The Shower Hack

We’re always trying life hacks. As we’ve been alive and functioning for over half a century, most are suggestions that we’ve already tried and discarded. Still, we press on, looking for better ways of doing things.

One area is the master bath shower. We’ve owned this house for fourteen years. We moved in when it was new. First occupants. Keeping that shower stall clean has been tooth-grinding frustration from the get.

The shower isn’t large. A three feet wide by four feet long rectangle, one wall is a glass door and panel. The rest are ceramic tile. None are easy to clean. Hard water loaded with minerals combined with soap and shampoo scum load up in layers that refused to away.

Trying to clean it became a hobby. I’d search stores and online, looking for products and methods to do the job. Everything fell short.

Until now.

My wife read a new hack last week. “This hack says that Finish Powerballs dishwashing tabs will clean your shower glass.”

“I’ll try it.” There wasn’t even hesitation to wonder or doubt. Just try it. What’s to lose.

So we bought package, the only size available in the store, for $12.87, a price that made me think, it’d better work for that price. Then again, /i’ve tried much more expensive and caustic products. With fourteen tabs in the box, the price seems reasonable per use.

Today, after reviewing an article and video, I gloved up and tried it on the glass. Right off, I could feel it cutting the build. I rinsed.

Pretty good, but…

Getting a second one out, I modified my approach. My first effort, I’d done circles, imitating The Karate Kid. (“Wax on, wax off.”) This time, I went vertically, then horizontally. The first time, I dried it after rising. This time, I just rinsed.

Holy cow. As Kylie Klein-Nixon said in the article, a resounding success.

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