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Shower Curtains

  • Arm & Hammer Baking Soda. To clean a plastic or vinyl shower curtain, fill the washing machine with water, add ½ cup Arm & Hammer Baking Soda and ½ cup of your regular detergent, place the shower curtain in the machine along with several towels, and wash on a gentle setting. When the rinse cycle finishes, immediately hang up the shower curtain in the shower to avoid wrinkles.
  • Clorox Bleach. To clean mold and mildew off a plastic or vinyl shower curtain, place the shower curtain in your washing machine along with several towels, add one-and-a-half cups Clorox Bleach and your regular detergent, and wash on a gentle setting with warm water. When the rinse cycle finishes, immediately hang up the shower curtain back in the shower to avoid wrinkles.
  • Heinz White Vinegar. To clean soap scum (or mold and mildew) off a plastic or vinyl shower curtain, place the shower curtain in your washing machine along with several towels, add one-and-a-half cups Heinz White Vinegar and your regular detergent, and wash on a gentle setting with warm water. When the rinse cycle finishes, immediately hang up the shower curtain back in the shower to avoid wrinkles.
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  • Morton Salt and 20 Mule Team Borax. To hinder the growth of mildew on a shower curtain, fill the bathtub with warm water, and add ½ cup Morton Salt and ½ cup 20 Mule Team Borax. Lay the shower curtain in the tub and let it soak for one hour. Without rinsing the shower curtain, hang it up and let dry.
  • Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. To clean mold and mildew from a vinyl shower curtain, gently rub the stains with a damp Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.
  • Parsons' Ammonia. To clean soap scum from a plastic shower curtain, take down the curtain, lay it in the bathtub, mix two cups Parsons' Ammonia and one gallon warm water in a bucket, and wash the curtain with the solution. Rinse clean and hang to dry.
  • 20 Mule Team Borax. To clean a shower curtain, place the shower curtain in your washing machine with several towels, add ½ cup 20 Mule Team Borax, and launder with warm water.
  • 20 Mule Team Borax and ReaLemon. To kill stubborn mold and mildew from a shower curtain, mix equal parts 20 Mule Team Borax and ReaLemon Lemon Juice in bowl, lay the shower curtain in the bathtub, and use a sponge to scrub the mixture on the shower curtain. Rinse clean.
  • Vaseline Petroleum Jelly. To help the shower curtain glide smoothly, rub a thin coat of Vaseline Petroleum Jelly on the curtain rod.

Shower Doors

  • Con-Tact Paper. Decals cut from Con-Tact Paper can brighten up shower doors.
  • Johnson's Baby Oil. To shine glass shower doors, dampen a soft, clean cloth with a few drops of Johnson's Baby Oil and polish the glass doors. The mineral oil gives the glass a glistening shine and simultaneously prevents soap scum and mineral build-up.
  • Heinz White Vinegar. To clean shower doors, mix equal parts Heinz White Vinegar and water in a trigger-spray bottle, spray the solution on the glass doors, wipe clean.
  • Old English Lemon Oil. To clean soap scum from glass shower doors, apply Old English Lemon Oil with a soft, clean cloth.
  • Spray 'n Wash. To clean soap scum off glass shower doors, spritz the shower doors with Spray 'n Wash, let sit for five minutes, and rinse clean with a damp, soft cloth.
  • Turtle Wax. To prevent soap scum and mineral deposits from sticking to glass shower doors easier, apply a coat of Turtle Wax to the glass and buff.
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Shower Door Tracks

  • Heinz White Vinegar and Silly Putty. Plug the drain holes in the track with small balls of Silly Putty, and fill the track with Heinz White Vinegar. Let sit for thirty minutes, remove the Silly Putty, and rinse the track with water.
  • Vaseline Petroleum Jelly. To make shower doors glides smoothly, rub a thin coat of Vaseline Petroleum Jelly on the inside of the tracks.

Showerheads

  • Heinz White Vinegar and Forster Toothpicks. To clean mineral deposits from a showerhead, remove the showerhead, place it in a pot containing equal parts Heinz White Vinegar and water, and bring to a boil for five minutes. If you cannot remove the showerhead from the shower, fill a Ziploc Storage Bag with Heinz White Vinegar, hold the open bag under the shower head and raise it to the showerhead fits inside the bag bathed in vinegar, and secure the bag in place with a rubber band. Let sit overnight. The acetic acid in the vinegar dissolves the mineral deposits in the showerhead. Use a Forster toothpick to poke out any remaining mineral deposits.

Shower Walls

  • Turtle Wax. To make cleaning the shower walls easier, apply a coat of Turtle Wax to the tiles (but not the floor of the shower) and buff. The car wax prevents water, soap scum, and mineral deposits from adhering to the walls.
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