Before I begin this story, let me show you the bottom of my shower. Don’t look if you’re squeamish. . . . I know, right? Nasty.It’s been like that since I moved into this apartment and nothing has been able to help it (don’t even ask about the carpet.) I’ve tried a ton of different cleaners on that tub and even let it soak in straight bleach for a few hours: the results were patchy at best.
So I figured if I found a frugal and/or natural cleaner that actually worked on this kind of grime, it would be a great contribution to world cleanliness.
Tonight, I staged a science experiment. Here’s what I used to try to clean my shower:
- Half a grapefruit and some kosher salt. Completely ineffective. But it smelled nice.
- Dishsoap. Nada.
- Baking Soda. It seemed to work a little, mainly by abrasion.
- Baking Soda and Vinegar. Adds drama to your cleaning routine, but not terribly effective.
- 20 Mule Team Borax. Dude. This is the stuff.
I actually tried borax third and had to stop so I had dirt left to try my other ideas on.
That stubborn dirt and grime, impervious to bleach and every mainstream cleaner I tried, just melted away when faced with borax and a stiff-bristled scrub brush.
And at about $5 for a big 5lb box, you can’t get much cheaper!
**DIY source: www.finelyground.net