Is there anything better than walking into a clean bathroom, knowing that you get to relax in a nice hot shower or bath? Probably not! Keeping your shower clean (and deep cleaning when necessary) doesn’t have to be a daunting task that keeps you from relaxation.
Here are some tips on how to clean a shower quickly and easily so you can hop in to a nice, hot shower with the comfort of knowing it’s clean!
CONQUERING MILDEW AND MOLD
The natural enemy of any bathroom is mildew and mold. Due to the naturally damp environment, these pesky problems are very common occurrences in bathrooms all over the world. That doesn’t mean they have to be a pain to treat, or that you have to use harsh chemicals to get rid of them!
You will need washing soda (also known as sodium carbonate) and hydrogen peroxide. Mix a little of both of these together to create a cleaning paste. This paste can go directly onto any spots in your shower that are prone to mold or mildew growth. Let it set for a few minutes, then rinse and dry with a clean cloth. Easy!
If you have a tiled shower, you can also use that paste with an old toothbrush or soft-bristled cleaning brush to get deep into those grout lines. Again, all you’ll need to do it let the paste sit for a bit, then rinse and dry! All-natural and so easy!
This process can also be used on caulk, but with one minor modification. Don’t scrub the paste in, as this will loosen the caulking, which can affect the seal and lead to bigger problems down the road. Simply spread it on, rinse it off, and dry the area completely with a clean towel after you’re done.
For your shower tile, you can dilute white vinegar with some water and simply wipe away grime with a soft cloth. Take a separate clean cloth and buff the surface to help make it really shine! However, if your tile is marble or another porous stone, you should skip the vinegar and use just plain old water for this process.
CLEANING SHOWER DRAINS & HEADS
You should always check for clogs and visible build-up of hair and soap bits around your drain. Remove those prior to any drain cleaning endeavor. You can then clean the drain cap and surrounding area using that same washing soda and water paste that was mentioned earlier.
For your shower head, the always handy white vinegar will do wonders to remove mildew and other gunk built up on its surface. Regularly spray white vinegar and rinse clean, drying with a clean cloth. For a deeper clean, remove the shower head and soak it in a 50/50 white vinegar and water solution in a plastic bag or bin.
Let the shower head soak for about an hour, then wipe it clean with a sponge. Reattach the shower head and run water through it to help remove any residual vinegar (and that lovely vinegar smell). It’s important to replace the plumber’s tape between the shower head and the pipe each time you do this to prevent leaking.
CLEANING GLASS SHOWER DOORS
Glass shower doors are notorious for picking up soap scum and water spots. For routine cleaning, dry off your shower door after each use to reduce build-up and water spots. You can also use a standard glass cleaner and a microfiber or lint-free cloth to give those doors a spotless shine.
An all-natural alternative is made using cornstarch, vinegar, rubbing alcohol, and hot water. Mix together 1/4 cup of white vinegar, 1/8 cup of rubbing alcohol, and 2 cup hot tap water in an empty spray bottle. Add 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and shake thoroughly to dissolve the cornstarch into the liquid mixture.
Spray your new favorite window cleaner onto your glass shower door and be amazed at how well this combination cleans your glass! (Side note: also great for bathroom mirrors!) The cornstarch may settle inbetween uses, so be sure to shake your spray bottle well before using again.
Wipe down with a clean, lint-free cloth and enjoy the spot-free view (while it lasts). Don’t have a lint-free cloth? No worries! Coffee filters are a great alternative that won’t break the bank and you probably have laying around your kitchen somewhere.