A couple of weeks back I promised I would let you know my shower cleaning routine so here is how I clean my shower…
- If there are any mouldy areas I squeeze a little toilet cleaner with bleach on those areas and let sit for a few minutes before I do the next step.
- Either clean it right after it has been used or turn on the hot water for five minutes to steam up the surfaces. This softens the soap scum and makes it easier to remove.
- Clean the outside of the shower while the inside is steaming up. I use a damp microfibre cloth to wipe down the entire outside surface and then polish it with a glass cleaning microfibre mitt/cloth.
- Spray out the entire shower with a multi-purpose spray-n-wipe cleaner.
- Now I use a microfibre cloth to clean the glass surfaces and their frames one panel at a time starting with the door. Just keep rubbing until the surface feels smooth under the cloth. When I am satisfied the surface is clean I polish it dry with the glass cleaning microfibre mitt.
- Next I clean the tiled surfaces and the shower head and taps by wiping over with the microfibre cloth. By now the surface cleaner should make this job easy. I do the floor last.
- I leave the shower door open while I am cleaning to lessen the fumes from the spray -n-wipe. I rinse my microfibre cloth often as I work.
Check out this link to TLC Home for some great bathroom cleaning tips
Shower Cleaners – The one problem I have with cleaning solutions specific to showers is that they all need to be rinsed off. I find that to be the most awkward step of the whole process. I do not have one of those hose type shower heads in my upstairs bathroom so rinsing is a real pain. I have found that this has been a problem for me in most houses I have lived in. For all that extra effort rinsing they don’t seem to be any better at cleaning in my opinion, and you have to ask how toxic are they if ” rinse thoroughly” is an essential step in the cleaning process. You should wear gloves while using these harsh products and the fumes are pretty strong too. That is why I don’t use them.
Dry off the shower after use – One of the most effective ways to prevent soap scum build up and mildew is to dry off the shower after each use. The best way to go about this is to use a window cleaning squeegee with a microfibre covered sponge attachment like the one from Enjo.
Personally I do not use this method simply because in my mind if it takes 3 minutes everyday to wipe down the shower that adds up to 42 minutes in a two week period. I only clean my shower every two weeks and it probably takes about 20 minutes so time wise it doesn’t make sense. It is possibly more effective over time when it comes to mildew issues and maybe I will experiment with this method and see if it makes enough difference .
Soap Scum – Talc in soap is responsible for build up of soap scum better to use liquid soap
Shower curtain – wash with a cup of vinegar in your washing machine. It will also clean the machine while you are at it. Vinegar not only cleans off the mould and mildew but kills the spores and prevents it from coming back.
ITEM 305 0F 365 LESS THINGS
If I have used this item before will someone please tell me where. It was one of the items I had put aside for while I was on vacation but I don’t think it ever made it to a post. They were a gift from a lovely lady I worked with in Seattle but I really don’t have a place for them.
5 Things I am grateful for today.
- A good night’s sleep – I only woke once in the night and that wasn’t until about 5:30am, which is good for me.
- Liam had a good day yesterday – his friends came to visit and he really enjoys that. He was in pain when we left in the evening but they gave him something for that and he was pretty settled by the time we left.
- Finding a few things to declutter last night, I am up to date again and have filled in the days I missed.
- Knowing what I am going to cook for tomorrow night’s dinner – deciding is half the work done.
- Tea – there is nothing like a good cuppa when you need a little pick me up.