Shower Cleaning Tips

My shower floor gets black and grimy looking, probably from soap scum buildup and lime deposits. I have tried just about every commercial product available in the stores to no avail. Also, what is the best way to clean ceramic tile and clear glass doors in the showers? How can I keep them sparkling?


Judy1010 from Ellicott City, MD


Toothbrush in the Shower

Use an old tooth brush in the shower to clean your rings. (11/24/2004)

By Ginny

Maintaining a Clean Shower

To keep your shower stall bright and shining, after removing soap scum, wax your tiles with car wax -- it keeps the soap scum and water deposits from building up and showing!

By Rama Patterson (11/24/2004)

By ThriftyFun

Turtle Wax

I've used Turtle wax on my showers for years! I was just about to post this as well. It's a great tip and does wonders for keeping the soap scum and water deposit off! (11/24/2004)

By pookster

Lemon Oil

Another way to clean the shower tile and/or glass door is to use a soft cloth that has has a dosing of lemon oil. This removes the scum and water marks (11/26/2004)


By Lucy

Shower Tile Grout

What are some ways to clean my shower's grout between tile and maintain it? (01/06/2005)

By Debi

Cleaning Grout

For cleaning grout, I've used soft scrub with clorox, that seems to be a wonder cleaner! i also use it for rust stains that appear on my kitchen sink and any stain that might appear on formica. (01/08/2005)

By kassi59


Wipe down your shower with vinegar at least once a week and it will help them shine and help stop hard water deposits, soap scum, & mildew. (02/07/2005)

By Robin

Tilex Shower Cleaner

I spray my tile shower with Tilex shower cleaner (like "Clean Shower") every time, then leave the door to it open until the walls are completely dry. I only have to get on it with cleanser about once a quarter. I spray the grout with a bleach/water mix about every other week and it keeps it all clean and sanitary. (02/07/2005)


By Katie A.

I Use Vim

I use Vim to clean the shower, and then use automotive wax to polish the shower. The water rolls off the shower, just like it does on your car after waxing. (02/09/2005)

By Tom Mann

Use A Squeegee

We keep a small squeegee (like ice scraper w/ rubber "blade") hanging in the shower. After use give the walls a quick swipe from top to bottom. The excess water is removed from walls. Cuts down on mildew & soap scum. Makes routine cleaning easier. (02/11/2005)

By kidsNclutter

Wipe The Shower Down With a Towel

After I shower, I use the towel that I used to dry my hair (which was fresh before I used it and is only wet) and I dry the shower off. This removes any conditioner spills, extra soap that didn't get rinsed, etc. and keeps the shower clean. This way, I save money on cleaner, and introduces fewer chemicals to the environment. Plus, it's easier if I do it every day. (02/19/2005)

By Melissa

Clean While You Shower

Why not just use some of the soap or shampoo to wash the shower walls while you are in there? I use the washcloth and put a little shampoo on it and wipe everything down just before I get out. If you do this regularly, you don't have to use any chemicals at all! (02/20/2005)

By Anna

Sponge Mops for Cleaning

Instead of the expensive new cleaning items out on the market now to clean my bathtub/shower I buy a sponge mop at the local dollar store for a dollar and use it to reach the walls in my tub. I end up spending a $1 as opposed to $17 plus the cost of replacement pads. (07/07/2005)


Fabric Softener Sheet

Clean shower doors with a dry fabric softener sheet. (07/07/2005)

By Judy

Top Job

There's a product I use about once a month during my "Power Cleaning Weekend" It's called "Top Job" It works REALLY well! Just let it sit on the walls for about 10 minutes while you mop the floor.. then wipe it off with a sponge or a dollar store product similar to the magic eraser. I stock up on those too. They are awesome tools to clean the coffee pot with plain water so there's no left-over soap residue. Happy Cleaning! (07/10/2005)

By Tam


You can also use rainx on your shower doors. Everything beads up and just rolls off the glass. (08/18/2006)

By Janet Black


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