You take showers to clean away the day's built-up dirt and sweat, but you can't get really clean inside a dirty shower. To keep your shower clean and free of germs, use a homemade cleaning routine with hydrogen peroxide at its core.
Hydrogen peroxide is an oxidizing agent. It is an effective cleaner for your shower because it does more than power away dirt; it also destroys organic material, including bacteria. This guarantees your shower is always clean when you step inside it. Hydrogen peroxide comes in a variety of strengths. Use 3-percent strength for cleaning in your home. You can purchase it at grocery stores and pharmacies.
To use hydrogen peroxide as a shower cleaner, you will need two sponges, white vinegar, water and a spray bottle. Pour peroxide in the spray bottle. Add equal parts white vinegar and water to a small bowl. Spray the shower walls with the hydrogen peroxide and let it sit for 30 seconds, then wipe it up with the first sponge. Dip the second sponge into the vinegar and water mixture. Squeeze it until just damp, then wipe the area in the shower you just sprayed. Repeat until you've cleaned the entire shower.
You will need to keep potential drawbacks in mind when considering using hydrogen peroxide as a cleaner. It can bleach linens such as towels, washcloths and bathmats if sprayed directly onto them, so you need to remove them before beginning to clean. If you have a tiled shower, be warned that it might bleach colored grout. The vinegar helps to counteract the bleaching action, so you need to use it every time you spray the hydrogen peroxide to minimize the risk of damage.
If you have colored grout in between your shower tiles, you are better off using a paste made of three parts baking soda to one part water on the tiled portion of your shower. It removes dirt and brightens grout without bleaching. Use the hydrogen peroxide to clean the fiberglass bottom or tub portion of your shower. Keep hydrogen peroxide away from your eyes and try to avoid direct skin contact, as it can cause irritation.
- "2,001 Amazing Cleaning Secrets"; Jeff Bredenberg; 2004