Every housewife has a daily checklist for cleaning. That list often includes vacuuming, wiping the surfaces, and maybe dusting the furniture. For some reason, the shower is often forgotten among the other cleaning tasks, even if you clean the entire bathroom regularly.
And because no one wants to use a dirty shower, we’ve compiled plenty of shower cleaning hacks to help you clean it without a hassle.
Shower Cleaning Hacks
Before we go into the shower head, curtain, and door cleaning hacks, here are some general tips for choosing your tools and cleaning.
- Decide whether you’re having a quick clean session targeting only some areas or deep cleaning that covers the whole shower room, which may take longer. Either way, it has to be scheduled, planned, and something you can check off a self-imposed punch list.
- Make sure you have all the tools ready before you start, most of which are probably already in your kitchen pantry or tool cupboard.
- Start cleaning the areas within your reach if you are cleaning while showering.
- In deep cleaning mode, consider checking the issues that need attention, such as the presence of mildew or other bacteria, limescale, and water stains, so that you come prepared with the right tools and materials.
- Always wear the correct cleaning gloves and use anti-slip footwear for your safety.
Shower Head Cleaning Hacks
Pour a cup of white vinegar into a zip-lock bag, and immerse the showerhead into the bag, sealing its top with the elastic band tightly. Turn on the shower to fill the bag so the showerhead is submerged 100%. Leave for an hour, then remove and turn on the water. Repeat as necessary.
Baking Soda Paste
Mix a few spoons of baking soda with water and stir until it’s neither too thick nor runny. Rub the paste all over the shower head and leave for 30 minutes. Rinse the showerhead.
Slice one lemon in half and squeeze it in warm water. Coat the showerhead with the solution and scrub it using a brush. Rinse well, and repeat if there are stubborn stains.
Coca-Cola has a pH balance of 2.0, which means that the high phosphoric acid enables it to remove stains. Swap the vinegar with Coca-Cola in hack number 1 and do the same process.
Shower Door Cleaning Hacks
Mix Dishwashing Soap and Vinegar
A dishwashing soap and vinegar solution will clean your shower door better than many commercial cleaners. Mix 1 part dish soap with 1 part white vinegar (heated in the microwave for 1-2 minutes). Then, pour it inside a bottle sprayer. Spray the glass door and leave for 1 hour before rinsing well.
Buy a Non-Stick Cooking Spray
Swipe your glass shower door clean, then spray a non-stick cooking spray on the glass. Non-stick cooking sprays are an excellent choice if you aim for a glossy finish. It won’t only give it a shiny finish, but it’ll also repel soap scum.
Use Grapefruit and Salt Combo
A combo of grapefruit and salt is abrasive, so use it cautiously and only if the door is too dirty. Cut the fruit, sprinkle salt on top, and scrub the panel. The citric acid of grapefruit will break down soap build-up on the glass. After you’re done, wipe it down with some water.
Use Essential Oils
Essential oils do wonders for smooth surfaces. You can use citrus oil or eucalyptus oil mixed with hot water to clean your shower doors. Dampen a cloth with this mixture and wipe the glass doors with it. You can also use lavender when you’re done with deodorizing.
Buy a Squeegee
A squeegee is perfect for cleaning windows, mirrors, or glass surfaces. You can use it to remove water spills from the glass door after each bath. Additionally, you can use it for cleaning because it leaves a smooth surface behind with no streaks.
Shower Curtain Cleaning Hacks
Shower curtain liners come in direct contact with water as you shower and are likely to breed mold and mildew. Here are some guidelines to follow when cleaning them:
- For PEVA (polyethylene vinyl acetate) and PVC (polyvinyl chloride) curtain liners, a solution of 1 part white vinegar to 3 parts water will work wonders. Spray it onto the material and leave it for 20 minutes to remove and prevent mold and mildew.
- For polyester fabric curtain liners, a standard wash and dry in the washing machine with a mixture of vinegar and detergent will yield the same result.
Shower Floor Cleaning Hacks
Your shower floor gets exposed to all the residues of soap, shampoo, cleaning products, water minerals, dirt, and hair, to name a few. Here are some hacks for always having a clean floor.
Pour a generous amount of vinegar over the floor stains, leave it for 10-15 minutes, then wipe it off and rinse. Repeat if necessary.
Use Baking Soda
Mix baking soda with water and apply it to the affected area. You can also add vinegar if stubborn stains are on the shower floor.
Leave the mixture for 10-15 minutes, then scrub and rinse.
Use Lemon Juice
For rust stains, pour lemon juice on top of the affected area and leave it for 1 hour. For better results, add baking soda to the lemon juice and leave the mixture for 3 hours, then scrub and rinse.
These shower cleaning hacks have been tried and tested and are highly recommended to homeowners. They will save you the trouble of replacing costly shower parts or getting a professional cleaning service.
Commercial cleaners are great, but household products can get the same results for less money. So, consider using vinegar and baking soda for cleaning. And you can always use essential oils, like lavender, to leave a pleasant scent behind.