Tuesday, September 15, 2015

How to NOT scrub your tub - Tips from a Lazy Housekeeper

I saw this on Pinterest, and whenever I see the word "hack" (which means, an easy way to achieve something), I'm a sucker. Usually it's a Pinterest Fail, but this one worked! And like I always say, work smarter, not harder.

Supplies needed: a spray bottle, 1/2 Cup white vinegar, 1/4 C blue Dawn dish soap, microwave

This is my "before" picture. You can see soap scum build-up on the floor of my shower. And also some black grime from the cheap black foam flip-flops I wore every day all summer. They even stained the bottoms of my feet!

I let the scum and grime build up longer than normal so you could really see it well. This was a service that I was obliged to provide for you, the reader. You're welcome. I would never normally let my house get this filthy. Nope. No way. Not a chance. This is totally unusual. (Looking this way and that. Whistling.) 

This recipe has smaller amounts of soap/vinegar than the original Pinterest post called for, and it seems like just the right amount to me. 

1/2 C white vinegar
Microwave on high for 60 seconds.
Add 1/4 C blue Dawn dish soap.

Pinterest said the vinegar MUST be hot, and who am I to argue? This does mean that you can't store any leftovers for next time. Which is another reason I reduced the recipe. I use it all up, every time.

Transfer to a spray bottle

Swirl around gently, but for the love of all that is holy, DON'T SHAKE IT. It becomes a huge frothiness of frothing frothy bubbles and makes it impossible to spray. My bottle even started to expand, like it was gonna blow up from all the steam and bubbles, so I quickly(!) unscrewed the top. That's just what I need: scalding hot vinegar and soap suds in my face and all over my house.

Spray, spray, spray. Squirt, squirt, squirt.

Get all the surfaces totally covered. Didn't really affect the tile and grout of the walls, so don't waste your time on those. But it will work miracles on the porcelain of the tub.

Let stand for several minutes - maybe even a half hour or so. I usually spray it down first thing when I wake up, then go about checking my email, getting a drink of wine milk, etc. Then just coincide the rinsing of the tub with my own bodily morning shower. Just PLEASE BE CAREFUL when you step into that tub - IT WILL BE SLIPPERY! The clean porcelain, the vinegar and soap yet to be rinsed away. It's lethal!

Here's my "after" pic. I didn't scrub or wipe ANYTHING! I just moved the shower head around until all the blue liquid had been washed away. But, wait!, you say. This pic has the benefit of shimmery, shiny immediate-post-shower wetness.

Here's the tub several hours later. Completely dry and still shiny - and clean!

Vinegar is amazing stuff. And every time I clean my tub I get hungry for Fiske Fries (you know what I'm talking about, Darke County Fair-goers). Enjoy!


  1. No one makes fries like Fiske!!!!

  2. Wow. I totally needed this post! I hate my tub, because I can never get it really clean! I'm going to try your recipe exactly . . . and no shaking!