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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. I came up with my own solution for a clean shower in 10 days. Every time I get into the shower I clean some of it. I divided my task into 5 parts:


  • Day 1: Clean the shower doors.
  • Day 2: Clean the back wall.
  • Day 3: Clean the short side walls.
  • Day 4: Clean the floor.
  • Day 5: Clean the outside of the shower doors before or after my shower.

You do have to use a cleaner that isn't too harsh since you are with it in the shower. I use Kaboom.

You don't have to scrub too hard the first time since you will be back to that section in 5 days. Viola! A clean shower in 10 days. If there are other people who use the shower, you could assign each person a section to clean once a week.

By tazfan from Olympic Peninsula, WA

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January 11, 20120 found this helpful

Now that our kids are grown and gone, my husband and I dry the shower down every time we use it. It isn't any fun, but if you actually time yourself, it only takes about 2 minutes.


I think of it as a little exercise - stretch, bend - move. You will never have a dirty shower. I do like your idea, and it is a good way to get started, then after that, dry it each time. (thumbs up to you.)

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January 11, 20120 found this helpful

Good tip!

My husband and I have started keeping a spray bottle of half water, half vinegar in the shower stall, and spray it completely (including the shower curtain) after we finish showering.

We started with a clean shower stall-using very much the same cleaning plan you outline in your post-and are managing to keep it clean and mildew free with the homemade spray now.

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January 11, 20120 found this helpful

Sounds like a lot of cleaning to me. All I do is wipe the shower and faucet down with a small towel following a shower. This eliminates mold and water spots because the walls are dry, and the grout and caulk stay stain-free - even with my hard water.


It takes about a minute, depending on the size of the shower. This eliminates spraying with harmful chemicals. I live alone, but if a family uses showers, the wipe-down can be handled in whatever way works best. My shower is above the tub, and I clean the tub whenever necessary.

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January 11, 20120 found this helpful

Good tip...thanks!

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January 11, 20120 found this helpful

I too, am one of the shower dryers, after every shower, or after the last shower of the morning. Keeps it clean. I clean the tub every couple of weeks. I use Mr Clean &/or Magic Eraser on it. A squeegee is an alternative to a towel, if you prefer.

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January 10, 20130 found this helpful

I read from a 2006 post about using RainX which is really good. This also helps reducing soap scum buildup.

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January 11, 20130 found this helpful

We just bought and installed one about a year ago. Free standing. My best friend is the squeegee. Acrylic one, and use Turtle Wax Car paste, which does not allow water to stay on it.


Kids all love using the squeegee after showers. Reapply the paste every so often, depending on the traffic flow through the shower. Found the liquid spray makes a mess and gets on the floor of the shower. Clean, Clean, Clean!

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January 15, 20130 found this helpful

Sounds like a lot of work. While the shampoo or cream rinse is sitting on my head when I shower, I use a large squeegee on the walls, doors and tub, and when I get out I spray the enclosure with Lysol; when the bathtub has been used I spray it with a bathroom cleaner with bleach, scrub lightly with my toilet brush (which after each use is run under hot water, sprayed with Lysol and returned to its holder which contains a mixture of cleaner and disinfectant), and run the shower to rinse.


It really takes very little time.

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January 16, 20130 found this helpful

Also you might want to switch to a liquid shower gel or soap. The bars have a wax or something that seems to weld to the shower. Try the switch for a week or two and see if you notice the difference.

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