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I'm pretty sure cleaning a shower is not anyone's favorite chore, but it has to be done. However, it doesn't have to be grueling, back-breaking, arm-tiring work if you really know how to clean a shower.
Unfortunately, without regular maintenance and the right tools, a dirty shower can quickly turn into an all-day cleaning ordeal. There's potentially mold, mildew, soap scum, hair, hardened mineral deposits, and more that could need to be removed. Mold and mildew develop because of the ongoing dampness of the shower's surface and the humidity in the room. However, soap scum is sneaky, and it's worse in areas with hard water (which 85 percent of the US has). The calcium, magnesium, and iron present in hard water react with the fatty acids in the soap, and then harden on the surfaces of the shower. You don't notice it at first because each layer can be so thin. Over time, the layers build and suddenly you're left with something that seems like an impenetrable mess.
1 | What you'll need
- 1 small plastic bag
- 1 rubber band
- Non-toxic all-purpose cleaner
- Non-toxic Glass Cleaner
- Baking soda
- Microfiber cloth
- 1 cup salt
- Bathtub (if you're not already cleaning a tub/shower combo)
- Laundry detergent
- Soft washcloth or small towel
1. Take your shower the night before you want to clean the shower.
2. Remove all the soap, hair products, razors, etc., from your shower and set them aside.
3. Fill the small plastic bag with vinegar and place it over your shower head. Secure
it with a rubber band so the vinegar can work while you sleep.
4. Wash your shower curtain as directed by label. You can usually just
toss them in the washer in cold water on the gentle cycle. Add a couple of dirty towels
to prevent tears using the regular amount of detergent and a cup of vinegar.
Apartment Therapy recommends soaking your shower curtain in salt water for
a couple of hours to combat mildew. Fill the tub with enough warm water to cover
the shower curtain. While the water is still running, pour the salt into the tub near
the faucet and use your hand to mix it up. Hang it back up to dry.
For a glass door simply spray glass with non-toxic glass cleaner and wipe clean with
newspaper or a squeegee
5. If you have a glass shower door instead of a shower curtain, spray undiluted
vinegar onto it and clean with a microfiber cloth or squeegee.
6. Liberally spray an all-purpose cleaner over all the walls of the shower, paying
special attention to areas with visible mildew, mold, soap scum, or mineral deposits.
7. Leave it there for about 10 minutes (this might be a good opportunity to clean the
sink or toilet) so it can get to work and save you the trouble of extra scrubbing.
8. Clean My Space recommends adding a little baking soda to areas with extra-stubborn
soap scum as long as the area is not glass. This adds extra abrasion as you work your
way from top to bottom (not in circles!), and around, the shower walls.
9. Spray the floor with all-purpose cleaner - baking soda is optional,
but test a spot first.
10. Wait 10 minutes.
11. Scrub the floor with the sponge.
12.Rinse the walls and floor with hot water and then dry them with a soft cloth.3 | Expert tips
Do NOT use vinegar or a general all-purpose cleaner on stone walls or floors.
Go over the walls and glass door with the squeegee after every shower to keep soap scum from building up.
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Our safe and sustainable glass cleaner gets that streak-free shine with naturally-derived ingredients that leave your conscience as clear as your glass. Free of phosphates and ammonia.4 | That was Easy There's no need to break out the harsh chemicals or stress yourself out about the amount of time and energy involved when you start exploring how to clean a shower. It's not that bad at all, and your whole bathroom will seem brighter after you've put in the effort to clean the shower. More cleaning solutions