Cleaning the tiles in your tub and shower can be a nasty job. Soap scum and calcium can make you want to get out the jackhammer to chip away at it if it has hardened. Most cleaners rely on some pretty heavy duty chemicals to loosen everything from the tiles. Unfortunately, these chemicals are then on the shower walls and the whole tub. As you turn on the hot water to bathe, you can be releasing these chemicals back into the air. The hot water will also open the pores on your skin. Now you are not only breathing in these chemicals but they are also being absorbed through your skin. Instead of using the harsh tub and tile cleaners, try a few natural things to get the job done.
You can make a paste out of baking soda and a mild dish detergent or even use plain water. This can be applied to the tiles, including the grout. Use a soft, damp cloth to rub the paste onto the surfaces. This paste will help with soap scum, hard water marks, and rust stains. Scrub and rinse an area until it is cleaned and then move on. You can use an old toothbrush to clean the grout. After you have done the whole shower, rinse it well again with clean water to remove any residue.
If you notice any mold or mildew, spray it with vinegar and let it dry. Once dry, spray it with vinegar again and then wipe the area with a dry cloth. You may have to scrub a bit but most of the mold or mildew will be killed and loosened and be easy to wipe off. Rinse everything down well to make sure it is all gone. You can then mix some water in with the vinegar and spray the whole stall down again. Do not wipe this away but let it dry and stay there. This will prevent any mold or mildew from growing there again. This can be done after each bath or shower.
As more companies become aware that consumers want chemical-free cleaning products, more will be on the market. You can then choose whether to go with something commercially prepared or something you have in the kitchen cupboard. The important thing is to keep all those chemicals from entering your body. If you use a cleaning service, make sure they are going with natural products too. For more information, contact local professionals like Leo's Holland Floor Maintenance.