Thursday, July 23, 2009

Secret 11: Clean bathrooms

So, first off, my 30 Secrets in 30 Days now needs an *. Due to family stuff last week I am a little off track. So I'll say that it IS technically in 30 days just not 30 contiguous days but from now on it will be 30 Secrets in 30* Days. Can I get away with that?

Secret 11 ~ I HATE water stains in bathrooms. However, I had never been able to get rid of them without hours upon hours of scrubbing. I have literally cleaned a shower door in 4-inch squares over a month's time because I can get that obsessed. Sad, isn't it?

The house we own now is about a year old. When we moved in the shower door looked like this:

And I tried ALL of these products. I also tried SOS pads and Tylex Bathroom Cleaner among other things. NONE of them worked. At all. I was so disappointed as I usually can clean anything with CLR (I have not had to scrub a bathtub or stovetop in 10 years thanks to that stuff. Just spray on, wait 5 minutes, and wipe off).

But then Eric introduced me to this stuff. Orange Goop. Originally intended as a hand cleaner and available in auto parts stores for removing oil and whatnot from your hands. And it WORKS!

This took about 45 minutes (and Eric's elbow grease ~ Thank you!) to clear up the shower. It does take some elbow grease but when all else fails this stuff is there for you!


  1. OMG thank you so much for this! Our house is about 17 years old or so and we inherited crappy water stained shower doors. Not even CLR will get that crap off. And we squeegee every time we shower. Can't wait to try this. Do you have to buy it somewhere special? I've never seen it before.

  2. I will have to try and get some of this stuff

  3. rxB ~ We bought it in an auto part's store (Kragen/Pep Boys/Autozone probably all have it) but you might also be able to find it at a hardware store (Aces or Home Depot). I've seen it online but I'm not sure if you can order it that way.

  4. Oh a girl after my own heart. Fabulous!!! xx

  5. Wonderful... we had the same problem so Mr. McG ripped the doors out of the shower stall and now we have gaping holes in the tub! yes darling that was such a good idea.. not!!!
    Glad you're back and there's nothing like a * to add a little something different.
    p.s. I'm coming to Blog Camp if there's still space????? let me know ASAP, I'm impatient like that!!! hahahahaha Ali.

  6. It takes a lot of rubbing (and not TOO hard - it has pumice in it, so you don't want to scratch the glass) but it cleans well.

    The doors aren't *perfect*, but it would take somebody as neurotic as Sara or me to detect it. I grew up in a family obsessed with cleanliness to the point of perfection. My dad still dons rubber gloves and wipes down the shower doors and outside windows with hydrochloric acid. That stuff cleans glass amazingly well, but it wreaks havoc on skin, clothing, colored tile, and pretty much anything else (except glass) that it gets on. He is insane. :)

  7. Holy crap. It is a miracle worker. This is one neat freak who is dancing a jig of joy for this tip!

  8. Wow, I've never heard of it. Thanks for sharing the tip!

  9. Thanks for sharing, good luck on the 30 secrets in 30 days!!!


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