Refill Scrubbing Bubbles Automatic Shower Cleaner for $1.00

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Introduction: Refill Scrubbing Bubbles Automatic Shower Cleaner for $1.00

Refills for the Scrubbing Bubbles Automatic Shower Cleaner retail for $3.89 each. I will show you how to refill your unit for $1.00!

Step 1: Buy a Scrubbing Bubbles Automatic Shower Cleaner

I'm a male college student, living in a house with 3 other male college students... One of our worst problems is cleaning. The shower has commonly grown so much mold that we usually felt much cleaner just not taking a shower. Thankfully, my roommates girlfriend bought us the Scrubbing Bubbles Automatic Shower Cleaner.

The thing works like a charm, attach it over your shower head, and once a day, just push the little blue button and close the shower curtain... after a few beeps the automated little maching shoots shower cleaner all over the walls and tub.

We haven't had to clean the shower yet in over 1.5 months!

Step 2: Refills

The automatic cleaner works great, but with all great things there is a catch..

Each refil tank only lasts for about 20 pushes of the button and then you have to go to the store and buy a new refill canister for about $3.89.

Here is a picture of the refill container.

Step 3: Being Cheap, I Found a Better Solution

Well... not wanting to spend $3.89 I went to my local dollar store and found this cleaner.

It's clear and is a daily use product just like Scrubbing Bubbles cleaner. It's even almost the same size and contains 32oz. of fluid rather than 34oz.

Step 4: Refill Your Old Refill

Now that you've got the liquid, it's time to get it into the old refill container.

The refills have a screw on cap that when you un-twist feels like a child safety lock. It isn't. Just keep unscrewing and it will pop off.

Now pour in your $1.00 cleaner into the refill.

If you examine the cap on the container you will see that a new refill doesn't have the hole punctured. That's so when you flip the refill into the automatic shower cleaner it doesn't spill out, the shower cleaner punches the hole.

To solve the problem, just take your shower cleaner off the shower head and flip it instead of the container!

Now put the unit back on your shower head.

Step 5: Enjoy Saving Money and Not Cleaning Your Shower!

Now just sit back and enjoy!

Your shower will stay clean and once you've bought the actual unit the total cost savings per year is great.

If you bought the name brand refills it would cost you $71.00 a year to keep your shower clean if you used the unit once a day.

Now you can keep your shower clean for $18.25 a year and you never have to do any actual cleaning!!!

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    Thanks! Recently I haven't been able to find the refills, turns out they discontinued the automatic shower cleaner so this will help me keep it going till it breaks.

    Fantastic! the nearest store to me is Publix and it is always out of stock. This saves me gas money from going to other stores to find it. Thank you

    The hardest part is FINDING the shower cleaner. No store has them and all online outlets are out of stock.

    What about just using a product like Zep Shower Tub and Tile Cleaner?

    Oh, and Daily Shower Cleaner thru Shoprite, and probably other stores, could be used as that refill, or just spray it after the last shower in the morning, or whenever you shower. Seems to be working, but again start w a clean shower.

    Mold can be tougher than just using the fan, you need to clean it and stains. I tried lots of methods, finally Mold Armor 2x mold and mildew stain remover. Helped my shower, even the ceiling. But clean it in a few stages or the fumes can be uncomfortable. It is the best product for that I have found, spray, let sit, and rinse, sometimes do again for last bits. Great, yes chemical, product that works.

    to stop mold you need a dry non humid shower - leave your doors open and turn on a smal fan for 1 -2 hours daily ....

    Why not simply drill a refill hole in the bottom of the container and then plug the hole with a simple cork or rubber stopper of an appropriate size?!

    What do you do when the hole on the bottom keeps getting bigger each time its put back on and the cleaner leaks out in a few hours.

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     I found a way to replace the original white foam seal on the bottle which is punctured by the sprayer when a new bottle is put in. I used 1/16" thick neoprene rubber to make a disc to fit inside of the the bottle cap. Getting the cap off takes some effort, press down hard and unscrew it. Poke the original seal gently out with a pen cap,etc. Lay the seal on the neoprene, trace and cut a disc, which should be 1-1/16" diameter to fit inside the cap. I actually cut mine with a cutting die, but scissors will work too. In the center of your disc, punch a 1/8" diameter hole for the sprayer fitting. This makes a tight but stretchable seal over the connection. Refill the bottle with your fluid, screw on the cap. Turn the sprayer upside down, plug in the bottle, and flip right side up. Done, no leaks!

    Thank you for your wonderful advice. I couldn't get the cap off the bottle until I came across your suggestion---which worked. I also happened to have a piece of neoprene to use in place of the foam. The neoprene worked like the charm and my bottle doesn't leak at all. For the cleaning solution: I used 3 tablespoons of bleach, filled the remaining half of the container with vinegar and the other half with filtered water. The vinegar solution initially smells, well "vinegary," after spraying but soon dissipates. Everything appears to be working well and I'm so glad I have a cheaper way to operate my shower cleaner now. The bottle I was using was leaking, but he neoprene solved that problem. The cheapest I could find the Scrubbing Bubbles refills were at $5 plus each; the solution I mixed probably cost me at the most $1. Thanks for your help. Couldn't have done it without you.

    From reviews online, there were many question about the effectiveness on this cleaner. For example that it doesn't get rid of moud and midew. Any comments about this?

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     If you start with a clean shower, it works pretty well.  If you start with a not so clean shower, it takes time to work well.  If you start with a gross shower, forget it.  Get some gloves, some abrasive cleanser, and a sponge with a scrubbing pad and clean it yourself.  THEN use the sprayer.

    I have not yet tried dollar store or other alternative chemicals in the sprayer yet.  It seems that the ideal mod here is to permanently install some sort of tank with a wide-mouthed screw-top opening that is easily filled.

    we've been using the regular cleaning solution (scrub&bubbles;) that came with our starter pack since 4/10. i cleaned the mildew-y grout with bleach solution just before installing the unit, and we do press the button daily...but i've still had to bleach the grout at least once every 2-3 weeks by hand in spots. it'd probably work better if i always moved the shampoo bottles etc off of the rim of the tub before pressing the button, but that's a pain in the *&$...so i still do the bleach thing as needed. i just may try to refill with a cheap bleach/water/tiny bit o cleanser solution. THANKS for the suggestions!

    I think these work better when the shower has been cleaned of mildew.... Use a cleaner with phosphoric acid... a standard mildew cleaner... You have to scrub the mildew with a brush... Its smells nasty but gets the job done..... Once you have killed the mildew mostly, this seems to do a good job of keeping the shower clean. Also, It helps to have a fan in the bath or leave the window cracked after steaming up the bathroom.. If the shower can air out it minimizes the mildew problem..

    it says on the box the shower doesnt need to be cleaned first, i got one last week, the first day i sprayed my self in the eyes, it didnt even burn, so it must not be very effective.

    Man speak for yourself. I got hit in the eye when it came thru the gap in my shower and it burned plenty but stopped quickly. I still flushed my eye to be sure. I didn't clean first and the mildew that was on the grout is almost entirely gone. Still have some hard water stains in the lower corners, but they're fading. FWIW - if you buy this at Costco you get 3 refills for the same price as the startup kit at the grocery store.

    what vatosupreme said... It needs one good cleaning before you start using it... then it just maintains that nice clean...

    I will simply drill a small hole on the refill bottle and fill it with a small funnel without ever removing it, so that way the seal will never get bigger or leak.