Glass shower doors bring a modern elegance to your bathroom, but like other bathroom fixtures exposed to moisture, grime and mineral deposits can build up quickly.
Making a simple DIY shower cleaner with ingredients you have around the house can help fight tough stains without having to use strong, irritating chemicals.
And don’t forget to clean your shower door tracks, too! Once your shower door is sparkling, put some prevention tactics into action to make cleaning your shower door easier next time. Want to know our cleaning suggestions? Keep reading to find out more below!
How Often to Clean Glass Shower Doors
You should try to wipe down shower doors every night after the last person has bathed for the day. This is also a great time to clean your shower surround because the warm water has already loosened up the grime. Hard water spots tend to form when drops of water dry on the glass, and mold and mildew can grow in damp environments. To keep glass shower doors clean and grime-free you’ll need to make cleaning a regular habit.
A basic squeegee can save you lots of time and frustration so keep one hanging in your shower to make it easy, and remind family members to do it after each time they shower! Use a sponge or foam cleaning pad, such as a Magic Eraser, to avoid the need for additional cleaning products or toxic chemicals.
Cross multiple chores off your list by cleaning shower doors, walls, and floors at the same time. Leaving the door open after a shower will also help dry it out. To further prevent hard water spots and keep shower doors clean, spray the doors with a water-repellent spray, such as Rain-X, or consider installing a water softener to reduce mineral buildup.
Glass Shower Door Cleaning Schedule:
If you keep up with regular light maintenance, you should really only have to deep-clean shower doors and tracks every few weeks. If you are looking to start a cleaning routine, here’s a good shower cleaning schedule to follow:
✨Every day: After using the shower, squeegee glass shower doors and leave the door open to air out.
✨Weekly: Give your entire shower a wipe-down once a week with a sponge or foam cleaning pad.
✨Once a month: It’s time for a deep clean. Thoroughly scrub your entire shower, making sure to get in any nooks and crannies. Apply a water-repellent spray to prevent hard water stains on glass shower doors.
What You’ll Need
Before you get started, you’ll want to make sure you have everything you’ll need. Here is a quick list of most of the products you’ll be using for the methods below:
How to Clean Shower Doors with Vinegar
Step 1: Mix Vinegar & Dish Soap
For a homemade shower-door cleaner, mix distilled white vinegar (heated first) with the grease-cutting power of dish detergent, such as Dawn, in equal proportions. Pour the solution into a spray bottle.
Step 2: DIY Cleaner on the Shower Door
Spray the mixture on the front and back of the doors. Let it stand for about 30 minutes or until it has cut through the grime.
Step 3: Rinse & Dry
Rinse off the solution using fresh water and a damp sponge, and dry the glass with a microfiber cloth.
This vinegar and dish soap solution works for most showers, but use caution when cleaning shower doors with vinegar. If your shower is made of stone, vinegar could damage it. Instead, mix some liquid soap with baking soda until it’s the consistency of frosting. Scrub this eco-friendly cleaner onto the glass shower door with a non-scratch sponge, then rinse with warm water.
How to Clean Shower Doors with Lemon
Say goodbye to annoying streaks with this trick to clean glass shower doors without residue, according to the book The Joy of Green Cleaning. Cut a lemon in half and dip the cut side in baking soda, then rub on both sides of the glass door. The acid in the lemon reacts with the baking soda, making a sudsy foam.
Once you get the glass clean, try rubbing it with a little lemon oil. The oil will work to repel the water so the soap doesn’t dry on the glass. As a bonus, the fresh lemon scent will leave a far more pleasant smell in your bathroom than bleach.
How to Clean Shower Door Tracks
The edges or tracks of your shower door need attention, too. These creases are a prime target for mold and trapped soap scum if you forget about them while cleaning shower doors. Use a toothbrush or a small handheld brush to scrub the metal frame around your shower door.
A paint scraper can help remove gunk where the metal meets the shower or door, and a razor blade scraper, when carefully and gently applied, can scrape mineral spots off the flat glass. Be sure to use a clean, sharp blade and hold it at a 45-degree angle to the surface to avoid scratching the glass.
Watch this video to discover a straightforward method that could assist in clearing away residue from your shower door tracks.
How to Make a Daily Shower Spray
Using a shower spray daily can allow you more time between deep cleans. Make your own cleaner to save you time and money by mixing 1 cup of water, 1/2 cup of vinegar, a little dish soap, and 10-20 drops of your favorite essential oil like our favorite Lavender and Sweet Orange Blend for scent, if you like.
Keep it in your shower and spray the glass door down after squeegeeing. Using a no-rinse daily shower spray allows more time between deep cleans. Remember to skip the vinegar if you have a stone tile shower!
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