Few things feel better than standing under the shower and letting the stream of water wash your worries away with the day’s dirt, but keeping your shower and tub sparkling clean can feel like a massive chore. You don’t have to spend your Saturday morning scrubbing away soap scum and water spots to enjoy a fresh, squeaky clean sower, though. Just as there are easy routines and tips to keep your house tidy, there are products and routines that can make cleaning your tub, shower head and walls a breeze. Here’s how to clean your shower and keep it clean with a minimum of effort.
Everyday Shower Cleaning Tips
A little daily maintenance goes a long way in keeping your shower fresh between deeper cleaning. The biggest grime culprit in your shower is water. If you don’t remove it from the shower walls and door, evaporation will leave minerals and chemicals that create spots and dark stains. This can also create a breeding ground for mold and mildew. The way to avoid those problems is to leave your shower as dry as possible when you’re done with it.
- Squeegee the walls and door with a shower squeegee.
- Wipe the walls dry with an absorbent cloth or towel.
- Run the bathroom fan for 15 to 20 minutes after the shower to remove as much moisture from the air as possible.
- Leave the shower door and bathroom door open to allow any remaining moisture to evaporate.
Weekly Wipedown for Your Shower
About once a week, invest half an hour in power-cleaning your shower to remove any mineral buildup or soap scum, and get into the crevices and corners you don’t usually tackle. This is a great time to pull down the shower curtain and liner and freshen them up with a spin in the washer. Once you’ve got them out of the way, you can get started on your deep clean.
How to Clean Your Shower Head
The shower head can get clogged with hard mineral deposits, reducing the water flow and making it less efficient. You don’t need a pricey special cleaner to deal with mineral deposits. One of the best descalers is probably sitting in your kitchen cabinet: white vinegar. One caution, though: if the shower walls or floor are stone or travertine, use a stone tile cleaner. Vinegar will damage the tiles.
- Pour a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water into a plastic bag
- Put the plastic bag over your shower head so that the spray holes are completely submerged in the cleaning solution.
- Secure the bag in place with a twist tie.
- Let the shower head soak for at least 15 to 20 minutes while you clean the rest of the shower.
Power-Scrub the Walls and Floor
Spray the walls with the same vinegar and water solution and tackle it with a rotary spin brush, which comes with several heads, including a pointed one that’s perfect for getting into corners where water and grime can collect. Alternatively, wipe down the walls and floor with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Sponge, which is specially formulated to scrub hard surfaces without damaging them. Rinse the shower walls, doors, and floor with clear water, and squeegee them to avoid water spots. Finally, wipe them dry with a microfiber towel or cloth—or with a car-washing glove.
How to Clean Glass Shower Doors
Glass shower doors present their own challenge. Like the tiles on the floor and walls, glass doors collect hard water spots and soap scum unless you take care to prevent it. Even worse, the door tracks collect moisture, which encourages mildew and mold growth. These tips can help you clean glass shower doors and tracks and keep them from getting scummy again.
- Wet the shower glass thoroughly with the shower sprayer.
- Spray it with full-strength white vinegar.
- Dip a sponge into a bowl of white vinegar and then into a bowl of baking soda to create a light paste. Apply the paste evenly to the doors and let it remain for 10 minutes. Remoisten the sponge and scrub the glass gently.
- Rinse the glass with fresh, clean water, and dry it with a microfiber cloth.
- Get into the crevices of the door tracks with a microfiber blinds or vent cleaner.
How to Avoid Soap Scum and Mineral Buildup
While cleaning and drying your shower are important to keeping it sparkling, you can do a few other things to avoid the buildup of minerals and soap scum on your tiles and tub. Some personal cleaning products are far more likely than others to make things look grimy. Here are a few tips to help you minimize the amount of cleaning required.
- Switch from hard soap to shower gel or body wash, which won’t leave soap scum deposits on your tub or shower.
- Keep your shower gel, shampoo, and other personal products in a shower caddy that lets the water drain away.
- Choose shampoos and conditioners that won’t stain tile grout. If you use a color-depositing shampoo, clean the grout regularly.
It doesn’t take a lot to keep your shower and shower head grime-free. Once you have the right tools, you’ll find that it’s easy to keep your happy place sparkling clean and relaxing.
Clean your shower head and walls with the collection:
- Shower squeegee
- Stone tile cleaner
- Rotary spin brush
- Car-washing glove
- Magic Sponge Eraser assortment pack
- Vent cleaner
- Colorful pressure sprayer bottle
- Shower caddy shelves
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Deb Powers is a freelance writer who specializes in home, education, and lifestyle topics. She draws on her experiences as a teacher, mother, grandmother, and all-around creative spirit to help others achieve their own goals.