Let’s admit it; showers are tough to clean, especially if they are used regularly. Bacteria and mould love moisture and can be hazardous to you and your family’s health. If left uncleaned, mould and bacteria can cause throat irritation, nose stuffiness, skin irritation, eye irritation, coughing or wheezing. There are also people who are allergic to mould who can have more severe reactions. We all want our shower to be dry and spotless.
Here are some practical tips to get your shower clean:
- If you cannot clean it all in one go, you can divide the task into parts. You can clean the floor first, the back and side walls the next day, and then the shower doors the next. With this technique, you will have a clean shower in three days and the next time you clean again, you won’t have to scrub so hard. Just maintain a schedule for cleaning your shower. You can do it once a week, or if there are many of you using the shower, you can assign a section to one person to clean at least once a week.
- Keep a spray bottle with water and vinegar in it. It is natural, cheap and tough on mould, bacteria and dirt. You can use it after taking a shower by spraying the floor, walls and shower enclosure. A vinegar and water mixture can also serve as an excellent deodorizer.
- You can also make a peppermint shower cleaning spray that you can use daily. You will need ½ cup vodka, 1 cup water and 10 drops of peppermint essential oil. Mix all the ingredients and store in a spray bottle. You can use it after you take a shower. No rinsing is needed.
- If you have a glass shower enclosure, using a squeegee is more convenient than using a cloth. This will get rid of the soap scum build up and hard water stains on the surface effectively. This will make a big difference because you will not have to scrub hard when you do your weekly shower cleaning. If you have a shower curtain on the other hand, you can soak it in a salt water bath for a few hours and let it dry. It is an effective way to fight against mildew. You can also cut the bottom of your shower curtain with pinking shears. Uneven edges promote water dripping, hence, less mould build-up.
- For blackened mildew, use a small amount of bleach (1 part) and 10 parts of water. Use an old toothbrush so you can scrub those hard to reach places. Wash with warm water and then use a cleaner to remove the bleach.
Keeping your shower clean can save you a lot of money in the long run. A dirty shower full of mildew and mould can make you or one of the members of your family sick and a trip to the hospital is quite expensive. A well-maintained shower can also prevent costly replacements that can burn a hole in your pocket. It is quite pleasant to come home after a long day of work and take a shower in a clean and spotless shower room.