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Tue Jan 26, 2010 10:25 am      Reply with quote
This isn't really skincare but do any of you make your own shower spray that prevents soap scum and bacteria in your shower? (A shower spray you spray your shower stall with after showering?) My recipe right now is but am looking for something maybe different.

1/4 vinegar
3/4 water
tea tree oil
lemon oil for smell
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Tue Jan 26, 2010 8:35 pm      Reply with quote
I have a shower spray I got from shopper's drug mart. It has an essential oil in it (I think it's ylang ylang) and I spray it after every shower to prevent bacteria/scum build up. It's still important scrub down your shower at least once a week still.
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Wed Jan 27, 2010 7:30 pm      Reply with quote
hey there,
i use a shower stall spray of vinegar, water, and a good squirt of quality dish soap. the bubbles and soap from the dish soap, give the solution a 'cling' factor. it clings more readily to the soap scum and slides away.

also, in between thorough cleanings, when i'm in the shower, i use the magic eraser sponge. you don't need any detergent/soap. while the shower water is running, i swipe the shower stall and floor with the sponge. its amazing! HTH

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Thu Feb 18, 2010 2:39 am      Reply with quote
I don't have a recipe suggestion but another idea. I have found that using shower gels in the shower rather then soap I do not get a build up of washing product. The shower is still cleaned weekly to remove bacteria and any possible mold but there is deffinetly less scrubbing. I didn't like the idea of spraying the shower daily because I felt like I was inhailing a lot of the stuff. Natural solutions are definately better. But for us using a shower gel has been working well. Some times when there are no specials on shower gel we use baby shampoo as a body wash. They are usually very mild and the home brand is quite cheap. Worth a try.
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Thu Feb 18, 2010 8:49 am      Reply with quote
actually it's the soap binding with hard water ions to form soap scum. It's very difficult to scrub off once it's there... The soap scum you are talking about is probably from soap you buy in drug stores, right? like dove, olay etc? Mind you these are NOT soap, but detergents. Real soap you can find in your local health stores etc.
So scum from detergent soap, or syndet bars is actually a simpler form of residue that comes off easy with any cleaner, vinegar rinse should do fine.

For real soap, what happens is that the sodium in the soap does a chemical switch with the minerals in the water - the most common is calcium - and you end up with a calcium soap. Calcium soaps are insoluble so they precipitate out as a sticky grey scum.
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Thu Feb 18, 2010 1:11 pm      Reply with quote
Thanks for the recipe! I've tried using storebought ones, but I'm allergic to the chemicals Confused
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Fri Feb 19, 2010 8:44 am      Reply with quote
I off to look for a recipe with baking soda. My hubby can no longer stand the vinegar smell of that recipe.
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Thu Dec 16, 2010 10:46 am      Reply with quote
oranges wrote:
I off to look for a recipe with baking soda. My hubby can no longer stand the vinegar smell of that recipe.


Hi Oranges. Did you ever find anything with baking soda?

My shower is all cultured marble and the areas of the 'shower pan' where I'm not standing has buildup and I haven't found anything that will clean it. I've tried vinegar, a baking soda paste, even a watered-down bleach solution, but it still looks dirty.

I did discover that a baking soda paste (baking soda and water) makes the soap scum disappear...pretty easily, too.

Anyone have any suggestions for the shower pan, though?
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Sun Dec 19, 2010 6:15 pm      Reply with quote
I would try T.S.P. http://www.recochem.com/en/index.php/products/cleaners/tsp_trisodium_phosphate/item/tsp_trisodium_phosphate
I've found that its a pretty effective cleaner for tougher jobs (painters use it), but to be honest, I don't know whether it'd be right for your particular issue. I mean if bleach doesn't work, that sounds like a real problem... try soaking with vinegar & waiting an hour, or MB-3?

And yes, NOTHING cleans my tub/tiles better than baking soda - its just scrubby enough, you don't have to worry about fumes or chemicals on your hands (don't even have to use gloves), and it practically neutralizes the scum... so it really takes no effort.

I also found this excellent collection of shower/grout spray recipes:
http://www.ehow.com/way_5167132_homemade-shower-spray.html

Instead of vinegar, they say you can use rubbing alcohol. And this one ads hydrogen peroxide:
http://www.ehow.com/how_6690546_make-shower-cleaner.html

I was just using water & lemon or lime juice (which I've loved since I don't like wasting lemon/limes which I've left too long + I like the smell), but have decided to throw some borax in there. I've found borax to have made an amazing difference in cleaning my laundry, so I'm stoked on it these days.

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