I spent some time over the weekend getting one car ready to sell – hopefully we’ll find someone who wants it soon. At the same time we’re trying to find a replacement vehicle for my husband and we will pass his car down to our college-aged son to drive to school. It’s a standard transmission so he’s having to learn how to drive that but my husband says he’s doing great!
Last week I wrote about the toilet, this week I’d like to talk about the shower! As I mentioned before, our master bathroom is very humid. The caulk in the shower likes to get moldy with all the moisture in there. I figured out a way to clean that up – just scrubbing didn’t work. The method I use is to first spray the caulk with hydrogen peroxide and let that stand for an hour or so. Then I soak cotton balls in bleach (I wear gloves) and set them on the parts of the caulk with mold. Those I let stand all day long so I’m sure to run exhaust fans and keep the area aired out because the smell can be strong. Once I take the cotton balls away, the caulk is like new! Before you try this (or any tip), be sure your surface won’t be damaged by these products. Our shower is cultured marble and it handles it fine.
The other thing we do that helps is to spray the shower after using it with a homemade shower spray. I use 1/3 cup white vinegar in a spray bottle, then fill it with water. I also add about 1/4 tsp tea tree oil. This has helped tremendously keeping the caulk looking nice after the bleach process. I rarely have to bleach any part of the caulk anymore. Here’s my bottle – when it was empty, I poured the 1/3 cup vinegar in it, then marked the bottle with a Sharpie. Then when I refill, I just pour vinegar to that line, then add the water and tea tree oil.
I had the tea tree oil for awhile before I started making the shower spray. I’d bought it a few years ago (before the essential oil craze) after I got into some poison ivy without realizing it. The tea tree oil did nothing for the poison ivy, unfortunately, but it does a great job in my shower spray!
Do you have any tips for cleaning your shower? Do you wipe it down with a squeegee every time you use it? Let me know!