Green Cleaners: The Homemade Shower Spray

A few years ago I started making an effort to buying green cleaning products. The thing is, most conventional cleaning products by themselves aren’t that bad. It’s OK to have one or two conventional products in your cleaning arsenal. But when you look at your home as whole and realize the amount of things under your sink could probably create a bomb, it’s time for a change.

Shower spray is one of those things that I always seem to go through quickly. I used Method’s Daily Shower Cleaner for a while but it gets pricey and I figured I’m probably paying for water, soap and a little fragrance.

And I was right! That’s pretty much what shower spray is. I collected a few home recipes for shower spray and modified them a little based on the products I have on hand. Also, I’m a big fan of IKEA’s spray bottles (pictured above).

The L.A. Lady’s Shower Spray

16 ounces distilled water (the distilled is very important if you have hard water or well water. Part of what makes your shower scummy is the hard water build up. Distilled water is simply clean water. “Drinking” water or spring water often has additives to make it taste better. They’re harmless, but not what you want for a cleaning product).

1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide

1/2 cup rubbing alcohol (I’ve seen people use vodka. I think it’s a waste of vodka! But it does help the alcohol smell if it bothers you. Obviously there are cheap vodkas so this might be a good option for you.)

1 tbsp. of your favorite dish soap (to keep it green, use a natural dish soap like Seventh Generation’s version. I use Trader Joe’s dish soap)

2 tsp. dish washer rinse aid (I had some rinse aid from Earth Friendly Products but I’m not supposed to use soaps with fruit acids in them on my flatware. Now at least I have another use for it.)

Optional: 5-8 drops of lavender essential oil. If you have natural stone in your bathroom, double check to make sure it’s OK to use acidic citrus oils on your stone.

To Make:

  • Pour water into a pitcher or large measuring cup (maybe 4 cups or more to be safe)
  • Add hydrogen peroxide
  • Add rubbing alcohol
  • Add dish soap
  • Add rinse aid
  • Optional: Add your essential oil
  • Stir gently to make sure the ingredients are mixed
  • Funnel the mixture into your favorite spray bottle


Unless you’re spraying three showers a day, it’s important to make smaller batches of this stuff. The hydrogen peroxide loses it’s zing after a while when mixed with these ingredients. I’m a huge fan of IKEA’s spray bottles. Recently, they discontinued the ones pictured above but now we have TOMAT!


These are TERRIBLE! The leak! Don’t buy them.

If you half the recipe above, it fits perfectly inside the old IKEA spray bottles but I have yet to see if they fit in the new ones (they look about the same size, no?). Update: I just tested these out and they leak! Terribly! The angle of the spraying mechanism drips and I get more cleaning solution dripping down my hand than I do on whatever I’m cleaning. If IKEA fixes these I’ll repost. I just get out the trusty label maker so Mr. Los Angeles knows what’s inside these technicolor spray bottles.

Now if I can juuuuuuuust get him to use it.

7 Comments on "Green Cleaners: The Homemade Shower Spray"

  1. Veronica says:

    Could I use Eucalyptus oil instead? (I love the smell)
    And I’m sure you have heard of the cleaning products Method!
    Some of their bathroom cleaners have that scent…

    • LALady says:

      Absolutely! You can use almost any essential oil except Tea Tree oil. It’s quite strong and can damage delicate surfaces.

      The Method shower spray was the one I used to use! I really liked the smell (I think it’s ylang ylang?) but I was going through it really fast. I still use Method hand soaps though.

  2. I clean with water, vinegar, lemon, peppermint, and tea tree. Lemon helps get rid of the nasty dirt, peppermint kills bacteria and smells fresh, and tea tree kills mold. I also sometimes add cinnamon to help kill some types of viruses.

  3. LALady says:

    Update: I just did a Lavender and Tea tree oil combination and it’s great!

  4. polly plum says:

    Where do you all get essential oil? whenever I see it advertised online Its available as part of a whole pkg. of scents, and as a newbie I’m not ready to make an investment-I just want to try 1 or 2.

  5. Maria says:

    A few drops of essential oils are one of the best green cleaning tricks. Makes the place smell amazing!

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