How to Clean a Shower to Sparkle

March 3, 2016 by Jenny Melrose

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One of the absolute worst places to be dirty or grimy is a shower.  All too often it is one of the most difficult places to keep clean.  Especially when you’re dealing with hard water stains and soap scum.  It just naturally builds up over time.  In order to combat this, I have 5 specific tips on how to a clean a shower to sparkle.

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Each of the tips that I share with you is going to focus in on a particular part of the shower.  All of the ways to clean will be an all natural approach so that you can feel comfortable knowing there are no harmful chemicals in a highly vulnerable area.  Be sure to join in on our FREE 10 Day Chemical Freedom Challenge HERE.  Can you believe that within a standing showers there are five areas you need to focus on?


Get those shower floors sparkling!  The first area is the shower floor and for some people this might be easier than for others depending upon the type of floor surface that you have.  Our shower floor is textured so it’s easy for things to stick to.  Regardless, you’ll need 1 cup white vinegar, 8 TBS baking soda, 1 cup Dawn dish detergent and 5 – 6 drops of tea tree essential oils. We use Young Living Essential Oils in our house because they are therapeutic grade and of the highest quality.  We routinely use our oils to help us clean and tea tree is one of my favorites because it’s known for it’s cleaning properties.  We are proud to offer our readers the opportunity to purchase Young Living Essential Oils because they are something that we use every single day in our home.  You can read all about them HERE.

How to Clean a Shower Supplies

If you follow along with my antics on SnapChat {melrosefamily} then you probably saw the little science experiment that this creates.   Please be sure to combine the ingredients in a measuring cup in the shower!  I cannot stress this enough because you will have a volcano like affect when you put the baking powder into the white vinegar.  Combine the vinegar and  dish detergent in the measuring cup and add in the baking soda.  Finally, add in the 5 -6 drops of tea tree essential oil.  Spread the concoction around the surface of the shower and let it sit.  The longer that you let it sit, the less scrubbing that you’ll have to do.  Mine was on the surface for about 3 hours and I would have left it longer if I wasn’t afraid to use the light for the pictures.

How to Clean a Shower with oils

Simply rinse off and wipe away the concoction with a wet sponge.  You can definitely see the difference in my before and after.  Since taking these photos I have done the “experiment” again and I let it sit longer and it is even cleaner.

How to Clean Shower before and after

Don’t forget about the drain!  I always despise thinking about what lies beneath the surface of our showers and sinks.  I think I’ve seen too many movies where snakes jump out of the drains.  Consequently, I’m always a little hesitant but I’m happy to report that there were no snakes.   In order to clean the drain, you need to pop it off so that you can clean the underneath crevices.  I had to pop ours up with knife but I’ve done it before using my fingers.  I used a q-tip to get inside of those holes that you see.

How to Clean a Shower drain

Brush out the shower door frame.  I used the word brush for a reason.  You literally want to use an old toothbrush to get down deep into that frame.  The water just sits in there and it is highly likely that mildew is building up in there.

How to Clean a Shower with toothbrush

Have the right tools to get down dirty.  My absolute favorite shower cleaner is Method Daily Shower in ylang ylang.  Not only does it get the job done, but it smells amazing.  Plus, it’s all natural!  If you’re an essential oil user then you probably recognize the smell.  So good!  I used to use dobe sponges to clean the shower, but the tile always ripped them apart.  Not anymore!  I’m in love with this Full Circle Tile Scrub Brush.  Soap scum and water spots don’t stand a chance against this brush.  You can get those items off of Amazon or you can also find them at ePantry and with this offer, you’ll get $10 credit.  I love using ePantry because it has all of the all natural products that I use from brands like Method, Mrs. Meyer’s, Seventh Generation, Dr. Bronner’s and so many more.  Plus, the prices are so much more affordable then in the grocery store!  You’ll even have them delivered directly to your doorstep.  Sign up HERE.

How to clean a shower naturally

Be sure to get the water off the shower door.  If you have shower doors, then you’re going to want to be sure to get the water off of them.  We use a Squeegee that is suction cupped to the shower wall when it’s not in use.  It’s so much easier than using a towel every time to dry the doors off.  Plus, who has time for all that laundry?!

I gave you five tips, but I only thought it fair that give you one last bonus tip.  It’s our most popular post on our site and has been featured on Buzzfeed multiple times.  Plus, How to Clean your Shower Head is super simple and requires zero scrubbing!  Happy cleaning!  And if you think you’ll need to scrub a bit more then be sure to check out Your New BFF products from Norwex, two SpiriSponges and Cleaning Paste for the March monthly special.


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  • Renee

    Did you do the tile in the shower? If so, may I ask why you used a pan for the floor (not sure what they are called) instead of using tile the whole way? We are thinking of redoing our shower and would like to use all tile, but if it won’t work on the floor, it would be nice to know ahead of time! 🙂


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