Considering VOCs, or Volatile Organic Compounds, are found in many common cleaning sprays, polishes, and air fresheners, understanding the effects they can have on your home and health is smart. From respiratory problems to skin and eye irritations, VOCs can wreak havoc on your underlying health. When it comes to cleaning your shower and tub, you may prefer using strong chemicals to effectively remove harsh stains and the buildup of soap scum and mold. Thankfully, removing this stubborn buildup without the use of toxic, irritating cleaning chemicals is possible. Using this guide on non-VOC, natural ingredients and techniques, you can remove stubborn soap scum, mold, and mildew from your glass shower.
Spending a few minutes cleaning after each shower will prevent heavy buildup of soap scum, so consider investing in an inexpensive handheld squeegee tool to keep inside your shower.
After every shower, run the squeegee's rubber blade down the glass panels to remove leftover water and soapy residue. After each swipe of your squeegee tool, use a clean towel to dry off the rubber blade.
Work your way around your entire shower, including the glass doors, walls, and any surrounding tile.
In addition to removing the soapy buildup that will dry and become difficult to remove, using the squeegee tool to remove moisture from inside your shower will reduce the risk of mold and mildew.
A combination of vinegar and hot water will also remove stubborn buildup inside your shower. In a spray bottle, add the following:
- 2 cups of hot water
- 2 cups of white vinegar
Shake the bottle to mix the ingredients before spraying a thorough amount of the solution onto your glass doors and walls of your shower. Allow the vinegar solution to sit and soak the glass for 20 minutes. Run your squeegee tool over each section of your shower, drying off the blade with a towel after each swipe.
Due to the naturally antibacterial, acidic properties in vinegar, the solution will eat through stubborn, soapy buildup while preventing the growth of mold and mildew.
Grapefruit Seed Extract
Using vinegar to remove soap scum and mold growth is effective, but it can leave an unappealing odor in your shower stall. Of course, vinegar is a safer, healthier option compared to chlorinated bleach. If you prefer to use a natural ingredient to clean your shower that does not offer a chemical-inducing smell, consider grapefruit seed extract.
Readily available in your local health food store or vitamin retailer, grapefruit seed extract offers anti-fungal, antimicrobial, and antibacterial properties that are perfectly suited to removing heavy residue, mold, and mildew from your shower.
To use, combine 20 drops of grapefruit seed extract and 2 cups of water in a spray bottle. Shake to mix before spraying inside your shower. Be sure to spray a generous amount of the solution onto areas of your glass that contain soap scum. Allow the solution to sit and rest for 30 minutes before rinsing with your shower sprayer. Use your squeegee tool to remove leftover moisture.
The solution will not only remove heavy buildup and prevent mold and mildew from developing inside your shower, but it will also enhance the smell of your bathroom in a natural, non-toxic manner.
Baking soda, or sodium bicarbonate, creates a bubbling, fizzing sensation when it combines with moisture on a surface. This carbonation will dissolve soap scum from your glass and tile surfaces of your shower without harsh chemicals or scrubbing action.
Mix 2 cups of water with ½ cup of baking soda in a bottle. Shake to mix, ensuring the baking soda dissolves into the water. Spray onto areas with soap scum and other buildup. Allow it to rest for a few minutes before rinsing with your shower sprayer. Lastly, use your squeegee tool to remove the leftover water and baking soda solution.
Cleaning your shower may seem overwhelming, but it is necessary for its appeal and safety. Using these simple solutions, you can remove the soap scum of the earth without toxic chemicals.
For more information, contact a company like Glasshopper Schor Glass.