How to Clean Glass Shower Doors: An Easy Step-by-Step Guide

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A glass shower door is one of the fixtures in your bathroom that’s most likely to get marks and smudges. This pristine looking shower partition adds a lot of glamour to the bathroom, but unfortunately, like all things glamorous, it can be a bit high-maintenance as well.

In order to help you take better care of your bathroom glass doors, we have a detailed guide below that tells you how to clean these glass shower doors with ease.

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How to Clean Shower Glass Doors

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Traditional Method

The following is one of the simplest and most effective methods of achieving clean glass shower doors.

  1. Take an empty spray bottle and fill it with ample amounts of a quality glass shower door cleaner. If you don’t have a store-bought cleaner at home, you can always go with a DIY mix of a cup of water, half cup of distilled white vinegar, and a quarter cup of dish soap. The acidity of the vinegar makes it a highly effective cleaning liquid without the use of any chemicals.
  2. Using the spray bottle to apply the cleaning or homemade solution thoroughly on the surface of the shower door. Make sure to apply on the crevices and corners of the surface as well
  3. Now it's time for the solution to work its wonder as you sit back and relax. You can let the solution sit for at least thirty minutes of the glass door surface so that it has ample time to work on the grime buildup.
  4. After the thirty minutes mark, you can use a clean cloth or sponge in order to scrub the door of the shower clean. If there are any traces of soap scum on the surface, apply a bit of extra pressure and effort to remove it entirely.
  5. You’re done with the cleaning of the shower door at this point. All that’s left to do is to rinse the remainder of the solution from the shower door using your shower or faucet. 
  6. If you want to go the extra mile to give your shower door that extra shine and sparkle, you can use an ammonia mixture for the desired effect. Mix two quarts of warm water with two tablespoons of ammonia in a spray bottle. After you spray the door with the liquid, allow the solution to sit for three minutes before you wipe it clean. Make sure to use protective gloves in the step and do not mix ammonia with any other chemicals during the cleaning process.

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Dryer Sheet Method

Dryer sheets are a great cleaning tool to use when it comes to the maintenance of your glass shower doors. This material is useful in removing grime from the door that can be difficult to eliminate otherwise. The lint of these sheets are also handy in removing and absorbing soap scum and grime.

In order to use dryer sheets for cleaning, follow these simple steps:

  • Wet one dryer sheet lightly
  • Use the sheet to wipe down the glass door in your shower
  • Use a cloth soaked in warm water to rinse the surface of the door when you’re done

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Magic Eraser Method

A magic eraser is another under-rated tool that you can use to give your shower door a proper cleaning. Magic erasers are especially handy when you’re tackling a deep cleaning session with a dirty shower door.

They can be useful in eliminating the soap scum buildup on the shower doors, along with any mineral deposits as well. 

In order to use a magic eraser to clean your glass shower door, follow these steps:

  • Wet a fresh magic eraser slightly.
  • Wring out any excess water in the eraser.
  • Use circular motions to clean the surface of the glass from top to bottom
  • You should see the dirty residue from the door come off at this point
  • Use a faucet or the shower to rinse the door and let it shine

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Lemon Method

Another simple and effective home-remedy to clean glass doors is by using the simple and unassuming lemon as your tool. We already see lemon extracts being used in a wide range of cleaning solutions, and for good reasons. The acidic nature of the lemon is crucial in eliminating tough grime from your glass door.

You can use the lemon in your cleaning process by following these steps:

  • Cut half a lemon and dip the cut face of the lemon in baking soda
  • Apply the baking soda and lemon mix directly on both side of the glass door
  • Let the mix sit on the surface before you rinse it clean
  • A pro-tip involves using lemon oil after rinsing. This helps to repel water and doesn't let the soap dry on the glass
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How to Keep Shower Glass Doors Clean

Now that you know how easy it is to clean your shower doors, here are some useful tips to help you keep the glass doors clean as well.

  • Squeegeeing your glass doors everyday once you’re done with your shower is a great way to retain the look of the surface. It's much easier to remove the water stains and soap scum when it's fresh in comparison to when it has had time to sit on your glass doors.
  • Start using the squeegee from the top left corner of your shower and slowly drag the device down to the floor. Make sure you’ve covered all portions of the door until you’ve gotten to the bottom of the right corner. 
  • Use a microfiber cloth to finish wiping the door clean and remove all excess traces of water. 
  • Leave your shower door and bathroom door open to ensure there is air circulation.
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How Often to Clean Your Shower

If you conduct a regular cleaning of your shower, you’ll have to resort to conducting a deep clean only once every few weeks. Here is a general schedule you can follow in order to keep up with your bathroom cleaning duties.

  • Everyday: Try and use a squeegee and a spray cleaner to wipe the door clean. Also leave the door open after your shower to let the surface air out.
  • Weekly: On a weekly basis, you can use a sponge or a magic eraser to wipe down your entire shower.
  • Monthly: You should aim for a deep clean of your bathroom on a monthly basis. At this point, you should thoroughly scrub your entire shower and clean out every nook and cranny.
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Through the Looking Glass Doors

We are hopeful that the above guide helps you maintain the look and sheen of your bathroom glass doors for years to come. Much like most maintenance tasks, it is better to stay regular at this chore instead of saving up all the major work for bulk cleaning sessions. 

Regular maintenance helps to retain the shine to keep your glass shower doors clean. For more such handy tips and guides, make sure to visit our blog today.

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