We haven’t had a Green Cleaning Spotlight for a while, so I thought it was about time for another one! I’m going to spill the beans on how you can keep your home clean in an eco-friendly way (whilst not spending too much time keeping it that way).
Today I’m looking at the shower – this is going to be aimed at shower cubicles, but in essence the procedure is pretty similar for those of us that have showers over the bath. Remember to take care though if you have an enamel bath, as the surface is much more delicate.
Cleaning the Shower Cubicle
What you will need:
- An eco-friendly glass cleaner – learn how to make one here!
- An eco-friendly limescale remover (such as Ecover’s), OR a bottle of Liquid Soda Crystals, OR an eco-friendly cream cleaner (for those with enamel baths, marble tiles or gold-plated fittings)
- A cloth designed for use on glass/mirrors
- A non-scratch scrubbie (They’re usually green with white tops in the UK)
Good to have:
- An old toothbrush
- A window squeegee
- Spray the inside walls and door of the cubicle liberally with the limescale remover, and leave for a few minutes whilst you clean something else. If you have special tiles or fittings that could be damaged by the citric acid in the limescale remover, use cream cleaner. I just used to squirt it at the walls like I was creating modern art.
- After a few minutes, you have a couple of options. Check the tile grouting – if it’s red or discoloured then use the toothbrush and scrub affected areas (black mould can be a lot harder to shift so I’m not covering it as part of a regular clean here). Check around the shower fitting, the shower head and the bottom of the door/inside seals etc – if you find any black/red grot get limescale remover and the toothbrush on it.
- Once you’ve checked this, use the damp scrubbie to scrub the walls and inside of the door. Use circular motions, and concentrate on the bottom a little more than the top, as soap and shampoo deposits tend to get washed off and accumulate lower down.
- Next, turn the shower on and rinse down the walls and door. The door is usually difficult as they tend to open outwards – you can either carefully stand barefoot in the shower and hose around you with the door shut, or wipe the door off with a wet cloth.
- If you have a window squeegee, you can use it at this point to remove excess water from the walls and door. They are especially useful for glass surfaces so the water you used to rinse down doesn’t dry in visible droplets (which contributes to the buildup of limescale)
- There’s just the shower tray to sort out now. Remove any hair buildup from the plughole, then pick your preferred cleaner from the list at the top to use all over the tray with the scrubbie. If you tend to get a buildup of body fat/greasy soap scum – liquid soda crystals will cut through the grease and your scrubbing time. Douse the tray with some, leave for a minute or 2 then scrub off. Finally, rinse the tray area.
- Use a bit of glass spray on both sides of the shower door now to remove any droplets and fingermarks – wipe off with the glass cloth.
- You can also use the squeegee to ‘dry off’ the tray, and use the glass cloth to ‘buff’ any stainless steel fittings so it all looks nice and shiny. Don’t forget to check if the outside of the shower tray needs a wipe!
Your shower should now be clean!
The ‘I keep on top of cleaning the shower, but this time I’m in a bloody rush’ clean
- Assuming there are no issues with soap scum buildup or delicate fittings: spray the entire cubicle with glass cleaner (if it’s got vinegar in, that kills germs). Use a microfibre bathroom cloth to wipe the walls over quickly, followed by the tray. Wipe the glass in the doors and any stainless steel fittings with the glass cloth. Bam.
How often do I clean this?
I do mine once a week – those of you who have a separate bath and shower cubicle may find you can do it fortnightly if it’s not heavily used. The more you keep on top of this job, the less soap scum builds up. This means that you can often get away with the ‘spray n’wipe’ method outlined above.