How To Clean Your Shower Glass: A Complete Guide

A glass shower door is a modern, elegant and practical way to avoid all the mess while having a shower. As with all bathroom surfaces, it is also exposed to moisture, mildew, soap scum, hard water stains and other deposits, resulting in the whole bathroom looking dirty. Maybe you’re one of those people that don’t have one and are wondering how to clean their shower curtain. If you do have one though, then you’re in the right place!

A very beutiful small bathroom

As great an option as it is for the bathroom, cleaning shower doors is a chore that most people would choose to postpone. Unfortunately, it’s an important part of the proper maintenance of your bathroom along with cleaning the tiles, getting rid of mould and cleaning your toilet. But, how can you clean a shower enclosure? Would a glass cleaner be enough, or are special tools needed? What process should someone follow to clean shower doors the right way?  

What will you need?

You can use several ways and ingredients to remove spots made from water and mineral deposits from the shower screen. Of course, there’s always the option of commercial cleaning products available in every store. But, if you don’t want to use harsh chemicals, you can apply some DIY cleaning products made of ingredients you’ve already have at home and use them for other purposes.

Here’s a list of all the necessary items to turn your dirty, foggy glass door into a new shower door. 

  • Distilled vinegar (white)
  • Baking soda
  • Dish soap
  • Toothpaste
  • Lemon juice
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Essential/Aromatic oil
  • Bleach 
  • Glass cleaner
  • Microfiber cloths
  • Paper towels
  • Spray bottles
  • Damp sponge
  • Toothbrush

Some cleaning products

How to clean a shower door made of glass?

Several cleaning tips and methods can help you get rid of water deposits off your shower doors. It isn’t such an easy process. You don’t wipe down the glass door with a glass cleaner and some towels. Using, though, the right tools and cleaning agents and some elbow grease, you’ll have a shower glass door clean of spots.

Method 1: The white vinegar solution

Vinegar is an excellent and effective cleaner. It’s a natural, inexpensive disinfectant used for several cleaning purposes around the house. 

To clean your glass door with the vinegar method, you are going to need:

  • A microwave-safe bowl
  • A spray bottle
  • Distilled vinegar (white)
  • Distilled water
  • Essential oil 
  • Microfiber cloths

A cleaning solution made of white vinegar

The steps to success are:

  1. Use a microwave-safe bowl to mix one part of vinegar with three parts of distilled water and microwave for 60 seconds
  2. Let it cool down, and then pour it into the bottle
  3. If you like to make the vinegar solution have a better smell, add a few drops of your favourite essential oil
  4. Spritz the vinegar solution onto the door, being sure to cover the whole surface. 
  5. Let it sit for about 5 minutes.
  6. Wipe the door dry using a cloth and work from top to bottom.
  7. Then, use the cloth again to buff the surface off any streaks
  8. Leave the door open to dry the shower completely

Note: If you have a shower made of stone, then avoid using this method as vinegar might damage it. 

Method 2: The baking soda solution

Another natural, inexpensive, powerful and effective cleaning agent. It’s used for many household cleaning purposes with excellent results, especially to remove soap residue from your shower enclosure. You can see these results in your foggy shower door as well. 

Here’s what you need:

  • ½ cup of baking soda
  • Water
  • A non-abrasive sponge

A jar of baking soda on a wooden surface

Then, do as follows:

  1. In a bowl, mix a half cup of baking soda and add as much water as needed to create a thick paste
  2. Get a non-abrasive sponge, apply the paste on the door and start scrubbing
  3. Finish the process by rinsing with vinegar or warm water and wiping down with a squeegee.

Method 3: Toothpaste

Toothpaste can also be used to give your shower glass its lost shiny appearance by removing any stain.

You’ll need:

  • A non-gel toothpaste
  • A damp sponge

Some white toothpaste on a toothbrush ready for cleaning

Then:

  1. Apply a few squirts of toothpaste on the glass.
  2. Let it stay for a while.
  3. Then, scrub it with a sponge
  4. Finally, clean the toothpaste away using a damp cloth/sponge

Method 4: Lemon juice

Lemon is a natural disinfectant with excellent results in cleaning. You can combine juice from lemons with baking soda to remove streaks from the glass door.

Here’s what you’re going to need:

  • A spray bottle
  • Lemon
  • Water
  • A dry cloth

A bowl of lemon juice next to some lemons

Then:

  1. In a bottle, put equal parts of water and juice from lemons.
  2. Spray the glass door with the lemon solution and let it stay for a few minutes
  3. After the time has passed, wipe it with a dry cloth.

Method 5: Dish soap (daily shower spray)

You can make a daily shower cleaner free of harsh chemicals that you can use daily. 

Here’s what you need:

  • A bottle to spray it
  • A cup of water
  • ½ cup of vinegar (white)
  • A few drops of soap
  • 10-20 drops of the aromatic oil of your choice

A woman using dishsoap and a sponge to clean

Now, follow the below steps:

  1. In the bottle, mix a cup of water, ½  cup of vinegar, a few drops of dish soap, and 10-20 drops of your favourite aromatic oil.
  2. Spray the glass and use a squeegee to wipe it down.

Method 6: The Magic eraser

Of course, besides all the natural methods, there are also commercial products you can clean your door with, like the Magic eraser. It’s a non-toxic product that can remove soap-scum and limescale. Use it to get rid of all stains and scuffs from all the washable surfaces.

What you have to do? Wet with water, wring very well and scrub the glass surface

Method 7: Dryer sheets

They are used to soften fabric and water. They can also be used to fight grime on the shower door

What you need:

  • Dryer sheets 
  • Paper towels

Some dryer sheets on a table

Then: 

  1. Dampen the sheet and, starting from top to bottom, wipe the glass.
  2. Then dampen a towel and start wiping the glass again from top to bottom.

Method 8: Commercial cleaners

If you can’t get rid of any stubborn stains, you can also use commercial cleaners designed for the glass door. While using such products, always read the instructions, and wear protective rubber gloves. Usually, you have to apply these kinds of products directly on the door, leave them the recommended time, rinse them, or wipe them with a dry cloth or paper towels

How to remove limescale and watermarks from glass shower doors?

They are inevitable in the glass door of your shower. Hopefully, we all have that powerful ingredient in our kitchen that has magical cleansing properties. Of course, we’re talking about vinegar. A product that shouldn’t be missing from your kitchen. We suggest, though, having white distilled vinegar. It’s better in cleaning than coloured or cider vinegar. 

The needed materials to clean your glass door are:

  • A bottle to spray it
  • Distilled vinegar (white)
  • Water
  • Cotton cloths
  • A water stain remover
  • Microfiber cloths

Once you’ve gathered everything you need, follow these steps:

  1. Mix equal parts of vinegar and water in a clean bottle.
  2. Spray the glass door covering the entire surface.
  3. Wipe the door with a cotton cloth. For stubborn stains, dampen the cloth with the cleaning solution and scrub them. 
  4. Next, dry the door and buff it using a cloth
  5. In case water spots remain or show up again, you need something even more powerful. Put on your gloves and use a water stain remover according to the instructions labelled on the package. Open the door and the window. If there’s no window, turn on the extractor fan.
  6. Finally, repeat steps 3 and 4.

A woman wearing gloves is cleaning her shower glass

How to prevent watermarks and limescale?

They are so irritating, especially when they show up after the time you have spent on your bathroom cleaning. Fortunately, there are some tips you can follow daily to prevent their reappearance. 

    1. Be occupied with a squeegee. It’s a cheap, handy tool available in all supermarkets and hardware stores. Every time you finish your shower, grab it and clean the door eliminating the chances of them appearing.
    2. Install a water softener. This tip is expensive. However, it’s very useful, especially if you face hard water issues. Hard water is one of the leading causes of damages to pipes, appliances and your hair and skin. If you are aware of the hard water problem in your area, you should reconsider installing a water softener machine. It’s worth your while.
    3. Regular cleaningKeep a regular schedule of your shower door. It will save you from trouble. 

Why is it important to clean your glass shower door regularly?

Bathrooms are the only rooms with such high levels of humidity. They’re small, usually with a small window which isn’t enough to let the moisture evaporate. So, it remains enclosed and spreads to the rest of your house, creating problems for your appliances, furniture, and health. 

Excessive moisture leads to the development of bacteria and mould on the grout, bathroom walls and around the shower. In turn, mould and mildew may have an impact on your health, like irritations to your throat, respiratory problems, or allergy triggers.

What’s more, besides your health, moisture will affect the shower glass too. If you don’t clean the door regularly, you won’t be able to bring it back to its former condition. It’ll lose its new sparkling appearance, and you’ll end up with a shower glass full of stains spoiling the overall bathroom appearance.

Extra tips: How to keep your shower door shiny?

Water spots in the glass door can’t be avoided. But you can keep the door like new with some simple tiptop tricks

  1. Wipe down the glass door with a squeegee after each shower.
  2. Leave the bathroom door open after a shower. You’ll help the water evaporation preventing the mildew buildup and the watermarks. You can also keep the shower door ajar and turn on the bathroom fan to allow the bathroom to dry. 
  3. Stop using bar soap. It contains talc, which is responsible for the soap scum buildup. Instead, you can use liquid soap, a shower gel or talc-free soap. 
  4. Cleaning regularly is the best way to prevent spots and grime buildup

A beautiful bathroom with clean shower glass

Now that you know everything you need to keep your shower door at its finest, there’s no need to worry anymore! Grab your tools and create your DIY cleaning solution! It’s easier than you think! All you have to do is give it a little time every now and then to avoid facing a bigger problem. Everyone can do it!

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