Post last updated: April 18, 2022.
This post may contain affiliate links. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.
Jump to Instructions
Easy, affordable, and effective homemade cleaner for your shower and hard water stains. This recipe uses dish liquid and vinegar.

(Last Updated On: April 18, 2022)

Homemade Cleaning Solution for Shower: Dish Liquid + Vinegar Solution

When I was researching the internet about how to clean the hard water stains off of my glass shower door, I came across many homemade solutions of white vinegar + blue Dawn. Everything I found online said it has to be Dawn dish detergent and the blue kind at that. I am going to introduce a new way to make a homemade cleaner with vinegar not using blue Dawn detergent.

I wanted to get my shower clean, but I didn’t have any Dawn detergent at my house. So, I thought I’d give a different dish detergent a try to see if it could still get the job done. In my cupboard under the kitchen sink, I had some green Palmolive dish liquid handy and so I gave that a go! In this post, I will explain the process I took using this alternative dish cleaning liquid + white vinegar solution, the recipe for it, and lots of photos to show the before and after. Fair warning, my shower was pretty dirty so the before photos are not pretty.

Palmolive dish liquid
Palmolive green dish cleaning liquid

Steps to Make the Homemade Cleaner with Vinegar

The first step is to find a spray bottle that will hold at least 2 cups of liquid. The ratio for dish liquid and vinegar is 1:1 and I used 1 cup of each.

Before transferring the dish cleaning liquid and vinegar into a spray bottle, I first combined them into a glass dish, heated the two ingredients in the microwave for about 2 minutes, and then stirred it up like the photo below.

Mix dish liquid and vinegar
Dish cleaning liquid + vinegar solution heated up in a glass dish

Next, poor the solution into a spray bottle.

Homemade Cleaner with Vinegar in a spray bottle
Homemade cleaning solution filled up into a spray bottle

Using the Cleaner on Your Shower

While the homemade cleaner with vinegar solution is still warm, you are going to want to head over to your shower and spray it down really good. I like to get the shower walls a little bit wet first with regular water, then spray with the warm homemade cleaning solution. Let the cleaning solution sit in your shower for a least 10 minutes.

spray down the dirty shower
Spraying down the shower walls and floor

If you have a glass shower door, spray it down real good with the solution too, and let that sit for 10 minutes as well. This cleaning solution is really good at cleaning those hard water stains off of glass doors.

let the cleaning solution soak on dirty shower
Glass shower door with the cleaning solution soaking on it

My shower floor pan is white and as you can see from the photo below, the dirt has really stained it pretty well. Regular scrubbing with an over-the-counter cleaning solution does not remove the dirt stains. So what I did was spray down the shower pan with the same dish liquid + vinegar solution and then sprinkled baking soda on top of that. This part will require a bit of scrubbing muscles, but it does remove the dirt that has caked its’ way into the pan crevices.

dirty shower pan with homemade cleaner soaking
Very dirty shower pan with dish liquid + vinegar solution sprayed on it

I used the brush seen in the photo below to scrub the shower pan with. It is just a generic brush with black soft bristles.

scrub brush on dirty shower pan
Baking soda was added on top of the dish liquid + vinegar solution and the brush I used to scrub

After the cleaning solution has soaked in for at least 10 minutes, it’s time to gently scrub the glass shower doors and shower walls. The dirt and grime will start to melt away. I like to use the brush in the photo above and scrub in circles on the glass shower door. As I do this, I can feel the glass get super smooth and that’s when I know the hard-water stains are now gone. I also scrub down the shower walls a bit just to remove the pink stains and other visible stains. Finally, I then rinse the entire shower with hot water.

Final Thoughts Using the Homemade Cleaner

For me, the shower pan took the longest to clean. I let it go too long before cleanings and the dirt really got stuck in there. I had to scrub pretty good and kept adding more baking soda to really get that dirt gone. Below I will share some before and after photos.

FYI, my shower was pretty gross and dirty. Maybe yours is not this bad. I let it go a while longer before I should have. My goal is to use this dish liquid + vinegar cleaning solution much more regularly. This way the dirt and stains don’t build up this bad anymore.

Overall, I am very happy with the results! Using a dish liquid detergent for this cleaning solution that is not the blue Dawn brand worked great! I am here to say that cleaning my shower still worked while using a different brand of dish liquid detergent than what the rest of the internet said to do.

Before Using the Cleaner Photos

gross shower
very dirty shower
Look how foggy and grimy that door looks
this shower needs cleaning
Yucky soap scrum and pink hard water stains
soaking homemade cleaner with vinegar solution on dirty shower
Ewe so gross!
before photo of dirty shower
Very dirty white shower pan

After Using the Cleaner Photos

clean shower pan
So much better!
after using the homemade vinegar cleaning solution
All the dirt is gone!
crystal clear shower door after using homemade cleaner with vinegar
Yay, I can see through the glass again!
after photo clean shower
Much, much better!
clean shower
Feels so clean!
clean shower pan
Not gross anymore!
homemade cleaning solution vinegar dish liquid
Print Pin This
5 from 1 vote

Homemade Cleaner with Vinegar

Easy, affordable, and effective homemade cleaner for your shower and hard water stains. This recipe uses dish liquid and vinegar.
Prep Time5 mins
Active Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
By: Tamara Ray
Cost: $2



  • 1 cup Dish liquid detergent It can be any kind you already have in your house
  • 1 cup White Vinegar
  • baking soda optional for shower pan


  • Dump the dish liquid and vinegar inside a microwavable bowl
  • Microwave on high for 2 minutes
  • Stir the warm soultion with a spoon
  • Transfer to a spray bottle
  • Wet down your shower walls and shower door
  • While the solution is still warm, spray down your entire shower liberally
  • Let sit for at least 10 minutes
  • If your shower pan is really dirty, this is where you can add some baking soda to that and scrub really good
  • Scrub down the shower door with a circular motion and the shower walls
  • Spray down your entire shower with hot water
Keywords cleaner, dish liquid, homemade, shower, vinegar
Tried this?Let us know how it was!

Leave a Comment