You may think a small space usually filled with soap and water may not be that dirty, but you’d be surprised how grimy your shower really gets. Germs and dirt can linger for a long time, and where there’s water, there’s mildew.

That’s why it’s important to clean your shower regularly so that soap scum and other unwanted elements don’t build up over time. It’s usually not a fun job, but here are a few easy ways to clean your shower without spending a lot of time or money.

1. Wipe it down

Since showers are usually wet, there’s a higher chance of mold growth. If you keep your shower as dry as possible while not in use, you can avoid soap scum and mildew build-up.

Start by wiping down everything – walls, floor, glass and tile. We suggest purchasing a low-cost shower squeegee to make this job much easier. This tool will save you time and energy – wiping now will save you from scrubbing later.

2. Clean the grout

Grout is often overlooked, but it needs to be cleaned every so often. Chemicals can often ruin grout, so it’s best to use natural products you probably already have at home. A soft scrub brush and a mix of vinegar, water and baking soda will work wonders.

You also need to seal the grout at least once a year for added protection against mildew build-up. You can find grout sealers at your local home improvement store and they don’t cost a lot of money.

3. Soak the shower head

Have you ever noticed that your shower head sprays unevenly? That’s usually due to mineral deposits that have clogged the holes in your shower head.

First, remove the shower head completely and soak it in vinegar for at least 30 minutes, but longer is better. Afterward, use a toothbrush to scrub the shower head to really get those mineral deposits out of there. Once that’s done, put the shower head back up and you’re ready to roll.

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