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Tips From Sue: Cleaning the Shower

Author: sueh

Saturday morning is here and the shower needs cleaning. My tools are an old toothbrush, a non-abrasive scrubber and microfiber cloth, and Seventh Generation's Tub & Tile Cleaner. Before I worked for Seventh Generation I used conventional products, and I would wear a mask when I cleaned the shower to protect myself from the fumes. Now I can breathe freely while cleaning!

I like to clean the shower when it is wet. First, using a toothbrush, I clean all the crevices -- where the walls fit together and  between the tiles. This loosens up any soap scum that has settled. Then I lightly spray the Tub & Tile Cleaner on the walls, starting at the top and the back of the shower, away from the shower head. Using the cloth, just wipe the walls downward. All shower residues (scum) wipe away and the wall is shiny. Next, I wash both top and undersides of the side shelves, and rinse the toiletry items that are stored on these shelves. Soap scum doesn't care what it sticks to! Before I start the tub, I wipe off the fixtures. Be sure to read the directions that came with your fixtures to determine if you need to use special care in their cleaning.

Once all the upper parts of the shower are clean, I spray the bathtub with the Tub & Tile Cleaner. I let it sit for a minute and then use the scrubber on the sides of the tub and along the non-slip surface of the floor of the tub. Take special care of the edges that slope to the floor; this is where most of the residue collects.  The floor of this tub is non-skid and the scrubber comes in handy for cleaning the textured surface. Now, it's time to rinse.  If you like a shiny shower and tub, wipe down with a dry cloth.

What tips do you have for cleaning your shower?


photo: uzi978


abbybrooks picture
I LOVE love love the tub and tile cleaner. When ,y last bottle ran out I got the shower cleaner, thinking it was the same thing... WRONG! The Shower cleaner should be sprayed daily to prevent build up. It does not clean like the tub and tile cleaner, no comparison. Ge the tub and tile cleaner for a great job!
littlegreeny picture
I'm confused as to the difference between the two. I want the best product for tough soap scum.
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bobbi potwin
I use baking soda and vinegar to clean my shower and bathroom counters it works great, also in my kitchen and you can use vinegar and a little dish soap with water to mop your floors.
hi picture
thanks, an open mind is needed, but in addition to using the good idea of baking soda cleaning for example, try (open mind ready...) chanting a heartfelt mantra whilst cleaning - it is ENERGETICALLY cleaning the space and your mind a little bit - it feels good too. If you can chant a mantra constantly, think how this makes the world (where you are) that bit cleaner. Even a simple heartfelt silent (or quietly said) mantra like "buddha" or "jesus" or "allah" can work. It costs nothing.
Susan329 picture
Mix your own non-toxic acid cleaner with inexpensive food grade crystalline citric acid (available in bulk or 1# packages at natural food stores and winemaking suppliers). For soap scum and bowl cleaning I mix it strong, maybe 5 parts water to 1 part CCA by volume, and add a few drops of dish soap as a surfactant.
philadee7 picture
baking soda and a lemon cut in half works great in scrubbing a stainless steel kitchen sink to bring back the shine. I sprinkle the baking soda in the sink wet it lightly and use the cut lemon to scrub. Works great
organiccents picture
Baking soda works for me too! It gets the tub really white and I don't have to worry about my daughter taking a bath in it afterwards!! I use a little bit use hydrogen peroxide to kill germs..
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Hannah Naito
I never thought of lemons and baking soda. Good idea.
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If I'm having trouble getting the grime off the textured floor of our shower, I sprinkle plenty of baking soda all over. Then I use a lemon cut in half as my scrubber. It works every time.