Check these effective shower cleaning hacks to help you keep your bathroom sparkling, clean and fresh.
It is understandable that cleaning your shower is usually a dreaded task. Unfortunately, this is one of those chores that must be done on a regular basis if you’re going to keep up proper cleaning habits.
The shower builds up grime, mold, dirt, stains, gunk – all of the less than nice things you want to see stepping inside for a soothing shower. For instance, according to safehome.org, your shower curtain and the floor have 60 times more bacteria than the toilet. This is an alarming fact, but one that can be avoided.
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3 Things to Consider Before Cleaning Your Shower
Consider doing your shower cleaning in steps rather than becoming overwhelmed by all the obstacles cleaning a shower entails. You do not have to balance multiple bottles of cleaners and other supplies, nor must you have to work too hard if you keep up a consistent cleaning routine.
Here are a few tips that are sure to make your life easier and shower cleaner.
1 . Remove all Loose Items
Before you begin any cleaning, remove items that are in your way. Shampoo bottles, soap dispensers, and luffas have no place in your shower while you are trying to clean it.
Cleaning around these items is lazy and will ensure a still-dirty shower. Move these items out of the shower, wipe them down as necessary, then focus attention on your bare shower.
2. Use the Step-by-Step Method
Take steps in cleaning your shower by sections so that shower cleaning products do not sit on surfaces for too long. For example, first focus on scrubbing each of the shower walls.
Save the shower floor for scrubbing last. Cleaning by section also guarantees you won’t accidentally miss a spot or section.
3. Clean Your Shower Often
By cleaning often, that means at least once a week. If you go longer than that amount of time, expect to use much more elbow grease in those nooks and crannies. To keep you motivated, just think about what you do and where you go each day. You sweat it out during your workout routine.
You take care of your sick child who is running a fever. You go to work, the grocery store, or other public places where germs multiply. All of those germs and filth may be rinsed off after a nice, hot shower, but now your shower is covered in just that – filth.
7 Shower Cleaning Hacks Using DIY Recipes
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1. Quick Cleaning Method (DIY Recipe for all surfaces)
If you have multiple jobs, children to care for, or a to-do list that is a mile long, cleaning your shower may be near the end of that already long list. In between cleanings, use a leave-on spray on your shower.
This DYI recipe calls for hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol, dish soap and rinse aid. Pour the mixture in a spray bottle. spray down the shower surfaces after your own shower time, and let it do the hard work for you.
2. Clean the Shower Curtain
Not only do the shower walls and floor get filthy, but so do shower curtains and doors. Unless your shower curtain is shredded or torn, there is no need to replace it every few months.
If the curtains can be cleaned in the washing machine, place them in the drum with a couple of old towels to give a scrubbing action similar to hand wash.
If the curtains are really dirty place them in cold water with a cup of vinegar and one tablespoon of dishwasher. Leave them soaking for 30 minutes and scrub the remaining stains.
If the stains are persistent or the curtains have fungus, place baking soda in a soft brush and scrub until the marks disappear. Rinse with water.
Or try bleach diluted in water (don’t forget the gloves). Place a mixture of half bleach and half water in a bottle spray and spray the area. Scrub the area with a sponge or brush and rinse with abundant water. Make sure to test first in a small area if you are using bleach. You can also substitute the bleach for hydrogen peroxide.
3. Shower Screen Cleaning Hack
If the shower screen has limescale, soap marks or just water mix a cup of lemon juice with two spoons of white vinegar, 1/2 cup of baking soda and one spoon of dishwasher. Using a soft brush or sponge, rub the mixture over the screen insisting in the areas with more stains. Leave the paste to act for 10 minutes and rinse with hot water.
If the stains are persistent you can use ceramic hob cream. Apply the cream over the stains with a soft sponge in circular motions, and rinse with lots of warm water. Use a microfiber cloth for glass to completely dry the screen.
A cleaning hack you can use to keep the shower screen cleaner for longer is to rub a little bit of baby oil in the doors. This will help the water and soap to slide instead to adhering to the shower screen.
4. Clean Grout Stains
Those dirty grout lines really stand out on an otherwise spotless shower. To get rid of all those dirty grout lines on your walls mix baking soda and bleach, apply to the grout areas, and let sit for at least 30 minutes.
After the mixture has set in, scrub with a brush (such as an old toothbrush) or using this grout cleaner brush and watch the stains disappear. You may need to clean the grout every week, or as needed depending on how easily stains come up.
5. DIY Remedy For a Shiny Faucet
To shine a grimy and water-stained faucet, all you need is a grapefruit and salt. Cut a grapefruit in half, douse each half with salt, scrub into the faucet’s surface, and watch the metal shine. The citric acid eats through the grime, which makes for a gleaming effect.
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6. Shower Head Cleaning Hack
Not only must you clean the walls, floor, and faucet; remember the shower head as well. When your shower head is not spraying correctly or you are barely getting any water pressure at all, the holes in the head may be clogged. To resolve this issue, either remove the shower head and place it in a container or attach a bag to it.
Fill the container or bag with equal parts white vinegar and water and let the shower head sit in the mixture to unclog the holes. Let the shower head sit in the mixture for anywhere from one hour to overnight. The more clogged the head is, the longer you will want to let sit.
7. Unclog Drains
Hair and soap can get stuck and clog your shower drain. This makes for a less than relaxing showering experience when you are splashing in ankle-deep water.
An easy way to unclog a drain is to pour boiling water down the drain slowly. Once water is draining freely, your drain should be cleared. Another method is to use a drain snake or bent wire hanger to remove debris. Alternatively use a Bath Tub Drain Protector to prevent clogs.
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Conclusion: A Clean Shower Makes for a Healthy Home
According to a Chicago Tribune article, your shower may hold up to 100 times more bacteria than a trashcan. This fact is most likely a motivational way to keep that shower scrubbed. By starting with a clean shower, you are widely responsible for your happy and healthy household. Your family will thank you for it, and so will your own health.
What are your preferred shower cleaning hacks?