The range of shower cleaning products is vast! But, if you’re looking for an easier option that smells good and looks great, head to the kitchen and grab a lemon. Yep, it’s that easy! Cleaning with lemons is a great way to get rid of mineral deposits and hard water stains. The acid in lemon juice — not to mention the lovely scent — makes this citrus fruit an economical and effective bathroom cleaner.
Effective Against Soap Scum
One of the worst grime offenders in the shower, soap scum can accumulate quickly. It’s a nasty combination of water minerals, body oil, skin cells, dirt, and soap residue. Ick. Cut a lemon (or two) in half and rub it all over the tub and shower stall. No lemons? How about lemon juice? This can work too. Simply squeeze bottled lemon juice onto a sponge and apply it that way. The acid in the lemon juice breaks down dirt and bacteria found in soap scum. Let the lemon juice sit for 30 minutes, and then scrub the shower to remove loosened grime. Rinse the surface to wash the soap scum away. For tougher jobs, add a little kosher salt to the cut lemon. The salt will give your lemon a little abrasive action to effectively scrub grime away.
Fights Hard Water Stains
Hard water leaves deposits on all surfaces, but the unsightly buildup is most noticeable on chrome showerheads, faucets, and drain covers. No worries. Your lemon’s got this. Grab the other half of your lemon and give fixtures a once over as well. Rub fixtures until your hard water spots have disappeared. Then, rinse with water and dry with a microfibre cloth. Now stand back and admire the shine!
Removes Mildew from the Shower Curtain
Often forgotten during our cleaning routine, the folds of your shower curtain are the perfect place for mildew to thrive. Not only is slimy mildew unsightly, but overexposure can harm your family’s health. Fortunately, lemons also work wonders on mildewed shower curtains. Take the curtain down and soak it in warm salt water for 15 to 20 minutes. Hang it back up to drip dry. Then, while the curtain is still wet, rub it with a cut lemon or sponge dampened with lemon juice, whichever you find easiest. Rinse the curtain and repeat scrubbing if necessary to remove any lingering mildew.