Herb’s Super Duper Shower Door Spray

I have an awesome friend named Herb. He has this unique perspective on life and a dry sense of humor that always has me thinking and laughing. He also is very good with my dogs and often dog/house sits for me when I go on vacation.

In fact, he’s so good with my dogs that I think my dachshund Quagmire prefers him to me. The first thing Q did after I came home from a 13 day vacation was bite me, as if to say, “Go away! I want Herb!” I still have the scar. It’s hard not to take that personally.

The last time Herb house sat, he had the chance to experience our (still in progress) bathroom remodel. Among other things (such as the heated toilet seat that I appreciate more and more as winter approaches), I now have a shower door instead of a shower curtain.

I hate shower curtains. They tend to get mildew as well as lime deposits. If you aren’t vigilant while showering, they soak the floor, and in this bathroom, they had a nasty habit of getting tangled in the bathroom door. Very irritating.

And then there’s the fact that I have well water. It’s good water, as long as you let it run for 15 seconds in the bathroom sink before using it. As that sink is at the end of my plumbing line, it tends to collect sediment, despite my filter, and that means at first it smells like, as Herb so aptly describes it, “dragon farts.”

That well water also tends to turn shower curtains brown over time. I go through a lot of shower curtains. I don’t want my bathroom looking like it belongs to a teenaged boy with his first apartment.

But I was hesitant to get a shower door because I was dreading the effort it would take to keep it from having lime deposits. And the last shower door I had was old school. It had a U-shaped track along the bottom. Those things collect lime, but also soap scum and hair and… ugh. Gross.

But showers today have an L-shaped track and are much, MUCH easier to keep clean. And had I but thought of asking Herb about this transition, I’d have realized that I had absolutely nothing to worry about. Because Herb supplied me with something I have started calling “Herb’s Super Duper Shower Door Spray.”

I chose that name because it abbreviates to SDSDS. Sudssssssssss. Just humor me.

Anyway, a few spritzes of that spray after a shower, and your glass door stays looking shiny and new, as you can see in the picture below. It’s awesome. And it’s super inexpensive and very easy to make. Whip up a gallon of the stuff, put some in a spray bottle, and the batch will last you about 6 months.

And best of all? Herb is allowing me to share the recipe with you, dear reader! See there? Reading this blog was bound to pay off sooner or later. You’re welcome.

Herb’s Super Duper Shower Door Spray

Begin by pouring a ½ cup hydrogen peroxide, ½ cup rubbing alcohol, 1 teaspoon of dish soap and 1 tablespoon of rinse aid (like Finish Jet Dry) into a spray bottle of at least a 32 oz size.  I always use my funnel to make things easier!

Next, slowly add 3 cups of water (the mixture might bubble a little bit because of the dish soap).  If you are re-using a 32 oz bottle from a store-bought daily shower cleaner spray, you really don’t even need to measure for this step. Simply top off the bottle with water.

Add some essential oil to the mix to make it smell nice. I use about 6 drops per quart, but if it’s not aromatic enough for you, add more. I like peppermint or lavender, but any scent that you like will do.

Put the top back on the spray bottle and then slowly tip the bottle back and forth to mix the ingredients.

To use:  After showering, mist the spray on the walls (yes, it works on walls, too) and the door of the shower and you’re done. There’s no need to wipe.

I just had to show off my spotless shower! Thanks, Herb!

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