I loathe cleaning the shower more than I hate washing dishes.
In college I thought I was so smart to use a bathroom cleaner with Teflon so I could scrub the shower less often. It was super convenient to get a head-splitting migraine every time I cleaned the tub so I had to lay in bed rather than party it up at the ‘backer with my friends.
And there begins my case for using natural cleaners- because everyone chooses a party over a headache!
I eventually discovered daily shower cleaner but I held my breath as I sprayed (even the natural kind) and I freaked out about the chemicals that came in contact with my shampoo so I rinsed everything under hot water and I think that defeats the purpose.
Now, I avoid the agony and make my own.
I developed this shower spray using a few key ingredients to keep mold and mildew at bay. I opted not to use white vinegar because it can deteriorate grout and tile; I definitely don’t want to take that chance now but I will keep it in mind when I want a new tub surround in our future home. 😉
Rubbing alcohol acts is a drying agent so the water will absorb quickly; I used this in place of the Jet Dry that seems commonly used in homemade shower cleaners. Hydrogen peroxide is a natural mold inhibitor. Essential oil adds a nice scent and certain types (i.e. tea tree, lavender) are naturally anti-bacterial.
Daily Shower Spray
- 1/3 c. rubbing alcohol
- 1/3 c. hydrogen peroxide
- 1/3 c. water
- 5-6 drops essential oil such as peppermint or lavender
Mix all ingredients together and pour into a spray bottle. You may need to double the recipe if you use a larger spray bottle. Squeegee your shower after each use then follow with spray once a day.