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How to Identify Shower Grime

And How to Treat Each

Steps Professional Cleaners Use to Clean a Shower

It’s hard to feel clean after showering next to shower grime. And it’s certainly not something you want your house guests to see! There are many types of shower grime, and you need to identify which ones you’re dealing with in order to treat them properly. Find out how to tell them apart and how you can clean each.

Different Types of Shower Grime

Hard Water

Appearance: Hard water has higher than normal mineral content, like calcium and magnesium ions. When it evaporates, it leaves a grimy stain in your shower. It often looks dingy.

Treatment: You can use a 1:1 vinegar and water mixture. Simply spray it in your shower and wipe clean after a few minutes. Make sure you dry it on your way out so you don’t get more stains!


Appearance: Mold is dark, often black or green, grime in your showers, especially found near corners, grout, and caulking. It develops where water doesn’t have the opportunity to dry.

Treatment: Make a thick paste of baking soda and vinegar. Use a paintbrush to apply the paste to the moldy areas of your shower. Let it sit for a couple of hours, and then clean the dried paste. Repeat if necessary.


Appearance: Mildew is musky-smelling grime you’ll find in showers and other humid areas of your home. It is typically gray or white.

Treatment: Combining vinegar with another acid can cut through mildew. For example, you can slice an orange or lemon and rub it over the mildew areas. Spray with vinegar and wipe clean. You can also make a paste with baking soda, like you do for mold, and add lemon juice to the mixture.

Soap Scum

Appearance: Soap scum is often white and filmy. It appears when fatty acids, talc, and other ingredients found in soaps and shampoo mix with your hard water.

Treatment: Like solutions for other shower grimes, you can use vinegar to clean soap scum. Make your 1:1 mixture of vinegar and water and then add approximately one tablespoon of dish soap. Spray it on the scum and let it sit for 10 minutes. Scrub the areas with a sponge or brush, then rinse and dry thoroughly. Repeat if necessary.

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