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How to Clean Glass Shower Doors

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How to Clean Glass Shower Doors
A person cleans a glass shower door with a sponge

There are plenty of cleaning products available designed to chemically remove mold and mildew or made specifically to clean hard-water stains and soap scum. These are fine for tough jobs, but there are also more eco-friendly alternatives for your home.

Tip: Never use an abrasive cleaner or scouring pads on glass shower doors. Those products can scratch the surface.

Use distilled white vinegar before trying heavy-duty products with chemicals.

  • Heat 1/2-cup undiluted vinegar in microwave for 30 seconds.
  • Pour warm vinegar into a spray bottle.
  • Mist the area to be cleaned and allow to soak for five minutes.
  • Wear rubber gloves and scrub area with a soft plastic bristle brush or sponge.
  • Rinse the area with water.
  • Repeat for problem areas if necessary.

Tip: For tough stains, add an equal amount of grease-cutting liquid dish detergent to the warm vinegar before spraying.

Juice from lemons isn’t as acidic as vinegar but it smells better and still has cleaning power. Try this for lighter cases of soap scum build-up.

  • Combine 3-tablespoons lemon juice and 1-cup of water in a spray bottle.
  • Spray the area to be cleaned and wait five minutes.
  • Wipe clean with a sponge.
  • Dry and buff with clean microfiber cloth.

Ammonia can help make a streak-free finish for glass after the shower doors are clean.

  • Combine 2-tablespoons ammonia with 2-quarts of warm distilled water in a large spray bottle.
  • Spray the door and leave wait three minutes.
  • Wipe clean with a microfiber cloth and buff any streaks with a clean dry cloth.

Common products sometimes have uncommon uses as cleaners.

  • Dryer sheets intended for softening fabric and eliminating static can also be moistened and used to cut through scum on a glass shower door.
  • Multi-purpose cleaning pads used for magically removing marks on walls can also wipe away some hard-water stains.
  • Penetrating lubricants normally used for loosening rusty parts or quieting a squeaky door can also remove stains caused by hard water.
Keep Glass Shower Doors Clean
A squeegee is used to clean a glass shower door

Establishing – and following – an easy daily maintenance schedule can keep glass shower doors cleaner longer and reduce the frequency of deep cleaning. 

Keep a squeegee in the shower to swipe away water and residue from the door and then wipe it down with a dry microfiber cloth every time you finish your shower. Complete your routine with a quick spray of daily cleaner and keep doors open to promote air circulation.

Daily shower cleaner products are available. To make your own version:

  • Pour 1/2-cup rubbing alcohol and 1/2-cup hydrogen peroxide into a 32-ounce spray bottle.
  • Add 1-tablespoon dishwasher rinse and 1-teaspoon liquid dish soap.
  • Gently fill the spray bottle with water and swirl to combine.
  • Mist onto doors after you've used squeegee.
  • This cleaning solution can also be used for the shower head.

Products designed to repel water from car windshields can also help water roll off glass shower doors. If you include this type of product in your monthly cleaning regimen, be sure to use it only on glass.

If soap scum and hard-water stains accumulate faster than you can remove them, consider these tips:

  • Ingredients in most varieties of bar soap promote the build-up of soap scum. Switching to a liquid body wash can reduce the amount of hazy film.
  • Installing a water softener will reduce the mineral levels that cause hard-water stains.
How to Clean Shower-Door Tracks
A metal track holds a clean glass shower door

Unless you have frameless glass shower doors in the bathroom, you also need to clean shower-door tracks. Soap scum and unsightly grime that accumulates in those metal tracks and is easy to see but hard to reach. Let the acidic qualities of white vinegar make your task a bit easier.

  • Plug the drain hole or slit in the track with a paper towel.
  • Carefully fill the track with distilled white vinegar and let sit overnight.
  • In the morning, use paper towels to soak up much of the vinegar.
  • Use an old toothbrush to scrub stains and loosen debris.
  • Wrap paper towels around the brush to get into tight corners.
  • Wipe clean to finish the job.
  • To slow the future build-up of stains, use a soft cloth or paper towel daily to dry water that collects in the shower-door tracks.

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