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Peg Graham
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Peg
Chesapeake Virginia
USA
232 Posts

Posted - Mar 16 2012 :  11:27:26 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
see http://lifecraftsandwhatever.blogspot.com/2012/01/dawn-vinegar-soap-scum-killa.html for the info. I use it and it works!

~miles of smiles~
Peg Graham
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Edited by - Peg Graham on Mar 16 2012 11:28:41 AM

craftystranger
True Blue Farmgirl

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Barbara
Macon Ga
USA
523 Posts

Posted - Mar 16 2012 :  1:42:14 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Okay wally world here I come.... The blue dawn is mine!! I really hope this works.......

Don't forget to laugh!
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natesgirl
True Blue Farmgirl

1735 Posts

angela
martinsville indiana
USA
1735 Posts

Posted - Mar 16 2012 :  3:51:44 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I love the suggestion of thickenin with cornstarch and usin less soap! I am makin some up for the kitchen and the bath!!!

Thank you so very much!!!!

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Hoosiermom
True Blue Farmgirl

195 Posts

Beth
Alexandria IN
USA
195 Posts

Posted - Mar 16 2012 :  5:52:57 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I mixed up a batch last weekend & it is great! I will never again buy "The Works"...because this really does work!
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rough start farmgirl
True Blue Farmgirl

2882 Posts

marianne
The Beautiful Pacific NW Washington State
USA
2882 Posts

Posted - Mar 17 2012 :  10:52:00 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Wow! How much easier could it be?
Marianne
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jollyquilter
True Blue Farmgirl

251 Posts


WV
USA
251 Posts

Posted - Mar 18 2012 :  2:51:29 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have used this for years and it is super. I do not warm my vinegar and it works just fine. Also after you get the scum off the first time you can cut the mixture with vinegar and it works just as well.

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Annie S
True Blue Farmgirl

756 Posts

Annie
Custer S.D.
USA
756 Posts

Posted - Mar 20 2012 :  3:21:35 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Another great idea I can't wait to try out. Have horrible hard water from our well and like you have tried so many things to get rid of the scum (yuck-o). Way cheaper too from store bought. Can't wait to clean the shower now. Thanks again for sharing.
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texdane
Farmgirl Legend Chapter Leader Chapter Guru

2878 Posts

Nicole
Sandy Hook CT
USA
2878 Posts

Posted - Mar 21 2012 :  06:24:31 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
When I saw this post, I chuckled, because I had just mentioned to my DH that while we've gone to homemade cleaners and chemical free ones, I could not get our shower clean anymore! I really did not want to buy a caustic bleach type cleaner, but it was exhausting trying to clean it. When I saw this post, I had to try it as I am a big fan of all things vinegar. Holy cow! Made it yesterday and the scum and crud just oozed off the shower surfaces! It even cleaned the scum off the track of the glass door. It got my shower cleaner than any commercial product. Like Annie, I have horrible hard well water. I sprayed it on and left it about 15 minutes. Rinsed. Amazed, I did it again and left it on a half hour. I did use a scrunge-type sponge to help loosen the crud, but did not have to scrub. Cleaned the shower with very little effort. Thanks so much!

Nicole

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Bear5
True Blue Farmgirl

9084 Posts


Louisiana/Texas
USA
9084 Posts

Posted - Mar 21 2012 :  8:17:26 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I, too, tried this just today. The mirrors are clean and streak free! The toilet bowl, my goodness- really clean! I've always used vinegar and water to clean the floors. Tomorrow, I will clean the shower. Thanks.
Marly

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wooliespinner
True Blue Farmgirl

1273 Posts

Linda
Manchester Ohio
1273 Posts

Posted - Mar 22 2012 :  08:34:52 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I would love to try this recipe. I have been trying to download her website for 30 minutes and all I get is the top of the page and its says its done with errors. I have really slow dialup internet no choice unfortunately.Could someone tell me how its made i would really appreciate it. Thanks so much.

Linda

Raspberry Run Farm
Nubian Dairy Goats
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Bear5
True Blue Farmgirl

9084 Posts


Louisiana/Texas
USA
9084 Posts

Posted - Mar 22 2012 :  11:51:12 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
OMGoodness. My shower is super looking clean!!!! Thanks for the information.
Marly

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wooliespinner
True Blue Farmgirl

1273 Posts

Linda
Manchester Ohio
1273 Posts

Posted - Mar 23 2012 :  12:20:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I tried the recipe but did not have any dawn. I didn't want to make the trip into town. Its about 25 minutes and I drive a diesel truck...ouch on the gas. I will get some when I do my grocery shopping.
Anyway I had some natural dishsoap(seventh generation) and used that instead. It worked really great!!!I am not sure if I even need to get the dawn but will try it to see if the results are any better. It took awhile to rinse all the soap down maybe sprayed to much. I wonder if I used more vinager and less soap would the results be as good? I am going to try that next time.
I have to say I use natural cleaner for many things but I had went back to scrubbing bubbles because I could not get my shower as clean with the other natural cleaners I was using. Since messing up my right hand permanently I went back to the scrubbing bubbles because my hand just couldn't take all that time scrubbing 2 bathrooms twice a week. But with this stuff I can ditch ever buying it again and the chrome really sparkled. I am so excited cause those scrubbing bubbles make me choke and the fan running still doesn't help much with the fumes.

Thanks so much Peg for sharing the recipe. Thanks Nicole for sending me the recipe.

Linda

Raspberry Run Farm
Nubian Dairy Goats
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Annie S
True Blue Farmgirl

756 Posts

Annie
Custer S.D.
USA
756 Posts

Posted - Mar 23 2012 :  3:40:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Tried this today and WOW! My steam shower has never looked as good as when we first had it put in. The glass door is so clean now. Did take a few buckets of water to wash it all down, but love the results. This is a keeper recipe.
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jollyquilter
True Blue Farmgirl

251 Posts


WV
USA
251 Posts

Posted - Mar 23 2012 :  5:40:42 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Woolspinner.........I have made this without the dawn and also with more vinegar and like I said in the bove post if you get things real clean then you can cut the mixture with more vinegar and it will keep things clean.

I also clean my washer tub with vinegar and only 3 drops of dawn per spray bottle.

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wooliespinner
True Blue Farmgirl

1273 Posts

Linda
Manchester Ohio
1273 Posts

Posted - Mar 23 2012 :  6:06:58 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks Jolly I guessed I missed what you said above. Glad that can be done and it works so well.I will definately try that next time without the worry. Thanks so much.

Linda

Raspberry Run Farm
Nubian Dairy Goats
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mcorwin
True Blue Farmgirl

78 Posts

Megan
Ohio
78 Posts

Posted - Apr 02 2012 :  5:15:53 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Totally need to try this! I hate our glass shower door and it seems like no amount of scrubbing will get it clean!

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katmom
True Blue Farmgirl

6628 Posts

Grace
Living under Oak Trees California
USA
6628 Posts

Posted - Apr 04 2012 :  11:36:44 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh my Goodness, ok, Peg, I need to try this...
We have hard water up here and so I have to really scrub the shower doors about every 3rd day...
I need to try this.
I have 'Trader Joe's brand dish soap, so I will try it w/the vinegar....
I plan to drive into town tomorrow, so I will stop in at the little local market & pick up a little bottle of "Dawn" and give it a try... unless my Trader Joe's soap works well....
Thanx for sharing this with us!


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debbies journey
True Blue Farmgirl

626 Posts

debbie
anchorage ak
USA
626 Posts

Posted - Apr 13 2012 :  10:59:47 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Well I don't have a shower door any more, because I couldn't get it clean looking.
but I tried this on the tub surround and the faucets, it is amazing! So shiney!
Thanks so much for sharing!
Debbie
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rphelps4
True Blue Farmgirl

577 Posts

roxanna
westport indiana
USA
577 Posts

Posted - Apr 23 2012 :  06:18:42 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just used this to clean my kitchen sink and old claw foot bathtub, what a great job it did!!!
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FARMALLChick
True Blue Farmgirl

838 Posts

Lora
Alexandria IN
USA
838 Posts

Posted - May 01 2012 :  09:52:58 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sounds like a plan. I need something for mildew on the shower curtain too. I sprayed some stuff on it the other day and it is still there. Talk about gross!! Short of taking it down and washing in the laundry - I'm stuck.

Lora

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naturemaiden
True Blue Farmgirl

1966 Posts

Connie - Farmgirl #673
Cutchogue NY
USA
1966 Posts

Posted - May 12 2012 :  03:22:07 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
i'm going to try that

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houligan19
Farmgirl in Training

34 Posts

sarah
groton CT
34 Posts

Posted - Jun 10 2012 :  05:28:10 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks so much for this recipe. I have been trying to get rid of all the cleaners in my house and I couldn't find anything for soap scum that I could make. This will be the last product I have to replace.

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houligan19
Farmgirl in Training

34 Posts

sarah
groton CT
34 Posts

Posted - Jun 26 2012 :  6:29:46 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I tried this recipe about a week ago and it worked great. I did not use dawn, I used whatever "earth friendly" brand it is that I can't remember the name of. After I cleaned the shower down, I also made shower spray to spray in the shower after each use. One part vinegar to two parts water. You can also add a couple tablespoons of diswasher rinse aid if you would like to. Makes for far fewer shower cleanings.

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Madelena
True Blue Farmgirl

478 Posts

Mary
Central TX
USA
478 Posts

Posted - Jul 08 2012 :  6:22:10 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
ABSOLUTELY GREAT !!

I used 1 cup warm vinegar and 1/2 cup blue Dawn. We have 37 year old hard water stain on the fiberglass shower walls. Got most of it off the first time. Mom used to keep it down to a dull roar, but alas I could never seem to get on top of it.

Well, the Dawn and Vinegar did a great job.. I told DH that he had to go and look at the tub. How come guys don't get as excited about these things?????

Well. Keep those ideas coming.

Mary

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Rosemary
True Blue Farmgirl

1740 Posts


Virginia
USA
1740 Posts

Posted - Jul 08 2012 :  9:02:41 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
This sounds like a great idea. I plan to try it, if only on our tile, since we don't have shower doors.

Lora, I think it's always a good idea to launder shower curtains and, if possible, line dry them in good strong sunlight one every month or so. I have a custom-made cloth curtain that stays outside the tub, and a plain white silk liner (healthier than vinyl, quite sturdy, and surprisingly cheap) for inside. I only launder the liner. I think in 5 years, I've only felt compelled to clean the outer curtain once, at the dry cleaners.
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