The Main Ingredients:
Baking soda is a miracle food that can also deodorize and scour. It has anti-fungal and antiseptic properties, and can remove stains. White vinegar is great for removing odors. When the smell of the vinegar leaves, it takes other smells with it. It also cuts grease and removes mildew. Hydrogen peroxide, in the 3% solution found at the grocery stores, is a mild bleaching agent.
Lemon oil, eucalyptus oil, lavender oil and tea tree oil (often called "essential" oils) are sold in natural health stores and some grocery stores. They have antiseptic and deodorizing properties.
Basic shower cleaner: In a spray bottle, mix two parts water, one part vinegar and about 3 drops essential oil per 2 ounces liquid. Shake and spray on shower, then wipe off.
Scouring cleaner: Just sprinkle baking soda on a sponge, wipe on and rinse off.
Mildew cleaner: In a spray bottle, mix one part hydrogen peroxide with one part water. Spray on mildew and wait one hour. Rinse off. Hydrogen peroxide can be irritating, so use caution.
Drain cleaner: Use the action of vinegar plus baking soda to clear drains. Pour baking soda in drain, then follow with vinegar. Wait 20 minutes, then pour hot water down drain. Do not do this if you have already tried a commercial product, as the vinegar can mix with the commercial product and cause dangerous fumes.
Other Easy Ways to Keep A Shower Clean
Here are a couple of other easy methods to keep a shower clean. Using a squeegee after each shower will keep mildew at bay and reduce cleaning time. Using a chamois cloth after each shower can also keep mildew at bay. Both of these methods require the cooperation of everyone who uses the shower.