No matter how careful you are, shower screens always seem to get dirty. Hard water and soap scum can create a hard-to-remove film that turns transparent glass opaque.
There are plenty of shower screen cleaners that promise big results, but rarely live up to the hype. Many of these are harsh chemical cleaners, which means washing unpleasant chemicals down the drain.
If you’re looking to quickly and easily remove that tough shower screen scum, you may be surprised to know that some of the best cleaning products are probably sitting in your kitchen already.
So, let’s take at some of the best ways to clean a shower screen without using harsh chemical cleaners.
Lemon juice is acidic and can eat through lots of stains. When mixed with hot water, lemon juice is an excellent natural cleaner and can easily remove hard soap scum. Rinse any remaining juice away and the glassshould be sparkling.
You can also mix up some lemon juice and salt to tackle any rust spots on the metal frame around the glass. Scrub at the rust and wash away the excess lemon-and-salt solution.
Lemon juice has the added bonus of leaving your bathroom with that lemony fresh scent.
White vinegar should be a staple in everyone’s cleaning cupboard. A dash of white vinegar in your laundry can eat away at bad odours. Pouring some down the drain can help unclog pipes. And, as you may have guessed, it makes a great shower screen cleaner.
Like lemon juice, vinegar is mildly acidic. To use it as a cleaner, simply pour some into a spray bottle, spray the shower glass and rub with a soft cloth until the glass is clean.
You can choose to dilute the vinegar with water, or even add a touch of lemon juice for a fresh scent.
Baking soda is a must for especially stubborn soap scum. Mix it with a little water and then spread the thick paste on the shower glass and frame. Use a toothbrush or sponge to gently scrub away the soap scum. Rinse and dry the glass and you’re done.
You can also apply vinegar first and then the baking soda paste. Baking soda and vinegar fizz when mixed together. Rub the mixture together in small circles with a cloth. When the fizzing dies down, it’s time to rinse the shower screen with warm water and dry it off.
Another effective cleaning paste is toothpaste. Like with the baking soda, apply a small amount to a sponge and gently rub it into the glass in a circular motion. Rinse it off and dry the glass.
You don’t need an expensive toothpaste to clean your shower glass. The cheaper the better. It should be plain white toothpaste, without any gels.
There are also a couple of easy ways to stop soap scum from building up as much on your shower glass.
You can invest in a squeegee to wipe water from the glass after you shower. Or if you’re after a more permanent measure, you can coat your shower screen with baby oil.
Using steel wool, gently rub the oil into the glass. Try not to scratch the glass. Next, use a cloth soaked in vinegar to buff the screen. Use circular motions. Finally, wash the oil and vinegar away and the glass will be streak free and soap scum resistant.
Quality bathroom cleaning supplies don’t cost a fortune and should already be in your house. With a little ingenuity and elbow grease, you can keep your shower glass streak-free without using harmful chemicals or spending lots of money.
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