Daily Shower Cleaner

I have a ceramic tile shower and it gets mildewy easily. I have resorted to using the daily shower cleaner. Is there something more natural that I could use to spray on it daily to keep the mildew at bay?Any comments would be most gratefully welcome. Thank you!

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Elissa - October 7, 2009

I would spray vinegar after every shower. It does have a strong smell, but you could dilute it with water and add some lemon too. I use the combination of water, vinegar and lemon juice for most of my cleaning.

Kim - October 7, 2009

If your bathroom gets that mildewy that easily, you probably don’t have enough air circulation/ventilation. Check to make sure the bathroom vent is clean of dust/grung. Make sure to leave the fan on for 10 – 15 minutes after taking a shower (it’s possible to instal a timer – it’s not that expensive), or if there’s a window, leave it open either during the shower or right after.

If this still doesn’t fix things, then get someone who is either a plumber or electrician to check to see if the fan is powerful enough. This is where it’s good to have “handy” relatives!

For a natural cleaner, dilute vinegar in water (1/4 cup of vinegar in a standard spray bottle filled the rest of the way with water). There is also an excellent natural cleaner out there which has actually been tested as hospital grade. It’s called Benefect. I am a massage therapy student, and this is what we use to clean our massage tables with between clients. It kills bacteria, mould, and even viruses. I believe it even kills hepatitis and other hard-to-kill viruses, too! It’s made with totally non-toxic ingredients. It’s even less toxic than vinegar! When you buy it, you usually get a jug, which you then dilute (pour a couple of ounces into a standard spray bottle – the rest with water), so a jug would last you a year and then some!

Hope this helps!

Sue - October 7, 2009

Vodka, as in grain alcohol has so many uses, including killing mold. I have a cleaning business and use it for cleaning mirrors, as a disinfectant, etc. I buy the cheap stuff and you mix one part vodka to two parts water. It’s safe and will NOT push into your system, unless you guzzle it of course. : – )
Learned about this on a website of a woman who does autopsies. She said that the bodies were abundant in rubbing alcohol and recommended using this. I also use it on wounds, cuts, etc. Great stuff and pretty cheap too considering. Vinegar is good but I don’t like the smell, and many people don’t.

Cheryl - October 8, 2009

I agree with both the Vinegar and the Vodka…. BUT with mine, i like to add some lavender essential oil (ten or so drops, more depending on volume) and not only does it help to get rid of the smell of vinegar (or vodka) but it in itself has an antibacterial property so you get double the whammy!

Val - October 8, 2009

i’m going to try the vinegar and lavender eo – since i already have both!

Melissa - October 9, 2009

I use a mixture of a few Tbsp’s of bleach, mixed with water in a spray bottle.
When I get out of the shower/tub I spray it all over and I never have to scrub my shower. It always looks sparkling clean. The bleach disinfects and keeps any mildew from growing.

Ellen - October 10, 2009

Try to prevent mildew by keeping it as dry as possible. I just bought a giant cloth-covered sponge at the dollar store (like you’d use to wash a car), and I wipe the shower walls and tub down with it after each use. I’ve found that I need to clean less frequently. When I do, I use vinegar and baking soda, though.

Angela - October 12, 2009

Hello, My parents lived on Christmas Island for 5 years and during that time they learnt that bleach based products actually feed mould and mildew. Due to the tropical climate they struggled with mould and mildew literally on a daily basis. My mum used to spray the shower and walls with a diluted vinegar (the odour evaporated very quickly)every day and then would leave a pedestal fan blowing air into the bathroom to help it dry out as much as possible. This mostly eliminated mould from their bathroom. I guess this is just a confirmation of the other posts. I personally put grapefruit and orange essential oils in my vinegar because I love the scent. Good luck.

Donna - October 14, 2009

Thanks for all the great tips. I am sure I can use the vinegar and lemon juice trick.

Monica - November 9, 2009

An easy and cheap way is to get a squeegee, leave it in your shower and squeegee it when you are done showering. I do it on my glass shower door to prevent water spots but the drying effect will prevent mildew.

Tammie - November 18, 2009

Hey Donna, Bleach has obnoxious fumes and vinegar stinks. I’ve used both. I would suggest u get your mold under control with one of these or a mildew remover and then use a very inexpensive forgotten product called 20-muleteam Borax. I would dilute it in hot water, put in a spray bottle, and spray on after each use along with some of the other good suggestions. Its worked great in my shower in keeping the mildew from returning. Another suggestion is to use liquid soaps instead of bars because they do not leave as much residue for the mildew to grow in, and the shower will stay cleaner longer. I love Borax for many other uses, and it usually only costs under $3.00 for a box. Good luck

Carol - February 1, 2012

1/2 cup alcohol
1/2 cup peroxide
6 drops Dawn dishwashing liquid
water to fill quart spray bottle
spray after every shower while walls are still wet

Works as well as purchased shower sprays at fraction of cost

Rachel - June 6, 2012

I’ve been using this blend for many months now and love it. I’ve read that straight vinegar can eat tile grout, so it needs to be diluted. It seems to work very well, and SO cheap and NO more wasteful buying tons of plastic spray bottles. I can’t recall where I picked up this recipe, but after Googling it, there seems to be many versions out there.

1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide
1/2 cup vinegar
2 Tbsp dishsoap
5 drops tea tree essential oil
1-1/2 cups water

I love your site!!!

    The Hillbilly Housewife - June 6, 2012

    Thank you, Rachel. This looks like a great recipe. And, thank you for reminding us to be careful of the vinegar/grout problem. Grout is a porous substance even if it has been sealed and vinegar right out of the bottle will harm the grout. Thanks again! Rachel, would you like to post this recipe in the “Submit a Recipe” section? It would be a great addition to our household cleaning recipes.

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