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How to Clean Your Shower

In an effort to help you maximize cleaning time, the professionals at My Cleaning Lady have prepared a few suggestions for cleaning two of the toughest areas in your home—the bathtub and shower. Last week, we covered the best ways to clean a bathtub. This week, we will focus on the humble shower.

  • Before you clean your shower, empty it of all clutter. Remove shampoo bottles, loofah sponges, razors, washcloths and soap. Place them into a bucket so you will have room to move around without knocking anything over. Also, why not take the opportunity to toss out empty containers and wash or discard anything that has become moldy or soggy.
  • Start by rinsing. Using a bucket, cup, watering can, or pitcher and thoroughly rinse shower walls and floor with piping hot water. If your shower head is handheld, take advantage of the tool by spraying every surface.
  • Purchase a scrubbing tool that fits your needs. For a tall shower stall, you might consider getting a long-handled brush.
  • Use a cleanser that will foam or bubble. This type of product will allow you to “soak” your entire shower even vertical walls.
  • For a greener product, mix your own homemade shower-cleaner. You’ll need 1 cup of vinegar, 1/2 cup baking soda, 1 cup ammonia and one and a half gallons of hot water.
  • Use rubber gloves to apply cleanser to shower walls.
  • Use a sponge to scrub well and rinse with hot water. Be sure to wipe the walls dry to prevent mildew from forming.
  • Scrub shower tiles. Run very hot shower water to create steam. This will help loosen the dirt clinging to the tiles. Scrub well with a mixture of ammonia, vinegar, and baking soda. Use an old toothbrush to reach grout between the tiles.
  • Rinse the shower head. It’s difficult to clean your shower head if it is clogged. If your shower head is malfunctioning, remove it from the wall. Fill a bowl with vinegar and let it soak for a few hours.
  • Don’t forget to clean the drain. Unscrew the cap on your drain and use a large crochet hook or your fingers, yank the hair out and quickly throw it away.
  • Remove hard water spots. Mix equal parts hot water and vinegar together in a bucket. Scrub the hard-water spots well. This works great for shining the lever and knobs in your shower.
  • To deal with tough water build-up, you can use a paint scraper or acid-based cleanser to gently loosen caked-on soap scum.
  • Eliminate mold and mildew. Commercial cleaning spray is available at virtually any dollar or department store. Use it to spray the walls, let soak and then wipe or rinse.
  • Clean your shower door or curtain. Glass shower doors are usually cleaned best with white vinegar, but there are many other options.
  • After each use, spray the shower down. Taking care of matters along the way will eliminate the need to spend hours cleaning caked-on soap scum.

If your commitment to keeping a clean home extends beyond clearing clutter, you could benefit from professional housecleaning services. My Cleaning Lady is a domestic referral agency.  The house cleaners we refer offer complete home cleaning services including thorough dusting at reasonable prices. My Cleaning Lady Referral Agency proudly serves Arcadia, Chino, Chino Hills, Duarte, Ontario, Pomona, LaVerne, Covina, Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana, Montclair, Claremont, Phillips Ranch, Upland, West Covina, Glendora, San Dimas, and Sierra Madre. Visit http://www.mycleaninglady.com/or call (909) 593-6690 for information or to arrange a free estimate.