Cleaning Glass Shower Doors With Vinegar (2 Ways)

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Glass shower doors add a touch of modern elegance to your bathroom. However, exposure to moisture can result in mineral deposit buildup on these doors. Using vinegar to remove tough stains and unsightly grime is simple and means you can clean your glass shower doors without using strong and irritating chemicals.   

Plain vinegar may not be able to handle heavy-duty grime and soap scum on glass shower doors. To remove stubborn hard water and soap scum stains, use vinegar mixed with baking soda. Or you can mix dish detergent and vinegar and spray it on your shower door to remove dirt and grime.   

Vinegar is an excellent solution for cleaning your shower door as it’s readily available, simple to use, and doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals or harsh fumes. Let’s look at how vinegar can remove stains and keep your shower glass clean effectively. 

How to Clean Shower Glass with Vinegar 

Hands in rubber gloves wash the transparent doors in the shower stall

Soap buildup and hard water can damage your glass door if you don’t take care of them in time. However, you can easily clean your glass shower door with just a few household items.   

Materials Needed:

When cleaning shower glass with vinegar, you’re going to need:

How to Clean

To clean your glass shower door, here’s what you should do:

  1. First, put the white vinegar in your microwave and heat it for 2 minutes.
  1. Next, mix three parts warm water and 1 part white vinegar in a spray bottle. 
  1. Now spray the mixture directly onto the glass shower door and use a microfiber cloth to massage it into the door. Leave the mixture for 15 minutes.
  1. Use a soft brush to scrub the soap scum and hard water stains.
  1. Rinse with water and then use a squeegee to dry the shower door.  

Don’t apply too much pressure while cleaning, as it could damage the glass and even leave streaks on it instead of leaving the surface clean. For ease of cleaning, always start cleaning from the top and move downwards.   

Water Stains: Use Vinegar and Baking Soda

Mixing vinegar and baking soda is an easy and inexpensive way to clean glass shower doors without abrasive scrubbing or using harsh chemicals. With this mixture, you can clean glass doors, windows, sinks, and other glass surfaces.  

Materials Needed

To clean glass shower doors with baking soda and vinegar, you’re going to need:

How to Clean

The following steps will help you clean glass shower doors with vinegar and baking soda:

  1. Heat 1½  cups of vinegar for 2 minutes in a microwave.
  1. Take ½ cup of baking soda and slowly pour the heated vinegar into the baking soda cup to make a consistent paste. Make sure that it’s not too runny.
  1. Combining baking soda and vinegar will cause a chemical reaction, and you’ll see bubbles in your cup. Don’t worry, as this paste is entirely safe to use. 
  1. Using a soft brush, apply this paste to your shower glass door. Leave it for 15 minutes.
  1. Rinse with warm water and use a microfiber cloth or squeegee to dry the glass door.  

Soap Stains: Use Vinegar and Dish Detergent

Using vinegar and dish detergent helps to remove soap scum buildup from your glass shower doors.

Materials Needed

How to Clean

  1. Heat 1 cup of vinegar for 2 minutes in a microwave.
  1. Now take a bowl and add vinegar to this bowl.
  1. Add 1 cup of dish detergent to this bowl and mix it well.
  1. Fill a spray bottle with this mixture.   
  1. Shake it well before spraying the mixture directly onto your shower glass door.
  1. Use a brush to massage the Dawn vinegar cleaner onto your glass doors. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes.
  1. Rinse it off and use a squeegee to dry the glass shower door. 

Can Vinegar Damage Glass Showers? 

Vinegar is safe to use on glass showers; however, you must be careful. If your shower is constructed with stone, vinegar could damage it. 

Instead of using vinegar, you can make a paste of baking soda and liquid soap. First, make sure that it has the consistency of frosting. Then, with the help of a sponge, massage this eco-friendly cleaner directly onto the shower door and rinse with warm water.  

Why Should You Use Vinegar to Clean Glass Shower Doors?

Process of shower door disinfection with antibacterial spray bottle and cloth

Using vinegar to remove dirt and grime from glass shower doors is beneficial because:

  • It helps to avoid harsh chemicals used to clean shower doors.
  • Vinegar doesn’t need vigorous scrubbing and can easily be wiped with a microfiber cloth. 
  • Vinegar is environmentally-friendly and can be washed down the drain, unlike some cleaning products that must be disposed of in hazardous waste containers.
  • It helps to fight mold growth on surfaces.
  • Vinegar doesn’t have any strong odors that may linger.
  • It’s an excellent all-purpose cleaner and can help kill harmful bacteria like E. coli.
  • It’s inexpensive, easy to use, and readily available at most grocery stores. 

Tips for Keeping Glass Doors Clean 

With regular maintenance, you’ll only have to deep-clean your glass shower doors once a month. Here’s what you should do:

  • Use a microfiber cloth or a squeegee to wipe the shower doors after every use.
  • Using Rain-x (on Amazon) on your glass shower door after cleaning it with vinegar will help prevent dirt and grime buildup.
  • Mix vinegar and baking soda to clean your shower door at least once a week.
  • Use soft water in your bathroom, as calcium buildup is a primary reason behind your shower doors getting dirty.
  • Switch from bar soaps to body washes, liquid soaps, and shower gels, as bar soaps contain talc and paraffin wax which causes soap scum on your shower door. 
  • Keep the bathroom dry after every use by airing it out, wiping water off the walls, and running the fan.

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