How to Clean Shower Tiles Without Scrubbing

how to clean shower tiles without scrubbing

Cleaning the shower is probably one of the most dreaded household chores! It's time-consuming, requires a lot of elbow grease, and can be frustrating when you can't seem to get rid of those stubborn stains.

However, there are ways to clean your shower tiles without scrubbing!

In this post, I reveal the best cleaning agents and techniques for cleaning your shower tiles without scrubbing. Whether you're short on time, don't have the energy for a deep clean, or simply want to make the process a little easier, we've got you covered.

So, put down that scrub brush and let's get started!

From using vinegar and baking soda to hydrogen peroxide, we'll cover a range of cleaning agents that are effective at breaking down dirt, grime, and soap scum.

Plus, I'll share some tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your cleaning efforts, so you can enjoy a sparkling clean shower without all the hard work.

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No-scrub shower cleaning recipes

vinegar and dish soap

When it comes to cleaning shower tiles, you don't always need harsh chemicals or expensive cleaning solutions.

In fact, you can make some effective cleaning solutions using ingredients you may already have in your home.

Here are some recipes I love to use to clean my shower:

Vinegar and dish soap

This solution is great for removing soap scum and hard water stains.

  1. Mix equal parts of distilled white vinegar and dish soap in a spray bottle.
  2. Gently shake and spray the solution inside your shower and shower door.
  3. Let it sit for 10–15 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water.

Important note: Vinegar is safe to use on most shower tiles. But don't use vinegar or anything else acid-based, like lemon juice, on stone tiles such as limestone and travertine.

Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide

This solution is effective in removing tough stains and mold or mildew.

  1. Mix 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide in a bowl to make a paste.
  2. Apply the paste and let it sit for 10–15 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

Important note: Just a quick heads-up, it's not a good idea to store a mix of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide in a closed container because it can build up carbon dioxide and cause the container to leak, explode, or spray when you open it. So, it's always better to make a fresh batch of paste for each cleaning session.

If you still have black mold in your shower, you can't remove, check out this post - how to get rid of black mold in the shower with one simple ingredient.

Lemon juice and baking soda

This solution not only cleans your tiles but also leaves them smelling fresh and citrusy.

  1. Mix 1/2 cup of baking soda and the juice of one lemon in a bowl to make a paste.
  2. Apply the paste to your shower tiles.
  3. Let it sit for 10–15 minutes.
  4. Rinse with warm water.

Borax and vinegar

This solution is great for removing tough stains and soap scum.

  1. Mix 1/4 cup of borax and 1/2 cup of white vinegar in a bowl to make a paste.
  2. Apply the paste to your shower tiles.
  3. Let it sit for 10–15 minutes.
  4. Rinse with warm water.

Remember to always test a small area before applying any cleaning solution to your entire shower tiles.

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shower with curtain

Now that you have your cleaning solution ready, it's time to apply it to your shower tiles. So, put on some music, grab your shower cleaning solution, and get ready to make your tiles shine!

Here's how:

  1. To begin, make sure your shower tiles are dry. If they're wet, the cleaning solution won't be as effective.
  2. Apply your chosen no-scrub cleaning solution onto the tiles, making sure to cover all areas. If you're using a store-bought cleaner, make sure to follow the instructions on the label.
  3. Let the cleaning solution sit on the tiles for 10-15 minutes. This will give it time to break down any dirt or grime.
  4. Rinse the tiles with water to remove any remaining cleaning solution.
  5. Dry the tiles with a clean towel or cloth.

It's important to wear gloves and work in a well-ventilated area. Also, make sure to test the solution on a small, inconspicuous area of your tiles before using it on the entire surface. This will help ensure that the solution won't damage or discolor your tiles.

How to keep your shower tiles clean

beautiful shower

Now that you have a clean and sparkling shower, you want to keep it that way!

The key to never having to scrub your shower clean is to give it just a little bit of attention every day.

Here are some maintenance tips to help you keep your shower tiles clean, so you don't have to do any scrubbing later:

  • Use a squeegee or a microfiber cloth to wipe down your shower tiles and shower door after each use. This will help prevent water spots and soap scum buildup.
  • Keep a spray bottle of equal parts water and white vinegar in your shower. Spray the solution on your tiles after each use. This will help prevent mold and mildew growth (don't do this if you have stone tiles).
  • Invest in a shower filter to remove hard water minerals and chlorine from your water. This will help prevent mineral buildup on your tiles and make cleaning easier.
  • Use a daily shower cleaner like Method Daily Shower Spray or Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day Shower Cleaner. These cleaners are designed to be used daily and will help prevent soap scum and mildew buildup.

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Hi, I'm Penny. A busy mum of two boys and one dog, with the aim to enjoy life to the full.