The shower is a daily refuge: a place where we relax, have kid-free quiet time, and win pretend arguments. But its intended purpose and regular use means that it’s also a place where dirt, grime, hair, and soap scum tend to accumulate. For these reasons, cleaning the shower should top the list of must-do weekly chores.

As simple as it sounds, learning how to clean a shower stall properly isn’t just about cleaning. Keeping your shower clean is also about minimizing the growth of mold and keeping germs and bacteria at bay.

The best way to clean a shower is any method that gets your shower clean, prohibits mold, reduces bacteria, and is easy enough that you’ll actually do it. Read on for more details on how to clean a shower the right way.

  • Before getting started, remove all shower accessories and products from the area. Open the door, turn on the bathroom fan, and gather supplies.
  • Everyone’s favorite step: unclog the drain. If you’re inclined to get grossed out, hopefully you’re also a parent to a teenager who can take this one off your hands for a small fee. There are plenty of contraptions on the market for this, but a straightened out wire hanger will also do the trick.
  • Rinse the shower walls, apply the cleaner, and give it about 10 minutes to break down dirt and grime. A natural solution made of equal parts distilled white vinegar and hot water works well on soap scum and grime. White vinegar is safe on ceramic tile and fiberglass, but will not work on marble.
  • Using a soft-bristled brush or sponge, scrub the tiles and grout. Then, rinse the walls completely.
  • For the tub or floor portion of the shower, apply the same mixture to the floor. For added scrubbing assistance, sprinkle baking soda over the saturated area. Allow it to sit for at least ten minutes and rinse.
  • With a tool of your choice—we recommend the Mr. Clean Magic Erasers—scrub the space, spending extra time on areas where grime tends to accumulate. When the surface is smooth and clean, rinse it completely.
  • If you have a shower door, rinse it with water first, and then coat it with the same natural cleaning mixture. After letting it sit for ten minutes, wipe with a microfiber cloth or sponge, and then rinse. Using a squeegee or a clean cloth, wipe the door dry.
  • If you have a curtain, remove it and the liner. Both of these items (unless otherwise noted) are washing machine safe. Toss them in the wash together, along with a couple of light–colored towels to assist with scrubbing. Run a regular cycle with warm or hot water; remove the liner and hang up immediately after wash.
  • If your shower head is clogged with buildup, grab a sandwich bag and fill it with two teaspoons of baking soda and half a cup of vinegar. Attach it to your shower head with an elastic band so the shower head is completely submerged in your cleaning solution. Leave it overnight and remove it in the morning. Turn your hot water on full strength and blow out the lime and mineral deposits.

The Easiest Way To Clean a Shower

The easiest way to clean a shower is to keep the buildup of soap scum, grime, and dirt to a minimum. With brief, regular cleaning and some enhancements, you can make cleaning the shower the easiest task on your cleaning checklist.

Turn Up the Steam

Steam is a great cleaner and disinfectant. After every shower, turn on the hot water and let the steam loosen all the dirt and grime on the shower walls and door. Rinse everything with hot water and you’re done!

Grab a Squeegee

Buy a squeegee and hang it in the shower. After each shower, squeegee walls and shower doors to remove most of the moisture. This preventive maintenance helps prohibit the growth of mold and the buildup of residue.

Turn On the Fan

Moist, warm areas are perfect for mold and mildew to take hold. Every time you take a shower, leave the exhaust fan running for 15 minutes afterward to dry out the shower and bathroom.

Get Everyone Involved

You’re probably not the only person in your home that uses the shower. Make it a team effort to keep your bathroom and shower clean and fresh by sharing these tips. The more everyone does their part, the less often you’ll need to deep clean—and the easier the job will be when you do.

Install a Plug Guard

Cleaning out the drain and getting hair all over the shower when you clean it isn’t fun. Invest in a plug guard that sits over your shower drain to catch hair and other debris that could clog your drain.

Overall, we’d say the best way to clean a shower is to make it an easy task and adopt a “clean as you go” approach. With everyone’s help, you can keep your shower clean and more sanitary for the whole family.

How to Clean a Shower Head

Depending on where your water comes from, your shower head is subjected to all kinds of abuse from lime buildup to mineral deposits on a daily basis. We know you work hard to keep your bathroom and shower clean and healthy, but when was the last time you cleaned your shower head? If the answer is “never,” or you didn’t know you could do such a thing, here’s how to clean a shower head with vinegar to make it look and work like new:

  • Fill a one-gallon plastic bag about a third of the way with distilled white vinegar. We find that cleaning a shower head with vinegar produces results just as good as commercial cleaners. Place the bag of white vinegar over the shower head, ensuring the fixture is completely submerged.
  • Tie the bag to the shower head neck with string or twist ties. Make sure the bag is secure so it won’t slide off when you let go.
  • Only soak brass or other metal-coated shower heads for 30 minutes; you can soak other materials for four hours. For shower heads with a lot of limescale and other buildup, you may need to leave the bag attached overnight.
  • Untie the bag, remove it from the shower head, and pour the vinegar down the drain.
  • Run hot water for a minute to flush loosened mineral deposits stuck in the shower head.
  • If there is still buildup in the spray holes, scrub the face of the shower head with an old toothbrush.
  • Polish the shower head with a microfiber cloth for a nice finishing touch.

See? Cleaning a shower head with vinegar can be easy! But did you know you can get your shower head even cleaner if you are comfortable removing it from the shower pipe?

  • Remove the shower head and then pull out the screen from the connection end.
  • Submerge your shower head in a container of white vinegar for the recommended time.
  • Clean the screen with warm water and an old toothbrush to remove deposits.
  • When your shower head is through soaking, put everything back together and run some hot water to clear things out.

Now that you know how to clean a shower head, what’s next? Check out our professional cleaning guides to help make your home more manageable. And if you need help cleaning your bathroom or want someone to tackle your entire house, give us a call! The Maids is standing by to help you attain a cleaner, healthier home. Get your free estimate today and find out what a difference just one visit can make to your home!


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