Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Cleaning the shower

I hate cleaning the shower. I used the hate cleaning the entire bathroom but since I started swishing and swiping it's not so bad. I actually get a sense of calm from swishing and swiping (which I do on Tuesdays & Thursdays and someone does on the weekend.) By doing a quick wipe down of the bathroom a few times a week it never gets really bad. If my bathroom is clean I feel like I am a long way towards having a clean house.

I haven't yet found a way to clean my shower like that. I know some people wipe it down each time it is used. I don't see my husband (or kids) doing that every time. It would just make me mad if I wiped the shower each time and no one else in the house did.

I think one of the reasons I hate cleaning the shower is that there is no easy way to do it. I have to actually get in the shower to clean it. Then, my feet get all wet and yucky. When I get out of the shower I have to either wipe them on the rug or a towel. If I have to let the cleaner sit for a while I have to come back and do it again.

I've tried ignoring the shower and while that works for a while it is not a solution. Instead this is what I've come up with.

I wear a pair of flip flops in the shower while I clean it. I keep this old pair in the bathroom and use them only for wearing while I clean the shower. I think I got them from the $1 spot at Target so they are horrible to wear for any period of time but work great for wearing in the shower.
If I have to get out of the shower and come back to finish I just leave them. That way none of the yuck is tracked on my floor and the shoes are waiting by the shower for me when I am able to return.

OK, so it doesn't actually help me to clean the shower. It does make it more likely that I will do it since I don't hate it quite so much.

I am linking up to We are THAT family for Works for Me Wednesday.


  1. I am mum to toddler and have to maximise my time as much as possilbe.

    After every shower I always wipe down the glass (and occasionally the tiles) with a squeege then spray with full strength vinegar. I find this keeps the soap scum to a minimum.

    Then on Thursdays after my shower I spray the entire shower down, pop on my exfoliting gloves and scrub it all down. I then hose off and remove excess water with the squeegee again. If I have extra time I will wipe it all down completely but normally I just leave it to air dry. I spray the outside once I am dressed with a solution of water, vinegar and metholated spirits then simply wipe down.

  2. I hate cleaning the shower for many of the same reasons...flip flops probably would make it slightly more tolerable :)

  3. Great idea!! Cleaning the shower is my LEAST favorite job to do!! I'm blog hopping and found yours. I'm now following. Would love for you to check out my blog and follow back!

  4. Great idea. I too hate cleaning the shower and when I purchased my enjo products it changed the way I viewed my shower. Every week I just wipe over the walls and glass and every week a little bit of mold comes off. I now clean my shower in 5 minutes. I have to be in cleaning mode to clean so I don't clean the shower when I am in it showering. I think it's one of those things the more you do it the more you don't mind it. Good on you for working out a plan of attack.
    Sam @ I love organising

  5. @SamanthaI don't know what enjo products are but I will have to check them out.