If not maintained on a regular basis, the shower area can get pretty filthy–real fast. It’s not only buildup of dirt and body oils, but also residue left behind from beauty products like shampoos and soaps.
The best way to make the job easier is to apply a solution to the tile/walls on a daily basis, preferably right after showering. Most can just be sprayed on and then left or washed away. Some people have squeegees just for this task and swipe down after every use. This helps prevent film and product buildup as well.
I’ve listed a few quick & easy recipes below, it’s such a snap to whip up your own cleaners and they cost just pennies a batch…so why not!
For Curtains: These need regular washing too or mildew will make an appearance (a quick cycle in the washing machine will do the trick, check label care instructions).
For Glass Doors: These can also get grubby quickly (usually with a layer of film) so regular TLC is required as well. I’ve added some tips below for this chore, suggestions for nasty conditions too.
Recipes (Tile, Tub Surround)
1/3 C. rubbing alcohol
1 C. water
- Mix in a spray bottle and shake. Put all over surface, no rinsing required.
Tile and Grout:
*Also see this page for more.
1/2 C. of baking soda
1/3 C. of ammonia
1/4 C. of white vinegar
7 C. of water
- Combine all the ingredients in a labeled bottle and shake. Put on surface then wipe off with a damp sponge. Do not combine with bleach.
3 C. hot water
1/2 C. Vinegar
1 TBS Dish Detergent
1 TBS Borax
- Mix together in a bottle, shake then apply to area as needed.
If there’s quite a buildup you are contending with, a softscrub might be just the ticket. See this page for a couple DIY options.
*Published February 14, 2007 and moved to this page for better organization
If it’s just a regular job you need to do, simply pour vinegar in the tracks, soak for a few minutes then rinse (if it’s a stubborn mess, leave longer).
Watch that the drain holes aren’t clogged with gunk, you want the liquid to flow out easily. Also lay towels on the bathroom floor along the bathtub to catch any overflow.
If it’s a gunk and mildew disaster on your hands, you can try the following tips…
First wipe out as much as you can, then stuff the drain holes with small, tight wads of toilet paper or chunks of paper towel. Pour preferred grime buster solution (listed below) in the track to completely cover without flowing over, then allow to soak for an hour or two.
Loosening Up The Grime:
- Denture Tablets (dissolved in warm water)
- Bleach & Water
After soaking, unclog the drain holes and allow everything to flow out. Rinse well with hot water. Then get your tools out and dig into the little corners and crevices. See below for some tools to try.
Tools That Help:
- Track & Grout Brush
- Old Toothbrush
- Handheld Steam Cleaner
- Screwdriver and rag to dig into grime corners
If things are really bad:
- Remove the doors to do a thorough cleaning job. Instructions can be found at WikiHow.
- I don’t know how the above solutions will react with all the various metals and finishes used for hardware, please test first before using to ensure they (or the finish) won’t be damaged.