DIY Day: Shower Spray

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Update: So naturally, I found some better science after I mixed everything together, and I have some advice: If you’re going to use castile soap do not add vinegar. Castile soap sort of “curdles” in vinegar, and they end up canceling one another out. (Source) My mixture didn’t do the curdling thing when I mixed it, but it may chunk up in the bottle over time. Also, probably avoid vinegar anyway, because I have to say my current mix (which includes a 1/4 cup vinegar) is pretty stinky. Rubbing alcohol is pretty pungent, and so is vinegar, the two together are intense in a warm, steamy bathroom, and the lavender and peppermint in the mix don’t overpower that smell. 

Sometimes I just get a hankerin’ to do some of that homestead-y, DIY, roll-your-own supplies thing. It’s all the fun of a rainy day science project, and you also get the satisfaction of having stuff to make your house less of a disaster zone. Win-win, really. Plus I had a bunch of miscellaneous supplies from a failed attempt at joining Team DIY Bath Bombs.

So today I hopped on the ol Pinterest – where I’m pretty active – and started looking. I had citric acid on my mind, remembering how it has a role in fizzy tablets like bath bombs, and toilet tablets, etc. and thought to to myself: Hey, is that an ingredient in shower spray? I mean, I’ve heard of it being used to remove water mineral residue from tea kettles and such, so it seemed like a logical joice. Well, turns out it’s not, or at least it isn’t in Pinterest land. Most folks are making daily shower spray with some combination of the following:

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Vinegar
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Water
  • Dawn or castile soap like Dr. Bronner’s Amazon
  • Essential oils like peppermint ( Amazon ), melaleuca (aka tea tree), lemon ( Amazon ), etc

I had a wealth of unused, nice aluminum spray bottles from helping someone clean out a space. (aw yeah trash) I actually had no idea how much they held, so I filled it up with water and poured it into my trusty measuring cup. About a cup and a half was the answer. Well, most of the recipes that showed up on Pinterest were for more than my bottle could hold… so I winged it a bit. Here’s the steps I followed, but feel free to explore and mix up your own.

 

Daily Shower Spray
 
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Spray around your shower after anyone showers and it should help keep things from getting gunky and gross.
Recipe type: Cleaning
Ingredients
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup rubbing alcohol
  • ¼ cup hydrogen peroxide
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 1tsp Dr. Bronner's Lavender Castile Soap
Instructions
  1. Add water to your measuring cup.
  2. Add soap and stir gently to disperse, not to create foam
  3. Add alcohol, peroxide, and vinegar
  4. Add essential oil if you want
  5. Stir everything gently once again
  6. Pour into a bottle, cap, and it's DONE
When I stirred it all together, the mixture got pearlescent! It was super neat looking. I’m looking forward to testing it out. I’ve often wanted to take some of our bleach-based cleaning spray and spray down the shower between uses… but we have two cats in the house. Cats are attracted to bleach for some reason, but it is obviously super toxic for them. So that’s a non-starter. The goal here is to prevent the development of the light pink scum which occasionally appears on the curtain & in the corners – which I can only assume is mold – and generally keep the shower feeling not slimy and gross in between thorough cleanings.

Oh. And how cool does that blue look on the aluminum bottle?? That was achieved with a paint marker that came in a set I received as a Christmas present a year or two ago. They’re super nice. Get your own from the (affiliate) links below!

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