How to Clean Shower Tiles without Scrubbing

someone holding a bathroom cleaner in a spray bottle to clean the shower ceramic tiles without scrubbing

Have you ever thought about whether there's a more convenient way to clean shower tiles without putting all your energy into scrubbing? Who hasn't? Scrubbing may seem like the optimal method, but it can cause permanent damage to your shower tiles. 

If you want your shower area to look shiny, new, and last a long time, you need to look for options other than scrubbing. We're here to help. From pantry ingredients to our magic cleaner, you'll learn the most effective ways to clean shower tiles without scrubbing.


What Causes Dirt on Shower Tiles?

How can the place that's washed so often end up dirty? It sounds like a paradox. Well, the water you use for showering isn't the cleanest. Here are a few causes of dirt on shower tiles :

1. Hard Water

The white or yellowish stains on your tiles are usually caused by hard water. The minerals in hard water easily attach to your shower tiles, making them look hazy and dirty. Hard water can also block your shower head if you don't clean it frequently.

2. Dirt

If you spend more time outdoors, chances are you'll bring a lot of dirt into the shower with you. Some dirt can settle on your shower tiles and in the wastewater. If you've pets and they bathe in your shower area, that can also contribute to the grime buildup.

3. Grout

Grout is a combination of cement, water and sand used to attach your tiles to the wall. If your tiler doesn't properly buff out the grout, it can attract more dirt and cause it to stick to the surface of your shower tiles. Even if you wash your tiles with plain water, it can attract dirt and make your tiles dirty.

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4. Soap

Soap is a cleaning agent but can cause a thin film on your tiles if not removed properly. This soap film is called soap scum and can attract dirt particles and soap, causing a buildup of grime on your shower tiles.


How to Clean Shower Tiles without Scrubbing?

While there are several methods to scrub your tiles, you should choose one that won't damage your shower area. Here are a few effective ways to clean your shower tiles without scrubbing them :

1. Vinegar and Dishwashing Detergent

What better than vinegar if you're looking for a simple and efficient cleaning agent? The high acidity of vinegar makes it easier for you to remove tough stains that have accumulated on the tiles. Since the acid is quite strong, you won't have to scrub as hard. 

Mixing the vinegar with a dishwashing detergent makes it more effective. Our Myni Dishwasher detergent tablets work perfectly with this method. You can combine these ecological, zero-waste tablets with two parts of vinegar. Fill the liquid solution into a spray bottle and cover your tiles with the mixture. Let it sit for an hour, then rinse your tiles with clean water.

2. Baking Soda and Vinegar

If a lot of grout has settled on your shower tiles, there's nothing better than baking soda. It can easily remove stubborn stains and eliminate foul odours. To get rid of soap or grout stains on your tiles, just add some water to the baking soda and make a thick paste. 

Apply this paste generously to your tiles. Add a few drops of vinegar to the paste to clean your tiles even more effectively. The paste will start to bubble. Leave it on for an hour. Wash off the paste completely with cold water.

3. Myni Bathroom Cleaner

Remember we talked about a potion at the beginning of this article? It's the Myni bathroom cleaner. This cleaning tablet can effectively remove dirt and limescale from your shower tiles. Myni offers a non-toxic cleaner that's also safe for the environment. 

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You can use this bathroom cleaner by filling up a 750 ml spray bottle. Add the Myni bathroom cleaner tablet and wait for it to dissolve completely. Your cleaning solution is now ready. Pour the cleaning solution directly onto the stains and let it sit for a few minutes. Rinse all stains with cold water, and your tiles will shine like new.

4. Baking Soda and Bleach

A mixture of baking soda and bleach works wonders for ceramic tiles. You need to make a mixture of baking soda and bleach to make a thick paste for the stains on your tiles. Mix one part bleach with two parts baking soda. On porcelain tiles, it's best not to use too much bleach, as it can damage the protective coating.

Apply the paste to your stains and let it dry. Once dry, wash the paste off with cold water. Ensure to wear a face mask and gloves when using the bleach.

5. Oxygen Bleach

Additionally, you can use oxygen bleach to remove stubborn stains on your tiles. While this will allow you to clean your shower tiles without scrubbing, it's not an environmentally friendly ingredient. If every other method fails, you can use oxygen bleach for stubborn stains and dirty grout. 

Just add three tablespoons of oxygen bleach to a bucket of warm water. Leave this solution on your shower tiles for at least 15 minutes. Wash off the solution with clean, cold water.


How Not to Clean Your Shower Tiles?

While there are different methods to clean your shower tiles, you should be careful not to use anything too strong. This can permanently damage your ceramic or porcelain tiles. It would be best if you tried to use eco-friendly cleaners like baking soda, vinegar, and the Myni bathroom cleaner. 

Here's how not to clean your shower tiles :

1. Abrasives

You should never clean or scrub your tiles with harsh abrasive cleaners. These can damage the smooth surface of your tiles and make them more susceptible to stains.

2. Harsh Chemicals

Some people think they have to use harsh and strong chemicals to remove the stain on their tiles. However, these harsh chemicals attack the surface of your tiles and grout, causing a worn-off effect. Moreover, these chemicals are toxic and not environmentally friendly.

3. Vacuum

Although it might sound strange, most people prefer to vacuum the dust off their tiles. That's a pretty bad idea, though. The metal beater on the end of your vacuum cleaner can scratch your tiles and make them look dull. Instead, you can use a hand brush with plastic bristles to remove any dirt from your shower tiles.



Why torture your back and arms when you can get shiny shower tiles without much effort? You can use homemade solutions like baking soda and vinegar to remove stains from your shower tiles. You can also use our special non-toxic and eco-friendly Myni bathroom cleaners and keep your shower clean and shiny.


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