Cleaning your shower is an ongoing chore, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. With a few simple techniques and a good understanding of natural cleaning products, you can keep your shower, especially the glass, looking it’s best. Consider these three tips to cut down on the time you spend cleaning the glass in your shower.
Use a Squeegee
Just like a squeegee works efficiently to remove water from windows, it will also help to reduce build-up on glass shower panels. You can find squeegees in various stores, such as grocery, big box and automotive. Place one in the shower, and use it daily. To keep squeegeed glass free of build-up between deep cleanings, after using the squeegee, coat the glass with a little homemade spray consisting of water, dish soap, and your choice of essential oil.
Clean as You Go
Another option is to “clean as you go.” This means taking additional advantage of the hot water and doing a light cleaning while taking a shower. The water serves as a natural loosening agent for soap build-up on glass doors. With the help of a non-abrasive sponge or cleaning pad, you can clean, rinse and be done.
Try Natural Products
While over-the-counter products are readily available at local stores, using natural products found in your kitchen can save money, and, according to the EPA , they are a healthy alternative for the environment and your plumbing system.
- The combination of a fresh lemon, baking soda and lemon oil is an excellent solution for cleaning your shower door or glass panels. A halved lemon dipped in baking soda works as a natural scrubbing compound to remove soap scum. The application of lemon oil to the cleaned glass works as a repellent so soap isn’t left to dry, creating layers of soap scum.
- For showers not made of stone, a blending of equal amounts of dish detergent that has grease-cutting abilities and heated distilled vinegar is a powerful agent for cleaning your shower. Once applied with a non-scratch pad or sponge, the mixture works to loosen any build-up that can then be rinsed or wiped off.
- If your shower is made of stone, avoid using vinegar in any cleaning mixture as it can cause damage to the stones. Instead, using the suggestion above, replace heated distilled vinegar with baking soda and blend with dish detergent. The mixture has the same effect on soap scum without harming the stones.
A checklist of things to do, a little elbow grease and ongoing maintenance help keep your shower sparkling and your plumbing system working efficiently. If you have any plumbing concerns or for answers to your questions, contact The Pink Plumber today.