Does your glass shower door contain hard water stains, soap scum, or mildew that makes your bathroom look untidy? Have you also realized that it is not so easy to clean with a soapy sponge or clothe? If this is the case, you can use simple DIY tips and bring back the sparkle on your door.
A glass shower door gives your bathroom a sleek modern appearance, but it can also be disgusting when exposed to moisture or unsightly grime. The following simple tips will work for you;
- Using White Vinegar
If you want to clean your glass shower door without using strong irritating chemicals, then white vinegar will do. Mix equal portions of a grease-cutting detergent with distilled white vinegar and pour the mixture into a spray bottle.
Apply the solution on the door’s sides and let it stand for about 30 minutes or until it cuts through the grime. Rinse off the mixture with clean water and a wet sponge then dry the glass using a microfiber cloth.
Although this remedy works for most showers, you need to be cautious if your bathroom is made of stone tiles as vinegar could damage it. You can mix some liquid soap with baking powder to get a frosting consistency. Scrub the mixture onto the glass door using a non-scratch sponge until it is clean.
2. Using Lemon
Lemon is a natural product that removes streaks without staining the glass or leaving any residue. Cut a lemon into two, dip the freshly-cut side into baking soda, and then rub it on both sides of your glass door.
Once the glass is clean, you can rub a little lemon oil to repel the water and prevent the soap from drying on the glass. Lemon also leaves a fresh scent in your bathroom.
3. Daily Shower Spray
You can use a shower spray daily on your shower and glass door when you do not clean deeply. Mix 1/2-cup white vinegar, a little dish soap, and 1-cup water. You can also mix with a few drops of your favorite essential oil to add scent. Keep the solution in the shower and spray your glass door after showering.
Avoid vinegar if your bathroom floor is made of stone tiles.
Best Cleaners for Glass Shower Doors
The best cleaners for your glass shower doors are natural solutions without any harsh chemicals. Shower door cleaners should not contain health risks for you or your family. Here are some examples;
- Water and Vinegar
Water and vinegar mixture is an inexpensive and safe solution that helps keep your glass shower door clean and environmental- friendly. Mix white vinegar and warm distilled water in the ratio 1:3 and pour it into a spray bottle.
Spray the solution onto the glass door and rinse with warm water after a few minutes. Wipe off with a paper towel, newspaper, or a clean, dry cloth.
2. Water and Baking Soda
Place half a cup of baking soda on a cloth or sponge and wipe a damp shower door. Baking soda and water form a scrub that fights off scum. After scrubbing, rinse off with warm water to get a sparkling and freshly-smelling bathroom. You can also rinse the glass with lemon juice or white vinegar.
3. Salt, Baking Soda, and Vinegar
Make a paste using baking soda, salt, and water. Spray some vinegar on the shower door, apply the paste using a damp sponge, and rinse off.
4. Water and Lemon
The citric acid found in lemon juice is ideal for cleaning glass shower doors, and it smells cool. Squeeze two or three lemons to obtain juice and add to a cup of distilled water.
Using a spray bottle, apply the liquid mixture to the shower door and then wipe it dry with a microfiber cloth after a few minutes.
5. Vinegar and Baking Soda
Prepare a paste consisting of white vinegar and a half-cup of baking soda. Wipe your glass door with this paste then rinse it off after 10-15 minutes using a paper towel or cloth.
6. Water and ammonia solution
Dissolve two tablespoons of ammonia in warm distilled and place the solution in a spray bottle. Spray the liquid onto your glass shower door and leave it to stand for 3-5 minutes. Wipe dry using a microfiber cloth.
7. Vinegar and Dish Soap
Mix equal portions of white vinegar and dish-washing soap and pour the mixture into a sponge dispenser. Clean the glass door until it sparkles.
8. Peppermint, hydrogen peroxide, and tea tree
Tea tree and peppermint mixture are excellent for removing mildew and mold from the shower cabin. Mix a half-cup of hydrogen peroxide with one cup of water. Add about ten drops of tea tree essential oil into ten drops of peppermint essential oil and mix it with the hydrogen peroxide solution.
Spray your shower door and any parts of the cabin that have mildew or mold. Leave the solution standing for about one to two hours and then rinse off.
9. Rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide
Mix equal portions of rubbing alcohol and hydrogen peroxide then add a tablespoon dishwasher rinse aid and a teaspoon of liquid dish detergent.
Place the mixture into a spray bottle and dilute it with water then mix gently to avoid producing foam. Use the mixture to clean the door as necessary.
10. Commercial Cleaners
You can buy commercial cleaners to remove stains caused by hard water that may not be removed using homemade remedies. Look for non-abrasive cleaners that will not scratch the glass.
Dry the doors and then use a commercial cleaner whose pH value ranges between 7 and 8. Wipe the glass after a few minutes using a cloth or paper towels. Ensure that your hands are protected with gloves to avoid inflammation by the chemicals.
How to Get Hard Water Stains Off Glass Shower Doors
Hard water contains many dissolved minerals, mainly magnesium and calcium, as well as lime and chalk. Most cities in the US have hard water that picks up minerals and becomes hard as it makes way through the ground.
When hard water comes into contact with soap scum, they form stain on your glass shower door. To remove the stain, you will need; lemon juice, a spray bottle, water, vinegar, scrubbing sponge, a squeegee, and baking soda. Follow the steps below;
- Mix 1-part of vinegar with 3-parts of baking soda in a small bowl or container
- Mix equal volumes of vinegar and water in a spray bottle
- Place a towel on the floor to protect it.
- Put some lemon juice onto a scrubbing sponge and apply it to your glass shower door. Citric acid in lemon juice helps to break calcium and magnesium that make up the stain. Apply the juice in a circular motion and ensure that you cover every part of your door
- Using a toothbrush, apply the mixture of vinegar and baking soda on all the corners of your door and crevices
- Place the mixture on a scrubbing sponge and apply it to the areas with lemon juice on your door in a circular motion. Allow to stand for a few hours for the stain to loosen up and the mixture to dry.
- Spray the mixture of water and vinegar onto the door
- Use a squeegee to remove the liquid from the door downward.
- Use a clean, dry towel or a dry newspaper to wipe away the residue and dry your door.
How to Keep Your Glass Door Sparkling
Stain appears on your glass shower door when drops of hard water dry on it. The best way to keep the door sparkling is to prevent the water from drying there. Use the following measures;
- Use a squeegee to wipe the glass down after showering
- Apply a hydrophobic substance such as Rain X or Clear Choice after cleaning to keep off water spots from the door
- Install a water softener in the bathroom. Although this process may be expensive, it will reduce minerals from building up on your shower glass. The softener will also protect your pipes, showerheads, dishwasher, and faucets from damage by hard water.
A glass shower door adds elegance to your bathroom and makes it attractive to your family and visitors. But minerals from hard water may build up on the door, making it disgusting to look at. With the best cleaners, you can keep your bathroom and doors always glittering and looking fresh.
Always wipe off the water drops using a squeegee after showering to prevent them from dying off. You can also follow the above methods and use the reagents mentioned to clean and remove any build-up from your glass shower door and have your shower always attractive.