Friday, October 16, 2009

Never before have I written here about cleaning ANYTHING, but I just couldn't resist passing this on..... For 22 years I've battled glass shower walls/doors, and short of cleaning them every day (what sane person would ever attempt this???), pretty much came to the conclusion that it was all about intense aerobic scrubbing. (Great for upper-body strengthening!) I'd tried all the grocery store chemicals. What eventually worked best was the straight edge of a hard Cuisinart spatula -- the one that came with the original model, which was a gift to my late husband before I even knew him. I wore that down to a nub! Wore myself out wearing it down to a nub!

So today, a lightbulb went on in the brain, and I thought I'd try googling "soap scum shower doors", with results nothing short of miraculous. The answer is Spray-n-Wash. Spray it on, rub it in, let it sit for about ten minutes, take a scrub brush to it, rinse, and voilĂ  . CLEAN. And I mean REALLY CLEAN.

So that's it. Get out that Spray-n-Wash and clean up that glass!

11 comments:

  1. I have a pretty ancient bathtub that gives me grief. It is so hard to clean and I tried a bunch of different things too.
    I like to steer clear of toxic products so one day I put the plug in, dumped some vinegar in the tub and added some enviro-friendly dish soap. Voila! Within minutes, the soap scum was disintegrating and I barely had to scrub the tub to get a smooth, pristine clean. That's my success story. Try it if you don't believe me.

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  2. Poetikat -- I only resort to bringing out the big-gun-chemicals when desperation sets in. Wish I could turn the shower on its side and let it soak!

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  3. ps, Bon Ami cleanser works well on old bathtubs also, and it's non-toxic.

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  4. You can use vinegar for most cleaning; my windows sparkle with a cup of vinegar in hot water.

    Wish we had that Spray-n-Wash over here! I've tried a lot of those spray on things and lots of money down the drain. I think the secret is rubbing it in.

    I wonder what the magic ingredient is in the spray-n-Wash? What does the bottle tell you, T? Please share and I'll look for something similar.

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  5. T. Clear - You could mix the vinegar and dish soap in a spray bottle and use it that way, but I understand your desperation and would definitely resort to Spray-n-Wash, if necessary!

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  6. I read recently that 3% hydrogen peroxide works well for cleaning windows and mirrors. I've been using it on my bathroom mirrors, with great results.

    This post is turning into Hints from Heloise! ;>)

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  7. Alaine, it's a laundry stain pre-treatment. I think that any variety of this would work.

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  8. Really? Thanks, T, I'll give it a go!

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  9. I had the same experience a few years ago with Scrubbing Bubbles... certainly nothing granola about the product, but take a scuzzy tub, spray it on, let the bubbles work their magic for a few minutes, and voila, easily wipe tub clean.

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  10. My favorite commercial product is ammonia.

    It is terrific for taking off soot on the fireplace glass (when cool) and cleans toilet seats and porcelain surfaces in a snap.

    The plus, dilute ammonia in a spray bottle is awesome for killing invading brown slugs. They simply melt.

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