The Step-by-Step Guide for a Squeaky-Clean Shower Door

Katy Willis
Written by Katy Willis
Updated September 21, 2021
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Shower doors inevitably get covered in soap scum and water stains. After all, it's hard to scrub yourself clean without soap or water—and impossible to do so without splashing. Thankfully, you can easily clean glass shower doors with just a couple of household ingredients and even get rid of extra tough stains in just a few minutes.

Difficulty: 1/5Time: 15 minutesGlass Shower Door Cleaning Supplies:

  • Spray bottle

  • Microfiber cloths

  • White vinegar

  • Baking soda

  • Squeegee

  • Essential oil of your choice (optional)

1. Fill the Spray Bottle

Fill your spray bottle halfway with vinegar. You can also add 15 to 20 drops of your favorite essential oil to keep your shower smelling fresh and clean.

2. Spray the Door

Spray the inside of the door, working from the bottom up. Make sure you spray the frame, sill, and seals. Give an extra spray to the joins where the glass meets the seals or the frame, as this is where mold and bacteria tend to linger. 

Do note that if the seals are no longer effective and you have water leaking outside of the door, you'll need to replace them. Or you could replace your old door with a frameless shower door, giving bacteria and mold spores fewer places to take up residence.

3. Let It Sit

Let the spray sit so it can break down soap scum and water stains. For moderate staining, let the vinegar sit for at least five minutes. If the staining is particularly cringey, you may need to leave it for up to 30 minutes.

4. Wipe Down the Door and Clean the Frame

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Once your time is up, it's time to get cleaning. Take a microfiber cloth and spray your vinegar mixture directly onto it. Wipe down the door, working from the top down. 

Pro tip: Don’t use an abrasive scrubber, or you can run the risk of irrevocably damaging your door's frame or scratching the glass. 

Make sure you pay special attention to the frame, seals, and areas where the door meets these components. If you find you still have a lot of gunk trapped in these places, spray a toothbrush with vinegar and scrub the seals and gaps to get rid of any buildup. Then, go back to your microfiber cloth and finish wiping down the door. If you can still see spotting, don't be afraid to apply a bit more elbow grease.

5. Spray Again

Spray the glass door with the vinegar again and let it sit for three to five more minutes.

6. Wipe Down

Take a second clean, dry microfiber cloth and wipe the glass down, using a circular motion and working from top to bottom.

How to Remove Tough Stains From Glass Shower

Doors

If you find you still have really stubborn soap scum or hard water stains, break out the baking soda.

Put two teaspoons of baking soda in a small pot and add one teaspoon of water. Mix this into a paste and use a cloth or toothbrush to spread it onto the tough stain. Let it sit for 15 minutes. 

Spray the pasted-over area with vinegar and use a toothbrush to scrub. You'll see the baking soda start to fizz as it reacts with the vinegar. The bubbles help loosen stubborn stains and the vinegar helps break down the minerals. 

Wipe away the residue. Then, for a final sparkling clean, spray some vinegar on a clean cloth and wipe over the area.

How to Prevent Stains on Glass Shower Doors

Preventing stains in the first place is easy: Just buy a squeegee and keep it in the shower. At the end of every shower, squeegee the door. This limits the opportunity for soap scum and water stains to build up.

Or, you can buy a store-bought spray (like Rain X) that will keep water stains from building up on your door. Whichever method you prefer, you’ll have a shiny, sparkling door!

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