Fridays are tip days at SimpleProductivity blog.
When my husband took over the housework, I stopped cleaning. Which got me out of a lot of work, but I realized about six months later that he was missing chores. Like cleaning the shower, for one. And by the time I realized it, it had become a big job. Of course, he promised to remember to clean it after I went through the hard work to clean up six months worth of dirt, but here we are six months later, and it is apparent that he hasn’t been cleaning.
Cleaning our shower is hard work. Since Scrubbing Bubbles took the one product that made it easy off the market, I haven’t found anything other than hard work with a Mr. Clean eraser. But I knew there had to be a better way.
Getting To Clean
The Mr. Clean Eraser
The eraser will take the built up soap scum off the walls, and the ground-in dirt off the floor, at the cost of the skin on my hands and a lot of sweat. But it does work, and for small touchups, I think it is great. (plus the eraser cleans up a lot of other messes with not so much effort around the house) This solution is not easy though, requiring lots of physical effort.
With a paste of baking soda and vinegar, and a good old-fashioned scrub brush, you can quickly cut through soap scum. Again, this does require effort, but I find it easier on my skin.
The Winner: Shaving Cream
I knew that shaving cream took soap scum off of shower doors quickly, so in desperation I spread some on the floor of the shower, waited five minutes and attacked it with the scrub brush. I was amazed at how quickly the dirt came up. I had to make a couple of passes with this method, but it was much easier than either the eraser or the baking soda and vinegar.
Keeping It Clean
I am not going to go through that amount of effort again any time soon. And the way to do this is through steady maintenance. The easiest way I have found to keep the walls of the shower clean is to put a splotch of cheap shampoo on a scrubby poof and scrub the walls when I am in there for my shower.
For the floor, I will go in once a week with shaving cream and the poof and give it a good scrubbing. This should be enough to keep the worst of it at bay.
Do you have any easy ways to clean tough shower messes? Please share below.
Photo by stevendepolo