Easy, chemical-free ways to get your shower sparkling clean

Forget harsh cleaners and potent sprays, these simple ingredients from your pantry will make cleaning your shower simple and fuss-free.

Cleaning the shower can be a bit of a nightmare if you don't keep on top of it. Grime, bacteria and soap scum can creep onto the surfaces, which makes it harder to clean once you eventually get to it.

Harsh bleaches and chemicals can cut through the dirt, but why invest in a wide range of products when everything you need can be found in your home already?

Elke Keeley, co-founder of UrbanYou shares her expert hacks to get your shower sparkling:

  • "For your new go-to soap scum-slayer, combine equal parts liquid soap and baking soda until the mixture is the consistency of frosting," says Elke. "Apply with a non-scratch sponge to restore shine to your glass shower door."
  • If you can multi-task, you'll have your bathroom clean in no time. "With warm water being key to loosening up grime, you may like to give your shower door a quick rinse with a sponge as you finish your shower each day... and you won’t have to worry about getting wet or messy while cleaning," suggests Elke.
  • Daily maintenance will do you a world of good when it comes to keeping your shower clean. "Using a shower spray daily will also build time between deep cleans. A cheap, natural mixture can be made up by mixing together a cup of water, dish soap, and around 10 drops of essential oil," says Elke.

  • Bleach is good, but have you ever tried lemon to clean your bathroom? "The acidity of citrus works wonders for cutting through bathroom grime," says Elke. "Dip one half of a lemon in baking soda and rub over the shower glass door surface. Lemon oil will repel water so that soap doesn’t dry on the glass." To do this, be sure to apply it with a damp sponge and let it sit before rinsing off and dying the screen with a paper towel.
  • Toothpaste can also be used as a cleaning agent. "Shine your shower glass door white with a generous amount of toothpaste applied to a dampened sponge. Work over the glass surface and finish with a thorough rinse and wipe," says Elke. Who knew?!
  • The shower tracks can hold a lot of gunk and grime, but it doesn't have to be a difficult clean. "Soak some paper towel in distilled white vinegar and let sit on the tracks for 30 minutes before removing," says Elke. "Run an old toothbrush across the tracks to scrub away all gunk and, finally, rinse with water."

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