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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.


  • Step 1: Ventilate room Ventilate the room by turning on any fans and opening any doors or windows.
  • Step 2: Put on gloves Put on your gloves.
  • Step 3: Remove shower items Remove any soaps, shampoos, razors, or mats from your shower.
  • Step 4: Wipe down doors Wipe down the shower doors with a sponge soaked in white vinegar.
  • Step 5: Rinse walls & floor Use your bucket or bowl to quickly rinse the walls and floor of your shower.
  • Step 6: Clean drain Remove any hair from the drain.
  • Step 7: Scrub tiles Scrub your shower tiles with your sponge and the all-purpose cleaner.
  • TIP: For hardcore mold, mix ¼ cup of liquid chlorine bleach with six cups of water, scrub, then rinse.
  • 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.
  • TIP: 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.
  • 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.
  • Step 10: Dry with cloth Wipe the surfaces of your shower and tub dry with a clean cloth.
  • Step 11: Clean fixtures Using a sponge, clean the fixtures with an all-purpose cleaner.
  • TIP: 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.
  • Step 12: Unclog drain If you are able, remove the cap on your drain and reach down and pull out any clogged hairs.
  • 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.
  • Step 14: Reattach showerhead Reattach the showerhead, run it clean for a minute, then hop right in to wash your troubles away…
  • FACT: The famous 'shower scene' from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho lasts only 45 seconds but took 7 days to shoot!

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)

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