When we decided to sell our house, we knew we’d need to do some cleaning. Our shower, in particular, needed a good thorough scrubbing. We tried a bathroom cleaning containing bleach, hoping that would work. We had the typical shower grime that needed to be addressed – soap scum, hard water deposits, and some mildew in the corners. I sprayed the bleach cleaner and let it sit for a while, to soak in and work it’s magic. Then I came back, gave it a good scrubbing with a stiff bristle brush. The results – not much improvement. The mildew was slightly improved, but not much change on the soap scum or hard water deposits.
I turned to the Internet, wondering if maybe I needed to mix a stronger bleach solution. In my search, I came across some articles on using vinegar instead of bleach. I heard this before but always shrugged it off as one of those eco-friendly things that wouldn’t really work.
With nothing to lose, I gave it a shot. All I had on hand was a small bottle of apple cider vinegar, so I poured some in a spray bottle and sprayed it around the edges of the shower. I let it sit for a couple hours to work it’s magic. While that soaked, I mixed usome baking soda into a paste. I returned to the shower, sprayed a fresh coat of vinegar in the corners, and scrubbed with the baking soda paste. After rinsing, I was amazed at the results.
It wasn’t perfect, but it worked better than the bleach.
The next day I bought a bottle of white vinegar so I could spray down the rest of the shower, and also hit all the corners again. I let that sit for a couple hours, and returned to scrub. (no baking soda this time, just a good scrub brush) Once again, I was amazed. The shower is the cleanest it’s ever been. The grout is white, the tiles are clean, and the mildew is much reduced.
I have since read that once the vinegar kills the mildew, I can use some hydrogen peroxide to lighten the stains, so I may try that later.
It worked so well in the shower that I decided to tackle our bathroom faucets. We have these fancy waterfall faucets, where the water runs down a small trough and gently flows into the sink. That little trough gets hard water buildup as it doesn’t drain completely when you turn off the faucet.
To clean these, I lined the faucet trough with a paper towel and then soaked the paper towel with vinegar. This allowed the vinegar to stay in contact with the faucet. I let it sit for several hours and then gave it a light scrubbing with a magic eraser. I repeated this process a couple of times to get every last bit of hard water deposits off. The faucets now look like they are brand new!
I am completely amazed with the cleaning power of vinegar. A spray bottle of vinegar is going to replace all the other bathroom cleaning products in our home.
I have one question for my readers, and I’m hoping that some of you are already using vinegar and can offer suggestions. Is there anything I shouldn’t clean using vinegar? I know it kills grass, so I should be cautious if using it outside, and I’ve read to be cautious when cleaning stone products. Is there anything else that I need to be cautious of?
Top photo show my new minimalist cleaning supplies (I switched to white vinegar but didn’t have a bottle for the picture. 🙂 )