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How to Clean Glass Shower Doors (16 Ways to Keep Them Sparkling Clean)

Cleaning the glass shower door.

Your ultimate guide on how to clean glass shower doors and get rid of soap scum. Discover 16 different ways to keep your bathroom glass doors sparkling clean.

In today’s modern bathrooms, elegant glass shower doors often become the center of attention, as people peer through them to view the beautiful stone masterpieces that lie within them. Because of this, it is absolutely essential that glass shower doors stay as clean and clear as they possibly can. Soap scum and mineral deposits become the enemy to those who wish to keep their bathroom looking its best. With that being said, many homeowners simply don’t know how to keep their glass shower doors clear and shiny. This article is designed to talk about the many methods and ways to accomplish exactly that.

Necessary Tools for Cleaning Glass Shower Doors

Before we begin talking about all the different ways you can clean glass shower doors, let’s gather a few common household goods that we will need in order to make your shower doors look their best.

First of all, if you are going to go with commercial cleaning products you will obviously need to have those on hand. But since you may decide to mix up your own cleaning solution, you can wait until reading the rest of the article before selecting specific cleaning products.

You will also need a soft sponge. Some people prefer a sponge that has a side with a scrubber on it. This may be appropriate if you have hard water stains that you need to scrub off. Find an old toothbrush to use to scrub inside the crevices of your shower door.

You may need a large plastic cup with a handle to rinse your shower door if you don’t have a removable shower head.

Next, you will need a squeegee. This is used to remove the excess water from your glass shower doors after you clean them. Don’t forget a microfiber cloth. This will be used to shine your glass shower door after you squeegee off the excess water.

DIY Recipe for Cleaning Soap Scum and Mineral Buildup

Heinz White Vinegar (64 oz Jug)
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No matter where you search across the Internet, there is one ingredient that cannot be denied in its power to cut mineral buildup. That magical ingredient is vinegar. Ah, the delicious smell of vinegar. As you might guess, its pungent smell is the one drawback in mixing up your own concoction. Nevertheless, we want effectiveness, don’t we?

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Begin by spraying an even coat of vinegar across your glass shower doors, and allow it to sit for several minutes. While that is soaking in, create a paste with equal amounts of baking soda and salt. Next, take a damp sponge and rub this paste all over the glass doors. After your elbow grease has rubbed in the paste, rinse off the solution thoroughly. After this, use your squeegee to remove all the excess water from your glass shower door. Then use the microfiber cloth to shine the door, using a product like Windex or another shine agent of your choice.

Motorize It

RotoScrub Bathroom Cleaning Drill Accessory Kit - Blue and White Scrub Pads
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Do you hate the idea of having to scrub as much as I do? If so, Amazon sells a handy little gadget that you may be interested in. It is called the RotoScrub Bathroom Cleaning Drill Accessory Kit. This is a handy little gadget if you want to keep your hands clean, so to speak. Here is how it works. You attach one of these circular scrubbing pads to your own household drill (drill sold separately). Then you just spray your favorite cleaning solution of choice all over your glass shower doors. Next, you turn on your electric drill and voila! Instant electric scrubbing action!

Another Scrub-Free Solution

If you are anything like me, when it comes to cleaning your bathroom, you would like to have to spend as little time in there as possible. Doesn’t the concept of only having to spray on a cleaning solution and walking away sound absolutely wonderful? I think so too.

WET AND FORGET 801064 Shower, 64 oz
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As it turns out, there is actually a product out there that advertises exactly that. It is called Wet & Forget Shower, the no-scrub weekly shower cleaner. Bleach-free, Wet & Forget is designed to remove mold and mildew stains, while at the same time cleaning and preventing soap scum from forming. Did I mention that its non-abrasive formula smells like vanilla?

Here is how it works. You spray it on today and rinse it off tomorrow. Perhaps that is the only drawback, that you have to keep it on overnight. But at least it has a nice smell to it.

Best Commercial Cleaning Solutions for Mineral Stains

Mineral stains can be a little more difficult to get rid of than soap scum. However, here are some ready-made products that can help you do just that.

Lime-A-Way Bathroom Cleaner, 32 fl oz Bottle, Removes Lime Calcium Rust
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1. LIme-A-Way  This inexpensive product has been on the market for many years. It destroys lime, calcium, and rust without any scrubbing.

Bio Clean: Eco Friendly Hard Water Stain Remover (20oz Large)- Our Professional Cleaner Removes Tough Water Stains From Shower Doors, Windshields, Windows, Chrome, Tiles, Toilets, Granite, Steel e.c.t
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2. Bio Clean is an eco-friendly option for cleaning away tough mineral stains. Made from a non-chemical compound, Bio-Clean claims to remove years of stains, as if they were never there.

Diamond Magic - Water Spot & Multi-Purpose Cleaner (20 Ounces) Clean with The Power of Genuine Diamonds! NSF Approved Professional Cleaner/Hard Water Stain Remover. Made in The USA!
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3. Diamond Magic is another curious product to try. Made with genuine diamonds, Diamond Magic polishes, scours and cleans away hard water stains.

Cleaning Shower Door Tracks

Unless you have frameless shower doors, let’s not forget those pesky shower door tracks. Because they collect water, they can get quite grimy and nasty-looking. Time to break out the vinegar, and get them sparkling again.

Start by plugging the hole in the drain tracks with a paper towel. Next, pour white distilled vinegar inside of the tracks, and leave it there overnight. In the morning, remove the paper towel plugging the drain, and soak up the excess vinegar with additional paper towels. An old toothbrush can be used to scrub away stains and loosen debris. Finish the job by wiping the tracks clean with a cloth.

Glass Shower Door Hacks

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Here are a few quick tips that you may not have heard of when it comes to keeping your glass shower doors looking their sparkling best.

  1. Do you only have a minute to get your bathroom looking better? Take a dryer sheet and dampen it. Now, rub it across your glass shower doors, wherever soap scum is present. This is a quick way to get rid of soap scum if you don’t have time to spend scrubbing.
  2. Want to stop soap scum from developing altogether? Stop using bar soap, and switch to liquid soap. Experts agree that switching to a liquid body wash can reduce the amount of hazy film that accumulates.
  3. If you have a problem with mineral stains developing on your glass shower doors, consider installing a water softener.
  4. Have you ever heard of Rain-X? Try applying this to your glass shower doors once a month in order to repel water, helping it to roll off your glass shower doors.
  5. After thoroughly cleaning your glass shower doors, try preventing buildup by using lemon oil furniture polish as a barrier. Allow the oil to sit for 2 minutes, and then wipe off the extra with a dry cloth.

Tackling Soap Scum the Eco-Friendly Way

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Original, Cleaning Pads with Durafoam, 9 Count
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Although vinegar does work to get rid of soap scum, if you have a stone shower, it is possible that vinegar can damage it. Here is what you can mix up as an alternative to using vinegar.

Mix up some baking soda with liquid soap, until it becomes the consistency of frosting. This eco-friendly cleaner can then be applied with a soft, damp sponge onto the glass shower doors.

Another earth-friendly option for cleaning soap scum off of your shower doors is to use a Magic Eraser cleaning pad. Or, here is another way.

Take a lemon and cut it in half. Dip one half of it in baking soda, and simply rub it onto your glass shower door. This will create a nice foam, due to the reaction between the lemon and the baking soda. The great thing about this method is that you don’t have to worry about smelling bleach or vinegar.

Ready-Made Soap Scum Removers

Perhaps you would prefer just picking up a bottle of ready-made soap scum remover that you can count on to work. Nothing wrong with that! Here are a few of Amazon’s favorites.

Tilex 35604 Commercial Solutions Soap Scum Remover, 32 fl oz Trigger Spray Bottle
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1. Tilex Commercial Soap Scum Remover is always a good choice. When I hear the word Tilex, I think of one word, and that is ‘powerful.’ Tilex won’t let you down when it comes to removing soap scum.

Kaboom Foam-Tastic OxiClean Bathroom Cleaner, 38 Ounce (Pack of 2 Twin Packs, 4 Total)
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2. Have you ever tried Kaboom? You just spray on this blue foam, and when it is ready to be wiped off, it turns white. Plus if you are a fan of Oxi-Clean, that is one of its main ingredients.

Rejuvenate 40 oz. Soap Scum Remover
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3. Third on our list is Rejuvenate Soap Scum Remover. All that you have to do is spray it on the soap scum and rinse it away. It is a bleach-free formula that is safe for any surface.

Preventing Buildup on Shower Doors

OXO Good Grips Stainless Steel Squeegee
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AmazonBasics Blue and Yellow Microfiber Cleaning Cloth, 24-Pack
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Cleaning experts agree. The one thing that you need to do to keep your glass shower doors for developing buildup in the first place is to use a squeegee to wipe away water and residue after showering. Better yet, after you are done using a squeegee, wiping the shower down with a microfiber cloth is recommended. To take your clean shower habits to another level, try misting your glass shower doors with one of the following daily shower cleaner ideas.

Daily Shower Cleaners

Are you a do-it-yourself kind of mixologist? If so, here is a quick recipe you can mix up for a daily glass shower door cleaner. Begin by grabbing a 32-ounce spray bottle. Pour ½ cup of rubbing alcohol and ½ cup hydrogen peroxide into it. Add 1 tablespoon of dishwasher rinse, and 1 teaspoon of liquid dish soap into it. Finish filling up the spray bottle with water. Gently swirl the bottle to combine the ingredients. After using a squeegee on the doors, simply mist the concoction onto your glass shower doors and leave it there.

If you would prefer just buying a ready-made daily shower cleaner, here are a few highly-rated brands for you to choose from. No matter which one you choose, all you need to do is spray it on and leave it there. There is no wiping or scrubbing required.

Method Daily Shower Spray Cleaner, Eucalyptus Mint, 28 Ounce
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1. First on our list is Method Daily Shower Spray Cleaner in Eucalyptus Mint. Other than its fresh scent, the most highly-appreciated aspect is the fact that it is plant-based, naturally-derived and non-toxic. It works great to dissolve and prevent soap scum.

Tilex Shower Spray - 32 oz - 2 pk
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2. Another popular choice is Tilex Shower Spray. You will notice that Clorox is on the label, but don’t worry, it is a bleach-free formula.

Scrubbing Bubbles Mega Shower Foamer Aerosol, 20 Oz, Pack of 2
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3. Are you a fan of Scrubbing Bubbles? They claim that you can wait up to 30 days to clean your shower if you use their daily shower spray.




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