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Confession–sometimes I let a little too much time go between cleaning jobs which turns a simple cleaning job into a tough cleaning job. One big one would be our tile shower stall. Each morning I will step into it and go, “Hmm, this looks like it needs cleaning. I should add it to the to-do list,” and then I forget.
By the time I finally remember to add it to the children’s daily chore chart–umm yeah, time for another confession: my children who are 13 and up do a lot of the household chores for me so that I can spend time earning an income from blogging that I in turn use to provide them with clothing, extra curricular activities and pay for those chores they help me with (they have to learn how to manage money somehow). My husband’s job keeps them fed and sheltered.
Anyways back to the cleaning–by the time I get around to assigning the shower stall to one of the children there usually is some very clingy soap scum on the tiles and the glass door and enclosure.
After witnessing my helpers use all their natural elbow grease on the scum with no luck in removing all of it, I decided there had to be a better way. Yes, I know printing out and sticking to a regular cleaning schedule would help in reducing soap scum build up but…well…our family as a whole is not very good at sticking to regular cleaning schedules. Life gets chaotic and the cleaning schedule gets sadly neglected in the chaos and then we are back to clinging soap scum.
A Little Known Tool For Tough Cleaning Jobs Came To Our Rescue
I thought our chances at a soap scrum free home were very bleak until a reader told me that she uses something she called a scum buster to keep her shower stall sparkling clean. I immediately looked it up on Amazon and when I did the Black and Decker Power Scrubber appeared.
I ordered it and a bristle brush head (reviewers said it lasted longer than the head the Black and Decker power scrubber comes with and after using it I agree) and anxiously awaited its arrival. The day it arrived I assigned shower stall duty to my oldest son.
When he was finished I was shocked at how much cleaner our shower stall looked. Finally the built up soap scum was removed off the shower tile and glass walls in one cleaning with the Black and Decker power scrubber.
As for the cleaner we use with the Power Scrubber, we find that Seventh Generation Tub & Tile cleaner works really well. Our family orders it in concentrate form from Grove Collaborative, which is both economical and green. We purchased refillable glass spray bottles for mixing the concentrates with water. We then labeled the bottles so they don’t get mixed up.
If there happens to be a tough spot, then we like using super washing soda mixed in a bit of water. Super washing soda is also great for washing walls, and for taking out tough clothing stains like grass and mustard.
Now it is your turn! Share a Cleaning Tip With Me.
If you have been a reader of Snail Pace Transformations a while, you know that I am a huge fan of any housekeeping tip that will cut down the time it takes to keep my home clean and tidy.
I am always looking for new cleaning tips and I would love for you to share your best cleaning tip in the comments below.
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