Keeping Your Shower Clean

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No one enjoys cleaning their shower. You can make this task less overwhelming by following a few tips for keeping your shower clean. This will help make that periodic cleaning easier. This is a guide about keeping your shower clean.


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Tip: Keep Magic Eraser in the Shower

Keep a white eraser sponge in your shower. After you shower, take 20 seconds to wipe down the walls and floor. You will never get those tough hard water stains that only powerful chemical cleaners remove - or at least far fewer to deal with. Also, the porcelain stays so white and pretty. This takes little effort to do!

By susannl from St. Cloud, FL

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Tip: Keeping Shower Clean

For me, cleaning the shower is an overwhelming task. One day while watching a commercial for one of those shower sprays, the words "cleans a shower in 10 days or keeps a clean shower clean" stood out.


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Tip: Forever Clean Shower Stall

This is a motivational tip, as we all already know how to clean our shower stall.

As soon as you finish your shower and turn off the water, take a squeegee and press all of the residue off the surfaces and down the drain. This takes only about a minute. Then use a clean rag, a facecloth, or your bath towel from yesterday and dry down the walls and floor. Be sure to hit all the chrome and especially the sliding glass door track. If you have a shower curtain, swipe it down, especially around the bottom where it gets mildew. This takes only another minute.

You will never have to buy cleaning products for the shower again, freeing up space in the cupboard. You can use that money for a latte. You will burn a few calories for the day. You will never have to dread that job, or need to use precious time on your days off work. Your conscious will always be clear, and you can sleep better nights. You won't have to apologize when company uses your bathroom.

Teach your family to join in the fun. Even if they just use the yesterday's bath towel, it will be fast and easy, preventing mildew. Reward the kids for doing it.

One last great tip, worthy of a thumbs up for me --- use liquid soap as bar soap has fillers causing that soap film to build up. Remember -- liquid soap. Use up your old shampoo as liquid soap as well.

    By hopeful [27]

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    Tip: Use Body Wash to Clean Shower

    Wanna know how to keep a shower clean? Do not use soap! Use body wash instead. Soap leaves soap scum, but body wash does not. You will not have to wash your shower as often. Try it!

    By Karen from Gaston, SC

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    Tip: Keep a Spray Bottle of Vinegar and Water Handy

    I keep a spray bottle filled with vinegar and water. I use it after I take a shower by spraying the shower down. I also use it to clean up throughout the house. Sometimes on walls or baseboards, on counters, sinks, and bathroom sinks as well. It also works as a great deodorizer.

    By Amy

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    Tip: Furniture Polish to Keep Shower Walls Clean

    After I clean my shower walls and get them all clean, I take my run of the mill furniture polish and I shine my shower walls all nice and pretty. I like to get the pretty lemon smelling stuff to make it smell cleaner in there. I then shine the walls with the furniture wax. You can use Turtle wax as well, but it is more work. Make sure you do not get any on the tub or you will fall and get hurt. This will keep your shower clean with no soap scum residue at all. Eventually it will wear off and will have to be redone. But there will be much more time between cleanings.

      By Kimberly [16]

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      Tip: X14 for Keeping your Shower and Tub Clean

      I use X14 for mildew and mold. It dissolves all the mildew in seconds and all you do is rinse off. It can also be used in paint the next time you paint your bathroom and will help keep the mold and mildew from forming. As for cleaning the shower when you bathe, I am in good company. I have been in the club for many years. Thanks for all the tips.

        By Linda [3]

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        Tip: Product Review: Water Armour

        I found this product online. It is called Water Armour and makes the water just run off your shower doors and tiles too. Soap scum doesn't stick either so clean up is fast and easy and it seems to last forever! They say you can use it on counter tops and even car windshields. It is amazing!

          By Sassie321 [1]

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          Tip: Keeping the Shower and Tub Clean

          I keep a Magic Eraser in my shower and go over the the tub and shower every time I take a shower. Keeps cleaning time down to a minimum and my shower is always clean.

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          Tip: Clean The Shower, Then Take a Shower

          I hate to clean the shower, I get all wet! So I go IN "prepared to take a shower", and bring my cleaning tools with me. Then I turn on the water clean the shower, then shower myself!.

          CAUTION - don't use chemicals that may cause skin irritations! Silly, but makes cleaning the shower a little more fun!

          By Kate

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          Question: Shower Cleaning Tips

          We moved into an older home nearly two years ago. The shower floor was probably never cleaned. It doesn't seem like porcelain. It's not black, but I can tell the difference between a nice floor and a crappy looking one. I've tried everything from bleach to everything that money will buy to restore whiteness to this shower floor. Help!

          By Diane from Boise, ID

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          By Lilac [20] 10/13/2010

          Since you have tried everything, try spraying a small patch with Eazy off oven cleaner. You would be surprised at what you can get clean with it.

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          Thrifty Fun has been around so long that many of our pages have been reset several times. Archives are older versions of the page and the comments that were provided then.

          Archive: 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)

          By AMY-TROY, OHIO

          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

          Archive: Shower Cleaning Tips

          Shower Cleaning Tips. Does anyone have suggestions for cleaning a shower that has a film that won't seem to come off? I have tried Downy and scrubbed it, but neither of these methods worked.


          Archive: Clean the Shower While You Clean Yourself

          Keep a Mr. Clean Cleaning eraser in the shower. Save time buy scrubbing the walls and tub while you in the shower. No toxic fumes to smell, no soapy mess. After you dry off (and while the room is still steamy), use your towel to wipe down the sink, vanity, and toilet. Everything will be damp and will wipe off easily. Toss the towel in the hamper, bathroom is clean and so are you!

          By Kim McG

          RE: Clean the Shower While You Clean Yourself

          FOR REAL! My husband has been serving overseas for 6 months and gets to come home for a month before going back for another five. So I've been slacking on the bathroom cleaning. I had been scrubbing the tub for 4 DAYS! and couldn't get it clean. Saw this tip last night and got a magic eraser and SHUT UP it's awesome. It all came right off. If I weren't so cheap, I'd invest in the company ;) (08/28/2004)

          By Suzanne S.

          RE: Clean the Shower While You Clean Yourself

          You can clean all the soap scum off showers floor and door, what ever with shower gels it breaks down the soap scum. Wipe and rinse off. Sparkling shower really. (09/06/2007)

          By sevencat.

          RE: Clean the Shower While You Clean Yourself

          I love Magic Eraser! I have told many friends about it, and they all love it. Works great dry or wet or damp. I won't clean without it. Karenhope (03/21/2009)

          By Karenhope

          RE: Clean the Shower While You Clean Yourself

          FOR REAL--Suzanne you brought back memories there. Best of luck. Marg. England (03/22/2009)

          By jehosophat jones

          Archive: Shower Cleaning Tips

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