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This post is a little embarrassing because you’re going to see just how gross I let our shower get, but it’s worth it to me because this DIY shower tile cleaner worked SO well and made the whole process so much easier than I was expecting. So…I have to share. Because maybe I’m not the only one whose shower gets a little on the gross side.
The picture on the right is about a year’s worth of buildup. I know–terrible.
Insert: my excuse. I’m pregnant. First of all, who wants to scrub a shower during the early months of pregnancy? The first trimester is hard enough as it is, thank you. Second, the fumes from all those fancy cleaners are so bad.
I actually did try a store-bought cleaner that boasted in big fancy letters on the label No Fumes! I’m sorry but after a few squirts in our upstairs bathroom with all the windows open and a fan going, I could still smell it from downstairs–and my eyes were burning.
I was doing myself and my unborn child a favor by not using that stinky stuff.
However, as you can see from this very revealing photo, I couldn’t put it off any longer. I actually asked my husband to do it, since he’s not pregnant and all, but he opted to look into paying someone to do it professionally. After a couple of quotes in the $100-$200 range, I knew I simply had to find a DIY method that worked.
You guys, I did. I will use this from now on, and probably on much more than just tile mold and grout. It really couldn’t be more simple.
All it is is a mixture of equal parts hydrogen peroxide and dish soap.
Have I mentioned the miracle that is dish soap? I LOVE IT. It has saved countless newborn clothes, is my go-to for grease/crayon/any other stains, and now is my official DIY shower tile cleaner.
- an old toothbrush
- a cup or bowl
- 1-2 tablespoons each of hydrogen peroxide and dish soap
Mix both liquids together in a small container and scrub the affected area with a toothbrush. If it’s a really bad area, spread some of the mixture on for a couple minutes and come back to it with more scrubbing. It’s also important to scrub side to side along the grout, not up and down. I just found it to work much better that way.
That’s it! This tile cleaner gives off no fumes, it works amazingly well, and it’s a very simple process. Now I have no excuse and will be enjoying a clean shower all year long. If you try it, let me know how it works!