Shower cubicles can become grimy quite quickly. When dirt and oil from the body combine with substances like soaps, shampoos and minerals in the water, you can wind up with all sorts of stains and films in your shower. Fortunately, there are some cleaning solutions that are very effective in keeping your shower cubicle clean and sanitary.
Plain white vinegar is a superb all-purpose cleaner for bathroom cubicles because it is a natural disinfectant, deodoriser and mould killer. It also dissolves lime scale left behind from minerals in "hard" water. Simply pour some undiluted vinegar into a spray bottle and squirt it liberally all over your shower cubicle's surfaces. Let the vinegar soak in for about 30 minutes before sponging down the surfaces and rinsing them with water.
Bicarbonate of soda
Bicarbonate of soda, also known as baking soda, is a natural deodoriser that also functions well as a gentle abrasive for removing tougher stains. Make your own cleaning paste by combining 100 g (1/2 cup) of bicarbonate of soda with 2 tbsp water. Dampen a rag or sponge, dip it into the paste and scrub down grimy areas of your shower cubicle, then rinse off the cleanser with water.
If your shower cubicle has a glass door, you'll want to clean it often to remove water marks and debris. To make your own glass cleaner, combine equal parts white vinegar and non-sudsy ammonia in a spray bottle. Spray the solution onto the glass door and wipe it down with paper towels. You also can use this solution on chrome fixtures in the shower. To clean the door tracks, spray the solution into the tracks, leave it on for 15 minutes, then brush it out with an old toothbrush and rinse the tracks clean.
Never use acidic cleaners like vinegar on natural stone surfaces like marble or granite because it will damage them. Instead, use dish soap and warm water to scrub down the stone surfaces. Alternatively, buy a cleaning product that is specially formulated for the type of stone in your shower cubicle and use it according to its directions.
- Mrs. Clean: How to clean the shower
- "How the Queen Cleans Everything"; Linda Cobb; 2002