We all have household chores we hate. My most-despised duty around the house is probably putting away folded clothes. No doubt that’s due, at least in part, to the fact I tend to put off folding clothes until I can build my own Great Wall of China with stacks of towels and shirts and pants and p.j.s. Sometimes it feels like it takes a couple of dynasties to put in all away!
But running a close 2nd on my Most-Hated-Household-Task Chart HAS TO BE cleaning the tub and shower. We have super-hard water where we live and soap scum seems to builds up over night. Removing it takes some major elbow-grease.
I probably need the workout that requires, but I don’t enjoy it, especially when I know the yay-for-me-my-shower-is-clean feeling will only last for…well…until somebody else decides to take a shower. Then the buildup will begin all over again.
But I discovered this little gem-of-a-cleaning-tip some time ago and it has CHANGED MY LIFE.
Okay, that was stupid. It hasn’t really changed my life, but it has made the shower cleaning a little easier! That counts for a lot as far as I’m concerned!
Do you have one of these? Granted, you usually see them at work in the kitchen, but I’ve found they’re pretty effective in the bathroom as well. I think I picked this one up at a clearance table at Kroger for $1.59. Most of them have a screw-on lid at the end of the handle. This is where you pour in the secret shower-cleaning potion.
And what is this amazing secret shower-cleaning potion? Are you ready?
That’s it! Mix an equal portion white vinegar and Dawn dish soap. How simple could it be?
Now hang one of these in every shower in your home. But be careful not to hang it brush side-down or else your liquid will all seep out. Our showers have a small hand bar where we can hang ours, but you could also stand it up in a shower basket or attach a rubber band near the brush tip and hang it from a hook.
The key to maintaining a cleaner shower is to use the brush while you’re showering. Turn it over and let the vinegar and Dawn soak the foam really well, then just take a minute or two to wipe down the shower walls and floor. You’re in there anyway! It’s not like it takes a lot of extra time and effort! Rinse lightly with the shower spray or leave a cup in the shower for quick rinses, and you’re all done!
Like I said, we have really hard water. I still have to use a stronger cleaner on our shower every so often, but I don’t have to do it even half as often as I used to! Before I started doing this, our shower needed a good, heavy scrubbing every week. (It didn’t always get it, but it needed it!) Now I can go three weeks to a solid month without needing a heavy shower cleaner. And when I use one of those, I can usually just spray and then wipe it off without major scrubbing. The regular wipe-down with the vinegar and Dawn dish soap just helps keep that almost-impenetrable stuff from building up like it used to.
The more diligent I am about using the brush every time I shower, the longer I can go without a deeper cleaning, but I do forget sometimes. So long as I’m using it every second or third time I shower, I still see a significant difference.
So while I may never enjoy cleaning the shower, at least I’ve discovered something to make the task more tolerable! And less frequent! Now, if I can just figure out something similar when it comes to putting away the folded laundry…