The Best Ways to Clean a Bathroom Shower

Bathroom showers offer a unique challenge to homeowner's who like sparkly clean shower tiles.


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And, the best ways to clean a bathroom shower may not be what you think they are. High humidity levels and frequent use of the shower creates the perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew. Ignoring the problem only makes it worse with additional mold growth and soap scum buildup.

Find a slightly abrasive sponge, scrub brush and an old toothbrush. These three tools will help you reach crevices as well as areas that may be hard to reach. You'll also need a few clean, absorbent rags to wipe down the tiles after rinsing. Absorbent moleskin or a squeegee works well in removing water after cleaning bathroom shower tiles. Buy rubber gloves to protect your hands from abrasive cleaning products.

Commercial Cleaners

Take a stroll down the cleaning product aisle of the grocery store and grab just about any bathroom cleaner. They mostly work the same, despite indications on the label. Commercial cleaning products contain harsh chemicals that can cause skin inflammation and irritation to the eyes and throat. Use these products sparingly. Applying additional products doesn't result in the need for less scrubbing to remove tough soap scum and mold.

Natural Cleaners

You most likely have the ingredients to get the bathroom shower really clean right in your pantry. White vinegar and baking soap functional as safe and natural alternatives to chemical cleaning products. Baking soda is naturally abrasive and works well for removing soap scum from tiles. A spray bottled filled with vinegar provides an effective anti-bacterial cleaner for shower walls and floors. Vinegar can also effectively remove soap scum residue from shower walls, doors and faucets. Simply soak a rag with vinegar and apply to the surface for 10 minutes.

Cleaning Tips

Run the shower for a few minutes to moisten the tiles. Apply cleaning agents and allow the product to sit for a few minutes. Concentrate sprays and abrasives in areas with lots of mold and mildew. Scrub from the top down in a pattern to make sure you get every portion of the shower wall. Before rinsing, scrub mildew spots and tough stains with the toothbrush and scrub brush.

Reapply cleanser to stubborn areas and allow to set for a few minutes before scrubbing again. If you're lucky enough to have a removable shower sprayer, rinse from the top down. Use a large plastic cup if you don't have a sprayer. Re-treat any stubborn soap scum and dirt and rinse again. Completely rinse residue from the entire shower one more time, including the tub area.