11 Effortless Hacks That Will Change How You Clean Your Shower Forever

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Easy Hacks To Keep Your Shower Cleaner

Do you want to find easier ways to clean the shower and keep it that way?  Then look no further than these easy shower cleaning hacks.  

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Over the years as a stay at home mom with not much time, I have had to find fast ways to not only clean my shower, but also keep it that way for as long as possible.  

Through a little research, trial, and error, I came up with these easy shower cleaning hacks that I use in my own home and think may benefit you as well.

What Makes Your Shower Keep Getting Dirty?

First let’s talk about why your shower keeps getting dirty in the first place.

The main culprits that make for a dirty shower are water, soap, and time…I get it, the water and soap are pretty essential if you are taking a shower right?

So the trick is, to find ways to minimize how much water and soap hang out in your after you have finished.

Why These Shower Cleaning Hacks Work

These shower cleaning tips work because they minimize how long the water and soap sit on your shower walls, doors, and floors.

Therefore, these shower cleaning hacks, can really help you fight the mold, mildew, and soap scum that keep coming back and making more work for you.

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1// Scrub While Showering (Best Shower Cleaning Hack!)

For the longest time I was scared to do this because…hello…cleaning chemicals.  But one day I realized I could just use regular old soap (like I seriously just used shampoo) and a scrubby sponge like this one.  

This method of scrubbing once with shampoo and a scrubby sponge is only for an already deep cleaned shower. Meaning you have already scrubbed the mold and mildew away.

So you are starting with a clean shower here. Scrubbing the walls while in the shower will help you keep globs of soap from drying on the walls and doors of the shower.

You will still have to use bleach or peroxide once in a while when you get mold or mildew in the corners or in the grout.

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2// Get A Longer Hose to Clean Shower

My mind was blown by this realization…We were staying in a vacation condo for a few weeks and I needed to clean the sand out of the shower.  

Well the shower had this super long hose, which I always thought was just for handicap accessibility.  

Turns out, it works wonders for rinsing the shower.  So I went home and invested in this gem. Which has not only saved me time, but also a lot of back pain.  

Invest in a handheld shower head with a hose.  It will completely change how you clean the shower.  

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3// Rinse Shower Before Stepping Out

I don’t know how many times my mind can be blown by shower cleaning hacks, but this one I was really surprised I didn’t realize sooner.    

So here is the big reveal…Rinse the walls and shower doors before you get out…every… time

Yup, it is that simple.  That way the soap you just flung all over the shower does not dry on the walls leaving behind that dreaded soap scum that is impossible to clean.

And if you went out and got this handheld showerhead that I mentioned in Tip #2, then you will have a super easy time rinsing your walls every time you shower.

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4// Use Alcohol To Dry Shower Faster

Alcohol can be used in any area of the home where faster drying times are more beneficial…such as on hardwood floors, and in this case, in the shower.  

Just put the alcohol into a spray bottle (I like a cheap one from the dollar store), then spray the walls with the alcohol after you rinse all the soap scum off of them (Tip #3) so they dry faster. (I recommend getting out of the shower first so you don’t inhale the fumes from the alcohol)

Anything 70% or higher (I like Isopropyl alcohol best, you can buy it here) will do the trick to stop mold and mildew from growing in the corners due to slow drying moisture.

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5// Remove Humidity Shower Cleaning Hack

I learned this shower cleaning tip a long time ago in our first home.  Our bathroom was SUPER tiny, and the humidity level from a hot shower left water literally running down our walls.  

Turning on the fan in the bathroom helps remove moisture from the bathroom which will speed up the drying time of the shower. This really helps lessen mold and mildew not only in the shower, but on your bathroom walls.  

No vent fan?  Open a window to let the moisture out or purchase a small fan like this one.

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6// Leave The Door Open Clean Shower Hack

Keep the shower door or shower curtain open to speed drying and prevent mold and mildew in the shower.  If you close everything up it will seal in that moisture and cause more shower cleaning work for you in the long run.

7// Wipe Down Walls Each Time Your Shower

This was a shower cleaning trick my grandparents used, and was therefore ingrained in me by my dad.  

Wipe the shower walls down with a towel after getting out to speed drying and prevent mold and mildew. 

It works.  Trust me, I did it all the time when I was younger and was still living with my parents. 

The shower was always super clean.

8// Soak The Nozzle Cleaning Tip

If you have hard water, you will probably get mineral buildup in your shower head.   That is when all those little holes where the water comes out, get clogged up and you no longer get good water pressure.  And scrubbing it is useless.

Instead, use this shower cleaning hack…you can soak the shower head nozzle to help loosen up the minerals that have built up in your showerhead. And you don’t even have to take the shower head off.

Here are two ways to try it:  

  1.  Put a gallon size sealable bag filled with vinegar, vinegar and baking soda, or CLR over the shower head.  Secure the bag with a rubber band so it doesn’t fall off.  Then let it soak for at least 30 minutes.  Remove the bag and run the water through the shower head.  If it is still clogged, do the same process again until there are no more clogs.
  2. Remove the shower head and place it in a container that is big enough to hold it and submerge it in vinegar or Calcium, Lime, Rust Cleaner (CLR).  Let soak until all the mineral deposits are free from the shower head.   You can use a toothpick or soft brush to help remove the mineral deposits once they are loose.
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9// Shower Cleaning Hack: Stop Clogs Before They Start

I am going to be honest, I absolutely cannot clean our drain.  It makes me gag.  So that is my husband’s job!  But in order to help keep him from having to clean the drain too often, I keep a hair trap like this one over the drain to keep hair from going down in the first place.

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10// Keep Glass Shower Doors Clean Hack

Squeegee the shower doors so they don’t dry with water spots or soap scum on them.  This will also work on the walls.  Any squeegee will do but I like this one because it comes with its own hook.

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11// Ultimate Shower Cleaning Hack:  Clean The Stained Shower Floor

For some reason, our shower floor is really susceptible to staining (I think it is the material it is made out of).  We tried just about every normal shower cleaner to get the staining to go away, but no matter what, our floor remained a yellow color.

Then one day we decided to try this toilet bowl cleaner (I have no idea why). . . But it actually worked!  

So if you cannot seem to get the staining off your shower floor, try cleaning it with toilet bowl cleaner.  

Just plug the drain with an old rag or some kind of cover and fill the bottom shower basin with the toilet bowl cleaner (you may need more than one bottle).  Let it sit for about 30 minutes to 1 hour…then scrub and rinse.  (make sure you wear gloves since toilet bowl cleaner is corrosive and can burn skin).  If you still have some staining, just repeat the process until the staining is gone.  

The only toilet bowl cleaner we use is this one called The Works…it is super cheap but does the job better than any other toilet bowl cleaner we have found.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best thing to clean your shower with?

This answer depends on how you are cleaning. If you use the hacks above and clean a little each time you shower, then I would recommend a scrubby sponge, some soap or shampoo, and a handheld showerhead.

However, if you clean only once in a while and have loads of mold, mildew and soap scum build up, then I would recommend a bleach or peroxide spray cleaner, a scrubby sponge, and a handheld showerhead like this one that I have in my shower.

What is the best and easiest way to clean a shower?

The best and easiest way to clean a shower is to keep it clean by cleaning it a little bit at a time. Using the hacks above, you can clean a little bit every time you shower so that way you only have to do a major shower cleaning a few times a year.

How do you clean a shower floor?

Shower cleaning hack #11 above talks about how we cleaned dark orangish colored staining off of our shower floor a few years ago. The staining had occurred from the hard water that comes into our home.

The only way we could get the staining to go away was by using toilet bowl cleaner on the shower floor. See Hack #11 above to see exactly how we did it.

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Enjoying Your Clean Shower

The trick is to get it clean and then keep it that way, so you create less work for yourself.  I really have to say that I love my new handheld shower head. Not only is it great for helping to keep the shower clean, but it makes for a great shower when I am finished due to all the different settings.

I hope these tips do just that, and if you want some other great home management tips, you can go here to look at some of my other posts.

Happy Cleaning!

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