Homemade Bathtub Cleaner

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Homemade Bathtub Cleaner will keep that bathroom sparkling and fresh all year long!

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The Best Homemade Bathtub Cleaner

I do a lot of my own homemade cleaners. When we did a lot more couponing when the kids were still at home, it became a way of stretching that budget even further.

Although you can do a lot with coupons, some of the products I found I was buying just weren't what I preferred. We tend to use natural products, and some of the organic and naturally made household cleaners out on the market will run a little higher on price. Sometimes coupons aren't readily available.

So, we started researching how to make our own cleaners. We have a great list of homemade –and natural– cleaners right here on Consumer Queen. Bathtub cleaner was one I had not added until now, so I am excited to share with everyone! This one is so easy, guys. It's a great addition to your DIY cleaner collection!

Empty Spray Bottle

Making Your Own Cleaners:

I mention this often, but you will need to invest in plastic spray bottles and also some labels.

Amazon has a good selection of blank labels you can order and just add to each cleaner or DIY you make.  Even if you think you can remember which bottle is which, if you have more than one cleaner the chances of mixing them up are always there! Honestly if something is used just a few times a month, I will forget what it's stored in.

And, there is the safety issue.  If you have kids at home, keep everything clearly labeled, and locked in a child-proof cabinet or area of the house.  Although your Bathtub cleaner is made of normal things we all have around the house, they shouldn't be accessible to children or pets.

I like ordering spray bottles on Amazon since it's hit and miss at the Dollar Store. If you do happen to find them, grab a few and just store in the garage or pantry until you need them!

First, Dish Soap!

Great Value Dawn ultra

I am always amazed at the uses for good ol' blue dish soap. This Great Value Ultra Dish Liquid compares to Dawn, but if you are true to the Dawn brand, go for that.

Either should work. Look for a description on the off brand label that says “compare to Dawn Original”. Or look for the blue one! 😉

Vinegar Bathtub Cleaner

Next, you will need Distilled White Vinegar. I buy mine in bulk since it's only a few dollars, and we use it in almost all our DIY cleaners. A little goes a long way, but I don't like to always have to be adding it to the grocery list.

Again, any brand will do. Do not use alternate vinegars like ACV.

Measuring cup for Bathtub Cleaner OXO

Mix Up Your Bathtub Cleaner!

Add ingredients to a measuring cup. On this cleaner, you don't have to worry about using glass measuring utensils and cups. We aren't adding essential oils here, which have to be mixed up in glassware.

I like this simple OXO measuring cup, which you can find at the store or on Amazon.

Funnel and measuring cup you need for Bathtub Cleaner

Funnel it into a plastic spray bottle.  These cute funnels are a lifesaver for mixing up your  own cleaners.  Nothing worse than having to scour the house and garage for a makeshift funnel, y'all.  LOL. 

My husband actually borrows my kitchen funnels now and then when working in the garage.  Honestly, he has kept a few. You can find some little expandable funnels here.

With your funnel, you will need to add your Dawn to the spray bottle first!

Starting Bathtub Cleaner

Mix and Shake!

The key to mixing up this bathtub cleaner is to go slowly. If you add anything to Dawn (or off-brand Dawn) it will bubble like crazy and take forever. Go slowly, giving it just a small bit of vinegar at a time.

Making Bathtub Cleaner

I actually don't shake the mixture much either. Just pick up the spray bottle and give it a gentle rotation a couple times to settle both ingredients together, and then continue adding the vinegar in.

bathtub Cleaner with Funnel in place

When you're done, your Bathtub Cleaner mixture should look like this. There will be some bubbles but it shouldn't be coming up off the top of the spray bottle. If it does, let the mixture sit for 10 minutes or so to settle down.

After the cap or spray attachment is on, VERY gently rotate/shake to fully mix the ingredients. You will probably have to give it a gentle shake prior to using this cleaner as well. Since the Dawn is more viscous than the vinegar, it may settle and separate over time.

Bathtub Cleaner

Finally, add the spray attachment and label!

Cleaning Your Bathtub:

We have one of those older garden tubs which are notorious for looking dirty even without much use. I like how this cleaner cuts through dust and settled grime.

Sometimes our tub can need an extreme, deep clean due to all the bath salts and products my husband uses to keep comfortable due to his chronic illness. This cleaner works wonders, and I don't have to spend an hour working on getting all the residue out.

Bathtub Cleaner- Picture of Bathtub

As with most Bathtub Cleaners, a good hack is to spray this on and let it sit for about one hour if you're needing a deep clean.

The Dawn soap will need a while to work, and of course the thickness of the dawn keeps the vinegar in place and lets it have time to work as well.

Although I am not an expert on cleaners, this one has worked for us and I'm excited to pass on the simple DIY instructions! Print below to add it to your DIY Cleaner collection!

Bathtub Cleaner in spray bottle

Print Your Bathtub Cleaner Directions Here

Yield: Approximately 16 oz

DIY Bathtub Cleaner

Bathtub Cleaner

I have never seen my bath tub so clean! See this easy homemade cleaner.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost Under $10


  • 2 cups vinegar
  • 1 cup dish soap (dawn or Walmart brand)


  • 1 16-oz spray bottle/ empty and unused
  • Funnel
  • Measuring Cup


  1. Spray liberally over bathtub
  2. Let it set for 1 an hour.
  3. Scrub clean with rough washcloth, or scrub brush
  4. Rinse

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