With all the soap and water exposure your shower gets every day, it’s just one of life’s little injustices that the shower is NOT the one place in your house that’s self-cleaning.
Alas, there it is, that layer of grime, soap scum, hard water stains and even mold. We can help with these proven shower cleaning tips. First, we’ll get your shower back to spotless and sparkling again — without hours of scrubbing and breathing in fumes from harsh chemicals. Then, we’ll get you on a maintenance plan so you’ll never have to scrub again.
First: Get rid of the grime. Heat one cup of white vinegar in the microwave until it’s just at the point of boiling. Pour into a spray bottle and add a half cup of dish soap. Shake vigorously to blend and allow the suds to settle. Spray everywhere and allow it to sit for about five minutes. Then wipe away with a sponge. A word of warning: This stuff doesn’t smell great, though not as irritating as many mass-marketed formulas. Be sure and vent your bathroom with the fan and a cracked window.
Second: If the tile grout is still stained, make a gentle abrasive paste with baking soda, a bit of water and a few drops of dish soap. Apply this to the grout as a paste and allow to sit for a few minutes. Then take your sponge (or an old toothbrush) and buff it clean.
Third: The showerhead. Some of those nozzles may be clogged, thanks to mineral deposits, but luckily, a simple soak in vinegar will dissolve these away. Just grab a plastic bag, fill it part way with white vinegar and attach to the showerhead with a rubber band or string and let it rest a few hours.
Fourth: To maintain that clean, sparkling goodness, keep a spray bottle of homemade vinegar solution at the ready, along with an ALTO Extendable Squeegee. At the end of every shower, spray it all down with the vinegar — tile, doors, tub — and squeegee. Grime, soap scum and other undesirables won’t stand a chance!