Try This Simple Baby Oil Hack For A Spotlessly Clean Shower

While showers are a modern convenience, they still require a thorough scrubbing. And unlike bathtubs, there is a lot of real estate to get through before it's sparkling. Not only do you have soap scum and body oil buildup on the shower base, but you also have to clean the glass paneling and tiled shower walls. And depending on what material you used for the tiles, you can't just blast it with harsh chemicals and call it a day. Luckily, you can use something as gentle as baby oil to prevent buildup on your shower walls.

While baby oil might not be the best product to disinfect or clean your walls, it's a great preventative tool to use to ensure not too much buildup accumulates on the tiles in the first place. This is not only a green and eco-friendly way to make cleaning your bathroom easier, but it's also a great way to use up a product you might not utilize as often as you would like. Curious? Here's how to do it.

How to use baby oil to prevent soap scum

The key to this baby oil cleaning hack is to not overdo it with the amount you use. All you need is a few drops on a microfiber cloth. If you add more — such as a healthy dollop — you will be left with too much oil on your tiles and glass, which can lead to dirt accumulation or a dangerously slippery shower base. Once you have the perfect amount on your cloth, buff it all over the tiled enclosure and the glass door. Be careful not to get any on the base, or else you or another family member might slip when getting in. If the oil got away from you and some did dribble to the floor, neutralize it by spraying it down with white vinegar and wiping it out.

While this hack is best used to prevent soap scum buildup, you can also use it to wipe away grime. If it's been over a week since you've washed your shower and the residue has caked on, baby oil can also help soften it. Rather than battling it with a sponge and pure muscle power, create a spray of 1 part baby oil to 4 parts water in a spray bottle, and saturate the walls and glass with it. Allow it a few minutes to penetrate the grime, and you should have a much easier chance of cleaning it away.