The age-old debate: glass door showers VS shower curtains. The one thing both sides can agree on is that shower doors are a pain to keep clean. Every time you shower, you leave behind hard water stains and soap scum on your glass doors. 

If your glass shower doors aren’t clear, your bathroom can look messy and unclean. Not regularly cleaning them may have permanent effects. However, making your own glass cleaner with supplies you already have in the kitchen is a breeze.

In this article, you’ll find tips and recommendations on how to clean a glass shower door easily and quickly.

How to Clean Glass Shower Doors With Hard Water Stains?

Glass or acrylic shower doors should be cleaned after every shower to prevent soap scum buildup. Once a week, do a deeper clean with a quick spritz of shower door cleaner and a scrub sponge. Allowing soap scum and minerals to accumulate can make cleaning time-consuming and harder.

Water can sometimes contain a lot of calcium which results in hard water stains. Here are two methods on how to clean treated glass shower doors for hard water stains:

  • Lemon juice: Cut a lemon in half, dip the cut side into baking soda and scrub the discolored portions of your glass doors. The acidity of the lemon juice helps to break down stains and the baking soda acts as a gentle exfoliant. Then, thoroughly rinse and dry with a microfiber cloth.
  • Ammonia: Important – DO NOT use ammonia with other cleaning products due to its strong odor and possible chemical reactions. Be sure to open a window or turn on proper ventilation. Pour one quart of warm distilled water and one tablespoon of household ammonia into a spray bottle. Spray the mixture over the glass and wait five minutes. Scrub any stains using a soft sponge, rinse with water, then dry with a microfiber cloth.

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How to Clean Glass Shower Doors With Vinegar?

The most common and natural method to clean almost everything at home is vinegar. First, warm white distilled vinegar in the microwave (but do not bring it to a boil). Use an empty spray bottle to apply warm vinegar to the glass and let sit for ten minutes. Scrub any stains using a sponge using baking soda paste (mix baking soda and a teaspoon of water). Rinse the glass with a shower sprayer, and dry with a microfiber cloth.

Be careful to not use vinegar on stone tiles. 

How to Clean Glass Shower Doors With Dryer Sheets?

The lint-absorbent properties of dryer sheets are ideal for dissolving and absorbing dirt and soap scum, making them an effective tool for removing stubborn buildup from shower doors.

Wet one dryer sheet, scrub down your doors, then use a damp paper towel or cloth to wipe them down. 

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How to Keep Glass Shower Doors Clean?

To keep your bathroom and shower doors clean, follow these simple steps:

  • Don’t let water and soap scum sit. After every shower, dry glass shower doors and walls with a microfiber cloth or squeegee.
  • For everyday maintenance, prepare a cleaning solution and store it in the shower; we recommend this one:
    Combine 1 cup water, 1/2 cup vinegar, a few drops of dish soap, and 10–20 drops of your preferred essential oil for aroma.
  • If you have hard water in your apartment (calcium and other minerals), install a water softening system in your house.
  • Switch to liquid soap or body wash to eliminate soap scum. Compared to bar soap, it is less prone to interact with minerals and cause stains.



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