Every once in a while it becomes necessary to clean and disinfect the place that you use to clean and disinfect yourself. When the soap residue starts building up and you are faced with empty containers that once held hair products, you may begin to ask yourself how to clean the shower. Here are a few easy steps to get this task accomplished.
The first thing that needs to be done is emptying the shower. You do not want the cleaning chemicals to get into your soap or shampoo. Remember to remove any shower mats as this will make it easier to clean the floor of the shower. This is also a good opportunity to discard any empty containers or dull razors. After this point I would recommend wearing disposable gloves, especially if you have sensitive skin or intend to clean out the drain by hand.
Cleaning out the drain is not a fun job, but it is a necessary one. Hair, dirt, and soap residue may clog it and make the problem worse if it is not cleaned. Have a garbage bad nearby and take off the top of the drain, assuming the top comes off. Pull out any hair or other debris that is inside the drain. Try to get everything you can reach, so you will not have to do this too often. If your drain is clogged and you cannot physically remove the problem, you may want to try a liquid drain cleaner. These can be bought in most stores that carry cleaning supplies.
The next step is to clean and disinfect your shower. There are various products made for this that will also remove soap scum and water spots. Lysol, Arm & Hammer, and Mr. Clean are just a few of the brands that offer this kind of product. Many shower cleaning products contain bleach so make sure that you leave the bathroom door open while you clean, otherwise the fumes from the bleach may become irritating. Spray the walls and floor of the shower, as well as the door if it is made of glass. Be thorough and try to directly spray any spots where soap scum has built up. Let the spray sit for a few minutes then wipe it off. If your shower floor is tiled, it may be necessary to scrub between the tiles with a toothbrush.
Now it is time to clean the shower head. Remove the shower head from the wall and soak it in vinegar for a few hours. This should loosen and remove most of the buildup on the shower head. After it has soaked, use a toothbrush to scrub around the holes and in any crevices. When you are done, Rinse the shower head in hot water and place it back in the shower.
Finally, you may begin putting items back into the shower. Wipe off each item before returning it to its rightful place, including any shower mats. You may also want to take this opportunity to rinse out any loofahs, poufs, or similar bathing items.
You can now enjoy a clean shower. Maintaining your shower may not be an entertaining thing to do, but you will enjoy the results. It is much more comfortable to use a shower that does not need to be cleaned itself.