Published on April 3, 2019

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Life is about satisfying shortcuts like a time-saving route that gets you to work quicker, two-in-one shampoo/conditioners, and Instant Pot meals that are ready in mere minutes. When it comes to cleaning your home though, the tasks are less easy to hack.

One of the most dreaded parts of the home to clean is the bathroom, specifically the shower. You might be tempted to delay scrubbing it down, convincing yourself that “it’s basically cleaned with each shower,” but it’s quite the contrary, as all that moisture and humidity can make your tiles a breeding ground for bacteria, mold, and germs.

But who wants to spend 15 to 20 minutes a week scrubbing down a shower? Cue this simple hack—clean your shower as you shower. That’s right: Rather than scrubbing away at dry shower tiles for 15-plus minutes, why not buff them up while you’re waiting for your hair mask to work its magic? Here’s the ultimate lazy approach to cleaning every inch of your shower while doing your daily wash-up.

Step One: Gather Your Supplies

You’ll need two tools: a scrubber and a surface cleaner. It’s better to go toxin-free so you’re not breathing in chemicals in this steamy environment. That said, a Magic Eraser emits almost no fumes and can be super effective on tiles. Magic, indeed.

Whichever you choose, grab a sturdy sponge or brush that can be gentle, like Muji 3 Layer Sponge, or more heavy-duty, like Public Goods Walnut Scouring Pad. Or take things a step further and pick a double-duty soap-dispensing sponge, like Scotch-Brite Heavy Duty Dishwand (simple dish soap is effective for scrubbing a shower). You can even throw in a slim Tile Brush for extra TLC (tender loving cleaning, that is).  

If you prefer to go au naturel, mix 1:5 white vinegar to water in an empty spray bottle. If the smell is too potent, add a few drops of essential oil. Want ready-made? Supernatural Bath & Tile Cleaner is a blend of highly effective essential oils.

Step Two: Get Steamy

Turn on that water and overhead fan (or open a window or door if possible so you get plenty of aeration) and hop in. Go about your normal shower activities, washing your hair and body. After you’ve put in your conditioner (or, better yet, a hair mask), this is your time to get cleaning.

With the water running or turned off (here’s to you, mother nature!), spritz down the walls and scrub away. Don’t forget the showerhead and knobs: They get dirty too. Have a cup on hand to wash down the walls and remove any remaining cleaning solution.

All in all, this should take mere minutes. How’s it looking? Great, right?

If you do scrub down your shower weekly, you’ll have no (or a much less frequent) need for deep cleaning. If that space really needs a deep clean and stronger products, leave that to a session outside of your morning or nighttime routine. You don’t want to hotbox yourself in a steamy cubicle with chemical-laden cleaning solutions.

Step Three: Keep It Clean

After all your hard work, you want your tiles to remain tidy. Keep ’em that way with a daily post-shower spritz of Method Daily Shower Cleaner, EOS Shower Cleaner, or a similar product. This acts as a mini cleaning session, keeping mildew and soap scum at bay and dissolving any mineral buildup.

Might as well make your shower just as clean as you, right?


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