-up of my favorite tips. Thanks so much for shraing it:

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

@AgentWoods Hiya! I'm an American living in the UK. Fairy is the same product as Dawn. The soap is just a thickening agent. I used Fairy in green. Works the same. :-)

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

Thanks for sharing! I love to try new DIY products! I just tested this and posted a blog about it! Check out my blog post @

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

I commend your creativeness and concepts with this etched glass door by taking simple to get materials. that is amazing! Hopefully, I will try this in my storeroom Doors for my room.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

This was a GREAT fix. No scrubbing, cheaper than all the cleaning products that don't do half as good a job. Bathroom looks like new.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Wow! This is awesome! I too have tried too many products at no avail so I will definitely give this a try. Thanks for the tip! (I, like you, think I've got nothing to lose) ;)

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

Can you use apple cider vinegar? Or does it have to be the white distilled vinegar? Id like to try this on my shower and tub to see if it really works. I have really hard water and a lot of soap and dirt build up. Yuck! Please help

inovexenterprises said... [Reply to comment]

Vinegar is named for cleaning products.This type of vinegar is used in soap scum also.Then that product is also too good for using.
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Colleen MacKinnon; Penny Rugs and More said... [Reply to comment]

Buy a squeegie and use it after every shower, on the walls, door and floor. My husband has no problem doing this after every shower. Leave the door to shower open so that it can dry completely. You will have no scum and no mold.

Georgia Peach said... [Reply to comment]

We squeegee and then also do a quick wipe down with a microfiber cloth. But I still use the Dawn/vinegar mixture every couple of weeks, and it is truly amazing stuff! No need to reheat. I also use it in the toilets. First I sprinkle in some baking soda, then some white vinegar, and spritz with Dawn/vinegar, let sit a while, and it really does a great job. Agree with the poster who uses vinegar as laundry softener. Cheap and works good. I've also made my own laundry detergent for several years. All $ in my pocket!

Tamika said... [Reply to comment]

Thank you Jesus! I am trying this tomorrow!!!

Sheri Sunshine's Blog said... [Reply to comment]

Thanks Jen, thanks for this great formula, you have a amazing blog!

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Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

Goop hand cleaner, best degreaser on the planet, buy it at Walmart, less than two dollars, rub it on surface, let sit, wipe it off, Viola grease is gone.

You find the goop in automotive section. Good luck.

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

thank you for your post, I will try this I

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

I am a professional house cleaner and I prefer vinegar because vinegar is most effective cleaning agent for all house cleaning purpose. I mostly used vinegar during my House Cleaning Sydney services.

Mari C. said... [Reply to comment]

Dawn is what they use to clean animals after oil spills.

Endula Rose said... [Reply to comment]

I'm fairly certain you heat the vinegar so that it mixes well and easily with the blue dawn. Heating it doesn't change its chemistry ;)

S. Wade said... [Reply to comment]

Do you have to heat it every time if you do not use it all?

DeborahNicole said... [Reply to comment]

@kellyinflorida. Me too!

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

Yaayy! totally works....Thanks

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

It's dishwashing liquid

nekoindi said... [Reply to comment]

Since people were asking, I tried using the formula cold (had mixed it warm, has been sitting for a couple weeks in the bottle), and it worked just fine! I also don't have Dawn, so used my liquid dishsoap, again to no ill effect.

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

It's really a difficult task to choose a right bathroom remodeling company for buying Lakewood glass bathroom tiles. Thanks for giving such a nice information about bathroom remodeling.

minip02 said... [Reply to comment]

ok.. I am soooo skeptical, my gross is like 20 years in the making since nothing ever works.. I will spray tonight and rinse tomorrow I will let you know how it goes. I might find you and hug you and babysit for you so you and you Love can save some water !!! Will let yo know in the am.. Thanks!!!

Rob said... [Reply to comment]

Stink? Yes.

Work? Yes.

No problem.

Just used this on a tub/shower that hasn't been cleaned in at least six months. It looks fantastic!

You've got my kudos!


Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

I am sure you have a great fan following out there.

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

Thanks for
Posting! ❤

Jackie H said... [Reply to comment]

Just used this on my outside windows after we shut the sprinklers down for the season. I just squirted them off with a hose after scrubbing. I can't tell how gorgeous they are! They look better than brand new. Magic!

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

Thank you for posting this information and photos. I am in the middle of remodeling my master bathroom and I would love to install a standard bi-pass door on my shower. I think it is a beautiful look and it's just something different. Is it going to be a problem if my shower is larger than 60"? Do you know where I could find shower doors portland and shower doors portland oregon ? Thank you for your help.

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Skittles said... [Reply to comment]

Will it work if you add lemon juice in it for the smell? Also, does it work on windows? Great idea, thanks! :)

𝘐𝘳𝘪𝘴 𝘝𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘨𝘢𝘴 said... [Reply to comment]

Tomorrow at first time when I get up, I will get the down and white vinegar
Thank you so much for the great tip

Chemical Billy said... [Reply to comment] has a great eco friendly shower cleaner that dissolves soap scum instantly. I compared this to about 10 cleaners and this product worked the best at removing soap scum off of my shower door.

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

I would agree with ChemicalBilly in the sense that you need a specific cleaner to get rid of soap scum. Mixing Vinegar and detergent will remove some minerals but to efficiently remove soap scum you need a higher pH. All vinegar is really is acetic acid and water. This is a low pH that can remove scale, not soap scum. I've seen bioworx and it uses a higher pH which is needed to get rid of soap scum. Also, detergents contain pretty nasty chemicals, another plus to use a chemical like bioworx which doesnt use any.

Sharing My Thoughts said... [Reply to comment]

I love this for my tub and shower. It does an awesome job. I just tried it on my ice/water dispenser area on my fridge. It worked great! We have well water and I am so happy it worked. I have soaked that area with just vinegar and used a toothbrush trying to get it clean! :-) Thanks for sharing!

Jan P said... [Reply to comment]

I used this on a bath tub in a rental property that had not been cleaned in probably two years! Nothing prior to this worked. I followed the instructions and let it sit overnight. What an easy solution.
Thank you so much! I'm going to stock up on Blue Dawn Ultra.

judyd said... [Reply to comment]

I'm going to try this tonight when I get home. Very tired of scrubbing and scrubbing. Live in a rental apartment and the bathroom is gross. I clean it but it never feels really clean. So we'll see.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I shall call this stuff Stinky Magic, because that is what it is. I've been in my apartment for sixteen years and never found anything that worked on soap scum before. Lessened it, yes, but not got rid of it. So thank you very much for posting this!

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

I used a different Dawn and just put it in a plastic container and used a sponge. Melted right off!

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

I am so glad i stumbled on this blog. Just picked my son up from grad school. He says to me mom, can you help me clean a little before we turn the keys in? I say sure, I pick up a bottle of Kaboom (cute) at the store and head to his place and nearly had a stroke when I walked into the bathroom ...I swear these dudes did not clean the shower ONE TIME since they moved in a year and a half ago. Seriously, I thought I was going to have to get a putty knife to scrape the scum layer off. I did need two applications of this mixture (yes it was that bad) but it took it all off with very little effort on my part. This recipe saved my day, my son's security deposit, and most importantly my MANICURE. LOVE YOU!!!!!

Jen said... [Reply to comment]

I bet if you tried clear Dawn with no dyes that it might not color grout as a few of you have posted. Has anyone tried it?

Deborah said... [Reply to comment]

Blue dawn is safe for the environment, that is why it is the only one used on animals in oil spills. Also I read somewhere that we have to "train" our noses to associate vinegar smell as clean. (smile)

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Great idea but can be very toxic! I grew up in a chemist's household and got a huge lecture the day I mixed bleach and Lysol (or ammonia and Lysol--can't remember now). The mixing of these ingredients is quite dangerous. Please open windows, doors, etc and have your pets outside before you do this. I don’t know for sure, but if Dawn has ammonia or bleach in it, then toxic fumes will be created.

Here is a quick blip I found:

Mixing bleach and vinegar is a bad idea. Toxic chlorine gas is released, which essentially serves as a way to wage chemical warfare on yourself. Many people mix bleach and vinegar, knowing it's dangerous, but either underestimating the risk or else hoping for increased cleaning power.

This forum post is good as well to explain.

jaza said... [Reply to comment]

Thanks so much!

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

@moni1247I was just wondering tht when I put the vinegar and soap mixture in the spray bottle it clogged up and nothing comes out of the spray, Does this happen to anyone?

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

can anyone tell me, if their vinegar and dawn mixture clogs your spray on your bottle, and what helps?

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

One of my friends is getting some hard water stains removed from his house. He tried one of these home remedies, but their stains were just too deeply set in. They're going with the professional grade stuff, this time. Thiago |

joanne said... [Reply to comment]

Thank you! You just answered my question about grout. Clean it and then seal it. I didn't know it should be resealed yearly. Good info!@Juju

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Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

Why is getting the bathroom really clean so hard? There are a lot of products out there, but some are just not quite as magical as the commercials make them out to be. It feels like an endless battle that is too hard to be fought alone some days.

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