When was the last time you gave your shower a bath? Seriously, aren’t you tired of looking at mildewed grout? Or slipping on a floor slick with soap-scum?
Luckily, there are some easy ways to clean your shower while you’re cleaning yourself. Hey, why not? You’re already au naturel, so there’s no worry about getting your clothes wet. Plus, steamy walls are easier to clean. Here's what you should do during those two minutes after you shower off.
Open the bathroom window before you shower, or run the vent fan during your shower and for 15-20 minutes afterward to reduce humidity.
Leave the shower door or curtain open to allow humidity to escape.
Stop using bar soap! Switch to liquid bath products and your shower floor, walls and curtains will stay soap scum-free. Just make sure to store the plastic bottles in a shower caddy or on a shelf with an open bottom. Otherwise, water will collect under them and set the stage for mildew and slime.
Colorful shampoo looks cool in the bottle but the dyes that produce that color can leave stains on worn grout. If shower grout is picking up these hues, try using a shampoo that contains no dye.
Your shower curtain liner will always look great if, once a month or so, you toss it in the wash with the towels. Add one-half cup baking soda to the wash water and a cup of vinegar to the rinse water to boost cleaning power. If the liner is made of cloth and is the same color as the towels, it can run through the entire wash and dry cycle with them (unless care directions state otherwise). If it’s plastic, remove it before the spin cycle and re-hang it.
Angelora highly recommends sealing grout twice a year to prevent staining and extend the life of the grout. Apply grout sealer, available at home improvement stores, to dry grout according to directions. Be sure to wipe off any sealer from tiles to avoid leaving a haze.