Cleaning Your Shower

Helpful How-to's on Cleaning your Shower!

For most people, it seems the dreaded shower is their least favourite place to clean (including me). Maybe because it’s gross and yucky. Or maybe its because no one wants to stand in the shower WITH clothes on and clean? Well, I’m going to give you some tricks on how to make cleaning your bathroom shower bearable.

In todays world, it might be hard to find the regular products we would normally use to clean the shower with. So, if you have them GREAT!  If not, don’t worry, I’m going to show you a way to CHEAT!!!

If you have any cuts or wounds on your hands, I would recommend you wear gloves. Even the safer chemicals can still irritate your skin. 

A few things you’ll need as well as some substitutes:

  • gloves
  • cleaning cloths – microfiber works best
  • magic eraser (name brand doesn’t matter)
  • NON SCRATCH scrubby ( the BLUE one, not the green)
  • toothbrush (not your husbands), well maybe if he’s in the doghouse!!
  • handheld shower (large cup if you don’t have a hand held faucet)
  • bleach – if you have mold or mildew (but I would recommend using another agent before using bleach, this isn’t my favorite product to use.)  If you have to use bleach, spray it and walk away, let it do the scrubbing for you!  Remember “WORK SMARTER, NOT HARDER!”
  • Bar Keepers Friend (BKF) powder – this is a low acid product  (wear gloves, it can cause irritation)
  • Dawn Dish Soap (I only use the blue stuff)
  • If you don’t have bleach or BKF, I recommend using vinegar and baking soda (mix 1 part vinegar to 1 part water in a spray bottle, I like to add a few drops of an essential oil to help with the smell).

TIPS:

  • The BEST time to clean the shower is after you’ve taken one so the walls are nice and wet.  Better yet, do it while you’re STILL IN the shower (this is the easiest way to clean the shower). 
  • DO NOT MIX YOUR CHEMICALS, I repeat DO NOT MIX YOUR CHEMICALS.  If you need to level up and use more than one chemical, make sure you completely rinse the first product you used.
  • If you have a magic eraser, you don’t need anything else to clean your shower with. Well, unless it’s been a long, long time since you’ve actually cleaned it. Then you’ll need to call in the BIG GUNS to get the job done.
  • After each shower, turn on your exhaust fan and let it run for 30 minutes. This will help with air circulation which will reduce mold and mildew buildup.
  • After each shower, leave your shower door or curtain open. This will help it to dry and cut down on any mold and mildew growth.
  • Squeegee after each shower. (I know this is a hard one but believe me) It’ll make scrubbing your shower next time SO MUCH EASIER.
  • Don’t forget to clean under the shower door. Crud likes to hide out there and it’s not pretty when you find it.  This usually isn’t an easy place to get to. Try sticking a magic eraser or a cloth under the door and rubbing it back and forth.  You’ll need to rinse the sponge or cloth a couple of times in order to get underneath completely clean.   
  • Don’t forget to clean your shower head. Use a scrubby or a toothbrush to get into the small areas.  If you have a lot of calcium built up, soak over night with a bag full of vinegar. (put a cup of vinegar into a large ziplock and tie it around the neck of the head to insure the head is soaked into the vinegar.) 

LET’S GET STARTED

  1. Make your shower area nice and wet, take a wet magic eraser (or blue scrubby with BKP) and scrub down the walls, doors, handles, trim, soap dish, and floor.  The more soap scum the more work it is, sorry 🙁
  2. If your first choice of product doesn’t work, it’s ok try the next one, BUT don’t forget to rinse the shower COMPLETELY before applying another product.
  3. Rust stains can be difficult to get rid of, BLEACH doesn’t work on these stains, you need an acid product like BKF.
  4. Rinse down all areas completely to ensure all product and debris are removed. 
  5. If you can’t remove all debris and staining, NOT TO WORRY sometimes it takes a couple rounds of cleaning before it’s completely cleaned.  
  6. Once everything is clean, go ahead and wipe down all areas to give a streak free finished look. (YOU WON’T WANT TO TAKE A SHOWER IN THERE ANY TIME SOON BECAUSE IT’S SO CLEAN!)
  7. Take pictures and send it to your friends, your Mom, post it on social media because you know you’ll want to brag about it.  Just go ahead and do it!!! 

So now your shower is all clean.  What’s next?  Well, keep that magic eraser in the shower. After about a week or so, while you’re in the shower, go ahead and wipe all of the surfaces down.  You can rinse it or not. I personally like to rinse it, it just makes me feel good!!

On to the next cleaning project……

Cleaning Love Heather  Heather.

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