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Homemade Daily Shower Spray: A No-Rinse Cleaner

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What if there was an easy way to keep your shower clean all week, so soap scum, hard water buildup, and mold didn’t stand a chance? There is, and it’s as simple as using my homemade daily shower spray after you step out.

I live in a hard water area, love using goat milk soap, and there’s no sunlight in my bathroom—not even a window. That’s pretty much a trifecta for a yucky shower. So, years ago I looked for a spray to keep my shower fresh between weekly cleanings.

Unfortunately, I kept finding daily shower cleaning spray recipes that included dishwasher rinse aid and I’m not comfortable with that. Without knowing what’s in the rinse aid, we don’t know if it’s dangerous to mix with other things, safe to use on different shower materials, or something we want to breathe in when we’re bathing.

So, I set out to make my own and this is the wildly popular result.

What This Homemade Daily Shower Spray Cleaner Does

The ingredients in my DIY daily shower cleaner spray kill mold and mildew spores and stop soap scum, too. For the trifecta: the spray prevents hard water deposits from forming. Talk about a winner!

Pro Tip

If you have dark grout, avoid shower spray recipes that use hydrogen peroxide — it will lighten your grout with repeated use. That’s why I don’t include it in mine.

Shower Spray Recipe

Homemade Daily Shower Spray Cleaner

Use this no-rinse spray after showering to prevent soap scum, hard water spots, mold and mildew.
Type of RecipeBathroom
Use AsSpray
Keywordshard water, homemade cleaner, mineral buildup, mold, shower, soap scum
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Equipment and Materials

  • Spray bottle
  • Measuring cups

Supplies

Standard Daily Shower Spray Recipe

  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 5 drops essential oils optional (see blog post)

Daily Shower Spray Cleaner Without Vinegar

  • 1/2 cup rubbing alcohol (isopropyl)
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 5 drops essential oils optional (see blog post)

Steps

  1. Add ingredients to a spray bottle and shake.
  2. Spray the walls, doors, and floor of your shower and tub after showering. Do not rinse.
  3. Keep unused spray away from heat sources and direct sunlight. Shake well before each use.

Tips for Best Results

Start with a clean shower. If you already have a layer of soap scum, remove it then keep it from reforming with my daily shower spray.

Don’t substitute apple cider vinegar. ACV contains pectin (a form of starch) and a small amount of natural sugar, which can leave deposits and attract pests.

Measure every time. Even with natural ingredients, using the proper concentration is important to avoid damage.

FAQs

Which shower spray recipe should you use?

If you have acrylic, fiberglass, or ceramic shower surfaces, you can use either version. Natural stone surfaces like marble, granite, or travertine? Stick with the non-vinegar version.

Which essential oils to use?

Tea tree, lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus, and lemon are all essential oils with antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, so they boost the mold-fighting power of this homemade shower spray.

If you have pets who may come in contact with your shower surfaces, stick with lavender since it’s pet-safe.

When should you apply this? 

As long as you’re using the correct homemade daily shower spray recipe for your shower surface, you can use it as often as you like. So, after each shower, or after the final person uses the shower for the day, it’s all good.

Do you need to squeegee?

If you use the correct recipe for your shower’s surfaces, there’s no need to squeegee. You may notice dried spots if you look closely, but that’s what happens when liquids evaporate.

Personally, I still squeegee my glass shower doors after using homemade daily shower spray because I like them so crystal clear they’re practically invisible. But, as always, you do you!

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24 Comments

  1. Is Cleaning Vinegar (10 % acetic acid) ok to use? Or is regular strength (5% acetic acid) better?

    1. Katie Berry says:

      Cleaning vinegar must be rinsed after use due to its greater concentration of acetic acid. Since this recipe is specifically a no-rinse one, I wouldn’t recommend it.

  2. We have quartz niches in our shower- with ceramic tile walls, a porcelain tile floor and a glass door. Would the vinegar based solution be safe to use on all surfaces?

    1. Katie Berry says:

      Try the vinegar-free alternative that I provided. 🙂

  3. Jill Histon says:

    Would the second version be suitable for polished marble walls in the shower?

    1. Katie Berry says:

      Yes, the second version is for natural stone surfaces including marble.

  4. Are these formulas septic safe?

    1. Katie Berry says:

      In the quantities mentioned, these are septic safe.

  5. Lisa Newton says:

    I have natural stone shower and glass doors, can I use the vinegar free solution on the glass door?

    1. Katie Berry says:

      Yes, it will prevent soap scum and mildew on glass shower doors. It’s not a glass polish, though, so if you want to get rid of water spots you’ll want to squeegee or wipe the door after spraying.

  6. Do the ratios stay the same if you are using a 32 oz bottle? Same question for your other cleaning recipes too.

    1. Katie Berry says:

      Hi Sarah,
      The ratios don’t change. Multiply or divide them as you would with any recipe to adjust the amount needed. Enjoy!

  7. What’s the expiration date after preparation?

    1. Katie Berry says:

      There isn’t one since vinegar acts as a preservative and mold-retardant.

  8. hi Katie! I would like to know, do we need to rince it after? When do you do it? After each shower, after the last shower of the day?

    1. Katie Berry says:

      No need to rinse, Danielle. After the last shower of the day is fine!

  9. I have an acrylic shower stall. Is there a daily cleaner that safely cleans it? Thank you

    1. Katie Berry says:

      The vinegar-based daily shower spray is safe for acrylic showers.

  10. Echo Duva-Sprague says:

    Hi there, loving the advice!
    I am curious if I am not loving the smell of vinegar for my regular fiberglass shower could I just use the one for stone and marble?
    Thanks for all your help.

    1. Katie Berry says:

      You sure can!

  11. Archana Gorty says:

    Which is safe to use on natural stone? I heard vinegar is not safe to use on stone showers?

    thank you.

    1. Katie Berry says:

      The vinegar-free alternative is provided for those who have natural stone.

  12. If you spray daily yourself, after the last person has finished, must you stand in the shower to get the inside of the glass door? My door folds and you cannot reach all of it without closing it.

    1. Katie Berry says:

      I’d just fold it a little and reach around to spray the inside of the door, Mary. If that’s not possible then, yes, you’d need to stand in the shower to spray the door.

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