Have you ever realized that some things in your home go unnoticed until they get dirty? Well for me one of those things is the shower door seal.
Yes - I did have to look that up.
It's the rubber strip the separates your shower glass door from the tile. Mine became brown before I cared enough to figure out how to clean it.
Although the prevailing advice online is to just replace it - I decided to first give cleaning a try.
The shower cleaning hacks in this article are designed to help you to open your eyes to these unnoticeable spots before you need to take drastic measures to get them cleaned up.
Also to provide tips to help speed up your shower cleaning tasks.
So - let get started...
To get the most out of these shower cleaning hacks you need to prepare.
That is - make yourself a shower cleaning checklist based on the layout of your bathroom.
Here is a printable example of a shower cleaning checklist you can use.
The example can be enhanced dividing your cleaning tasks into daily, weekly and monthly categories. You can determine which category your tasks fall in based on the amount of time you think the task will take.
For instance, schedule the time consuming tasks such as cleaning grimey glass shower door weekly or monthly.
Do all the faster tasks daily, such as, drying the shower doors and tiles after you shower. This would only take a few minutes and slow down the build up of grime, limescale and hard water stains.
Last, schedule times to complete your shower cleaning tasks when you wish to get them done.
Ensure that you have all your cleaning products and tools so that there are no impediments to the start of your shower cleaning sessions. This is especially important for your weekly and monthly tasks.
These tasks tend to require a bit more elbow grease and the last thing you want is to be derailed with finished cleaning solutions or broken unusable tools.
It may also be helpful to have a separate checklist for your shower cleaning supplies to avoid having to miss a scheduled cleaning session.
White vinegar is a great natural disinfectant that removes mineral deposits and stains and does many other cleaning jobs.
It can be used to clean plugged up shower heads by soaking the shower head in a bag of vinegar for a couple of hours.
You can conjure up your own vinegar cleaning solution to clean the rest of the shower - the shower tiles, shower glass doors and any mold that may be present
Always work in a well-ventilated area and wear rubber gloves when cleaning. Here are a few great bathroom tile cleaner products that are inexpensive to make, easy to use and work great for bathtub, shower and sinks.
Combine one cup of clean ammonia, a quarter cup of baking soda, a half-cup of white vinegar and a gallon of warm water. Apply the cleaning solution, let it sit for a few minutes to dissolve the dirt and grit and then wipe off and rinse.
In a gallon of warm water mix, a half cut of vinegar, one cup of ammonia and a cup of baking soda. Use a mop to clean the tile floor with this mixture. In the bathtub, sponge on or spray, leave it sit for a few minutes and rinse off.
Shower door tracks get very dirty and need special attention occasionally. Start by removing any old hair and dirt from the shower tracks, using an old toothbrush or a small, stiff brush.
Vacuum this up with a long-nosed vacuum attachment or just use an old rag and grab as much of the dirt and hair as possible.
When you're done with that, pour undiluted white vinegar into the track and leave for approximately fifteen minutes. Using a small stiff brush or old toothbrush, scrub the track and be sure to get into those hard to reach places.
Rinse with warm water and repeat, if necessary.
Have you ever tried using WD-40 for house cleaning (there's a low-odor version)?
As it turns out, unlike dishwashing tablets, WD-40's mult-use product is made for cleaning stuff around the home - including the shower.
So those hard water stains on the glass shower doors, the build-up of dirt and grime on the tiles or even mold in the grout - can be cleaned up with WD-40.
If you decide to give this one a try - be sure to follow the instructions on the packaging.
The fastest way to get your shower cleaned is to have a routine, be prepared and make sure that you have everthing you need so that you will not be slowed down.
It will also be useful to have and know different techniques, solutions and tools for cleaning your shower, which works best for you. That is, leaves your shower as clean as you want it - and speeds up the process.
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