Saturday, March 10, 2012


I thought I'd take a break from writing about all my personal problems and share something of extreme importance...shower cleaner. 

We have well water. It's hard, irony and it leaves stains on everything. We have a sand filter which minimizes the iron in the water but we still see it manifest itself after weeks of neglecting to furiously scrub the shower. 

I got an email from my Mom a few days ago about a post she'd seen on pinterest. It was about combining vinegar and blue dawn dishwashing liquid and creating some magical potion that would miraculously clean your shower (or anything else you wanted). The post was pretty specific that it had to be blue dawn and that you couldn't substitute. 

Anyway...the recipe is a cup of vinegar heated in the microwave for about 2 minutes and a cup of blue dawn. You heat the vinegar and then add the blue dawn and mix...put in a spray bottle and, viola. 

The instructions said you could leave it on as long as over night but an hour or so of application would amaze you. 

So, here goes....

This is my very sad, iron stained shower before... Go ahead and judge me, there's nothing you can think about me that I haven't already told myself. 

Then I sprayed and sprayed and sprayed until every corner was covered and then went and ate some candy. 
(side note...this stuff does create some kind of fume that I noticed made me cough and then gave me a headache so be careful!)
 Don't forget to eat candy. 

After a couple of hours (and when I remembered that I'd sprayed the shower with blue goo) I excitedly went to spray it down and was actually prepared to scrub and scrub. Ok, I might start to cry now. As I started to rinse that goo off and lightly scrub with my bathroom scrubby brush, all that irony-soap-scumy crud started to just vanish. I could hear angels singing! 

Just LOOK! 

It isn't perfect, but nothing in my life is. The spots I missed can easily be cleaned now that I know the magic potion to do so. 

I really couldn't believe how easy it was and how well it worked. I've been fighting this battle for years...this is true freedom! 


  1. So glad you posted this. I have been perplexed with how to get my shower clean over here. I'm so trying this trick.

  2. I had marked this on Pinterest also but just haven't had the time to try it. Our showers look the same due to the iron also...blasted stuff. Trying to figure out now if I can use it in my dishwasher without causing a sudsy mess in the kitchen. That could be a story even I might have to start a blog about! I do love reading your blogs. I still think you should write a book!