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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:

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  • 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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