Something strange has happened to me. It could be that the days are getting longer. It could be the sixty-degree days between blizzards. It could be the book I'm reading. It could be that delicious bottle of basil dish soap I'm using. I'm nesting, an instinct not indigenous to me. This newfound desire is something awesome and has preoccupied me for a couple weeks. I've also become a little obsessed with ridding my house of toxic chemicals and using simple, green solutions instead. What can I say? I'm a late bloomer. For this reason I'm going to refocus my month from just spring cleaning to green cleaning; spreen cleaning.
Here's a recipe to try on for size:
Homemade Soap Residue Remover
- 1 cup distilled white vinegar
- 1 cup concentrated dish soap
Pour dish soap into an empty spray bottle. Meanwhile, heat vinegar in microwave for two minutes. Carefully pour heated vinegar into spray bottle over dish soap; tighten lid and give a vigorous shake until well mixed. Spray solution onto bath and shower surface and let sit for one hour. When done, spray down with water until mixture and residue are gone. You shouldn't have to use a cloth to wipe down unless you've applied your solution higher than the showerstream can reach. This worked great on the tub, tile, window and showercurtain* in our shower. For tough ring around the tub, spray more of the vinegar-soap solution on the affected area and let sit for a couple minutes. Sprinkle some baking soda on a sponge and gently scrub away. Rinse with water and voila!
*Did you know you can throw your shower liner into the washer to remove residue and hard water stains? Works like a charm.