Cleaning Shower Doors

When cleaning shower doors, we have had good results using Lime-A-Way and CLR. The trick is to keep the chemical on the glass. We use a paper towel and put the chemical on it. It will stick to the glass. After about 10 to 15 minutes, we carefully pull the towel off and use a scruffy to loosen the scale. Then, keep reapplying until the glass is clear.
We have also researched this to see just what other people suggest. Here are those suggestions.
Kaye Morris gives the following steps in her article on cleaning shower doors on eHow:

    1. Wipe the door with a fabric softener sheet to remove soft scum. The fabric softener will loosen the soap scum and lift it from the door.
    2. Pour one cup of white vinegar and one cup of water into a spray bottle. Shake the bottle to mix the contents.
    3. Spray the vinegar solution onto the shower door and wipe the door with a soft rag. The vinegar solution will remove dirt and grime from the door.
    4. Pour one cup of rubbing alcohol and one cup of water into a spray bottle and shake the bottle to mix the contents.
    5. Spray the rubbing alcohol solution onto the shower door and wipe it off with newspaper for a streak-free shine.

Kaye also adds the following tips and warnings when you are cleaning shower doors:

  • The rubbing alcohol cleaning solution is also good for shining chrome fixtures.
  • To keep your shower door streak free, wipe it down after each shower. A squeegee can be used for quick and easy removal of water.
  • Always wear gloves to protect your hands when working with cleaning chemicals.

I found the following to be very interesting.
It is by Christine Argier, an eHow contributing writer. She advises to use WD/40 for cleaning shower doors. Here are her steps:

    1. Spray WD-40 generously on the inside and outside of the shower doors, concentrating on areas with significant buildup. You don’t need to dry the doors before application; WD-40 can be sprayed on wet or dry shower doors.
    2. Wipe away using a clean towel to remove dirt, soap scum, calcium deposits and other residue.
    3. Apply additional WD-40 to any troublesome spots and wipe away. WD-40 is safe to use for cleaning tiles and shower fixtures. Simply spray, and then wipe away with a clean towel. As a safety precaution, avoid spraying WD-40 on the shower floor to prevent slipping.


She also says that using WD-40 to clean shower doors helps prevent the buildup of soap scum and water spots, making future cleanings much easier.
Here are some other products from around the house to use when cleaning shower doors that are mentioned in an article by Rhonda Bunton, another eHow Contributing Writer.

    • Baking Soda is good at cleaning many things, including soap scum. It will take a bit of scrubbing, but using baking soda when cleaning shower doors is inexpensive and eco-friendly. Put on cleaning gloves, and take a steel wool cleaning pad or cleaning sponge that is soaked in hot water. Liberally sprinkle baking soda on the sponge, and scrub the shower door with it. Keep your cleaning sponge damp and sprinkled with baking soda for this remedy to be effective.
    • Cleaning erasers are finely textured special sponges that have cleaning solution embedded in them. There are several brands of cleaning erasers available, including the brand Mr. Clean, and some brands even have specially formulated cleaning erasers meant just for use in the bathroom. To get the soap scum off of your glass shower door with a cleaning eraser, soak the eraser with warm water and wring out the excess. Scrub the shower door with the cleaning eraser, rinsing it out with more warm water occasionally.
    • Liquid laundry stain removers can do double duty as a cleaner for glass shower doors. Simply pour some on a cleaning sponge or steel wool cleaning pad and rub it on the shower door–the soap scum should come right off the glass. Then rinse it off with hot water.


  • White vinegar is an inexpensive, convenient all-purpose household cleaner and is good also for cleaning shower doors. Many people know that it works well when it comes to cleaning windows, but white vinegar can also remove the soap scum from shower doors. Simply soak a steel wool cleaning pad with the vinegar and scrub your shower door. Wear gloves while cleaning with the vinegar, and keep the bathroom well ventilated.

If you have tried any of these for cleaning shower doors, contact us and let us know how they worked for you and we will add your comments.

Dave Altman

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