The state of my bathtub could perfectly illustrate the term "bathtub ring." It has become the preferred bathing spot for my little boys due to its exceptional depth, offering ample space for them to mimic swimming maneuvers. This fun inevitably leaves behind a murky streak of dirt and grime circling the tub after we drain the water. The residues accumulate swiftly, generally necessitating rigorous scrubbing on my end for removal. That was the case until I discovered a miraculous DIY tub and shower cleaner formula.

This simplistic, dual-component cleaner recipe has been circulating for some time, and I eventually decided to test it out last June. Now I'm excited to share it with you. I have an abundance of fresh cleaning hacks and even a homemade laundry detergent recipe that I'll be posting here soon.

You're bound to appreciate this tub/shower cleaner, I assure you. It effortlessly dissolves layers of stubborn grime, rendering your tub and shower impeccably clean. The cherry on top is how straightforward and safe the recipe is, using harmless ingredients that can be found at any grocery store. Chances are, you already have these supplies at home.

DIY Bathtub Cleaner Recipe

What you will need:

White Vinegar
Dawn dish soap (the blue variety)
A spray bottle
Steps to Prepare:

1. Heat 1.5 cups of vinegar until very hot, almost boiling.

2. Carefully pour the hot vinegar into a spray bottle and add 12 ounces (1.5 cups) Dawn original dishwashing liquid.

3. Shake it up until mixed.

How To Use:

1. Spray the tub and shower area with the Vinegar/Dawn mixture until the entire surface area is coated.

2. Allow the cleaner to work its magic for 10-20 minutes.

3. Use a cleaning cloth to wipe down the tub/shower area. Dirt and grime should wipe off easily. Rinse tub/shower area thoroughly with water.

Every time I use this DIY cleaner, I am amazed with the results. My tub gets filthy because of the kids, and I normally have to scrub and scrub and scrub to get it all clean.  Now that I use the Vinegar/Dawn, it cuts right through the dirt so it wipes off as easy as anything. The rinsing part at the end can get a bit sudsy (because of Dawn’s soap bubble action) but everything quickly rinses away, leaving a squeaky clean tub. This recipe is a keeper for sure!