Clean Your Shower or Bathtub Simply

Bathroom by brotherscott, on Pix-O-Sphere

Written by Sherrie Cook, Contributing Writer

Cleaning the bathroom can be one of a homemaker’s most daunting tasks.  There are so many cracks and crevices…and the battle against invisible germs and obvious spores seems never ending. My least favorite obstacle in the bathroom is the shower/tub.  (Yes, I would rather scrub the toilet!)  It’s just so big and has a ton of surface area.

However, a few years ago, I took up cleaning houses to make extra money for my family. It was during that time that I learned a few tools of the trade and have since adapted and incorporated into my standard cleaning routine at my own house.

Tip #1: Clean the tub/shower while you are IN the tub/shower.

Pick a wall and scrub it before you wash yourself.  The next time you shower, clean the next wall and so on.  Your tub will always be getting clean and you get to rinse off when you’re done!  (Granted, I never did it this way when I was cleaning other people’s houses!)

Tip #2:  Keep your tools handy– ideally in the shower.

Cleaning Supplies

The supplies you need are practical and if you can be either tolerant of seeing them every day or creative in hiding them, they can easily be kept in your shower for easy, daily access.

  • a scrunchy-scrubby-thingy (top right-most dollar stores sell these 2 for $1)
  • an old toothbrush (emphasis on “old” – you won’t want to brush your teeth with this one ever again!  Mine has a magnet in the bottom which comes in handy)
  • natural shampoo or baking soda – whichever method you use for cleaning your hair
  • old cup (not pictured)

Another item I love is a squeegee (not pictured). This is great for ridding your walls and floor of standing water which encourages mold and mildew.  Not a necessity, but it can be priceless asset to your supply stash!

Tip #3:  Use your tools appropriately.

The scrunchy should be used for flat surfaces.  The toothbrush should be used in corners, cracks and seams.  If you have tile in your tub area, I suggest using the scrunchy first because it will get some of the ick out of small places, but the toothbrush is a necessity for getting into the nitty gritty spots.

Simply add a squirt of shampoo or body wash or sprinkle on the baking soda and wipe and scrub as needed. (Note:  More scrubbing may be needed in the beginning, but as you make washing a tub wall a daily habit, it will become a lighter job.)  Add more of your cleaner occasionally as you start a different sections of the wall.

Tip #4:  Rinse thoroughly and squeegee if you prefer.

This is where the cup comes in handy.  Fill the cup with the running shower water and rinse your working area. This helps you to see how thorough a job you have done and puts a bit of a spotlight on those areas still needing a once over.

(Be aware that filling and emptying a cup of water in the shower is not a silent process and should not be attempted while your husband is sleeping in the next room.  Not that I’ve tried that…just sayin’.)

The cup is also a great holder for your tools. If you decide to squeegee the walls and floor, it is advisable to do so after you are done washing yourself and are almost ready to exit the tub.  (Also, turn the water off first otherwise, you could find this job never ending.)

That’s it!  You’re done!  Using only products that already touch your body on a regular basis! (OK, well, maybe not the squeegee…)  No foul odors or hazardous fumes, just good clean tubs and showers.

Below you can see my success with this method.  The first shot is the “before” and the second picture is the “after”.  This scrub session took less than a minute and I left a lot of gunk behind to make my point. The grout will probably need a little bit more work, but I’m told this particular mold had been growing for over 2 years.  I purposefully left the mold on the left to show the drastic change.  (This may or may not be my own 35 year old shower in need of cleaning and repair, but regardless no friendships were harmed during the writing of this post.)

Tub wall before Tub wall after

How do you clean your bathtub or shower? Have you ever cleaned it while in it?

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About Sherrie Cook

Sherrie is a wife, mother, peer counselor, speaker and author. She enjoys helping fellow moms in their quest for a simple, God-centered home for their natural living families. She notes her (hopefully) helpful hints at The Proverbial Woman.

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  1. Luluspice says:

    Yes! Other ladies that clean while in the tub. Thats the only way not to break your back. Another great trick…I repurposed a micro fiber car wash mitt to wash the tubs large surfaces & use Dr. Bronners liquid soap that I use on my own body. Your hand fits into the mitt & the soap suds & smells real nice (no need to use a ton of it either).

  2. Omigosh! I thought I was kinda lazy because I do the exact thing! I use one of our old scrubbies and shampoo or body wash to scrub the shower. Except that my shampoo/body wash is not natural, its the cheapest you can get…does that mean my shower’s not as ‘clean’ as I think it is? I also try to do the same in my jetted tub while its draining and I’m still in it. It gets so icky at the water line! Kind of a side note, a few weeks ago, I sat on a folded up towel while in the tub to make it more comfortable on my backside, and when I ran the jets, I got bubbles! Then when I emptied the tub, the most disgusting looking brown film stuck to the sides of the tub! Eeww! I’m either using too much laundry detergent or I need to set my machine to an extra rinse! I am big on recycling, but needless to say, I am so far from being a ‘green’ house cleaner — baby steps! Thanks for all the great posts! I’m a new follower and I know I’ll glean some valuable advice here. (o;

  3. Maybe I shouldn’t admit this, but I almost never clean my shower–sort of. Each time I shower, I spray it afterward with Seventh Generation daily shower cleaner (no wiping/scrubbing required), and that works so well that I only have to do a proper scrub once every month or two. When it’s time for the scrub, I just spray the whole thing with straight vinegar, wipe down with a microfiber cloth, and use an old toothbrush on the odd spot of dingy grout. Super-easy!
    When I have to scrub the tub (about once a month), I just pull out the vinegar again but this time use with a big, coarse cleaning brush.

  4. I too clean while in the shower. we have a shower-bath combo and I use a body/face exfoliating mitt (i buy them at the $ store). works perfectly for the walls, tub and corners-best discovery ever!


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