Is this really the #1 Cleaning Hack on Pinterest?

This cleaning hack has been all over Pinterest:
Dawn and Vinegar Cleaning Hack

But does this really work on very tough soap scum? A friend raved it cleaned her shower like magic. Another claimed it cleans her shower easier than anything she has ever tried.

We decided to put it to the test. A really tough test.

I recently purchased a fixer upper home that had been owned by a male who kinda generally cleaned the house before the sale, but the showers, not so much.

These were the glass blocks in the shower. Um, YUCK.

before glass block ed
I mixed the vinegar and Dawn dish liquid (the hack specifically recommends original, blue Dawn), in a spray bottle, and sprayed on – heavily.

The first pass really didn’t do much. So I reapplied, let it sit for an hour or so, and scrubbed hard. Here are the results:

hack 6 ed

Then I applied a specialty cleaner for hard water stains on other blocks, and with some time and more scrubbing, got good results—but for about $5 more.

So would I say that this hack really works for much less than buying a special bathroom product to clean hard water and soap scum? Absolutely. Give it a try.

before after hack text

PS: I really wish I had found this hack from Mark The Manly Housekeeper before starting this project – it would have saved me a lot of time.




7 thoughts on “Is this really the #1 Cleaning Hack on Pinterest?

  1. I want to try this for hard water stains on a shower door. I use Blue Dawn for laundry stains and it works great for that.

  2. Wow, that is great how it cleaned that window thing. I had not heard of this mixture, but I keep all 3 of those items in house Always. So thank you so much. I can’t wait to try it.

  3. I have some tough shower stains I want to try this with, oh and my microwave I heard you heat some water with vinegar in it and that works too.

  4. Wow!!! thats a big difference I’ll have to give it a shot myself! I like the drill idea lol very clever although it would get pretty heavy to hold after a while.

  5. It works like magic. If you have some really bad soap scum build up let the mixture sit and percolate a couple of hours. Go clean something else while waiting. The soap scum usually just wipes away.

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