Regularly tackling the shower area should be an established part of anyone’s cleaning routine. On a daily basis, the shower door or curtain is exposed to the full force of water, shower-care products, and soap suds, so it shouldn’t be ignored. Here’s how to clean shower curtains and doors effectively.
How to Clean Shower Doors in 4 Steps
- Every time you enjoy a shower, leave the shower door open afterwards to allow some airflow. This will dry out the showering area quicker and slow down the growth of mould.
- Use a shower glass cleaner to tackle hard water spots and any soap build-up. For stainless steel, plastic, and enamel sections you’ll want a versatile cream cleaner like HANDY ANDY Cream – the thickness prevents the cleaner from simply running off your vertical surfaces.
- Alternatively, you can try a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and water. Leave the solution to sit for five minutes before rinsing off with warm water. If you need a more powerful treatment, then dab vinegar on any problem areas, or stick to a commercial cleaner. Be aware that cleaning shower doors with vinegar can smell very unpleasant, so you’ll want to rinse well and potentially follow up with a scented cleaner.
- Mould can be removed with a standard chlorine or hydrogen peroxide-based cleaner. Most of these cleaners just need to be sprayed on then wiped off with a clean cloth.
How to a Clean Shower Curtain in 5 Steps
- First, soak the curtain in a bath, or
largetub of water with washing powder mixed in.
- Leave the curtain soaking for as long as possible (preferably overnight) to loosen any deposits. Fungal growth in the hems or edges can be scrubbed at with an old toothbrush.
- After the initial soak, put your shower curtain into the washing machine to clean it properly. Consider adding one or two towels into the machine too: the abrasive texture of towels means that they help dislodge dirt from the curtain. Remember: always check the label on your shower curtain for specific washing instructions.
- Adding a small amount of vinegar to the wash load or final rinse will deodorise the curtain and serve as a disinfectant.
- For shower curtains that can’t be washed in the machine, spray with a cleaning solution, and then wipe down.
So, in 5 or fewer steps, your work is done! A clean, soap-free shower door or curtain is yours.
Originally published September 13, 2018