The shower and bathtub are the most neglected parts of the bathroom. No one really wants to clean them and they build up a scum all too quickly that gets harder to remove with each passing hour. But there’s hope!
Save your elbow grease for some other project, because whether you have tile or a built-in surround, there is more than one way to get your shower and tub clean. Here are a few ideas.
1. Automatic Shower Cleaner
Remember the blue, hockey puck-like toilet bowl cleaner that you stuck in the tank to keep the toilet clean? This is the same idea but for the shower. The gadget has a spinning sprayer that coats the walls with a leave-on cleaner to remove scum and stave off mold and mildew for up to a month. All you have to do is press the button after your shower, when the walls are still wet, and presto—clean shower!
2. Power Tool Attachments
Make easy work of a big job with a drill. Take a peek around the automotive store and you might find the softball-sized foam ball with drill bit attached. Simply put the thing in the drill and use your favorite cleaners to get those tough stains and scum out of the tub and shower.
3. Dish Soap & Vinegar
A half and half mixture of vinegar and dish soap applied with the rough side of a sponge does the trick. Warm up the solution for even better clean-ability. Many people fill a dish wand with the mixture and keep it in the shower so they can work on the shower walls a little before exiting the shower every morning. It’s a great daily maintenance trick that will keep your shower spotless.
4. Rust Remover
Rusty stains in the bathtub or shower can be some of the peskiest stains there are. But with the right chemistry you’ll be rid of them without hardly lifting a finger. Try lemon juice and salt. Put the lemon over the stain then sprinkle with salt and let sit for a few hours. Use a nylon dish scrubber to wipe the solution away and the rust stains will go with it.
Another option is cream of tartar and vinegar. Mix equal parts to make a paste and place on the rough side of a sponge then wipe it on the stain. It will come right off.
Maybe you see a theme developing here. Lemons, vinegar, and cream of tartar are all acid-based substances and they are scum and stain fighting superheroes! They are a great alternative to many cleaning chemicals that do the same thing but with toxic ingredients. You can recreate the same effect with any acid—just be sure you select an acid of mild strength and protect your skin and eyes.
5. Dryer Sheets
Scum and mineral buildup can be wiped away with a dryer sheet. Even used sheets work so you can recycle them after a trip through the dryer. Dryer sheets prove useful all over the bathroom and all over the house. They are great for shining up chrome, cleaning up grease, dusting, removing lint and hair from fabrics, and getting rid of deodorant stains.
6. Water Repellent
Water repellent products used for car windows work wonders on your shower walls. Once you’ve cleaned them to your satisfaction, apply the water repellent to keep mineral buildup at bay. It’s effective on glass, tile, and plastic tub and shower surrounds.