How to Clean a Shower

If the grime in your shower looks like something that would be more at home in a horror flick than in, well, your home, it’s time to take control.


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Keeping the bathroom and kitchen clean is an ongoing battle. Make it easier with the cleaning tips and tricks in these videos. You'll learn fast, easy ways to get rid of bathroom mold, hard water marks, rust stains, bathtub rings, lime scale, mildew stains, soap scum, and more. Plus, tips on how to clean a granite countertop, a toaster oven, the garbage disposal, a sink drain, chrome, grout, your microwave, shower curtains, and many other hard-to-clean household appliances and surfaces.

You Will Need

  • A pair of rubber gloves
  • A sponge
  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • A bucket or large bowl
  • A mild all-purpose cleaner
  • Mildly abrasive bathtub cleaner
  • A scrub brush
  • Baking soda
  • A clean cloth
  • An old toothbrush
  • A toothpick
  • Liquid chlorine bleach (optional)
  • A nonabrasive cleaning product, for fiberglass or acrylic tubs (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Ventilate room

    Ventilate the room by turning on any fans and opening any doors or windows.

  2. Step 2

    Put on gloves

    Put on your gloves.

  3. Step 3

    Remove shower items

    Remove any soaps, shampoos, razors, or mats from your shower.

  4. Step 4

    Wipe down doors

    Wipe down the shower doors with a sponge soaked in white vinegar.

  5. Step 5

    Rinse walls & floor

    Use your bucket or bowl to quickly rinse the walls and floor of your shower.

  6. Step 6

    Clean drain

    Remove any hair from the drain.

  7. Step 7

    Scrub tiles

    Scrub your shower tiles with your sponge and the all-purpose cleaner.

  8. For hardcore mold, mix ¼ cup of liquid chlorine bleach with six cups of water, scrub, then rinse.

  9. Step 8

    Scrub & rinse

    For a porcelain or enamel tub, apply a mildly abrasive cleaner or the all-purpose one, and let it stand according to product directions. Scrub the tub with your brush, then rinse well.

  10. For a fiberglass or acrylic tub, gently apply a nonabrasive cleaning product with a sponge. Rub gently, being careful not to scratch the tub, then rinse well.

  11. Step 9

    Scrub stains

    For stubborn stains or rings on porcelain or enamel tubs, try scrubbing with baking soda on a damp sponge. Rinse well.

  12. Step 10

    Dry with cloth

    Wipe the surfaces of your shower and tub dry with a clean cloth.

  13. Step 11

    Clean fixtures

    Using a sponge, clean the fixtures with an all-purpose cleaner.

  14. If you damaged any grout or caulking in your shower or tub while you are scrubbing, repair it as soon as you’re done—and before using the shower—to prevent water damage.

  15. Step 12

    Unclog drain

    If you are able, remove the cap on your drain and reach down and pull out any clogged hairs.

  16. Step 13

    Soak showerhead

    If you are able, remove the shower-head and take it apart, soaking the pieces overnight in a bucket or bowl of white vinegar to remove any buildup. In the morning, scrub it with an old toothbrush and clean the holes with a toothpick.

  17. Step 14

    Reattach showerhead

    Reattach the showerhead, run it clean for a minute, then hop right in to wash your troubles away…

  18. The famous 'shower scene' from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho lasts only 45 seconds but took 7 days to shoot!