DIY Daily Shower Spray – Inexpensive and Effective

We always hated how grimy our master bathroom shower stall would get a week or so after cleaning the shower. To remedy this, we started to buy and use daily shower sprays. But I wasn’t a fan of buying the sprays because the more green brands are obviously more expensive, and the more inexpensive brands seem to have a million chemicals in them. So I decided to whip up a batch of my own cost effective DIY daily shower spray.

Just call me Martha Stewart.

Although Martha would probably tell you to put 5 halved lemons that have been soaked in vinegar and sprinkled with dried saffron on the bottom of your shower stall while you shower. Or something like that.

DIY daily shower spray

Instead of making a bottle at a time, I decided to whip up almost a gallon of the homemade daily shower spray. I mean, since I had all the ingredients out, I figured I might as well make a big batch.

We use distilled water in Owen’s nursery humidifier so we always have endless plastic gallon containers, so I grabbed one out of our recycling bin and took off the label.

Homemade daily shower spray cleaner

Instead of shelling out more money for a spray bottle, I used our last store-bought daily shower spray bottle.

With a little Goo Gone and elbow grease, I was able to get the label residue off.

DIY daily shower spray 1

I use a dollar store funnel that we keep under our kitchen sink to pour the cleaner into the spray bottle.

DIY daily shower spray 2

Here’s what you’ll need to make the DIY daily shower spray:

7 1/2 cups water
4 1/2 cups distilled white vinegar
2 1/2 cups rubbing alcohol
5 teaspoons dish soap (I use the Target generic Dawn blue dish soap)
1 1/2 teaspoons lemon oil (optional)

Using a funnel, pour all the ingredients into a gallon container. Put on the cap and shake.

Spray the daily shower spray on your shower walls and surfaces after showering. No rinsing or elbow grease required.

This makes about 14 1/2 cups of cleaner.

Adding essential oils, like lemon oil, which is said to have disinfecting properties, helps hide the vinegar smell. You know, so your bathroom doesn’t smell like salad dressing after spraying the cleaner in your shower.

DIY daily shower spray

I could’ve been a fancy blogger and made custom vinyl labels for the bottles but I don’t have time for all that so I busted out a Sharpie to label the bottle and gallon refill jug.

We’ve been using my daily shower spray for a couple weeks and it seems to be doing a great job. It’s working just as well as the store-bought sprays. Yay for keeping soap scum and mildew at bay, and not having to deep clean our shower stall as often.

How to make your own DIY daily shower spray!

 Happy not-cleaning-your-shower-as-often!

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  1. Do you spray while in the shower or after? Do you let sit or rinse off?

  2. What a great idea! I will have to give this a try.

  3. Awesome! I have never thought of making my own! It’s so easy to spray on right after you hop out of the shower. 5seconds and you’re done!

  4. Thank you so, so much for this post, Chelsea! I HATE scrubbing our shower- a lot- but also can’t stand the thought of a dirty shower! I recently bought some shower spray, but with lots of hesitation about the chemicals involved. Once it’s gone, your version will replace it for sure! As always, love the blog! 🙂

    1. You’re welcome! Cleaning bathrooms is the worst. In a perfect world, I’d pay someone to clean my shower for me. But that’s not really in the budget right now. So I’ll stick to my lazy girl method of deep cleaning the shower every other month and using my daily shower spray. Hah! 🙂

  5. Love it, Chelsea! I’ve been buying and not using shower sprays for as long as I can remember. Maybe making one will make me want to use it. 🙂

  6. I can’t wait to try this!! Do you think any scented oil would work or does it need to be lemon oil?

  7. What a great idea! I am always looking for chemical free ways to switch over cleaning products in our house. I will have to give this one a try. With kids it is amazing how time just becomes a thing of the past lol. Thanks for sharing on Inspire Me Monday. I hope you have a wonderful week!!

  8. Wow! Thanks for sharing this. I am definitely a fan of chemical free products that do most (if not all) of the dirty work for you! Stopping by from the Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop 🙂

  9. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Merry Monday. We hope you’ll come to the new party. We’re celebrating our anniversary with a big Giveaway.

  10. I’m going to have to try this! So glad that you shared this on the #HomeMattersParty Keep coming back!

  11. How well does this work on hard water spots and mold in the grout?

  12. Kristina D says:

    So glad I found this! I just cleaned my shower today and after a week it was horrible. I have been thinking of going back to these daily cleaners, but couldn’t do it with the chemicals. This is perfect and almost the same mixture as the cleaner I use for the shower (vinegar and dawn). That stuff makes cleaning it not so bad, but this would make it awesome! I’m going to try it!!

  13. What are the measurements for a 32 oz recipe?

  14. Is this safe to use on tile that is installed above an acrylic tub? If it drips onto the tub will it damage the finish?

  15. I love this formula and use it every day! I also use it to clean the sink, countertop, and exterior toilet surfaces. It’s great to be able to make a gallon at a time. Thank you so much.

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