Homemade Daily Shower Cleaner Spray

One of the clever bathroom cleaning products that I’ve really grown to like over the years are the daily shower cleaner sprays. After you shower you simply mist some of the spray around on the shower walls and it helps to keep your shower clean with less mold or mineral buildup in between more thorough cleanings.

I started out with the name brands like Tilex. . .

then used the store brand . . .

then bought the dollar store stuff . . .

and now – I finally know how to make my own!

Save money and make your own homemade daily shower cleaner spray - so simple and it works great!

My homemade daily shower cleaner spray is actually doing an even better job than the store bought stuff was and that’s because the homemade version includes a dishwasher rinse aid product in the recipe. This has done an awesome job of leaving the shower surfaces cleaner and smoother after a shower.

When it’s cleaning day, I just give my shower tile a little scrubbing with my homemade lemon soft scrub and it looks great. No heavy duty scrubbing is needed because the daily spray keeps things from getting too bad during the week.

In one of my previous posts about how to clean a shower head I shared that I also have some annoying glass block windows in one of my showers. Those glass block windows get covered in water spots – and they are soooo hard to clean off. I was super happy when I discovered that vinegar worked really great on the water spots.

But guess what?

This homemade daily shower cleaner spray keeps the water spots from ever forming on the glass windows in the first place! Oh happy day! Those windows finally look cleaner than they ever have before. I’m sure it’s the rinse aid in the mix that’s working the magic.

If you’re a person that likes to use the daily shower sprays, I think you’ll really love this shower cleaner recipe too.

I don’t think I’ll ever go back to the store bought stuff again. It really is that good.

My recipe makes a 32 oz batch, which is the same size as the commercial brands of daily shower cleaner sprays that are being sold. Just save the bottle from a store bought brand once you’ve used it up, and simply refill it with your own homemade version.

Save money and make your own daily after shower spray using simple household ingredients

To make my DIY version, I begin by pouring a ½ cup hydrogen peroxide, ½ cup rubbing alcohol, 1 teaspoon of dish soap and 1 tablespoon of rinse aid (like Finish Jet Dry) into a spray bottle of at least a 32 oz size. I always use my funnel to make things easier!

Save money and make your own daily after shower spray using simple household ingredients

Next, slowly add 3 cups of water (the mixture might bubble a little bit because of the dish soap). If you are re-using a 32 oz bottle from a store bought daily shower cleaner spray, you really don’t even need to measure for this step . . . simply top off the bottle with water.

Put the top back on the spray bottle and then slowly tip the bottle back and forth to mix the ingredients.

Save money and make your own homemade daily shower cleaner spray - so simple and it works great!

To use: After showering, mist the spray on the walls of the shower and you’re done. There’s no need to wipe.

Update: I’ve discovered this daily shower cleaner makes a great window cleaner! You can read more here: My Unexpected Window Cleaner

Update #2:  I’ve been asked by readers if they should be concerned if there is overspray that lands on the bottles of shampoo, or the shower curtain, etc. I’ve been spraying this around my shower for several years and I’m sure I’ve hit some of the other stuff too, but I have never seen any problem so I think it’s OK to spray away!

Update #3: There have been many questions about whether this mixture is safe on a variety of tub/shower surfaces such as fiberglass, plastic, glass, marble, etc. After doing some research, I believe that because there is nothing acidic in this mixture (no vinegar or lemon juice), that it is indeed safe for all the common bathroom tub and shower surfaces that are non-porous surfaces. For porous surfaces (such as slate) you will not see much benefit as it will just be absorbed. More discussion on this topic can be found in the comments below.

Save money and make your own homemade daily shower cleaner spray - so simple and it works great!

An additional thing to be mindful of is that hydrogen peroxide can slowly break down in the light. That’s why hydrogen peroxide is always sold in those dark brown bottles. If possible, keep this mixture in a cupboard or some other place where it will be dark to keep the hydrogen peroxide at optimum performance. A couple other ideas are to use a dark bottle, or to just add a little more peroxide from time to time. A reader told me she just put a sock over the bottle, and another wraps her bottle with dark duct tape. {Two ways to just make your own dark bottle! 🙂 }

How to make your own homemade daily shower spray

You might also see that this mixture is a light color when you first mix it (because of the rinse aid or colored dish soap that may have been used) but over time the mixture seems to look more clear. Once again, I think it’s the peroxide in the mixture that causes the colors to slowly fade away.

Homemade Daily Shower Spray

Save money and make your own homemade daily shower spray. This DIY homemade version will help keep your shower clean with no scrubbing or wiping needed!
Author: TheMakeYourOwnZone.com

Materials:

  • 1/2 cup Hydrogen Peroxide
  • 1/2 cup Rubbing Alcohol
  • 1 teaspoon Liquid Dish Soap
  • 1 tablespoon Dishwasher Rinse Aid
  • 3 cups Water

Instructions:

  • Begin by pouring the hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol, liquid dish soap, and the dishwasher rinse aid into a spray bottle of at least a 32 oz size. A funnel is very helpful for this step.
  • Next, slowly add the 3 cups of water (the mixture might bubble a little bit because of the dish soap). If you are re-using a 32 oz bottle from a store bought daily shower cleaner spray, you really don’t even need to measure for this step . . . simply top off the bottle with water.
  • Put the top back on the spray bottle and then slowly tip the bottle back and forth to mix the ingredients.
  • To use: After showering, mist the spray on the walls of the shower and you’re done. There’s no need to wipe.

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492 Comments

  1. I LOVE this stuff!!! I could never get my composit floors to look clean! I have tried everything and after it dried it looked hazy! I happen to try it on a spill spot. I noticed how it didn’t look hazy after it dried… so I sprayed and mopped the tray! It brought it back to life! It looks amazing and it shines!!! This is an amazing cleaner! Thank you for sharing! Sincerely Diane Ellis (Utah)

  2. I make a lot of my own cleaning products. I look forward to trying your recipe.

    Tip: Put the water in your container FIRST, and you won’t have any trouble with the solution bubbling over.

    1. This spray helps to prevent mold, however to clean mold away you’ll need something stronger (many times you need bleach).

  3. Hi, thank you for sharing this! I have sodium percarbonate at home but struggling to find hydrogen peroxide. Do you know whether I could use sodium percarbonate instead and what do I need to first? I tried reading up about it but it’s all gone over my head!

    1. I don’t think the sodium percarbonate would be a substitute because it is in powder form. If you can’t find peroxide, I would try leaving that ingredient out and the alcohol and rinse aid in the mixture will still provide benefit in the spray.

  4. This shower cleaner is great. My glass doors have never sparkled as much since they were brand new! This is so much better than anything you can buy. Thanks for a great money and time saver!

  5. Unfortunately this doesn’t work on the hardwater spot on my glass shower door. Being in Indonesia, hardwater spots may be of a different composition than those in the americas/europe.

  6. Does this also work as a sanitizer due to the alcohol and peroxide? I live with roommates so I’ve been searching for a homemade shower sanitizer and some involve bleach others alcohol mixtures therefore this seems like it should work as a sanitizer also right? Except without the harsh smells from bleach? Anyone know a good homemade sanitizer it would be much appriciated, TIA!!

    1. Try the mixture without the soap but add essential oils; spearmint, eucalyptus, lavender, lemon, etc for deodorizing and disinfecting

  7. I mix it all together, throw it into a used hydrogen peroxide bottle, and screw on a used sprayer from one of the store bought brands. Protected from all light, and pennies a bottle as opposed to 2 or more dollars.

  8. I been using this recipe for a while now and love it. So much cheaper than my old bathroom cleaner. I have found it a lot easier to add the water first, then the hydrogen peroxide and rubbing alcohol. Then I add the dish soap and rinse aid. Wala no bubbles to deal with. Put on the lid and shake away. Ready to use.

  9. Hi!

    If using this on the shower screen door- is the the same- spray on shower door after a shower and leave it. Or am I supposed to spray and wipe dry?

    Thanks 🙂
    Sharon

  10. Some items in our pantry like baking soda and vinegar Works as effective homemade cleaner, for all purposes.
    2 cups water
    1/2 cup white or cider vinegar
    1/4 cup rubbing alcohol 70% concentration. Combine these ingredients in a spray bottle and use it to clean your mirrors and windows. Thanks Beverly for the wonderful DIY!

  11. Any experience with colored grout? I have black tile and black grout. I’m worried the peroxide might bleach my grout. It’s a newly refinished shower so I’m still learning how to clean it.

  12. I had some great coupons for Shower Spray. Pandemic. Shelf never restocked. Time gone. Coupons expired. Me tired. This is a nice addition to my cleaning line-up! Thanks!!

    1. I think I would try using vinegar in the dishwasher for smells first. You could place a cup of white vinegar in a bowl on the top rack of the dishwasher and then run a cycle using hot water.

    1. Yes, it is safe for granite because there is nothing acidic in it such as vinegar or lemon juice.

  13. Never again buying a shower cleaner – this is amazing! Just spray and walk away , thank you so much for sharing.

  14. Is there something that can be added to this same recipe that will also prevent hard water stains/spots/accumulation?

    1. The rinse aid that is already in the recipe helps greatly with preventing water spots and I think it will help even with hard water too.

  15. Hi Beverly, You just spray on the walls of the shower and you leave it like that? it doesn’t make a backdrop on the wall?
    Thank you, Lynn.

    1. Yes, you just spray it on and leave it. I use it on my ceramic tile shower area and have not had any problems with streaks or drops.

  16. Hi Beverly, I love this contains alcohol and peroxide which are both disinfectants, but will the alcohol eventually dry out the shower tile? Thanks

    1. No, I don’t think that will happen. I have glazed ceramic tile in my shower and have not had that problems like that.

  17. I love this stuff! Making another 3 bottles (one for each shower, and one for my whirlpool tub). I also tried this on our balcony sliding glass windows to combat the salt (live by the ocean). Works better than anything we have tried (Windex and Rain X). I have shared this with my friends in our condominium buildings.

    1. Very interesting to know about the results of this DIY spray for salt spray with ocean living. Thanks for sharing that idea and how it’s been working for you!

  18. I like the recipe but for the cost of making this it cost almost the same to buy a bottle from the store. Walmart sell it for $2.

    1. Are you a student by any chance? Most people have many of the ingredients on hand, if not all of them already in their homes, especially during Covid times. Yes, the initial outlay may be slightly more, but the recipe itself costs only pennies per batch. Think of how many batches of this you can make and plastic you can save from using. I am jealous that your Wal-mart has $2 spray… my previous $3.49 spray is well over double that now, if it can even be had (hence the looking for alternatives).

    2. 32 oz of peroxide and alcohol are $1 and $2 and make 8 bottles. The rinse add is $2.75 and makes 16 bottles. A $1 of dish soap makes 84 bottles. Even if you have to buy all of the items it is less than 60 cents per bottle of cleaner. And if all you did was make those 8 bottles and never used the rinse agent or dish soap again that’s still 85 cents per bottle of cleaner. Way less than $2 per bottle.

  19. Thanks for this recipe! I was unable (due to the pandemic) to get the shower cleaner that I liked, so I tried this. I will not go back. This mixture works significantly better than what I was using and cost so much less.

  20. Hello Beverly ,
    I would like to make my own daily shower cleaner. Since I am in Germany…
    Do you use hydrogen peroxide 3%? Here are different solutions available’.
    Thank you. Have a nice day
    Hanne-Lore

  21. Love this!! I use an old 32 oz hydrogen peroxide bottle and just put a spray bottle on it. Works for the dark bottle and 32oz. Thank you for this my shower is so clean.

    1. My husband decided to re-use our peroxide bottle too for the shower spray he is using in our downstairs bath. I don’t know why I didn’t think of that sooner!

  22. You go to a lot more trouble than I do, with the same results. Equal amounts of vinegar (that has been microwaved for a couple of minutes to get rid of the smell) and blue Dawn. Fill the remainder of the spray bottle with water and shake. My friends make it a strength according to their individual likes. A spray after SOME showers, leave for a while, or a day, and rinse. Voila. Shines like crazy.

    1. The vinegar and blue Dawn mixture is good for an intensive cleaning from time to time. I still like this daily spray mixture for day-to-day maintenance that makes the intensive cleaning less often and necessary.

  23. This is a miracle solution. Good for the shower, for the kitchen, and even for stains on clothes (and poopy baby clothes too!). Smells nice, is gentle, and it works! Been using it for a while now. Thanks for the recipe.

  24. Thank you for this. Apparently they no longer make the stuff I used to use.
    Trying yours today

  25. Wow, this sounds great and exactly what I need! But I can’t seem to find any rinse aid, unless I buy online. It’s not really something used where I live. I looked around and an alternative is white vinegar, but I don’t know if that would work with your formula? Would it still be fine without it? Thanks for sharing this anyway!

    1. Mixing hydrogen peroxide with vinegar creates peracetic acid, a corrosive acid that can harm the skin, eyes, nose, throat, and lungs. While it’s okay to use the two in succession on a surface, don’t ever mix hydrogen peroxide and vinegar in the same bottle.

  26. Have been using this DIY spray going on 2 yrs and just made up another batch. Best cleaning aid, ever! I use it everywhere in the bathrooms – shower, tub, inside & outside of glass doors, countertops, mirrors! Thank you for sharing your formula with us.

  27. My son told me about this theyuh use it
    in there shower.And am going to use it in
    my shower.

  28. Since the pandemic for some reason the daily shower spray has been impossible to get. I started making this and I’ll never go back! It works so much better.

  29. I’ve been using this mixture for several years. It’s very easy to mix up and works great. I only do a really good cleaning with a scrub brush about once every other month.

  30. Many dish soaps have lime, lemon or another citric acid ingredient. Do you recommend finding one that doesn’t have any citric acid, or does the amount in a standard dish soap with it not make a enough of a caustic difference on standard tile and grout?
    Thanks!

    1. I should add that i have Method dish soap now, lime/mint version, and it lists “citric acid” as an ingredient.

    2. I think the dish soap is watered down and in a small enough amount that it should not make a difference.

    1. Could you add a couple drops of essential oil to the mixture in order to give your shower a fresh/pleasant scent (i.e. lemon or eucalyptus)? I wasn’t sure if the spray will leave your shower smelling subtly of rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide.

      1. I use Doterra On-Guard essential oil (10 drops) & Lemon Essential Oil (10 drops) with 10 oz each of water/white vinegar/hydrogen peroxide, & 1/8th tsp of dawn dish soap. Gently shake to mix. Spray on surface. The On-Guard & Lemon oils are natural disinfectants, along with the peroxide. This recipe smells real nice. Use it on everything, bath tubs/shower, sinks, floors, bathroom fixtures. Ive been using it for years.

  31. Got this recipe from a friend and loves it. Just made this recipe and applied it to my shower. Now my husband asks if it is safe since we live rural and have a septic system??

  32. Thanks for sharing these articles, Keep publishing your content and publish new content for good readers.
    Useful information. Keep sharing!!!

  33. It’s more expensive to buy, but I always keep on hand cherry almond scented cleansing alcohol (70% by volume) for my nails, so I’m going to try it for this recipe. I get this alcohol at Sally Beauty supply.

    1. I just made some and added eucalyptus oil (probably about 20 drops, but add to your preference). I like it better than smelling alcohol.

    1. In the U.S., you should be able to buy hydrogen peroxide and rubbing alcohol at any drug store or larger grocery store. It is usually sold in the pharmacy area of stores, near other first aid items like bandaids. Sometimes you can find these at dollar stores too.

      1. Dollar tree has everything but the rinse agent. Very cheap and can make several batches. Going to try with a drop or 2 or orange essential oil.

  34. Do you have a specific dish soap that you use? I’m excited to try this as I have looked all over for the daily spray but cannot find it! Found it on Amazon but it was very expensive. Thank you!

    1. I usually use Dawn dish soap although there have been many times I have just used the store brand from my local grocery store (Meijer True Goodness brand). I think almost any dish soap would be OK.

  35. I have been using your recipe for several years now, and I just love it! I’ve seen zero mold or pre-mold in my showers with it, and it’s especially helping our vinyl shower curtain liners. No issues with it harming any surfaces. I have two little suggestions to add: 1. Do keep it in an opaque bottle, in the dark, since light can make hydrogen p. ineffective… and 2. when mixing, I pour the water into the spray bottle first, then mix the other ingredients in a measuring cup and add them to the water – no bubbles! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe – it’s so much less expensive than the commercial stuff I was using, much easier to find the ingredients, and I feel it’s probably a little more healthy since I know what’s in it!

  36. I was super excited to find this and I’ve been using it for a little over a week. My husband is finding that the solution is eating away at the caulk around the tub. Any solution to this?

  37. I love this! I also now use it as a light cleaner for quick cleans of my bathroom and kitchen surfaces. Thank you so much!

  38. We just had our bathroom remolded and I used my half water half vinegar solution on my new pebble stone and grout because I hate the pink that seems to start to show up so quickly. Well… I now have a white haze on the areas that I sprayed this mixture. After some research it appears the vinegar caused the sealer to become cloudy, I could cry! Do you think your solution will be safer?

    1. The rinse aid is very helpful in not leaving streaks so I think it’s a good ingredient to leave in if you can find this ingredient. You can substitute vinegar, but vinegar is acidic so it should not be used on any soft stones like granite or quartz.

  39. I know it isn’t but from the picture this could have been my post. I have the same funnel and measuring spoons, the same Meijer brand peroxide and rubbing alcohol. I will have to give it a try.

  40. well I’m so excited that i ran upon your blog, very informational! can’t wait to get the ingredients, have to find the dish washer rinse…
    I’d like to offer you an idea/hack I use when I spray my shower. I cannot continually pump a normal spray bottle (at least to spray my large shower) so I put my shower spray into one of those (small) lawn/garden air pressure pumps, pump the air out then hit the button and get a nice mist/flow to do the shower & floor. After spraying I release the pressure of the container (it busted on me once, lesson learned) and put away.
    after reading all the other comments, I’m happy I learned about keeping this product in the dark (so hiding behind the toilet with the light out isn’t good enough? 🙂 ) Thanks again for your recipe, I’ll report back my findings when applicable.

  41. Hello, when I added the alcohol to the peroxide it went cloudy. Is this normal???

    I am in the UK, so isopropyl alcohol isn’t easy to find so I used surgical spirit which is apparently the equivalent.

          1. Ok, I managed to order some isopropyl alcohol – the ‘surgical spirit’ had castor oil and methyl-salicylate in it so I have think that might have been the issue. Works great now!

  42. I tried the Mix, Hydrogen Peroxide, Rubbing Alcohol, dish soap and Rinse Aid, I found it left the shower walls and especially the Glass streaky I had to go with the commercial stuff. Chris

      1. I still clean once a week or two but no major streaks. But I cleaned the same amount using the store bought stuff. I find this works better.

  43. It leaves a soap film on glass shower door. Could this be because the Dawn now is “3 times stronger“ and therefore, maybe I need to use 1/3 of the amount??

    1. I try to keep mine in a dark place, or you can keep it in a dark bottle, or you can also just keep adding a bit more peroxide as time goes along.

      1. The only problem with this mixture is it’s expensive to make? I paid £10 each bottle of the rubbing alcohol and the peroxide so it ended up costing about £5 per bottle!

        1. Perhaps prices have risen while these products are more in supply during the pandemic. Rubbing alcohol and peroxide always used to be very low cost items at my local stores!

  44. Thank you so much for the spray. It works really great and leaves even my dull shower clean. I put a couple of drops of scented oil to give it a fresh scent.
    Question: My spray bottles are smaller than your standard ones. Is it ok to make a double batch and leave it in a gallon water jug (keeping it out of sunlight) or will it weaken the peroxide…
    Thanks,
    Christine

    1. Yes, as long as it is kept out of the light so the peroxide doesn’t break down, I would say it’s OK to make a larger batch.

  45. Just made this today, I’ll let you know how it works out. The store shelves are absolutely bare of shower spray right now. Thanks for the recipe. Terri

  46. I was going to start using vinegar for the rinse aid in my dishwasher, but it looks like I shouldn’t use vinegar for this recipe?

    1. Because vinegar is acidic you need to be a little more careful of the surfaces you use it on. It is not recommended for granite, quartz, or other soft stones. However if you have a basic tile shower, or an ordinary shower surround, the vinegar is probably an OK substitution to make.

  47. With so many comments and kudos, I thought this was a good idea. It didn’t work at all. Not only that, but it turned my clear shower curtain liner “foggy” …worse looking than when it was dirty. I have to go buy a new one. /:

    1. Thanks for letting us know I was going to try but rubbing alcohol and peroxide is hard to find these days and I would have really let down! Appreciate your feedback. I can’t stand falling for these D.I.Y to just see them miserably FAIL

  48. This was awesome to find, thank you for sharing. For some reason, shower spray is not available right now. I guess the companies are not focused on shower spray at the moment given the pandemic?
    Anyway, I just wondered what percentage of rubbing alcohol formula do you recommend? I have 99% and 70%.
    Thanks!

    1. I usually use the 70% but if you want to substitute the 99% that is OK too. I’ve been hearing that the shower spray is hard to find right now in the stores too, so I’m glad to have my homemade option!

  49. Scrubbing Bubbles is my favorite Daily Shower Cleaner, but not always easy to find. I am going to try your “Recipe”. Thanks so much for sharing. Did you mention this also works on windows?

  50. Thank you for this recipe. Daily shower spray is scarce or out of stock at all our local stores. I put ours in a cleaned out white bottle to try to preserve the integrity of the hydrogen peroxide (don’t have a dark bottle). The first time we used it, it dried with streaks of the cleaner down the shower door wall. But when I ran a wet washcloth over it, the door was clean as a whistle. It really works, but for us, we have to wipe it down. That’s worth it to avoid the scrubbing of hard water spots!

  51. Own my own cleaning business. But I have tried and tried everything possible to man to get the black mold stain off of a customers shower, however it’s never been there because I cleaned for her every 2 weeks….But I went maybe a month or so before cleaning for her again. And it was terrible!! Black/pinkish mold all over. I was able to lighten it some, but want go completely away and it’s granite mind you!! Please help, if you have a solution!!!! TIA💛

    1. I did a little bit of research on your mold question, and it seems like it always comes down to bleach (or peroxide for a slightly gentler option) to deal with mold problems. I did watch one video where the man was using “thick bleach” which apparently is an option you can buy that has a slightly more gel like consistency that helps it cling to surfaces better. He then was putting some kind of rolled up paper toweling or something over it to keep it in contact with the mold longer too. And that’s probably the key. If a cleaner is going to make the mold stain go away, it might just have to stay in contact with the surface long enough to keep working on the stain.

    2. I am in the UK and use Dettol to get the black mould off the corners of the shower cubicle and the silicone. If it doesn’t work right away do it it again and it should come out like new and then you can keep it up with the homemade shower cleaner. It really works for me.

    3. Idk if this helps, but I always use that clorox toilet cleaner gel (the bleach one) to clean the tile showers of any new apartment. It clings really well and I just let it soak in overnight. Visually you can see a huge difference in potentially moldy areas, but it also just gives me tons of peace of mind. Plus, a 2-pack is maybe $4.

  52. For the ? about overspray if it’s a little no worries, onse in awhile I spray anything that’s removable 1st(shampoo,buff puffs ect) 1st, then spray everything else, get out and dressed come back and spray off removeable things. For bottles I use old ones that have darker pkg or get the big hydrogen bottles when done add a sprayer to top. I’ve been doing for 30yrs

  53. I agree – I think this works better than the store-bought! But the rubbing alcohol smell is really strong – can I add something to tame it down?

    1. Have u heard of odoban? It’s a great product it’s a deodorant and disenfectient. Just 1/2 the rubbing alcohol add 1/2 odoban. I was born w/asthma & alot allergies to everything, especially scents

  54. I want to thank you so much for this recipe it is absolutely great! I just can’t believe how good it is and I’ve made many DIY recipes before and none of them compares to this.
    Thank you thank you thank you Cathy

  55. Can you use this mixture for cleaning outdoor windows? And if so, will it do any damage to the grass, flowers and shrubs under the windows?

    1. Yes, you can use this on windows outdoors (I have used it that way too). If there is a tiny bit of overspray, I don’t think it would hurt any plants. I think the only way it might possibly do harm is if a whole lot of it somehow was spilled on them

    1. Different brands of dish soap will work, however try to use a dish soap that is for grease cutting, rather than the ones that are more about hand moisturizing.

    1. Make sure nothing is old and measured correctly, if so then make sure it’s on the finest spray not stream if that doesnt help use a foaming attatchement

    1. Another commenter thought about substituting RainX, a product that is sold in auto supply areas of stores and is used as a rain repellent on car windshields. I have not personally tried it but it’s something to consider if you can’t find rinse aid.

    1. I believe that Yes, you can, because the main concern with septic tanks are strong chemicals that can kill the helpful bacteria and there is nothing of that strength in this mixture.

    1. You could probably just leave the peroxide out if it is a concern. The rubbing alcohol and the rinse aid will still be very helpful to prevent spotting and mildew in the shower.

  56. Can you spray on shower glass doors? If yes is a squeegee be sufficient to get the glass sparkly or does the dish soap in the mix streak the glass?

  57. Hello Bev,
    I will try your shower daily spray… I have tried another DIY that has vinegar, peroxide and dish soap, and the grout in my new shower is coming off. I did some research and find out that Vinegar will soften the grout because it’s an acid. I am hoping that by rinsing it with lots of water, it will be ok and harden again.
    I hope that your formula is safe to use on grout.

    Thank you
    Filo

  58. Lovely,,
    hubby just uses watered down vinegar in his shower spray & loves it..
    and No, LOL, vinegar wont eat your shower !

    1. No, I don’t think fabric softener would be an equivalent substitution. The rinse aid doesn’t cost much so even if you don’t have a dishwasher, it’s not too costly to buy a small bottle. Sometimes you can find rinse aid at the dollar stores too.

  59. I just had a new shower installed with clear glass door. It was recommended NOT to use anything with ammonia or acids. That eliminates winded and other OTC prodcts
    What do you think. Would your stuff work

    Thanks

    1. Well, there is nothing acidic in my mixture and the only possibility of ammonia would be some dish soaps have trace amounts of an ammonia derivative. But I think if you used a natural dish soap, or castile soap instead, that would be the answer to that.

    2. For shower doors, use a squeegee, then wipe down with a microfiber cloth. While it’s a little more time consuming, That works really well.

  60. Can you use this when you having been using a cleaning product with bleach in the shower? Bleach and alcohol are dangerous when used together

    1. If this is a concern, I would give your shower a thorough cleaning with just soap and water first to help clean away any remnants of a previous cleaner. But I think it’s very unlikely that those small trace amounts that might have remained would cause any problem.

    1. I highly doubt there would be any problem, but I can’t say with complete certainty as I have never personally used my spray on bronze finish fixtures. However I have used this spray for many years on my chrome fixtures with no problems.

  61. For years I had to scrub my shower with a caustic and smelly product to remove the terrible iron stains from our very hard well water. Recently we installed an iron filter, which has completely eliminated the iron stains. I bought some commercial daily shower cleaner and am delighted at not having to scrub out the shower. The problem is that I have to turn on the bathroom fan to keep the chemical smell from permeating the house. Today I found your recipe for DIY daily shower cleaner and I will be making this as soon as I can get hydrogen peroxide and the rinse agent. I think this is going to be my favorite cleaning product! Thank you!

    1. I have been using a commercial daily spray on my shower to help keep the orange cast from the iron in my well water down to a dull roar. Like you, I finally had filters installed to clear the iron. It’s been about a year now and the iron stains are almost gone except on the glass doors where I still have a haze, and areas where things I use only occasionally tend to sit. I believe I’ll have to take a razor blade to the door. I’m going to try this DIY spray because the commercial sprays seem to have disappeared from the stores.

    1. My other cat used to do lick the floor of my shower as well. I wouldn’t let the two cats I have now lick the shower water after this spray. Perhaps put a fresh bowl of water in the shower

    1. Because there is nothing acidic in this mixture (such as vinegar or lemon juice) I believe that yes, it is safe for marble showers.

  62. The main problem with essential oils is, they are TOXIC to animals and you should not use them around pets AT ALL!!! I researched it!!! Your other cleaners that involve essential oils, shouldn’t be used if you have pets… I would however, use the lemon scrub you use. That sounds good!!

      1. It is true that you shouldn’t use essential oils around cats as they are unable to metabolize essential oils due to the lack of glucuronyl transferase, a liver enzyme. Some, not all essential oils are ok to use around dogs. My source is Lea Jacobson, a certified clinical aromatherapist.

    1. I would say yes, this mixture should be safe for painted grout and a painted tub. However if you want to be extra careful, just leave the peroxide out of the mixture.

  63. If it has peroxide don’t you have to be careful with your towels etc being bleached colour out of them and also what you are wearing when you spray it.

    1. I have never had a problem although I’m also not spraying this directly on my towels. I think the peroxide is diluted enough that any bit of overspray will not cause any discoloration problems.

  64. I have been using this but because it is so hard to find alcohol during the pandemic, I have been substituting White Vinegar. It seems to work. What do you think about this?

    1. Because vinegar is acidic you have to be a little more careful of the surfaces you use it on. It’s OK on tile and glass, however if you have any granite or soft stone in the shower area, the vinegar could eventually mar those surfaces.

    2. It could be hazardous to your health. Combining hydrogen peroxide and vinegar can create peracetic acid, which is potentially toxic and can irritate the skin, eyes, and respiratory system.

  65. I LOVE this daily shower cleaner! Thank you! I added lavender essential oil to mine for an incredible scent and store it in an amber glass spray bottle. Such a money saver!

  66. Thanks for sharing this! Due to COVID my last store-bought bottle is about empty so will be making this since I WAS lucky enough to find both peroxide and rubbing alcohol recently.

    1. I primarily use it on my tile, however I have glass block windows in my shower and it works very well on them, so I believe you could use this on glass walls with success too.

    1. Because there is nothing acidic in the mixture (like vinegar) I believe that Yes, it’s OK to use on the fiberglass tubs surrounds.

    1. Yes, you can use it on the glass shower doors. I don’t have glass doors to have personal experience on how it performs there, however I use my spray on some glass block windows we have in our tub/shower and it’s done a very good job of keeping the hard water spots off of them. You should not have to rinse it off.

      1. I have glass shower doors and when I first used this, the glass had spots on them after drying. The next time, I rinsed everything with warm water after spraying down with the diy cleaner. The glass has looks perfect after the warm water rinse. I find this actually works better than any store-bought cleaner!!

  67. would this work on a molded tub surround or the tub surround kits that you install yourself?
    thanks!

  68. Thank you for this recipe! I’ve been looking for a daily spray to use on my natural stone shower, and I think this will work as long as I omit the rinse aid.

    1. Dish soaps often have the ability to cut through grease and oil and have better cleaning ability, which makes them a good choice for this mixture. If you substitute a hand soap, I would avoid any very thick ones that are advertised as “moisturizing” and try to stick with ones that are close to the consistency of a dish soap.

    2. They say to use Dawn dish detergent for Everything!! It fights Grease, knocks out stains and good for the environment!! Do it’s a win win!! I was told Dawn and water mixed was a great glass cleaner, no strikes..But the recipe for cleaning the shower is dead on. I have known about this solution and it works wonders…

    1. I have used this for several years with no damage. After it is sprayed on, much of it evaporates as it dries, and what would wash down the drain later is pretty negligible.

    1. I would not substitute vinegar. It does not evaporate as quickly as alcohol, and is much more acidic. Perhaps you could substitute vodka or some other clear grain alcohol.

  69. This is the BEST, does work better than the commercial product! My husband is a welder and the shower showed it, was using the commercial brand for years, saw this hack and thought “What have I got to lose?” I was astounded! WONDERFUL, THANK YOU FOR THIS!😀

  70. This concoction works great, We’ve been using it on the tile and glass shower door for years. BUT with COVID-19 it is near impossible to find bottles of either Peroxide or Alcohol. Good thing I mix it in the the 32 ounce refill bottle and use that to refill the spray bottles A quart (makes 2 batches) each of Peroxide and Alcohol has lasted about 9 months and still going strong. Found a bottle of GREEN Wintergreen alcohol in the powder room vanity and mixed up a batch using it. Smells real nice. Before I would add just a pinch of essential oil to make it smell good, but the wintergreen means I left the essential oils out this time.

  71. In the midst of the pandemic I’ve been unable to find shower spray in the stores, so I looked up to see if I could make some. Your recipe sounds great! I’m wondering if you’ve ever added some essential oil for a touch of fragrance – seems some lemon oil might be nice. Thanks!

    1. Yes, I think you could add some essential oils to this mixture. I think 10 drops might be a good starting point.

  72. What concentration hydrogen peroxide do you use, and what percentage rubbing alcohol?
    Thank you.

  73. I love this!!! My bathroom has no ventilation aside from opening the door and this has cut the mold/mildew down to practically nothing. I also spray a little on the lower half of my shower curtain liner and it’s like magic. Thank you!

    1. A couple thoughts on that – On the one hand there is nothing acidic in this mixture so it should not etch stone. However if the stone is pourous, it might not do much good either as this mixture works better on hard glazed or sealed surfaces like tile.

  74. OMG, this really works, I sprayed my soap scum glass shower enclosure all over then used a micro cloth to easily remove all that yukky stuff. Using each time you shower eliminates to need to scrub hard. Thanks!

    1. Rinse Aid can be found in grocery stores near the dishwasher soap (Por lo general, en las tiendas de comestibles junto al lavavajillas)

    1. I suppose vinegar could be used, however I prefer my current combo of ingredients. Because vinegar is acidic, you might need to research if it is safe for the surface on which you wish to use it.

      1. When commercial companies clean the exterior of sliding glass lanai doors, the windows never fog up and do not build up dirt or spots. They remain clean for at least a year. Do you think your recipe will work as well? Or do you know what they add to the water ?

        1. No, I don’t know what the commercial companies are using, but I do know that the rinse aid in this recipe can be helpful for keeping water spots away.

    1. That’s the one. It’s intended use is for a cut or scrape. You won’t find our use on the label 🙂.

    2. No, it does not make a difference and it’s OK if it says that. My bottle of peroxide says Topical Solution too. 🙂

  75. Thanks for tip/mix I use it for a window cleaner as well ! It actually works to clean a lot of different surfaces . I have glass shower door and glass walls in my shower and my homemade remedy after using a lot of cleaners is a blue square Thin scotch pad and I lather it up with LAVA soap to clean off water spots and soap scum works great ! Hope it works for you ! Thanks again Todd

      1. I mixed up a batch of shower spray with 80-proof vodka (what I had in the liquor cabinet) which is only 40% alcohol. I’ve used this for the last week and it seems to work pretty well. I can’t be specific but I don’t think it’s as good as the original mix with rubbing alcohol. I think it’s a reasonable substitute until I can find rubbing alcohol somewhere. Not to mention the cost difference between 80-proof vodka and store-brand rubbing alcohol.

  76. I haven’t been able to buy rubbing alcohol anywhere!! Can I substitute vodka in this shower cleaner mix?

  77. I have rebath showers that wants us to use cleaners from a list! Would the solution hurt a nonporous Acrylic?

  78. Just mixed this up and sprayed on my tile shower. It foams up and am worried that I will have to rinse. It has not dissipated after several minutes. Can I eliminate the dish soap? I’m thinking this is the problem. Anyone else encounter this?

    1. Hi Suzanne…I would suggest you cut down the dish soap measurement but don’t eliminate it. It’s used as an adhering agent. Landscapers use a few drops of dish soap in their pesticides to keep it in place..like glue; especially in rainy areas. Hope this helps

  79. Thank you for this recipe. I have bought clean shower for years, now there is a shortage of many items such as clean shower. I will try it and if it works as well as the store version I will make my own. THANK YOU AGAIN👍

  80. Pam I have the same problem. I have found that if I use a eraser pad it helps with the soap scum on the glass door and the side glass. 😊

    1. I don’t believe this mixture would be toxic to animals because the rubbing alcohol, peroxide, rinse aid, and dish soap are used in small amounts and are then further diluted.

  81. Great …we have a well, so I can’t seem to keep up with the minerals deposits. Can’t wait to see! Thanks

  82. I am so glad I found this, ty for posting. Can’t wait to try it out NOW. With this pandemic, I can’t find it in any store.

  83. I’m going to try this. It looks easy, and if it works well will be cheaper than buying it in the store. The commercial brand is “sold out” at the moment at our local supermarkets.. And I can’t go to a lot of different stores to check availability.

  84. I’ve been using this formula for a couple of years and it works great! I use wintergreen type isopropyl alcohol (the green one) which give it a nice smell so I don’t need essential oils. I also recycle my brown peroxide bottle so it keeps the peroxide fresh

  85. -My question is, with the dish soap, doesn’t that leave a scum as well as soap you use in the shower?
    I am trying to get years of soap scum and water marks off my tile.

    1. I’ve never had a problem wit soap scum or any buildup from this formula. I don’t believe this formula will clean soap scum, but it will definitely keep it from coming back. In the past I’ve used the white “magic erasers” and they’ve worked pretty well

  86. I would advise not using it on porous ceramic. Before noticed the damage, the cleaner ate away parts of my soap dish that was in the shower. I now cover the soap dish when I am spraying the shower. The shower cleaner works great on the glazed tile and shower curtain, however.

    1. Will I be able to use your cleaner on stain resistant grout and porcelain tile? . I’ve been reading there are many things not to use.
      Some things like vinegar, citric acids can deteriorate the grout resistant to stains, porcelain tile, and marble stone.
      Thank you,
      Tanya

    1. Yes, the homemade shower spray should work on a fiberglass tub & shower combo. You could also test it on a small spot first if you wish too.

    1. Well, it’s not really intended for that purpose. I think there are other cleaners that are more appropriate for cleaning those kind of tanks.

      1. I think what Tyrone is asking is will it cause any issues in an RV gray water tank when it gets rinsed down the drain during the next shower. (I don’t think he’s asking if it can be used to clean the tank.) I’ve been using Clean Shower or Tilex Shower Spray in my RV for years with no gray tank trouble, so I would think this would be fine. The tank would be a nonporous plastic which she stated this formula is for.

  87. I have used this. I spray shower before I get in and wipe it down when I am through. Has really worked well for me. But it did turn the shower bar just a little. I wouldn’t leave it on long. Mine works great this way. Test it on a small hidden spot before using it!

  88. Well, I was excited to try this. Had all the ingredients. Made it , used it and now have permanent spots on my relatively new white marble- like wall tile. Any thoughts? I have tried most everything to remove them. Epic fail.

  89. Can this be used on walk in glass shower doors as a preventative same as times? As in, spray, before buidup from hard water.

  90. Just a thought, I’m no scientists but I have read that peroxide looses its bacteria killing abilities after being in the light, that it’s basically water after being out of the dark colored bottle. Maybe it could be mixed in an old peroxide bottle instead of a clear bottle?

  91. I was thinking of tea tree oil while reading the article. Not only would it give it a fresh smell but also because it is an antifungal so it would kill and/or stop mold from growing.

    1. I don’t think so Donna. If the tiles are currently dirty, you would want to give the tiles and grout a good scrubbing first so it has been cleaned, and then you can start using the daily spray.

    1. I’m not sure on that Linda. I would lean toward not using it on a porous surface. This spray is more intended for hard surfaces like glazed tile, porcelain, or glass. I don’t think the spray would hurt your tile, but I don’t think it would work as intended either because I think it just be absorbed into the tile.

  92. Mixing vinegar with hydrogen peroxide creates peracetic acid, a strong disinfectant that can be highly corrosive. May be good for killing off germs, but proceed with caution!

  93. please google mixing peroxide and vinegar, it’s potentially toxic. Vinegar is also going to be harsh on grout for the same reasons as the soft stones. I do look forward to trying your recipe, the rinse aid, is brilliant 🙂

  94. Yes, I have been using it on my glass shower doors since July and it is keeping them spot free. The store bought one would leave spots. So happy with this home made version.

  95. Mixing hydrogen peroxide with those other ingredients will quickly break it down, especially if you’re using tap water and storing in a clear bottle. So it’s basically the same as adding a half cup of water. Also why add dish soap when you’re trying to remove hard water/soap spots to begin with? The rinse agent is doing all the work here.

    1. I keep my bottle in a dark cupboard, and you can keep adding a bit more peroxide if there are concerns about it breaking down. Also, Dawn soap does not create the same kind of soap scum that many bar soaps do that are used in the shower. The rinse agent is a very helpful ingredient, but I think that other ingredients are helpful in the mixture too.

    1. If you are concerned about the peroxide causing fading of the colored grout, I would try substituting vinegar for the peroxide in the recipe. I really don’t think there would be a problem with the peroxide because it is diluted, but if you want to be cautious, use vinegar instead.

    1. I don’t have glass doors so I don’t know for certain, but I spray this on the glass block window in my shower and it works well. The rinse aid in the mixture does help to prevent the spotting on glass.

    1. I have never had any type of reaction, and have never had any problem having both those ingredients together in this mixture, so yes, it is safe.

  96. Great shower cleaner can be made by equal parts of distilled water (not tap) and white
    vinegar mixed in a spray bottle then add 2 drops of dishwashing liquid, all thoroughly mixed.
    Spray on glass then squeegee dry. Great on all windows, mirrors and even car windows.

  97. Thank you for your post. I have been using a similar recipe in my shower spray bottle and I agree that the rinse aid is the key. I also put a similar concoction in a dollar store scrubby with a handle that holds the liquid. I use this to clean the walls and tub as well. Sparkly clean. And since it is natural safe products I clean the tub/shower while I”m showering. Easy Peezy and poof! That part of the bathroom cleaning is done.

    1. I believe it is safe on marble because the mixture containers nothing acidic (it contains no vinegar or lemon juice so I believe it is OK for marble, granite, or quartz).

    1. Vinegar could possibly be substituted but because vinegar is acidic you might need to do some research on if it is safe for certain surfaces you may wish to use it on (for instance acidic things should not used on soft stones like granite or quartz).

    1. Well, the rinse aid is very helpful in minimizing water spots so I think it’s an ingredient you would miss. You could try substituting vinegar, but because vinegar is acidic you might need to do some research on if it is safe for certain surfaces you may wish to use it on (for instance acidic things should not used on soft stones like granite or quartz).

  98. I have been using this daily shower cleaner for a couple of years & love it. I have tweaked the recipe by using a tsp. each of dawn dish liquid & thieves household cleaner, & add drops of essential oils (lemon oil & tee tree oil). I have a larger container I recycled from unsweetened almond milk & it holds a triple batch. We also had a fiberglass shower refinished last December & I made sure this mix would not compromise the finish & it has not.

    1. Yes, I believe it is OK to use on natural stone. You have to be careful not to use acidic ingredients on natural stone, and this mixture has no vinegar or lemon juice, so there are no acidic ingredients.

  99. I have been using this for years and rarely need to scrub my shower/tub at all. Well worth it. I put the Dawn in last so it doesn’t bubble up.

    1. I suppose you could still give the mixture a try without it, however it is a very helpful ingredient because it works to prevent water spotting after the mixture is sprayed on.

    1. Rinse aid is used in automatic dishwashers to help glassware rinse cleaner and avoid spotting. It can be found in most stores where the dishwasher soap is sold.

    1. Yes, I believe this is safe to use on acrylic showers as none of the ingredients are harsh ingredients.

  100. So glad there’s no vinegar. Most natural cleaning recipes have that and two people in my family are horribly allergic to the point of throat closing up. Thank you.

  101. I’m very eager to try this. I have a couple of questions. Have you tried swapping out the dish soap for dishwasher soap or detergent? Does this solution make the inside of the shower or tub slippery for the next person?

    1. I have never tried swapping in dishwasher detergent and I don’t think I would recommend it. Dishwasher detergent needs the heavy action of the dishwasher to rinse away fully, so I think it would behave differently in this mixture. Also, it does not make the floor slippery. I hope you enjoy this spray!

    1. I have used this spray successfully on the glass block windows in my shower, however I have never personally tried it on a glass shower door. That being said, I think it would work as the rinse aid in the mixture should keep things from spotting.

    1. I don’t think it has the ability to remove any existing stains. Its main purpose is to prevent soap scum and buildup from water residue. However it may help to prevent any future stains from forming.

  102. I took Cookin’ Amigo’s suggestion to leave out the dish soap (but no vinegar). I also put a black sock over the bottle. I use Finish “Jet Dry” rinse agent. This stuff works great on my tile and the shower curtain! And the alcohol odor disappears in minutes. Thank you both for this recipe!

    1. Yes, because there is nothing acidic in this mixture it should be OK. When it comes to soft stones like marble or granite you need to avoid acidic things like vinegar or lemon juice (neither of which are in this mixture).

    1. Both rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide can be found in the pharmacy sections of larger retailers (like Walmart or Target) or even in many grocery stores. You may even be able to find both these items in your local dollar store near other first aid or personal care items.

  103. You’re probably getting streaks due to the soap you are using. Also, VERY IMPORTANT, use Distilled Water. If you have hard water and are putting it in the solution, that defeats the purpose. 🙂 I’d add some vinegar as well for an extra boost, but the rinse aid should handle it. Leave out the soap since you’re using it as a daily spray and not a full on cleaner.

    1. I think this would be OK for the shower surrounds too. I don’t think the diluted amounts of alcohol or peroxide would create any problems.

  104. I use lemon oil,,straight from the bottle…add lemon oil onto a cotton rag,,and wipe in same direction on chrome shower doors,,chrome faucets,,and chrome itself…works great…and repels water spots…no need to re-apply for about 3 months,,or as the lemon oil wears off…..PS…don’t over-saturate onto cotton rag-rags….

  105. Hi – just sprayed this on my glass shower walls – but it is leaving marks – should I be rinsing it off.

    1. You usually do not rinse the spray off and it’s the rinse aid in the mixture that helps leave it streak free. Perhaps try increasing the rinse aid in the mixture if you are having this problem.

  106. Love it — have been making my own for quite a while. I also feel that using body wash in the shower is better than bar soap, which seems to always leave a film!!

  107. I have used this receipt for years. It works great. No issues with tile fiberglass. It really shines up fixtures.

    1. Yes, I use this all the time on the ceramic tile in my shower and in fact this spray is ideal for keeping your tile clean.

  108. I have a shower door with stainless steel (i’m pretty sure it’s stainless and not just chrome). Is this spray safe to use on the stainless or if sprayed and left on will it cause discoloring? Anyone try this before?

    1. Hydrogen peroxide and 70% alcohol are used to clean and disinfect stainless steel equipment in hospital pharmacies.. It is ok to use on stainless steel

  109. We LOVE this spray!! Have been using it in our new home since March. I add Lemon Tea Tree oil to the mix. Smells amazing!! Glad to find this recipe. The ones with Vinegar smelled terrible (no amount of essential oils helped!). And I feel like this works better!

  110. This solution is AMAZING! We updated our bathroom in dark tile and glass show wall. We quickly learned how much trouble soap scum was. After trying other solutions I found this and have been so thankful. It is very effective at keeping soap scum from the tile and glass. It’s quick and easy to make, costs almost nothing, and best of all works!

  111. I cheated (kind of). I have one of those shower sprayers that automatically spray when you get out of the tub. I drilled a hole in the top of the bottle and poured this mixture in it. Cheaper than buying the new bottles of liquid. I only made a small batch to test. Didn’t know about keeping in a dark bottle. Will try covering the bottle. I keep the solution under the sink cabinet which should be pretty dark. Jury still out, but I hope the solution works as well as everyone says.

  112. On my second batch! This mix is both marvelous and amazing. There is NO scrubbing, stainless faucets dry spot free. You must start with a clean shower but thereafter it is just a mater of remembering to spray your homemade mix!

  113. My shower and tub look like new! Never before has it looked so good, and all I do is lightly spray, and I don’t even have to do that every day. Amazing!

  114. So I tried this for the last few days. I notice that it leaves streaks unlike scrubbing bubbles which leaves the glass crystal clear. Would adding more Jet Dry make a difference

    1. I think you could certainly add some more jet dry to the homemade shower mixture and see if that makes a difference on the glass shower door. I haven’t noticed streaking when I use this mixture, but my shower is mostly tile, with glass block windows so slightly different surfaces I guess. Another thing might be to try a little more alcohol as that aids in faster evaporation.

  115. I tried to scroll thru most of the comments but is it ok to add a few drops of essential oils (any, like lemon, lavender, peppermint, maybe OnGuard or something) for a touch of scent?

  116. I saw that you were using the window cleaner on the outside of your windows. Can it be used inside too?

  117. I have just joined the DIY cleaner club and am very excited at the prodpect. i have a suggestion that can be used for any mixture containing hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). I keep a small spray bottle of 30% H2O2 (the concentration sold commercially as a first aid product) to prevent or treat disease when i repot orchids. i find it convenient to protect the bottle from light exposure by simply wrapping the bottle with a layer of aluminum foil. A single sheet of foil is completely opaque. This approach would mean you could keep using your socks on your feet! (fyi most socks are made from knitted fibers which will allow some light to pass through).

  118. This works great! thanks for the post, it has done a great job of helping me keep my tub clean between regular cleanings. I added a half teaspoon of tea tree oil to mine but followed the rest of your posted instructions. I’ve finished using my first bottle, it lasted a long time too.

  119. I made a batch recently with just with water, the rinse aid, and a tablespoon of eucalyptus oil. It’s working great.

    BTW – I learned a while back that switching to liquid body wash instead of bar soap eliminates a great deal of soap scum.

    1. That sounds like an interesting recipe Steve. And I agree – I think there is less soap scum build up with body washes too (as opposed to bar soap).

    1. Usually the things to be most concerned about on stone are acidic substances like vinegar or lemon juice. This mixture does not have either of those ingredients and instead has rubbing alcohol and peroxide, which are safe to use on stones like granite or quartz. So I have never tried this personally on stone, but my inclination would be that it should be OK, based on the fact that it does not have any acidic ingredients.

    1. I am not sure on that Angie. I think it might help to some degree, but I don’t know if it can stop iron or rust problems completely.

  120. Found this today, I’ve scrubbed my shower & tub out and sprayed for the first time as of ten minutes ago!
    Definitely looking forward to less water spots and other nasty buildups. Used one of the suggestions from the comments to keep it in a black-sock-wrapped bottle, wish I’d have though of that when I was making perfume years ago.

    Thank you for sharing this—I added lemon essence to make the bathroom smell nice, and now my SO might be able to be in the bathroom after I clean, what with there being no heavy chemical or bleach scent!

  121. Some family members use the spray pretty liberally. They spray painted walls and ceiling, shower curtain and rod, even the bath products like soap and brushes or loofahs. Is this recipe safe for those surfaces and products?

    1. I don’t think there should be any problem with the spray hitting some of those areas too. Some of my spray goes over onto soap bottles, etc. too and I have never seen any bad effects. At least they’re happy to use the spray I guess!

    1. Buy a large bottle of peroxide. When you use the last of the peroxide, save the bottle and just drop in a sprayer from an old spray bottle. This way you have a dark bottle and the peroxide will be protected.

  122. I am assuming this can be used on tile showers also. I recently have started using all natural cleaning products so really looking forward to trying this.

  123. I have the foe or fake marble shower walls. Does anyone know if this will bother this stuff? I’m now using the store bought stuff and have for several years now…I’m thinking if the store bought stuff has not bothered it yours should be ok too!!!?????

  124. The best tip I’ve ever found to keep the shower free of soap scum is to not use soap. Bear with me. As you might imagine, the cause of soap scum is soap. As soap scum builds up, it becomes a breeding place for mold and bacteria. Rather than cleaning soap scum, prevent it from forming in the first place by using body wash. Like shampoo, body wash is a form of mild detergent. It is not soap, and it does not form soap scum. So, clean your shower, then stop using soap. Use body wash instead, and you will find that the soap scum does not come back.

    1. Pete this is exactly where I ende up. Not only is there no soap scum but it is way better for your skin, body wash doesn’t dry out your skin – bonus is less money on body lotion!

      1. I have always used only body wash, but still get mold in the corners of my tile and glass shower. So, that isn’t a sure deterrent against mold buildup. I’ll try this mixture and see if that can prevent it.

        1. Yup, always use body wash and still get mold in corners.
          I’m curious to try this mixture, hope I find the green alcohol to add

          1. Shower gels are not soap, merely a bunch of chemicals that mimic cleansing. I don’t go near them. Old fashioned lye+fat soap for me. I’ll just continue to clean my shower daily with this spray 🙂

  125. Hi! I was concerned that the peroxide or some of the other ingredients migh affect the grout, silicone sealant in the shower. We live in an apartment and can’t very well replace anything that’s damaged.

    Thank you!!
    Sylvia

  126. I leave for work before my husband and he does not have time to spray the shower before he leaves. My question is, 1. can I spray after my shower (before his) and it still be effective? (and safe – not slippery) or 2. can I spray the shower later that evening and it still be effective?

    1. Hmmm, that’s kind of a tough one Leslie. I think out of those two choices, I would spray in the morning after your shower and hope you still get some benefit after his shower too. It should not make the floor slippery. I think if you spray it later in the evening, it won’t give you the same benefits.

      1. What is the percent of the alcohol that is used? 50% 75% 91%? I know the stronger is usually used medically, for sterilization. Does it matter?

        1. I use the 70% isopropyl alcohol, which is the one most often found at drug stores and grocery stores. If you have the 90% alcohol, I think I would use a little less (maybe just a 1/3 cup or 1/4 cup) and use a little more water.

  127. Hi, I’ve been seeing similar recipes online. Nearly all of the recipes contain peroxide. while I know that peroxide is a good disinfectant and helps prevent mold and mildew from forming it has a very short shelf life, about 30 days, shorter if exposed to sunlight. I use peroxide to clean my kitchen, bathroom and laundry. Also, I keep it separate in its dark opaque bottle until i’m ready to use it. However, once it’s mixed with something the other ingredients act like a catalyst and cause a chemical reaction. It’s the chemical reaction that make it so effective but it’s my understanding that after a couple of hours(?), days(?) it becomes useless. Which is why I hesitate to premix peroxide with other ingredients.

    1. i’ve read that borax, when mixed with water, can act like peroxide. i just need to find a mixture that doesn’t either cake every time in the bottle or leave white in the shower.

  128. Huge money saving tip! I have never made my own version but will start after reading your post. BUT, I do use the store bought versions and soak my razors in them between uses and it keeps my blades razor sharp FOREVER. Obviously it keeps the mineral deposits which dull the blades off them the same way it keeps a shower clean. Just remember to rinse well before use and shave away. You know how much razors cost, this will save you a bundle.

  129. You could buy the Dawn foaming soap, pour out most of the detergent into another container. Fill up the foamer with water. You’ll start saving right away. When all the full strength Dawn is gone, replace it with whatever D.L. you like and keep on saving.

  130. This sounds great, thanks for sharing. I have the “automatic” rinse machine (scrubbingBubble brand). Do you think this will work in that system? I mean, i can only shake the solution once, then stick it in the machine. After that, I won’t be able to shake it anymore. Thanks.

    1. In these types of situations, I usually feel it’s worth a try. I think if you weren’t satisfied with how it worked in your automatic rinse machine, you could empty it back out and all you would have lost are the ingredients you used (which aren’t that costly of ingredients).

    1. I have not had any problems using this around my chrome faucets in my tub area, but I guess it’s also true that I spray this on the tile walls and not directly on the faucet. Nevertheless I’m sure my tub faucet has gotten some of the “overspray” and the chrome looks fine.

    2. I just tried this and sprayed directly on the chrome. Worked beautifully! The water here where I just moved to leaves water spots after just one shower, so this is great! I don’t have a dishwasher, and I hate drying dishes, so I’m going to start adding a few drops of rinse aid to the rinse water. I expect it should really help!

    1. Had no idea green alcohol was a thing. Sounds like I would like that. I hear that eraser works well. I’m going to try that too. I have glass doors and it’s time consuming! Glad I kept reading lol

  131. I have very hard water and my shower turns blue. I first used Mr. Clean bathroom eraser and it came sparking white. Only had to scrub hard on the bad spots. I then made this shower cleaner spray and have used it now for2 weeks. Blue has not come back and my walls in the shower are still sparking white. This is a great spray and I happen to love the alcohol smell I just feel it makes my shower smell really clean.

    1. I can’t speak from personal experience because we have a shower curtain set-up, but I think it should work to keep the scum and water spots away on a door too.

      1. Try using this combo…1/2 cup Dawn, 1 cup Vinegar, 1 cup Finish (DW finishing rinse) fill reminder of spray bottle with water. I also add Tea tree oil for the minty scent. The key is starting with clean shower doors. Then spray them daily after showering and rinse off. Makes them sparkle!

  132. OK, a dumb question here…I made a cleaner with dawn, vinegar, H2O and tea tree oil….does it need to be rinsed off after spraying or just left on?

    1. Boomdog02 – That sounds like a cleaner mixture that needs to be wiped off after spraying it on. I don’t think it would need rinsing, but would need to be wiped. The rubbing alcohol and the rinse aid in this daily shower cleaner recipe are what make you able to spray it on with no rinsing or wiping needed, and the recipe you described sounds different than that to me.

    2. Boomdog02, that is exactly the recipe I was thinking of by the time I got to the end of the article – great minds think alike!
      How are you finding it, have you had to make any changes to it and is it doing a good job on your shower?

      1. Also – most importantly are you having to wipe it down? We currently squeegee the shower after use, quite frankly this is a terribly boring affair!

        1. I added 3/4 cup Finish, the dishwasher finishing rinse and it made a world of difference. I experimented by adding essential oils to give the room a nice minty spa scent…it doesn’t need to be washed/squeegeed. I just splash some water and it rinses clean.

  133. absolutely love this stuff, keeps my shower looking great, and I’m going to make a few bottles and give them to my daughter-in-laws for Christmas!

  134. I have the fiberglass tub shower combinations. Cleaned the soap scum, etc. from both showers, shower heads, curtain liners and bathtubs with half Dawn half vinegar mix. Soaked the shower heads in this mix by using a plastic bag with rubber bands around it. With some scrubbing got everything spotless.

    Now I use your after shower spray daily and both are still sparkling. Even use it on the curtain liners. It keeps them nice and clean. A real work saver. Love it.

    Thank you, thank you!

  135. Just a note, because some of the comments are indicating the desire to add vinegar to this home-cleaning formula. Hydrogen peroxide and vinegar are not a good mix. They react to make peracetic acid, a corrosive and irritating (to the lungs) chemical.

    Hydrogen peroxide + rubbing alcohol is OK
    Rubbing alcohol + vinegar is OK
    Hydrogen peroxide + vinegar is NOT OK

    And keep bleach away from all of these.

  136. I’m so glad to find this tip and can’t wait to try it! We have fiberglass doors, too, and they never seem to look clean…even right after I’ve cleaned them. And love that this concoction won’t aggravate my asthma nearly as much as the foaming stuff I used does!

    1. You probably could substitute vinegar but it might not have quite the same “sheeting” quality as a rinse aid does. It’s worth a try!

    2. I have actually replaced the rinse-aid in my dishwasher with straight white vinegar and have been very pleased with results, so I dont know why it would be an issue

    1. Any brand of liquid dish soap will work (and I updated the recipe to show it as liquid). It seems like more often the powdered stuff for dishwashers is labeled as detergents and the liquid stuff is usually labeled as soap.

  137. I’ve been using another concoction very similar but now I will try yours. Sounds like yours just may be better with the jet dry.

  138. Love your blog!!!!!! I am definitely going to try this. We are cutting our grocery bill back as our new years resolution and cleaning products are so expensive! This definitely will help! I love how theres no chemicals too. Found your blog via pint rest which linked it to spam. Sad…. someone stole your picture but since the picture had your blog name in the corner on it I just searched and found it. Some people aren’t very bright. But anyways glad I found your blog 🙂

    1. Of course there are chemicals – ALL of the ingredients are chemicals. To those who want to use vinegar instead of a rinse agent – it will not do the same thing because vinegar is an acid while the rinse agent affects surface tension (sheeting action).

  139. Hello. I love this idea. I spend way too much on cleaning products. My question is can I add some essential oil to this mixture.

    1. Yes, I think it would be OK to add a few drops of essential oil to this recipe (maybe 5 to 10 drops). It would still be pretty watered down so I don’t think it would cause any problems.

  140. We made this and really liked it, however, we’re wondering if 1) You can use this on days you don’t shower, and 2) can it be used in plastic shower doors?

    1. I think you should be able to use this spray even if it’s not after a shower, however I don’t know if there would be a need for that. But if you wanted to give that a try, I don’t think it would cause any problems.

      I have not used this spray on plastic, but I think it would certainly be worth a try. The rinse aid in this spray would probably work on plastic too to help water spots from building up.

      1. It works great for cleaning tile counter tops and bathroom sinks. The rinse aid makes everything sparkle. It even makes the icky bathroom sink in my husbands bathroom look awesome.

  141. I use this formula and add several drops of my favorite essential oils. Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Lavendar makes the shower smell great and opens up my sinuses if I spray the warm shower immediately following my shower while I am still in the stall before I towel off.

  142. Thanks for sharing. I did not think of using Hydrogen peroxide. I have a similar mixture of 1 part water, 1 part vinegar, a few squirts of isopropyl and a few squirts of eco friendly dishwashing liquid. I put in a spray bottle and squirt to clean. I used this for cleaning the floors with a dry mop and came up very clean. Windows looked clean as. For the stubborn grit on windows, I used a paste of baking soda and dishwashing liquid.

    1. I sometimes use my vinegar and water mixture to clean my floors too Mary. I put a microfiber cloth on my swiffer, and then keep spritzing it with my homemade cleaner while I damp mop the floor. I think next time I will try adding a little rubbing alcohol and dish soap like your recipe above.