Cleaning Your Shower in 10 Minutes a Month

posted by Andrea | 01/10/2012

our newly renovated shower

Cleaning has never been a “chore” for me. I know I’m weird, but I honestly do enjoy MOST of the cleaning jobs I do around the house. I really like to vacuum and sweep the floors, I love making my bed every day, and in general, I enjoy the process of cleaning just as much as the end results.

However, one thing I do not like to clean is the shower. I guess it’s just one of those things I’m always willing to procrastinate on :)

Several years ago, {after not cleaning my shower for a few months} I decided I had to come up with some type of system for cleaning my shower so I wouldn’t put it off for so long ever again.

From then on, I’ve been cleaning my showers the same way every month and it only takes me about 10 minutes total!

Here’s what I do…

Step 1: Gather My Supplies:

I actually don’t use many supplies to clean our showers — just a sponge, a small bristle brush, and my cleaner of choice.

Currently, I’ve been using Scrubbing Bubbles and have very happy with the results. I have tried using homemade cleaning products {which I do use for the rest of our bathroom} but I decided I liked the “stronger” stuff for our showers.

If you have rust, soap scum, or lime build-up, I’d suggest using Lime Away {I had much success with that product in our old house}. Also, just a little tip — Dial soap / body wash leaves a lot more soap scum than most other soaps!

Step 2: Create the “Optimum” Conditions

Whenever I clean the shower, I ALWAYS do it while I’m taking a shower. That way, it’s already steamy inside {which helps to loosen the dirt and grime} and I don’t have to awkwardly try to clean it without getting wet.

If you’ve never tried cleaning the shower while taking a shower… you will be amazed at how much easier and faster the process is!!

Step 3: Clean the Shower

I always spray the shower with my Scrubbing Bubbles about 10 minutes before I get into the shower. By the time I get in the shower, the bubbles have already “gone to work” and I start scrubing with my sponge from the top down.

I use my bristle brush to scrub in the corners, between the tiles, and any other small spaces that I can’t get with my sponge.

Finally, I scrub around the drain and then move the shower head to wash down the walls.

Step 4: Daily Maintenance

One thing Dave and I do every single time we take a shower is to use a squeegee to wipe down the walls. We even use the squeegee to direct water on the floor into the drain.

This might sound a bit obsessive to some of you, but it drastically cuts down on soap-scum buildup, water spots, mold, mildew, etc. — which means I don’t need to clean our showers nearly as often.

We keep the squeegee hanging in the shower so we have absolutely no excuse not to use it!

I’ve timed myself many time {I know, I’m weird} and I can easily clean any shower in our house in less than 10 minutes… and it doesn’t even seem like a chore because it’s simply an excuse for me to take an extra long steamy-hot shower!

And in case you’re thinking about making some changes in your own bathroom this year, I’ve got lots of inspiration for you! I’ve teamed up with four other bloggers today, and we’re all talking about bathrooms! Go check them out for some great ideas!

Christine from I Dream of Clean is revealing her method for speed cleaning a bathroom.

Lauren from Mama’s Laundry Talk is sharing advice on how often to wash your bathmats and towels.

Jami from An Oregon Cottage is sharing her lovely decorating expertise with an ultra-cool project. She’s making a new shower curtain by stenciling on drop cloth!

Nony from A Slob Comes Clean is organizing her bathroom cabinets according to how her family really lives!

What are your best bathroom cleaning tips?

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  1. Clipping Path


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  2. Cheryl


    When you clean while you’re in the shower, does the cleaner affect your skin? We have a shower that drips non-stop, so it’s never dry (well, it is right now because we have no water, LOL!) and it also pools up about two inches deep while you’re in the shower. Would it be safe to use cleaners while showering in these conditions? Thanks for the tips!


    Sambira Reply:


    If your show drips, it should be repaired. There is something wrong. If your show pools up in the bottom, your drain is not working well and probably needs to be cleared of debris (probably hair or something like that).


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