How to Clean a Shower

Showers can get gross quickly. They easily gather grime, not to mention mold, which can make them feel exactly the opposite of hygienic. Worse yet, achieving a clean shower can often feel like one of the most challenging parts of cleaning your bathroom. That said, with just a few simple bathroom cleaning tools and solutions you can find at most supermarkets, you can quickly get the job done. Here’s how to thoroughly, easily clean your shower.

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How to clean your showerhead

Fill a plastic grocery bag or large resealable plastic bag with white vinegar. Wrap and seal this bag around the showerhead overnight. Remove the bag the next morning and run the showerhead to remove any deposits that have obstructed water flow.

How to clean your door or curtains

For a dirty shower door, a paste of one cup baking soda and just a few drops of distilled white vinegar can make a potent scrubbing agent. After generously applying this thick paste to your shower door for an hour, return with a microfiber cloth to remove the paste. Then, with a separate microfiber cloth, rinse and buff the door dry.

For shower curtains and liners, a typical cycle in a washing machine should do the trick. If you need to scrub soap residue or mold from your curtains and liners, add a few towels to the wash. These towels will naturally abrade the mold and soap residue off your curtains and liners. Additionally, curtains and liners should be air-dried instead of machine-dried.

How to clean your shower tub

If your shower isn’t a standing shower but instead a tub, you may find cleaning significantly easier. A simple scrub-down with your cleaning product and rag of choice should be enough to remove grime and stains from your tub. However, for especially dirty tubs, you may want to completely fill your tub with scalding hot water, then drain the tub and scrub it down with bathroom cleaner. Wait 15 minutes before rinsing and cleaning.

How to clean shower tiling

Perhaps the most challenging part of achieving a clean bathroom is removing buildup from the tile in your shower. Find an all-purpose cleaner and spray it on any areas of your tile that need to be cleaned. Then, run your shower at the hottest temperature possible for five minutes. Turn off your shower, then exit your bathroom and close the door to trap the steam (make sure your exhaust fan is off). After 20 minutes, return to wipe down all your tile. Use a microfiber cloth, and work your way down from the highest surfaces.

How to clean shower grout

Shower grout easily accumulates dirt and grime, but these substances don’t always come off easily. You’ll need a grout brush, rather than just ordinary rags and microfiber cloths, for proper grout care. Dip your brush in undiluted bleach, then aggressively scrub your discolored, dirty grout. For moldy grout, you may want to use hydrogen peroxide or vinegar in addition to bleach. After you scrub your grout, rinse well with water. If possible, ventilate the bathroom, as bleach can be harmful to inhale.

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