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How To Clean A Shower With Vinegar

16 February

You can use several DIY bathroom cleaning methods when cleaning your bathroom.

Many of these require materials that are readily available at home, such as baking soda and vinegar. Vinegar is a good cleaning agent because it contains acetic acid, which can remove hardness from water, eliminate dirt, and get rid of soap scum effectively.

How To Clean Shower With Vinegar

But some types of vinegar can be a bit too acidic, which is why selecting the right type of vinegar for cleaning purposes is crucial. Generally, for most cleaning purposes, distilled white vinegar is well suited since it is acidic enough to remove dirt and scum but does not damage various bathroom surfaces.

And in this guide, we’ll be looking at some methods by which you can clean your bathroom using white wine vinegar. So, let’s get started!

How To Clean Shower With Vinegar

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Preparing Your Vinegar Solution

Mix warm water and distilled vinegar (you can also use apple cider vinegar) in equal parts in an empty spray bottle to prepare your all-purpose cleaning solution. You can also add a few drops of essential oil in the spray bottle solution, like tea tree oil, which can help mask the smell of vinegar.

Additional Cleaning Supplies

You may require some additional cleaning supplies, such as:

  • Salt
  • Baking soda
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Soft-bristle brush
  • Microfibre cloth
  • Paper towels

Materials Needed For Vinegar Cleaning

The Cleaning Techniques

1. Cleaning The Shower Walls And Bathtub

Bathtubs provide the perfect spot for bacteria, dirt and grime to accumulate over time, and a white vinegar solution can be very useful in getting rid of them. Just spray the solution around the tub and the shower walls and let it rest for some time. You can also sprinkle some bicarbonate soda or use dish soap on the surfaces for tough stains or more stubborn stains.

Baking soda and vinegar will create a fizzing reaction, which should be allowed to take place completely for the best results. After leaving the mixture for a few minutes, wipe the surfaces using a sponge or soft scratch-resistant damp cloth and rinse with hot water.

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2. Cleaning The Shower Head

Mineral deposits and hard water are the most common problems affecting shower heads. Such deposits can reduce the water flow and affect your showering experience.

To deal with this problem, fill a plastic bag with straight vinegar and tie it around the shower head. You can use a heavy-duty rubber band to ensure it stays in place. Alternatively, remove the shower head and soak it in a bowl filled with distilled warm vinegar.

You should let the shower head soak with the white vinegar for at least a few hours, though leaving it overnight would be better. Then, remove the bag and wipe the shower head clean.

Cover Shower Head With Bag

3. Cleaning The Toilet Bowl

Despite the toilet being the place that requires the most thorough cleaning, many people find cleaning their toilets properly tricky. But vinegar can help you get a clean toilet without much effort, and there are two ways you can do so.

First, just pour a cup of vinegar into the bowl and let it sit overnight. Then, the next morning, sprinkle baking soda before scrubbing the surface properly and washing it with hot water.

Another method is to soak a few paper towels in vinegar and place them around the edges of the toilet bowl. Make sure to stuff them tightly so they don’t fall off, and leave them for a few hours before scrubbing the surface.

Using A Toilet Brush For Cleaning

4. Cleaning The Shower Glass

You can use vinegar to clean shower glass doors and windows since it removes residue deposited on shower doors easily. Spray the water and white vinegar solution on the shower door to clean it. You can also use rubbing alcohol since it disinfects the shower doors and evaporates quickly.

Scrubbing Shower Using Vinegar

Mix two parts rubbing alcohol with two parts distilled water and one part distilled white vinegar. You can mix all three to get the most effective cleaning solution. However, since rubbing alcohol cannot eliminate grime, you will require white vinegar and water solution.

After spraying the cleaner on the shower glass, use a microfibre cloth, squeegee, or newspaper to wipe the surface.

5. Cleaning Bathroom Tiles

While using white vinegar to clean bathroom tiles is possible, you must be very careful because vinegar can easily damage tiles. Your vinegar solution can be used on porcelain or ceramic tiles and even sealed dirty grout, but you should wash them properly after applying the solution.

To clean the tiles, mix one litre of warm water with ½ cup of white distilled vinegar. Spray this on a soft cloth and start scrubbing the floors. However, when cleaning with vinegar, avoid applying it on unsealed grout or stone floors since it can cause etching and pitting.

For stone floors, you can mix hydrogen peroxide and baking soda and apply the paste to the tiles. Leave it for some time before scrubbing and rinsing the floor.

6. Clearing The Shower Drain

Clogged shower drains are a common problem and can occur when soap scum, hair, and dirt get trapped in the drain. You can use baking soda and vinegar to fix a slow-running or blocked drain without damaging the drain pipes.

To do so, pour hot water down the shower drains, followed by ½ cup of baking soda. Then, mix one cup of boiling water with equal parts vinegar before pouring it down the drain. Use a rag to plug the drain for about ten minutes, and finally, pour some more hot water down the drain.

Drainage Blocked By Oil

Cleaning With Vinegar — The Right Way!

When it comes to bathroom cleaning, vinegar is an excellent material since it is easily available at home and is relatively safe. Unlike chemical shower cleaning products, it generally won’t cause damage to various surfaces, though there are a few exceptions.

Also, you can combine it with other materials like baking soda and rubbing alcohol quickly to increase its cleaning power. You can use a vinegar cleaning solution on most surfaces, including glass and ceramic ones, and most of these vinegar-cleaning tips take little time to show results. And just like for your shower drain, you can also use vinegar to clean your bathroom sink.

Have you noticed any damage or repair since cleaning your bathroom? Give our Gold Coast plumbers a call! Whatever your plumbing problem – we have the solution!

With that said, it is time to conclude this guide. Until next time!