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How to Clean a Shower

There’s no better feeling than a sparkly, clean bathroom shower. It’s a critical chore for hygienic purposes, but beyond that, a bathroom can be a swelling area for mildew and bacteria because of the moist climate. So, when it becomes time for a deep clean, here’s what you need to know for how to clean glass in a shower, how to clean a showerhead, how to clean shower doors, and more. 

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The Tools Needed to Clean Your Shower

A spray bottle and soft brush are universal tools (an old toothbrush works great, too!). But the cleaning solution you put inside that spray bottle will change depending on your shower’s materials. 

Cleaning Solutions for Different Shower Types
Type of Shower Enclosure MaterialCleaning Solution
Ceramic Tile ShowerA commercial shower and grout cleaner with ammonia.
Stone ShowerAn acid- and ammonia-free stone cleaner.
Fiberglass ShowerA commercial shower and grout cleaner or distilled vinegar and baking soda.

Be mindful when it comes to selecting or making your own shower cleaning solution. And never combine cleaners that could potentially cause toxic fumes. 

Additionally, tools anyone cleaning their shower can benefit from include a squeegee or a rag to help absorb excess water as you go. It’s also smart to wear rubber gloves when performing deep cleans and using any sort of chemical. 

The more often you perform spot cleans on your shower — quickly using a cleaning solution on the enclosure and squeegeeing or wiping walls and doors — the longer you can extend the time between a more extensive, deep clean. Still, a deeper clean should be conducted every few weeks, and shower curtains should be washed at least quarterly. 

As you clean, keep an eye out for any leaks, cracked tiles, or other signs of damage.

Order of Operations for Cleaning Your Shower

First off, ventilation is important. Turn on your bathroom fan and open windows and doors to keep humidity low and air flowing. Next, the more you can empty out your shower, the better. Bottles, brushes, loofas, toys, razors, and other items will only get in the way. 

Once you have a clean slate, target mildew and areas with dirty grout with a soft brush. Rinse with hot water before applying a cleaning solution to the rest of the shower, from the walls to the floor. 

Pay attention to the corners of your shower and where the walls meet the bathtub. Allow the solution to soak in according to the commercial cleaner’s directions or for at least 10 minutes before scrubbing as needed, rinsing and drying. A top-down approach is best. 

With your sponge or brush, go back to your shower walls and rinse off the mold and mildew cleaner, spending time along the grout and in the corners. If your shower head is adjustable, spray it along the walls and follow with the sponge to ensure no residue remains.

Save the doors for the end so they don’t get spotty again after you rinse your shower walls.

Cleaning Different Parts of the Shower 

Because showers have several different components, different methods are needed to clean each part. 

Here’s an overview of how to clean a shower, down to the very last speck of dirt: 

Showerheads

To clean a showerhead, which is typically made of metal or plastic, use distilled white vinegar and scrub the nozzles with a soft small brush, such as a toothbrush. 

A popular shower cleaning method is to fill a plastic bag with vinegar and attach it over the showerhead with a rubber band, then allow it to sit for an hour before turning the showerhead on to rinse and dry.  

Glass shower door

You can use a commercial glass cleaner or warmed vinegar mixed with dish soap in a spray bottle to clean glass doors. After soaking, scrub, rinse, and dry. 

Shower curtains

Shower curtains and liners are typically machine washable — the tags should say. Some liners are better off being replaced altogether. When machine washing, make sure to remove any hanging rings or clips before placing the curtains on a gentle cycle in warm water. 

Shower drain

Clear the drain of any protruding hair or pet fur that’s easily removable. Using a snake or DIY element — like a wire hang shaped into a hook – pull out any items clogging the drain. Use a drain cleaning solution or a combination of baking soda and vinegar to flush out remaining buildup followed by hot water. Repeat as needed. 

Ready to move on to cleaning the rest of your bathroom? We’ve got you covered with the best techniques.

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