The Easy DIY Guide to Cleaning Shower Doors

clean shower doorsThanks to changing trends in home design, many more houses have showers with doors instead of curtains. The downside of having shower doors is that hard water stains and soap scum will be put on full display, whether your glass is frosted or not.

Don’t let that happen to you. Learn how to remove hard water stains from shower doors using all-natural DIY methods, then check out some handy tips to keep that glass clean longer.

Note: Make sure you know which cleaners should never be combined when creating DIY solutions, especially if you clean with bleach in your bathroom.

How to Clean Shower Doors with Lemon

When life hands you lemons, use them to clean your shower doors. Citric acid has some amazing cleaning properties, and — as a bonus — lemon juice smells great.

You’ll need:

  • Two or three lemons (Tip: Pick heavy lemons at the store; Weightier lemons with thinner skins tend to have more juice.)
  • A spray bottle
  • Distilled water
  • Microfiber cloths

  1. Squeeze about 3 tablespoons of juice from the lemons.
  2. Mix the lemon juice with a cup of distilled water in your spray bottle.
  3. Shake the bottle to thoroughly mix the liquids.
  4. Spray the shower doors with the solution and let it sit for about five minutes.
  5. Using downward motions, wipe the solution from the glass.
  6. Buff any streaks with a dry microfiber cloth.

Cleaning Shower Doors with Vinegar

Vinegar might not smell as sweet as lemons, but it’s just as effective and is often already in your pantry.

You’ll need:

  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Distilled water
  • A microwave-safe bowl
  • A spray bottle
  • Microfiber cloths

  1. Mix one part vinegar to three parts water in a microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Microwave the mixture for 60 seconds.
  3. Pour the solution into a spray bottle.
  4. Mist the shower doors with the solution. Let this sit for three to five minutes.
  5. Working from top to bottom, wipe the doors dry with a microfiber cloth.
  6. Use a clean microfiber cloth to buff out any streaks.

How to Clean Shower Doors with Ammonia

You probably already knew that a DIY ammonia-based cleaner can help you get a streak-free shine on glass tabletops. Well, now you can use any of that leftover cleaning solution to tackle those shower doors.

You’ll need:

  • 2 tablespoons of ammonia
  • 2 quarts of warm distilled water
  • A large spray bottle
  • Microfiber cloths

  1. Mix the ammonia and water together in your spray bottle.
  2. Apply the solution to your shower doors.
  3. Leave the cleaner on the door for three to five minutes.
  4. Wipe the solution from the door with a dry microfiber cloth. Work from the top to the bottom.
  5. Buff any remaining streaks with a fresh cloth.

Cleaning Shower Doors on a Daily Basis

There’s no foolproof DIY method that will keep hard water stains, mildew and soap scum from coming back forever. How do you clean shower doors to slow these bathroom baddies down? There are two easy things you can do regularly:

  1. After each shower, wipe down doors and walls with a dry microfiber cloth.
  2. Leave bathroom doors open when the room isn’t in use. This will allow air to circulate, which can help prevent mildew growth.

It's important to remember that hard water stains build up over time. While regular cleaning will improve the condition of the door, it is possible that the surface may never be completely restored to its original state. So, don't worry that you're doing something wrong because your shower doors don't look brand new after you've cleaned them. And, of course, the easiest way to keep hard water stains and soap scum from taking over shower doors is to let someone else take care them for you. Contact your local Merry Maids to scrub those scummy doors, so you have more time to do the things you truly enjoy.

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