Undeniably useful, metal shower caddies can be found in countless homes around the world. Over time, however, these organizational tools can start looking dull and dirty. The combination of soap, minerals from the water, and body oils from washing can make an ugly film.
Wondering how you can clean the cloudy metal to restore its luster? Here are three simple strategies:
1. Water and cloth
Often the easiest and safest way to clean a shower caddy is to use a clean, soft cloth. Dampen the cloth with water and rub the metal to remove the film. You may need to go over tough spots several times for a thorough cleaning. Then simply wipe dry.
2. Baking soda
Mix baking soda with a small amount of water to form a paste. Spread on the caddy and allow it to sit for several minutes. It should stay on long enough to penetrate but not long enough to dry out. Then, use a soft cloth to rub the paste in circular motions to loosen and remove the film. Rinse well with cool, clean water and wipe dry.
3. Laundry detergent
If your laundry detergent doesn’t contain any chemicals on the “do not use” list below, it can be used to clean your caddy. Make a paste out of 50 percent dry laundry detergent and 50 percent water. Apply to the metal and allow it to sit for up to 15 minutes. This will loosen the soap film so you can then remove it with a soft cloth. Rinse with cool water and wipe dry when done.
Do not use any cleaner that contains:
- Solvents: Xylene, Toluene
- Acids: Hydrochloric, Muriatic, Phosphoric, Hydrofluoric
- Other: Alkyl dimenthyl benzyl ammonium chlorides, Bleach (sodium hypochlorite), Alcohol, Aromatic Oils (found in aftershave).
In general, avoid using bathroom cleaners. These often contain aggressive chemicals and abrasives designed to clean ceramic and porcelain surfaces. These cleaners are likely to damage, deteriorate or discolor the caddy.