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Cleaning the shower or tub in any house is a daunting task. Between the effort put into finding a cleaner that will do the job to get the embedded soap scum off the shower floor, having to strain and hurt your back from scrubbing so hard, and breathing in all those fumes, I think it’s safe to say that cleaning the shower is everyone’s least favorite chore. (Yes, even after cleaning the toilet.)
I have been, for years, looking for different homemade cleaners that will make this daunting chore just a little less daunting. All I want is a cleaner that will, oh I don’t know, actually clean my shower…apparently that’s too much to ask right?
I’ve tried all sorts of home cleaners, from dawn dish soap mixed with who knows what, to the “all natural” cleaners at the store. Nothing works. Every week I find myself scrubbing, and scrubbing and scrubbing until I’m pretty sure my arm is about to fall off. It’s bad.
So I did some research (and by research I mean I went on Pinterest and noodled around until I remembered what I was supposed to be doing.) And found this neat trick.
As I was noodling around on Pinterest I managed to stumble upon this pin that talked about a neat way to clean your shower. I was floored. Never in a million years would I think to use a refillable dish scrubber to use on my shower!!! I promptly grabbed one from the dollar store and got to work on that homemade concoction I was mentioning earlier and got to work.
I really liked the all natural solutions because the easiest way for me to clean the shower without hurting my back was to do it while I was showering. So every Monday I would grab my scrubbie and take an extra long shower as I cleaned every inch of it. And while I loved this idea (at least the idea of having an extended handle on my sponge so I wouldn’t have to bend down as far) I still wasn’t getting the results I wanted.
I was still scrubbing just as hard as I was before. And let me tell you, I was frustrated.
Flash forward to today–two years later. (I know, this is a new thing for me too.) This morning I once again was dreading cleaning the bathroom because of that pesky shower. (Now, I’m sure you’re wondering how my shower gets dirty so quickly, but let me tell you, with 2 dogs, one potty training, and two rabbits, and 3 people using it, my shower gets dirty quickly.)
So today I decided to try something different. I had heard from a few sources, most of them octogenarians, that baking soda is an excellent resource for a multitude of uses. And while I use baking soda in my cooking and I know it’s in my toothpaste, I’ve never thought to use it in my cleaning. So, I tried it.
I went and grabbed the same old baking soda that I use everyday off my pantry shelf and brought it up to the bathroom. I didn’t quite know what to do with it so I just sprinkled a good amount along the shower floor, grabbed my scrubbie (which I filled with water) and got to scrubbing.
It. was. amazing. Instantly the crud that I had been wanting to get off of my shower for years is suddenly coming off like it’s the newest trend! I was shocked! There wasn’t much heavy scrubbing on my part and to start I just needed to wet the sponge a little. That was it. And within five minutes my shower was clean.
Have you ever heard of an easier technique? Me neither.
I love finding ways to make homemaking a more simple, natural and more enjoyable process. What are some of your tips on cleaning your shower, tub or bathroom?
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