Shower Organizers That Won't Rust

A metal caddy is subject to rust when exposed to water on a daily basis.
A metal caddy is subject to rust when exposed to water on a daily basis. (Image: Hemera Technologies/ Images)

Shower organizers, also called shower caddies, store items used in the shower on a daily basis, such as soaps, scrubbers, washcloths, shampoos and conditioners. Shower organizers are exposed to water during showers, so rust may result in cheaper metal organizers that are not treated for rust. Homeowners can prevent rust from occurring by avoiding metal items in the shower organizer and choosing a caddy designed for shower conditions.

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Wooden Organizers

Wooden shower organizers do not rust like metal organizers. However, wood absorbs the water that may hit the organizer during a single shower. Wooden shower organizers are often treated with water repellent, so the water is not absorbed by the wood. The water repellent is also added to the wood, so the wood does not develop wood-rotting fungi, which is primarily developed in areas that are frequently exposed to water.

Plastic Organizers

Another shower organizer that does not rust is a plastic shower caddy. Plastic caddies repel water and are easily cleaned with a damp or dry cloth. Water may gather in the bottom of the plastic caddy, so avoid placing metal items that are subject to rust in the caddy. Rust is plausible if items capable of developing rust are placed in the plastic caddy and are exposed to water on a frequent basis.

Stainless Steel Organizers

Stainless steel shower organizers do not rust while hanging in the shower. Stainless steel shower organizers are often more expensive than metal or plastic organizers but offer sturdy steel to store all of your shower items. After each shower, wipe down the caddy so the water does not sit on the caddy for several hours.

Avoiding Rust in the Shower

Rust may still develop in your shower organizer even if it is made of wood or plastic as metal items stored in the organizer can develop rust if placed in watery conditions. Water may gather inside the organizer where metal items, such as nail clippers or nail files, are stored. If you choose to have a metal organizer or a stainless steel organizer, use boat or car wax to slow down rusting, according to Cleanaphoria. Add the wax about once per month to slow down the rusting process.

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