DIY Shower Spray
Updated: Oct 22, 2019
The shower should be a clean place but since it is always wet, it can be an icky place. A shower spray can cut down on how often you have to deep clean the shower.
What you will need:
an empty spray bottle
distilled white vinegar
tea tree essential oil
Into your bottle, pour 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water
Add 10-20 drops of the tea tree oil.
Shake before each use. I use it after each shower. I squeegee the shower, then I spray this cleaner all over the inside of the shower. This makes it so I don't have to "clean"the shower as often because it is being cleaned every day. This routine doesn't really add that much time to your shower, either.
Why it works: Vinegar is a natural cleaner and tea tree is a natural anti-fungal, which means it will prohibit the growth of mildew (dreaded pink slime). If you don't care for the smell, you can add a mint essential oil or a citrus as well.
Variation for Tiled Showers:
Vinegar can destroy the seal on the grout in a shower, so if you use this spray, you need to rinse it off. My friend Meg Gallagher gave me a great alternative to use: she simply adds half food grade hydrogen peroxide to half water in a spray bottle and uses this as a tile and grout friendly shower spray.
It really is empowering to be able to make your own things. This cleaner doesn't take much time and saves me a trip to the store if we run out. It also feels good to make, because I know what is going into the bottle. Essential oils are an investment. They may seem pricey but when you are only using 10-20 drops per bottle of cleaner, the oil lasts a long time. Your health and the planet's health are worth the investment. Mindfully cleaning your space is a beautiful tribute to yourself.
When I was pregnant with my daughter, I started researching cleaners that would be safe for me to be around as well as my daughter when she was a baby. This research has led me to to make a lot of my own cleaning products. They are better for you, the environment and your wallet.
More Shower Cleaning Tips:
Keep a squeegee in or near the shower and wipe down the tile, walls and/or glass door after every shower.
After showering, remove everything but your bar of soap from the shower, dry the items or let them air dry until the next shower (this will cut down on mildew and also help things like razors last longer).
If you have a shower curtain, every other week, hang it out side to give it a proper dry off.