March 8, 2021


It’s the one job we all hate, but these easy tips will take the stress out of removing bath and shower grime for good!

The combination of shampoo, conditioner, soap, body wash, tanning products, shaving cream, and general wear and tear can leave your bath and shower looking less than inviting. Imagine setting aside an hour for a relaxing bath only to find yourself unable to look away from the layer of bath and shower grime surrounding you? We can’t deny that removing bath and shower grime is close to the top of our list of most hated household jobs but with these quick and easy tips, you’ll be able to enjoy some filth-free pamper time once again. Now all you have to do is convince your partner to watch the kids…

Shower Screen

When it comes to exposing your shower grime sins, there is no surface less forgiving than glass. A dirty shower screen can significantly reduce the appearance of your whole bathroom so getting on top of soap scum before it becomes a problem is a must. Though you might be tempted to buy a specific shower screen cleaner, a clever combination of some household staples is often more efficient (and cost-effective!). Mix one cup of baking soda with a quarter of a cup of white vinegar, apply the paste to your shower screen, leave for 15 minutes, and wipe off with lukewarm water. Too easy!


Bath and shower grime can take the shine off your bathroom no matter what colour your tiles are. It can be easy to let it build up, especially when it feels like no amount of scrubbing will restore your tiles to their original condition, but in just a few minutes you can get the situation under control. The same mixture of vinegar and baking soda that saved your shower screen will work just as well on your tiles, and when combined with the power and precision of the Oates Soft Grip Grout Brush, even the most stubborn soap scum will be a thing of the past.

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The thought of a bathtub covered in grime might make your stomach turn but putting off the glamorous task of removing it will only make things worse. Before you resign yourself to living with the problem grab a spray bottle with equal parts water and white vinegar, spray liberally onto all parts of the bath focusing on any visible bath grime, leave for 15 minutes, and remove using your Oates General Scrub Brush. If only someone had told us we didn’t need a cleaning cupboard full of products to achieve amazing results!


Unfortunately, no part of your bath or shower is safe from grime and taps often take the biggest hit, exposed to residual soap, body wash, and shampoo on a daily basis. The same shower grime that covers your tiles and glass will stick to your taps causing them to appear tarnished and, just like your shower screen, they will expose your soap scum sins for all to see. Once again, you may think you need to purchase specific cleaning products to give your taps back their shine, but the solution to grime on your bath and shower taps is more likely to be in your pantry than your cleaning cupboard. Simply dilute equal parts lemon juice and water, spray onto your taps, leave for a couple of minutes, and gently wipe off with warm water. For any stains that just won’t budge, a quick once over with the Oates General Scrub Brush and some extra lemon juice should do the trick.

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<strong”>What is your top tip for tackling bath and shower grime? SHARE it in the comments!

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  • Great tips. I HATE cleaning the shower and it does seem the glass will never be clean again. We do use vinegar, but will now add the baking soda to see how that goes.


  • I dont even attempt to clean my shower anymore! So might give these a go


  • I clean my bathroom and shower in a bikini lol.
    Then I’ll get into the shower and use the removable head to wash everything down. Saves me from getting my clothes wet and dirty!


  • Great tips and cleaning items – look out bathroom, here I come.


  • These are really nice tips. My new house bathroom scares me, very yucky and old looking.


  • Thanks for all the great tips!! Bathroom cleaning is my pet hate!


  • Bicarbonate of soda and vinegar for shower glass and also for clearing blocked or smelly drains. So cheap and easy and NO CHEMICALS!


  • I need to give these a shot, really hating chemicals and just need something natural, thank you


  • My kids absolutely love fish in any form, so I have no doubt they’ll love these fish cakes and so little prep-time, win-win!


  • This is a total scam. Most customers reach the point of redeeming at the same time and there was nothing left!
    Jow will Coles compensate all the thousands of customers who missed out ?


  • I use Eucalyptus oil with water diluted in spray bottle spray over taps basin sink shower screens and tiles wipe over with clean cloth and rinse cloth squeeze out wipe over and taps are so shiny and everything is clean and smells great. I have even used the spray can and it cleans the same with cloth then rinse and wipe again.


  • Ugh! I hate cleaning my bathroom so much. These are some great tips, I’ll have to try them out.


  • I buy special bathroom cleaners but I think I might just try this bi carb and vinegar trick. I like to go back to basics and it would save a ton of money too.


  • Sigh…. I have been putting off that dreaded bathroom clean for so long that there’s mould now… help!!


  • Absolutely love this article


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