Our tubs and showers are notoriously difficult when it comes to keeping them clean. Soap scum and mold seem to pop up without warning, no matter how often you scrub away at the whole area. If you have glass doors on your shower, you know those tend to get fogged up with more than just steam — layers of stubborn grime can work their way all over the glass. It can become bad enough that you feel you’re not actually getting clean when you hop in for a wash.
If you’re in a battle against gunk and scum gathering in your tub and shower too often, you should apparently look in your kitchen for the solution. Instead of reaching for the usual chemical cleaners, grab a can of cooking oil spray! Instructables user amalkhan shared their squeaky clean results on the DIY website, writing that the method left their bathroom looking “immaculate” and “revitalized.” They also used a moist dryer sheet to scrub the glass shower doors, but any type of cloth will do the job.
Before you start, you should probably lay down some towels or other protection to keep the actual tub from getting any oil on it. You don’t want to slip on a slick spot the next time you go to shampoo your hair. After you’ve got that settled, you can simply spray a light layer of the oil over the glass door and let it sink in for a few minutes so it has time to break down all the stains and germs. You should even be able to see the grime start to disappear while you wait. Once it’s had about five or 10 minutes, you can start to wipe away the oil and all the hard water stains, soap scum, and other buildup along with it. This also works on stainless steel fixtures in the tub and your sink, too. You can use dishwashing soap to help wipe away all of the oil if it’s difficult to sop up.
Cleaning with the spray oil won’t just make the task easier, it will also detract future stains from settling back on the surfaces. If you’re still skeptical, try using this method on one small area of your shower and see the results for yourself. It can’t hurt to try, right?