You wash yourself off in your shower every morning or night (or both!).
But how often do you clean your shower?
Despite its function, showers need the occasional wash too! Your shower can host a whole lot of nasties, from the obvious dirty spots like on the screen or shower head, to invisible stains on your tiles and grout.
And with most of us spending around 7-8 minutes in there every single night, it’s important to keep your shower as clean as possible!
A clean shower doesn’t just mean you’re cleaner after you step out – it can also protect you from illness.
Not sure where to start? We’ve got your back – check out our list of simple shower cleaning tips!
How to clean a shower using homemade solutions
While there are plenty of commercially available cleaning products on the market, some of the most effective can be found in almost every home in Australia.
When it comes to household cleaning, one of the best shower cleaning tips we can share is made up of just four words: “vinegar and baking soda”.
They’re surprisingly powerful, and best of all, they can be found somewhere in just about every Aussie home!
Baking soda and vinegar react violently when they come into contact with each other. This chemical reaction loosens stains and cuts through grease.
Leverage this power to clean your shower – start by spraying every solid surface with vinegar before applying baking soda. Be sure to apply baking soda with a glove to protect your skin – it is incredibly alkaline and can damage or dry out skin.
Clean your shower heads – inside AND out
Mould and mildew need two things to grow: darkness and moisture. The inside of your shower head offers both of these in abundance!
Depending on the type, mould, mildew, and even fungi can take hold inside your shower head. You mightn’t realise you’re putting millions of germs on your body every time you step inside your shower.
One of our favourite shower cleaning tips that busts mildew and mould in your shower head is by scrubbing it out with a mix of, you guessed it, baking soda and vinegar.
And for tougher messes, disassemble your shower head (if possible) and soak it in a mix of vinegar and baking soda. Fill a tough rubbish bag with the mixture and leave it in there overnight.
Not only will you remove bacteria, but you’ll also clear up the nozzles, resulting in a more functional and effective shower head.
Avoid the heavy duty cleaning tools when cleaning your shower
No matter how grimy or unclean your shower is, try to lay off the heavy-duty chemicals until you’re certain what you’re dealing with.
Why do we recommend waiting? The answer is simple: some showers simply can’t take it!
Heavy duty cleaning tools can leave permanent marks or even dissolve certain types of tiles.
Materials like natural stone are especially sensitive to powerful chemicals.
It’s also a good idea to avoid using hard brush bristles or thick metal brushes, as they can scratch certain types of tile or other surfaces.
Try to stick to cloths and sponges for tiled areas, but if you must use a brush, use a soft-bristle one.
Crack open a window when you clean your shower
When cleaning your shower area, make sure you keep your bathroom well-ventilated. We recommend turning on your bathroom fan, opening a window, and leaving the door wide open.
The reason we suggest this is because cleaning agents are potent – many come with powerful fumes, so it’s important you keep the area ventilated.
Deep clean your shower once a month
Dark stains appearing in the grout between your tiles.
Germs and bacteria taking hold on your shower walls without you even realising.
Visible soap scum can also get stuck on your shower curtain and shower walls.
These are just some examples of what can happen if you don’t make a habit of cleaning your shower regularly.
And we haven’t even gotten started yet on the hidden grime, like in your drain, underneath your taps, or inside your shower head.
Since you use your shower so often, it’s inevitable that many of these problems will make their way back into your shower.
The only way to stop them presenting again? Get into the habit of deep cleaning your shower area once a month.
Don’t have time to clean your own shower?
Contact Master Cleaners today!
So there you have it – a bunch of shower cleaning tips you can do yourself in your own home.
However, we know that not everybody has the time to clean out their own shower.
Luckily, we know somebody who does – us!
Master Cleaners offers a huge range of household cleaning services. We look after all domestic surfaces – and that includes the glass, tiles, and floor of your shower.
Our team can come into your home as often as you want – once a week, once a fortnight or once a month. We’ll leave your home – including your shower – sparkling clean.