Tips on Cleaning a Modern shower

Cleaning today’s shower can be a real challenge if you do not know how to approach the job confidently and how to come prepared. Have you ever wondered what damage all that bleach is doing to your shower, let alone your skin. The news about the bleach is not good news. And what about the environment? Well, I am going to explain to you how to bring your Formica shower back to looking its very best and all by only using a non-toxic product to protect the lining of your shower, the environment and most importantly your precious families skin!

So Let’s bring that dirty, and possibly scummy, water stained Formica shower back to life; using only everyday items you have at home in your cleaning arsenal and perhaps 1 or 2 extras which you will use time and time again for this purpose.

• Formica shower needing a thorough clean
• 1 old toothbrush retired from cleaning anyone’s teeth
• Citrus based cleaning product
• Any brands of anti-fungal laundry liquid, I like to use Canestan or something with tea tree oil
• 1 nylon scrubbing brush
• Window cleaning spray
• Dry cotton cloths
• 24 hours to spare

Step 1: Take the anti-fungal liquid and completely cover the base and the tray of the shower with this product. Leave it to soak in for 10 minutes, then take to it with the nylon scrubbing brush. Scrubbing eagerly into every nook and cranny you can access. If you find that the liquid has started to disappear, then replace the coating with some more before shutting the shower door and walking away for 24 hours. I like to do this part after having my evening shower and before going to bed one evening.

Step 2: The next morning you will notice an immediate difference. Now you have a partially clean and partially scummy shower to finish off. So let’s get to it! Take that old toothbrush and whilst standing in the shower apply it gently to all corners and any areas that still look dirty. Now add a little sprinkle of water to get that cleaner loosened up a little. Now take the larger nylon brush and do the same to the larger panels of the shower and the inside of the windows and door panels.

Step 3: Apply the shower head spray to the whole shower inside making sure to rinse away all the residue from the cleaner. You should see the dirt washing away as you rinse.

Step 4: using the window cleaning product spray and wipe off all the glass surfaces on the inside and the outside of the shower.

Step 5: Dry the shower in and out with paper towels to buff to a shine.

I hope that this makes your shower cleaning experience a lot easier and more effective without using harsh chemicals either. This method over time can bring your shower back to life and looking like new again; and as an added bonus your shower is now fungi free!

Photo is credit to: Peter Dahlgren

Organic Nails

Who says that being conscientious about the planet and your health has to come with the cost of not looking your best? Being clean and well-groomed is important to everybody, not just those who have no qualms using whatever products are presented to them on the market. The savvy and educated shopper can enjoy the benefits of beautiful hands and nails without the cost of environmental damage or health concerns when they use natural products that are designed specifically for organic nails.

Mani-Pure: Berry Couture Organic Nails Polish
Start your manicure off right with this organic nails polish that is made with a long lasting formula which stays fresh for days. The ingredients work with your nails’ chemistry to nourish and protect again future damage. Free of Big 3 and Big 5, Mani-Pure products are safe for pregnant women. The non-toxic, vegan organic nails polish is superlative to the standard polishes on the market, and one quick swipe on your nail will tell you all you need to know. It’s packaged cute too, with a bamboo handle for even more environmental fortitude.

Karma Organic Nails Polish Remover made with Soy
After you have painted your nails you might find that later you want to remove the polish with an organic nails polish remover. You will then want to choose Karma Organic Nails Polish Remover. It is 100% corn and soy based which makes it 100% biodegradable. It comes in 3 types: tea tree, lavender, and unscented; all of which are conveniently packaged in 100% recyclable bottles made of glass. For a low price, you will get 4 fluid ounces of non-carcinogenic organic nails polish remover that is free of petroleum ingredients. Reduce the amount of paint on your nails while reducing your carbon footprint. The ingredients are all derived from American farm crops to help support our nation’s farming industry.

Mavala Stop Switzerland Organic Cuticle Care
Now that you have painted and unpainted your nails, you may want to stop yourself from biting your now bare nails. In that case, you want to grab some Mavala Stop, it is the best line of organic nails defense against biting your nails and making them ugly. Now only is it unattractive, it is unhealthy. Mavala Stop does just what its name says it does: it stops you from chewing on your hands with its organic formula that is safe for children over the age of 3. The bitter taste keeps you from putting your fingers in your mouth and can be used right on top of your favorite organic nails polish.

Argan Oils for Organic Nails
Argan oils are great for conditioning your skin and hair, so having a bottle at hand when you are taking care of your nails is pretty important if you wish to have soft, supple, and beautiful organic nails.

  • Magador is a fair trade product which helps with women in Morocco to improve their lives through the Berber Women’s Cooperative. This product has no preservative, fragrances, or dyes either.
  • Pura D’or is another great organic nails Argan oil products for beautiful nails, skin, and hair. Imported from Morocco, it is bottled right here in the U.S.A. and is one of the best products on the market.

Photo credit: Amy Schilling