Everyone Forgets To Clean This Gross Spot In The Shower. Here's How To Do It Right

While you probably know that it's important to deep-clean your shower regularly, there's a certain spot that you might be leaving unchecked. There are some great hacks that will keep your shower squeaky clean, but you should also be sure that you clean every nook and cranny. A common shower spot that a lot of people miss is the rubber seal at the bottom of the shower screen. Most shower screens have a little rubber seal at the bottom and it can be easy to overlook. 

This shower seal has the important job of preventing water leakage and reducing the physical impact of moving and sliding glass doors. Unfortunately, it can collect a lot of dirt and grime as well as mold and mildew as time goes by. If you never take the time to clean this seal, the moisture and humidity in the shower can wreak havoc on it. The buildup and damage on the seal can make the door more difficult to use and become a health hazard, so it's important to clean it regularly. You'll also want to take steps to stop mold from returning in your shower if your rubber seal is particularly grimy and moldy.

How to clean the rubber seal

After thoroughly cleaning other areas of your shower, give the rubber seal some attention as well. The first step is to remove the seal from its groove. You need to pull the seal away or pry it off, which might be difficult depending on its condition and style — although many seals easily slide off and on their respective doors. Once it's removed, you'll need to decide on a cleaning solution. One option is to mix 2 tablespoons of bleach with 1 cup of water. Other options are to use a solution of 1 cup of vinegar with 1 cup of water or a paste made of baking soda and water.

To clean the rubber seal, apply the cleaning solution of your choice. Then, grab an old toothbrush and start scrubbing to get to all of the grooves and hard-to-reach areas. You may want to add some of the cleaning solution directly to your toothbrush to get the seal as clean as possible. If you were successful in cleaning the rubber seal, you'll then need to place it back in its groove. Dry the rubber seal thoroughly before putting it back into position to prevent mold growth. If you have trouble cleaning it or it's cracked and degraded significantly, it may be best to replace the rubber shower seal instead.