How to Clean a Shower

Ironic, right? The place we go to take a shower is such a problematic area to clean. You will assume it should be clean all the time as there are literally only soap and water there, why does it get so dirty? And why is it so hard to clean? The stains of mildew build up, soap spots dry and get crusty. Also, mould can form in places hard for us to reach. It is a nightmare when it comes to cleaning the shower. You can’t just sweep and call it a day but worry no more.
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I have some tips and tricks up my sleeve that require nothing more than just being persistent and perform the routines often. Believe me, if you neglect cleaning the shower for a long time, you will suffer once you decide to do so. Save yourself the great effort by splitting it into small parts. Pick a day in the week, maybe during the weekend when you are free, and turn cleaning the shower into a fun and enjoyable activity. Here are some steps I follow in my routine, you can always mix them up in order, just make sure with one action you don’t sabotage yourself by messing up something you have already cleaned. You don’t want to double your efforts.

How to clean your shower head

First, I start by cleaning the shower head. My general rule of cleaning every room is to start from the top and work my way down.

Why clean it?

The reason you want to clean regularly your shower head besides of it keeping its shine is to make sure you kill any possible bacteria that can grow in, such as the Legionella. It is a bacterium most commonly found in drainage systems, hot tubs, and showers. You have to be extremely cautious especially if you live in a bigger housing estate, because of the complexity of the sewing systems. The disease it causes is called Legionnaires, and it is a type of pneumonia. Human-to-human contact does not transfer it, you can get infected by inhaling the bacterium. It  causes severe lung infections and it takes about a week to get the symptoms which include chills, fever, chest pain with cough. You certainly want to avoid this at home where your most loved ones are, you can easily prevent it by regularly cleaning your shower. If anyone has some of these symptoms, immediately consult a doctor.

How to clean the shower head?

Vinegar

The easiest and the cheapest way to clean your shower head is with the old trusty white vinegar. It will kill the bacteria that may be growing in it, and at the same time, it will help you get rid of the limescale that have started building up. You will need 3 materials:

  • A small plastic bag
  • Rubber band
  • Of course, white vinegar

Fill in the bag with white vinegar. The amount of liquid needed is to hug the shower head. Submerge it in the bag and tie the rubber band around the top of the bag and shower head. Make sure it is tightly secured there, you don’t want to hear a splash in the middle of the night. Usually, the bag needs to stay there for at least an hour. However, it is better if you leave it on for the whole night. A tip of mine is to perform this little task on Friday night, and in the morning get it off and proceed with the cleaning of the shower.

There is another way you can employ the vinegar. If your head is detachable, you can screw it off, take a pot, precisely the size of your shower head so you can use less vinegar and pour it on top of the head. If the shower head is made of stainless steel, you can turn on the stove and let it boil for 15-20 minutes. If it’s a plastic head, just leave it in the vinegar bath, don’t heat it as it may melt. Take the head out of the pot and scrub it well with an old toothbrush or with a rougher sponge, rinse it and pat it dry. Now you have one less problem. Just make sure when you turn on the shower for the first time to leave the water flowing for a couple of minutes before you dive in. After all, vinegar is acid you definitely don’t want in your eyes.

For your information, you can use apple cider vinegar instead of white vinegar. The procedure is the same. Follow the steps above, and you will have the effect.

Vinegar and baking soda

Making a mixture of vinegar and baking soda evokes a chemical reaction that makes the solution bubbly and makes it more abrasive towards dirt. Again in a bowl or pot of vinegar, submerge the shower head and ad one tablespoon of baking soda. Leave it there for 20 to 30 minutes, scrub it, wash it and pat it dry.

Bleach

If your shower head is made out of plastic but has lost its white colour, you can use bleach to get rid of the yellowish tint. However, bleach won’t effectively clean your shower head as the vinegar. Moreover, it doesn’t clean microorganisms. So, if there are any growing bacteria in the shower, it might continue growing.

Lemon and salt

Just like a body scrub cleans your skin, a lemon salt scrub can clean your shower head. The acidity of the lemon together with the gentle abrasiveness of the salt grains will make your shower shine.

Final touches of the shower head

If you want to be very meticulous with the shower head, you can use a small needle or wire to clean the holes in the shower head. Be gentle and don’t use force, just put in the needle, or wire and carefully move it up and down so you can remove anything that may block the water.


Ways to clean your shower door

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What is the best thing to use to clean glass shower doors?

The places where the dirt is most apparent when you walk in a bathroom is the shower door. It’s big, so it attracts attention especially if it is made from glass. The watermarks have dried up, leaving white traces on the surface, and the glass looks foggy. For your luck, the glass is the easiest part of the bathroom for you to clean. Its surface is smooth so what you need is just an old dry cloth and the traditional glass detergent. Before you start cleaning with the detergent, pour some water over the door so you can get rid of any harsh marks left from the water that may require scrubbing. Then spray the detergent and wipe in a circular motion like cleaning a window. Perform it on both sides.

If you don’t have a glass cleaning detergent at home now, you can make a mixture of baking soda and vinegar. Mix them in a spray bottle, roughly 1 tablespoon and 1 cup respectively. The downside of this way of cleaning the glass door in your shower is that it doesn’t have an immediate effect as the cleaning detergent. You have to leave the vinegar-soda solution on the glass for at least an hour, and then you can proceed to wipe. Rinse with water and pat dry, so no marks are left.

How to keep your glass door clean

It may sound funny and obvious, but the only way to avoid the heavy cleaning of the shower door is to maintain it by regular small cleanings. After every other shower, sprits the glass with a little bit of vinegar or your glass detergent and quickly go over it with a cloth. Also, you can buy one of those window cleaning devices with rubber called “Squeegee”. It may be annoying to perform this routine after every shower, however, it will leave your glass door shining.


Shower Curtain

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How to clean shower curtain?

For those of us who have shower curtains in their bathrooms, there is a solution for cleaning them too. I know so many people who decide to throw away a shower curtain the moment they see it is getting dirty. It is such a waste, all you need to do is to throw it in the washing machine. Make sure to remove any plastic or metal hooks from the curtain before you put it in the machine. If you have any old towels, it is a good idea to put them in the washing machine with the curtain, because they will rub against it and will clean more prominent spots. If the curtain is made out of cloth, I recommend starting the machine on 60 degrees if nothing else is recommended on the label. Put your regular washing detergent and add ½ a cup of baking soda in the detergent section as well. When the program starts the renice cycle of the washing, open it and pour half a cup of white vinegar. Resume the cycle until it’s done. Hang the curtain to dry in the bathroom or tumble dry it on low setting. If your curtain is made out of plastic, it is better to put it on a lower temperature. This will not only clean your shower curtain from spots, but this is also helpful if your curtain has mould.


Tiles

The trust white vinegar

The next step on the list is the tiles. The best solution for dirty tiles is again vinegar. Mix equal amounts of vinegar and water in a spray bottle and start spraying bottom down. Focus more in the corners and the grouts, because the most dirt gathers there. Go hefty on the spraying, you want to cover every single centimetre from the tiles. Leave it sprayed on the tiles for 15 to 30 minutes, depending on how dirty the tiles are. Take a brush with stiff bristles and start rubbing in circular motions. You will see how the soap scum gets off the tiles. When you are ready, rinse with warm water.

Baking soda

Mix 4 parts baking soda with 1-part water. You want to have a thick paste so if you have to increase the portions of baking soda, feel free to do so. Apply the paste on the tiles with a brush or a sponge, so it covers everything. Then spray a little bit of vinegar on top of the paste. The vinegar and the soda will react, this will activate the abrasive characteristics of the soda. Rub the tiles with the brush to make sure everything is off. Pour warm water to wash it out, then pat dry and your tiles are clean.


Clean your drain

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How to clean shower drain?

The drain is probably the most disgusting and repulsive part of cleaning the shower because of all the dirt and the hair that builds up in it. Before you start cleaning the drain, make sure you get out everything you can see on the top. Grab a paper towel and pick up any hairballs, then you can proceed to clean the drain. There are products out there in the market that are designed to unclog your drain. You have to be extremely cautious with them because they are highly abrasive. They are quick, but they can harm you if you are not careful with how you handle them. If you want to stick on the eco-friendly side, there are a few natural ways to clean your shower drain.

Baking soda and vinegar

This combination works basically for everything. For the drain you need to pour one cup of baking soda in the open drain and after a few minutes follow with the same amount of vinegar. This will start a reaction; the mixture will start bubbling and will clean the dirt accumulated in the drain. Don’t use the shower for a few hours, it is better to leave the ongoing chemical reaction as long as you can. After a few hours, pour warm water in the drain and see if there is any difference. You can always repeat the steps. If the drain is sufficiently clogged, you may need to use more abrasive chemicals. The drain is the last thing on the list. Your shower is now transformed.


Other products that may help clean your shower

Bar Keepers Friend is a great product that may be handy if you want to get rid of rust in your shower. It works like a dream on stainless steel and fibreglass. Just follow the directions on the packaging, and you won’t regret it.

How to Remove Hard Water Stains Using Bar Keepers Friend (BKF)

Mr Clean’s Magic Eraser can also be helpful to you in the bathroom. It gets rid of soap scrum from every surface in your shower, you name it. The product is easy and convenient to use.Now you have a freshly cleaned shower, and you can enjoy every minute of it. Also, when dealing with soapy products, you have to be cautious. I have found a non-slip mat for the shower that has literally saved my life. You can remove it and wash it in the washing machine, and it is so convenient for you and for your family.

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