A natural cleaner for your shower and bath

Homemade Cleaner for Jetted Tubs, Shower Heads & Sprayers

by Carissa Carrington

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It's the end of a long day at work, and you are looking forward to a relaxing soak in your jetted tub. You let the water fill up and then press the button. Suddenly, your bathwater is filled with floating bits of orange or green gunk, totally spoiling your mood and your bath.

Has this ever happened to you? It is fairly common in jetted tubs. Water and leftover soap sit in the jets, congealing and turning to nasty mold. Before you reach for an expensive, chemical solution from the store, try this easy, homemade natural cleaner.

Start with an empty squeeze bottle, like a dish soap container. (A spray bottle won't work, as the thick mixture clogs up the sprayer.) Fill about half full with baking soda. Then add 1/4 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide. The mixture will foam up and bubble, which means it's working. Squirt a little into each jet and let sit for 20 minutes or so.

When you come back to the tub, run a small toothbrush into the hole and gently swirl it around. Any remaining residue will be dislodged. Then fill the tub to cover the jets and turn on for a couple of minutes for a thorough cleansing. Alternatively, if your shower has a handheld attachment, you could rinse each jet separately.

This versatile cleaner also works on other problem spots around your home. Maybe your shower hasn't been as refreshing lately because some of the holes are plugged. Fill a large plastic bag with about a cup of the cleaner and then fasten around the shower head with rubber bands or twist ties, making sure the thick liquid coats the face of the shower head. Let this sit for about 20 minutes and then rinse for a sparkling clean shower.

Another tough spot might be your sprayer in your sink. The small holes tend to get clogged easily, which means a sluggish spray. Fill a cup half full with the cleaning mixture and then immerse the sprayer in the liquid. Again, let this sit for 20 minutes and then rinse it off. If stubborn buildup remains, scrub with an old toothbrush or similar brush.

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So why wouldn't you just run to the store and buy a $5 can of spray cleaner or fill your tub up with bleach water? For one thing, this natural cleaner is much better for you and for the environment. Numerous studies have shown that chemical buildups are damaging our water supply, making it more expensive and difficult for waste treatment plants to produce safe drinking water. Just avoid the problem altogether by going natural.

Secondly, you can't beat the price. Using just three ingredients, you could make over a dozen batches for under $5. Since you won't have to clean your jets, shower heads, or sprayer more than a few times a year, it is very cost effective.

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Lastly, this cleaner really works. It naturally combats the mold and buildup that repeated use brings. The chemical reaction of the baking soda, vinegar, and hydrogen peroxide break it down without hurting any of the mechanical components, so it is safe to use. Also, it doesn't leave a chemical film that in turn would build up, causing its own problems down the road.

So the next time you want a nice soothing bath in your jetted tub or a refreshing shower, make sure it is sparkling clean by using this natural homemade cleaner.


3/4 cup baking soda
1/4 cup vinegar
1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide

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