Three Reasons You Need a Shower Squeegee

Swipe right on a cleaner shower.

squeegeeing a window
Time to clean that shower!Getty Images

“Squeegee” comes from the 1783 word “squeege,” which means “to press or squeeze” (but really sounds like an amazing insult, if you ask us). The earliest references to actual squeegees were massive scrubbers for cleaning ship decks or city streets—but the introduction of skyscrapers near the turn of the 20th century meant people needed better tools for washing all those windows, so the modern squeegee was born. Here’s why that retro tech is a must-have for the shower.

HIWARE All-Purpose Shower Squeegee for Shower Doors, Bathroom, Window and Car Glass - Stainless Steel, 12 Inches
This sleek tool comes in three widths and four finishes for the perfect fit for your space.HIWARE

First of all, a shower squeegee works. A few strokes with the tool after every shower reduces the buildup of soap scum and hard water stains on the walls of the shower—or any glass, mirror or tile surface. This is extra true if you fit the size of the squeegee to the surface and include a little household cleaner into your daily routine.

OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Squeegee
This option is slim and includes a robust suction cup so it’s at hand but not in the way.OXO

If you’re going to squeegee everyday, you need a tool that’s convenient. Look for an option with a slim profile that includes a strong suction cup or adhesive hook so you can mount it neatly in the shower for easy access.

Rubbermaid 1817109 FG6C0800 Comfort Grip Squeegee Cleaning Brush, 1-Pack, White
A contoured, non-slip handle makes this one effortless to use.Rubbermaid

Getting into a shower squeegee routine is easy. With a few well-placed swipes—called the swivel or fan method by the pros—using a squeegee every day can reduce the effort required when you do deep clean the shower. Look for a tool with a contoured grip for maximum control while you get your moves down. After all, you don’t want to look like a complete squeege.

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