Scour the Shower

It’s hard to believe that a place that you go to get clean can get so incredibly dirty. Personally, I hate cleaning the shower in the master bathroom. I don’t have a problem cleaning the tub, but shower stalls are a pain to scour. Unlike traditional tubs, you can’t fill a shower stall with water and cleaning supplies and scrub down the walls. The shape of a shower stall is also not very conducive to eliminating mold in mildew easily from corners, cracks and crevices.

If you have textured shower floors, then cleaning can be even more of a chore. To remove stubborn soap scum from textured shower floors, combine four parts of mineral oil to one part of hot water, then pour the mixture onto the tile. The mineral oil should loosen the scum and make it easier to remove with a cloth. Once the scum is gone, then clean the shower floor as you normally would with commercial cleaner or white vinegar. Just remember to thoroughly rinse the mineral oil off the floor of the shower, so no one slips on it.

Another cheap way you can remove soap scum from shower walls and floors is to use regular toothpaste, not the gel, just traditional white toothpaste. If you have extra tough stains, use toothpaste with whitening products in them, such as baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Simply apply the toothpaste to a damp sponge and scrub the shower walls, floor and door using a circular pattern. Next, rinse the areas with warm water making sure that you remove all of the toothpaste; otherwise you will notice streaks on the door and scummy residue on the walls.

To avoid having to deep clean the shower stall on a regular basis, pay attention to daily maintenance. You can reduce mold and mildew by wiping down the shower stall after each wash. Other ways to reduce dirt, grime and mold from building up is to keep the shower door open when it is not in use for better air circulation.

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Michele Cheplic

About Michele Cheplic

Michele Cheplic was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii, but now lives in Wisconsin. Michele graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism. She spent the next ten years as a television anchor and reporter at various stations throughout the country (from the CBS affiliate in Honolulu to the NBC affiliate in Green Bay). She has won numerous honors including an Emmy Award and multiple Edward R. Murrow awards honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast journalism. In addition, she has received awards from the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association for her reports on air travel and the Wisconsin Education Association Council for her stories on education. Michele has since left television to concentrate on being a mom and freelance writer.