Spring cleaning is still lingering in the air, and it’s time to give your bathroom some extra TLC before your busy summer begins. Hard water stains and soap scum are common concerns — there is a good chance they are on your shower doors and walls, and perhaps on your bathroom cabinets as well. Thankfully, removing gunk and hard water stains is easier than you may think. Here are three thoughtful tips to get your shower doors clean and sparkling, and to keep them that way!
Keep your shower looking brand new by using a squeegee after each use. With the proper preventative maintenance, it will be easier to stop water deposits from building up, which will save you scrubbing time and effort later on. Keep a squeegee hanging in your shower as a daily reminder to wipe it down after you are finished bathing. You can also use a daily shower spray as a handy, quick and inexpensive fix.
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If you wish to avoid chemicals in your bathroom, consider making your own shower cleaner using natural ingredients. Experiment to see what works best. These mixtures can be used on more than just your shower doors. Try them on your mirrors, bathroom cabinets, countertops, knobs and pulls, and sinks.
- Water and Vinegar: Mix equal parts water and white vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray the mixture onto your shower door, and wipe it with a sponge. Let it sit for a few minutes on the glass. Keep applying the mixture as it dries, while keeping the door wet for a minimum of five minutes. Rinse the solution off the door with warm water. If the results are not to your liking, add more vinegar to the solution and start from the beginning. You can also add some dish soap for added cleaning power, and 10 to 20 drops of your favorite essential oil to give your cleaner a pleasant scent. Take note that vinegar can damage stone materials.
- Water, Baking Soda, and Vinegar: Pour ½ cup of baking soda in a container and add white vinegar to form a frosting-like paste, using a spoon to mix. Wipe the paste on your shower door and let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes. Scrub well, and then rinse thoroughly.
- Sparkling Citrus: Cut a lemon in half. Dip one half in baking soda and rub it gently on the glass door. Use the other half to give it second coating of citrus, then rinse and dry. This trick should leave your bathroom looking clean and smelling lemony-fresh the natural way!
Take advantage of everyday household items to make you cleaning efforts easier, efficient, and cost effective! An old toothbrush is excellent for scrubbing the metal frame, and inside small nooks and crannies between the glass doors. A paint scraper can remove the buildup where the metal meets the shower or door. A flat razor can carefully scrape stubborn mineral spots off of flat glass.
Stop soap scum and stubborn hard water stains in their tracks with these manageable tips and tricks, and enjoy a refreshingly clean and sparkling bathroom.
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