Deep Cleaning Your Shower – A Thrifty Mrs

cleaning shower head

Your body may come out of the shower clean but how clean is your shower itself?  I clean mine on a daily basis, nothing intense just a quick spray with homemade shower spray and a super speedy wipe down when I’m in there. It seems to keep on top of the cleaning and as usual keeping on top of it means you have more time to do other things like…oh I don’t know? Reading a book or smuttery.

So you can get away with the quick wipe down of a daily clean it’s great to start off first of all with a deep clean so you have a level playing field. You can also bust this deep clean out as and when your shower needs a good seeing too.

How to deep clean a shower

What you will need
Homemade shower spray – find the details here
A few scrubbing sponges
An old toothbrush
Homemade multi-purpose cleaner – find the details here
Bicarbonate of soda
Elastic band
Cocktail sticks
White distilled vinegar
Dry cloth
Spray bottle

Before you get started remove everything from the shower. Remove all products, razors, hair bands, flannels etc. and give them a good wipe and allow to dry whilst you get your deep clean on, baybeh.

Task 1
The shower fitting, hose and head (we have an electric shower fitting but you may have taps, you can still do this part but obviously adapt it a little). Make sure your shower is turned off before starting.

- Grab your toothpick and go round every single join in the plastic casing and around the dials. You will be surprised at the amount of gunk in there.

- Do the same to the shower head.

-Fill a plastic sandwich bag (no a carrier bag won’t do – they have holes) 1/4 of the way with white vinegar and place the shower head inside. Wrap an elastic band around and leave for 5-10 minutes (very dirty and limescale coated shower heads may take longer) before rinsing. This should budge any dirt, grime and lime scale. Rinse the shower head and dry off with a dry cloth.

- Take your toothbrush and dip into neat white vinegar before running along the shower hose. If the hose has grooves or twists make sure you clean them thoroughly.

Task 2
The tiles, screen or curtain

- If you have a curtain take it down and put on a 30 degree wash (higher if it isn’t plastic) with vinegar in the drum. Air out fully before returning to the rail. Don’t forget to give the rail a good wipe down with the shower spray before buffing dry.

- Make a thick paste of bicarbonate of soda and water then pack on to the grouting between tiles. Then buff off and down on to the tiles with the toothbrush. Really get in there and give it a good even scrub. Spray with the shower spray and leave for 5 minutes before rinsing thoroughly.

- Spray your screen  with the homemade cleaner and scrub with the scrubbing sponge before rinsing well. Then spray the screen with neat white vinegar and leave to work its magic whilst you run a cocktail stick very, very gently along any joins or edges of the shower screen or encasement. Rinse well with warm water.

Task 3
Drain, flooring/bath and extras

- Remove any hair and product build up from around the plug hole, scrub the area with the bicarbonate of soda/water paste and toothbrush as above.

- Clean the base of your shower cubical, floor or bath with homemade multipurpose cleaner and a scrubbing brush. Before sprinkling with bicarbonate of soda and cleaning in circular motions. Rinse very well.

- Pour 2 tablespoons of borax down the plug hole and follow with a kettle of boiling hot water to keep the drains unblocked.

- Soak the plug in a solution of 50/50 white vinegar and water for half an hour before buffing dry.

Task 4
The finishing act

- Spray the entire area with shower spray and rinse with the shower. Buff dry with a dry cloth.

Yep, it is fairly labour intensive but once done it gives you a lovely clean shower which takes limited daily cleaning with a spray bottle and cloth. You can also read about my daily cleaning routine.


P.S. Please use common sense when trying out any of these methods. For instance do not use vinegar on gold or brass taps.



  1. I’ve been away for two months and my darling husband is not big on shower cleaning, so I am going to do this today! YAY!

  2. This very helpful, amazing post. I will definitely try this.

  3. Good ideas! I also keep a squeegee in the shower so I can swipe off the walls after each shower.

  4. Cheers I’ve bookmarked this, just moved into a new house which has the most amazing shower so I want to look after it!

  5. oooh I need to have a go with this. As I work from home, I often get distracted and end up doing house bits during the day. Our shower needs a good clean so I may give that a go today and let you know how I get on. Cheers for the tips, El! x

  6. Great post :)

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  7. A strange thing happened as I read the ‘clean in a circular motion’. I found I was moving the mouse in circles on the pad! Obviously I’m ready to go clean :) There are so many hard-to-get-to bits on a shower door I think perhaps the designers have never had to clean one.
    Thanks for the tips. xx

  8. this is now oin my to do list xx

  9. Ahh this is brilliant, I so need to do this! x

  10. Bookmarked this page! We’re moving tomorrow and if the shower’s not VERY VERY clean when we get there I’ll be grossed out and only this webpage will save me!

  11. Where can I buy borax?

  12. good idea about the sandiwhc bag for the head, i hate cleaning my shower, but may well give it a deep clean this weekend xxxx

  13. These are great tips, thank you so much, I can use this and also share it to my friends.

  14. These are great tips, thank you so much, it would be a great help to me. I can also share the same to my friends.

  15. Whitening toothpaste is another bathroom cleaning necessity any stains or discolouration on grouting will come up gleaming

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