It’s really easy to ignore your shower until it turns into a disgusting cesspool of mould. I’ve been guilty of doing this in the past, but in the long run it’s so much easier (and less gross!) to keep up with cleaning your shower than to try to dig your way through the gunk later on. Here are some low-effort tips for keeping your shower clean enough that you won’t need to spend forever scrubbing it down.
Buy a hair trap for your drain
If you have long hair, you’ll know the gradual water pooling that means your drain’s getting clogged and you’ll soon have to spend an afternoon clearing that shit out. A hair trap like this one will slow down how quickly your drain gets clogged with hair. It won’t catch 100% of hair, but when you see how much hair it catches you’ll pat yourself on the back for making the investment.
Clean the shower during your shower
There are a few advantages to this. Firstly, the grime gets steamed during the shower so it’s softer and easier to remove. Additionally, cleaning the shower is kind of gross, so you can clean yourself right afterwards. You also don’t need to worry about your clothes getting wet or stained from the cleaning products. Keep your cleaning supplies in a shower caddy for easy access.
Squeegee down the walls after every shower
Or every couple of showers, and maybe the floor too, if your shower doesn’t quite drain properly like mine. Scraping down the walls (especially the glass) with a squeegee means you get rid of any globs of product before they harden, so you won’t have to spend time loosening old chunks of conditioner with your nails. A quick spray of vinegar or hydrogen peroxide will also keep things like the pink mould that feeds off toiletries manageable – you can make the spray by mixing 1 part water and 1 part vinegar or hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle. You can also spray vinegar on your shower head to keep soap sum and limescale at bay. However, vinegar can degrade grout, and peroxide will bleach clothing, so make sure you rinse down the tiles afterwards.
Air out your shower
Moisture encourages mould growth, so airing out your bathroom for half an hour after your shower is a low-effort way to keep things clean. Open the window and turn your bathroom fan on full blast. Having squeegeed down the walls will make it dry out faster too. Anything that can soak up water (shower poufs, sponges, cleansing cloths, face brushes) should be wrung out and left to dry outside of the shower.
Weekly shower clean out
If you’re a chronic product-trialler or goo hoarder, you’ll benefit from a weekly shower clean-out. Do you really need 3 half-finished bottles of shampoo? Will you ever use that novelty soap again? Set yourself a limit and take all the excess out once a week to keep your shower space manageable and limit mould.