Your shower is probably among the most overlooked parts of your home. We shower and clean ourselves, but rarely take the time to clean the shower itself, unless you’ve geared up for a deep clean. We’re happy to neglect our glass shower doors until the grime and mildew have built up to the point that the once crystal clear shower is now a bit cloudy.
Let’s break things down to help you keep your shower door clean with quick daily tasks (from 30 seconds to just a few minutes) that will help you maintain that deep clean feel for longer. Protect your glass shower doors from permanent scratches and etching caused by water and soap buildup.
Don’t get caught up in the different cleaning products and complex tools you see at the store. We understand that life happens and sometimes daily tasks can take a back burner. Approach it simply and piece by piece!
Deep Clean Your Shower
Create a base level of clean in your shower with a monthly deep clean. Take this time to address your shower door or curtain, fixtures, and grout. Sweep the floors and scrub down the counters.
Glass shower doors
Here are six steps to clean glass shower doors without too much fuss:
#1 – Spray your glass doors with a cleaning solution (natural or store-bought). Let it sit and work on the build-up.
#2 – Gently scrub using a scratch-free cloth, like a microfiber cleaning cloth or a foaming cleaning pad.
#3 – Rinse away the solution.
#4 – Dry it off with a dry cloth or squeegee.
#5 – Let it dry. Open your shower door and any bathroom windows.
#6 – Buff off any remaining solution and cloudy areas with a dry cloth.
Shower fixtures like the metal railings, shower head, drain, or shower knobs are also susceptible to water and soap build-up. The variety of shapes and nooks-and-crannies can make these incredibly difficult to wipe away.
Depending on your fixture material, add some cleaning solution to a cloth and wrap it around the fixture. Let it sit and work on the soap scum and mildew. You might even want to let it sit overnight. For the drain, you might consider plugging it and adding some vinegar.
After a few hours, rinse and scrub away any remaining build-up using a toothbrush or small brush. Your fixtures will be shining like new!
Cleaning in small doses
Deep cleaning will help get rid of layered on grime and get you off to a fresh start. Here’s the good news: you don’t have to deep clean ALL the time! Small daily tasks after your shower will help slow down mildew and grime build-up.
Most importantly, these steps are easy and fast; you don’t have to spend hours every week working in the bathroom to have that clean-feel.
If you haven’t yet, add a squeegee to your bathroom tools. This affordable $5 gadget will save you time and effort in the long run. A quick wipe down of excess water after your shower will stop mold, mildew, and hard-water spot deposits from accumulating. You’ll have a clean, clear glass shower door. Don’t have a squeegee yet, use a microfiber cloth to wipe down the glass.
Tip: Get your family on board by adding a squeegee to each glass door shower. With a quick 30 seconds, you can eliminate the frustration of endless scrubbing during your monthly deep clean.
Use a daily shower spray after wiping away excess water to stop water spots and mineral deposit build-up.
If your shower has no residue but you want to get rid of streaks, here’s a quick tip. Cut a lemon in half and dip it into baking soda. Rub the lemon and baking soda against the shower glass door. Rinse the foam and you’re all set. You’ll have streak-free doors and a fresh scent.
Let things dry
The bathroom and more specifically the shower is naturally a wet place, and typically, we close the shower door as soon as we step out. Next time, think twice!
After you have squeegeed excess water, leave the shower door slightly open. This will help with air circulation to dry out any remaining water and prevent mildew development. If your bathroom has a window, open it to help further the drying process.
Tools for a job well done
Everybody has their own preferred cleaning products, but below we’ve created a list of the most important basic tools you’ll want to have ready to go.
- Cleaning solution
- Sponge or foam cleaning pad (Magic Eraser)
- Squeegee or microfiber cloth
- A toothbrush or a small brush
- Daily shower spray
- Gloves to protect your hands
A store-bought spray, paste, or solution will definitely do the job. If you’re looking for easy, natural solutions that give you a strong clean and fresh scent, we have a few recipes:
Equal parts distilled vinegar (heated) and grease-cutting dish detergent. (by Better Homes and Gardens)
If you have a shower made of stone, the vinegar could damage it, so instead use a mixture of liquid soap with baking soda to create a paste. (by Better Homes and Gardens)
DAILY SHOWER SPRAY
Natural solution: 1 cup water, 1/2 cup vinegar, a little dish soap, a few drops of your favorite essential oil for scent. (by Better Homes and Gardens)
Combine baking soda and lemon juice to create a paste. Let the solution dry on the fixture and then buff it out. (by Reader’s Digest)
CHROME or STAINLESS STEEL FIXTURES
Soak paper towels with white vinegar and wrap them around the fixtures to remove stubborn mineral deposits. Scrub and rinse hours later with warm water and a little dish soap. (by Reader’s Digest)
Tips: Keep separate cleaning supplies for the bathrooms so there is no cross contamination to other rooms. If you are using store-bought solutions, make sure to read the instructions as some can create dangerous fumes if mixed with other products.
Tackle your bathroom like a pro
Ready to dive in and upgrade your cleaning routine? Nothing beats a sparkling clean bathroom but looking at the to-do list can feel overwhelming. Incorporate it into your schedule by breaking down your checklist and spreading it out throughout the week and month. Schedule in a deep clean and smaller daily cleaning tasks like a quick rinse and squeegee of the shower doors or wipe down the counters and mirrors.
Hard-working families are busy and we understand that. But that doesn’t mean you need to forego a shiny and clean bathroom! Dust to Dazzle Maids is here to help. If you’re in Marshall, Texas or the surrounding areas, our professionals have more than 30 years of combined experience performing deep cleans, routine cleaning, one-time cleaning appointments, and special cleaning tasks in your home. Our service is customizable and made to work for your needs!
If you want the deepest clean guaranteed, request a quote from Dust to Dazzle maids today and find out more about how we can save you the trouble of spring cleaning yourself and still get the results you want.