How To Clean Shower Tiles Without Scrubbing – (Homemade DIY)


    A perfect shower system is what your home needs to be a worthwhile one. Indeed, that’s an important concern of a health-conscious homeowner. And for that, you must have a planned shower cleaning schedule.

    Especially those gross stains on shower tiles.

    So, how do you clean it up without scrubbing? Well, that’s possible but needs some buzzing solved before that. And one way to do that is by using homemade shower cleaning solutions.

    They are less aggressive on the tiles.

    And, more importantly, they won’t damage your expensive surface at all. They’re widely used to clean shower tiles without scrubbing. Now, let’s get started because dirt is a no-biggie anymore!

    How to Clean Shower Tiles Without Scrubbing

    Does A Homemade Recipe Work?

    Yes, indeed! And most commonly used agents are; vinegar, baking soda, salt, and bleach. After preparing your homemade solution, you can give the tiles a good wash. Then you’ll see the results in your own eyes.

    The tiles will become sparkling clean as new.

    And that happens with a very little scrubbing and more likely just wiping.

    How to Clean Shower Tiles Without Scrubbing – 4 Homemade Recipes

    Recipe 1: Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide

    If you’re looking for the easiest way to clean tiles without scrubbing, go for a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. Hydrogen peroxide doesn’t have the most amazing smell in the world, but baking soda works well to neutralize it.

    Individually, the two ingredients are great cleaners. When combined, you have incredible cleaning power.

    What you need:

    • A cup of hydrogen peroxide
    • A cup of baking soda
    • A tablespoon of dishwashing soap


    • Put the peroxide in a suitable container.
    • Add the baking soda.
    • Add the dishwashing soap.
    • Beat the solution to mix it thoroughly.
    • Next, apply the mixture to the stained tiles and allow it to sit for around 15 minutes or more.
    • Use a towel or a sponge to wipe down the surface.
    Tiles & Grout Before after

    When making this homemade tile cleaner, the thing to keep in mind is that the hydrogen peroxide and the baking soda should be in equal parts. That is to mix them in a 1:1 ratio Dish soap is not always required, but it comes in handy when dealing with grease stains. If the stains are stubborn, it’s a great idea to include dish soap in your formula.

    The stains don’t always come off after the first round of cleaning. Sometimes, it is necessary to give it a second or even third round.

    Recipe 2: Baking Soda and Vinegar

    With the combination of the two ingredients, you could polish away stains effectively.

    What you’d love to know about the baking soda and vinegar formula is that it is safer in terms of chemical poisoning than the hydrogen peroxide formula I talked about earlier.

    Now, let’s see how you do it!

    What you need:

    • Half a cup of lemon juice
    • 4 cups of hot water
    • 1 cup of baking soda
    • Half a cup of white vinegar
    • Spray can

    What you need:

    • Put the hot water in a container.
    • Add the baking soda.
    • Add the lemon juice and the white vinegar as well.
    • Stir the mixture well.
    • Transfer the solution to the spray can.
    • Spray the dirty tiles and leave the application to sit for an hour or so.
    • Use a sponge or towel to rub away the grime.
    before & after

    Vinegar and baking soda may not be the strongest or the most effective cleaners you can find in the house. But, they’re relatively gentle. As opposed to products like hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, and baking soda are non-toxic.

    And to extend one more sentence about that, I would say that they’re cheap.

    Recipe 3: Vinegar and Dish Detergent

    As I said earlier, vinegar is one of the gentle cleaning products you can use. When combined with dish detergent, it makes it easy to remove dirt by breaking down the bonds holding it together.

    One thing is that the vinegar is not very powerful. As such you want to use the vinegar/dish detergent formula for the mild stains only. The solution may not suffice for the tough stains.

    On the brighter side, the mixture comes in handy for shining tiles. So if you need your tiles to look great and have a sheen, this is a suitable homemade cleaning solution.

    What you need:

    • A cup of white vinegar
    • A cup of dish detergent
    • A spray bottle


    • Pour the vinegar into a spray bottle.
    • Add a cup of the detergent into the bottle.
    • Shake well to mix the ingredients.
    • Spray the mixture onto the tiles.
    • Cleaning with vinegar and dish detergent
    • Take a cup of vinegar and pour it into a clean spray bottle. Then take a cup of dish detergent in liquid form; pour it too into the spray bottle and mix the ingredients well.
    • Spray the solution onto the tiles and give it 20 minutes to sit. After that, wipe down with a clean towel and buff. You should have a clean, shiny surface.

    Recipe 4: Salt

    I know this one has come as a surprise to you, but yeah, you can use salt to clean your tiles.

    How? Well, salt may not be seen as an effective dirt cleaner, but it has one thing that gives it the ability to clean stains – its natural dehydrating properties.

    A concentrated solution of salt removes water from organisms, so if you’re dealing with mildew, you might find salt quite effective. You’re in luck because ordinary salt is a rather cheap product.

    What you need:

    • Salt
    • Water


    • Heat two cups of water.
    • Add 10 tablespoons of ordinary salt into the water and stir thoroughly.
    • Sprinkle the hot salty water on the stains you’d like to clean.
    • Use a brush to scrub out the dirt. Yes, with this solution, you might have to do some scrubbing. But, I am not talking about the rigorous scrubbing you want to avoid – just a little scrubbing that needs minimal effort.
    • Note: some people like to add in a little bit of dish soap and vinegar to make the cleaning solution more effective.


    I don’t doubt that homemade cleaners are not only practical but also effective for cleaning your shower tiles. Now, it is up to you to decide which method to try first. If one method doesn’t work for you for whatever reason, try the next.

    Homemade recipes are cheap and relatively safe. On the other hand, store-bought products are more effective and they act faster. But, they’re not as safe as the homemade recipes.

    About the Author Kim Brown

    A passionate blogger! Editor at Toptennotch. I love to travel & writing. Regularly writing about different topic for various magazines, newspapers and websites. Happy Reading!!!

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