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Scum and mildew can quickly build up in a shower. Then, lots of scrubbing is in order to get the shower sparkly clean again. A low maintenance way to keep the shower clean longer is to wipe down the shower walls every few times after you shower.

The most simple way is to keep a Scotch Brite dishwand in the shower filled with ½ vinegar and ½ dishwashing detergent. They sell something similar at the Dollar Tree. This is a great cleaning product alternative that is easy and convenient!

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    • Donna

      Thanks, I am trying this for sure. It’s a constant battle with my SC water .

    • mommawith3

      We also recently moved to the country, so we have well water. hard water stains are not an issue. But with 3 kids, one being almost a year, stickiness is an issue. I clean EVERYTHING with vinegar and water. That way, when the baby eats something off of anything, I am not worried about her ingesting any poisons. For windows, I have a bucket of 1 part vinegar and 2 parts water. I keep a rage in the bucket for scrubbing the windows, and a dry rag for drying the windows.

      • mommawith3

        Sorry, rag…not rage.

    • Carolyn

      Cleaning my coffee pot with vinegar (about 1/2 cup mixed with water). Brew the vinegar + H20 combo. Then brew plain water thru a few more times. Watch all the gunk and build up that accumulates flow into your pot!

    • Catherine

      Do NOT buy the dollar general ones, they leak out all the solution immediately. The brandname ones; however, work really well and the idea is a great one!!

      • Lisa

        I agree! Dollar store ones leak immediately! I haven’t tried a brand name one though. I’ll have to grab one next time I’m at the store.

        • Me

          I have tried the spic and span wands and they are horrible! I ended up buying the scotch brite wands when they were on sale at Kroger during the mega event and they work well and never leak! You can also use a zip tie around the wand and hang it in your shower with a command strip so it’s ready for use after showering when the walls are still wet.

      • flower_mom

        The brand name one I bought (Scotch Brite) leaked within months of buying it. :(

    • Rebecca Bryant

      would a spray bottle with vinegar and water do the same trick as the shower sprays you buy

      • Sheila

        Maybe if you spray and then rinse. My SIL uses that in her shower and it leaves a bad build-up over time.

    • Kim

      No scrubbing involved. I use 1/2 cup dawn with 1/2 warm vinegar in a spray bottle. I wet down the tile walls and glass doors first with hot water, then spray it on. Let is stand about 20 minutes and then wash off with hand held shower sprayer. Works wonderfully. I do the same with the bath tub as well. Handles mildew and soap scum with no scrubbing. If I begin to develop mildew then I treat with X14 or tilex, don’t have to do but a couple times a year.

      I use Blue Dawn only.

      • C~~

        I use the exact same thing. For mildew I also use peroxide, works like a charm. Just keep a small spray bottle filled with peroxide, just spray and leave it on. Be sure to label or mark the bottle, since it looks like water. : )

      • KAR622

        I use the same thing (with Blue Dawn only). I keep it in a spray bottle and we use it in all of our bathrooms (shower, bathtub, sink, around the toilet) and I also use it to clean our kitchen sink. If there’s a stubborn stain on porcelain or stainless steal, I follow up with a little baking powder scrubbed in with a clean damp cloth – that will usually take care of any stain or tough-to-clean spot. Vinegar is my go-to cleaner for just about everything else!

    • guest

      The Scotch Brite wands leak too! Not happy. Just bought one for $2.68 at Walmart and filled it with the combo solution. It leaks, even when left upright. Emptying it and returning it. I’ll spend the $6 at Bed Bath and Beyond and get the OXO wand. The others I have so far have lasted me 10 yrs. I’ll just buy one for the shower.

      • jenichthus

        Never get one with one of those buttons on the handle. They are useless and always cause problems eventually.

    • T

      I just mixed the 1/2 (Heinz all-natural cleaning) vinegar to 1/2 dishwashing detergent (Trader J’s brand) and it blew up the wand. Does anyone know why this happened? It started foaming and whizzing the moment I mixed the two. Any help and advice appreciated. My kids thought it was a neat science experiment.

      • jamie

        I would take a guess there’s baking soda in the dish washing detergent the vinegar reacted with. If not baking soda then something else that caused the same reaction. Got to be careful what you mix vinegar with.

    • couponkellip

      If your shower starts out relatively clean, just using a towel to quickly wipe it down after every shower keeps it looking good a long time! We have a special towel on a hook close to the shower just for this purpose! I’m pretty sure I’m the only one that does it in my family, but it really extends the time between shower cleanings!

    • Momofboys

      I just use a Magic Eraser bathroom eraser. It’s awesome. I use it once a week and I haven’t had to use anything else. It melts away the soap scum like it’s nothing. We were on a well at our old house and I had to use really harsh chemicals to get the rust out of the tub. My local store had run out of the only rust remover that worked, and I took shot with the bathroom eraser which was brand new at the time. It took away the rust like it was colored water! I love the bathroom magic eraser and no more chemicals in my shower!

    • Ann garriss

      You need a Norwex enviro cloth and window cloth. Great for the entire bathroom. I keep a travel size and a cut up window cloth in each bathroom. For a little extra buildup I use their All in one bathroom cleaner in a spray bottle with 1 T cleaner fill up with water.