The Easiest Way To Clean Glass Shower Doors

April 18, 2020

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After years of struggling, I've finally found the easiest way to clean my glass shower doors.

It was never my favorite job, but with this quick cleaning tip, they come out crystal clear in no time, every time!

Come see.

White tiled shower with glass doors

A few weeks ago, I shared a few updates I'd made to our master bathroom. There was a lot of pretty in that room, if I do say so myself.

I'd made a new green valance to coordinate with the recently made over fabric covered shutter doors and, oh yes, a charming new printable.

It was all so fun and fresh.

And so many people left lovely comments about the new look.

However.

What people really wanted to know, more than how to make the curtain, or where to find the printable, was how did I keep my glass shower doors so clean.

Hmph. Really?

All that dreamy fabric - and a new blind - but the hype was all about those doors. Oh well. I take it as a compliment, it means I'm doing something right, especially since clean glass doors are my pet peeve.

I hate smudges and water stains and that awful white soap film that builds up. Terrible, all of it is just icky. Plus, it makes my tiny bathroom feel even smaller.

Soap Streaked Shower Doors

I mean it, cloudy doors feel like a wall, they block your eye and the room feels as if it ends a few feet shorter than when you can see to the back of the shower wall.

It's the reason I don't have a curtain in that claustrophobic room.

I love the glass. However, it doesn't look great all the time without some effort. Here's what we do.

How To Get Crystal Clean And Clear Shower Doors


1. Squeegee


Shower Squeegee

First and foremost, I rely on my squeegee. I got it for about two bucks at Ikea. If you can't get there now, you can still grab one online.

People have been touting the tool forever when it comes to clean shower doors. And I ignored their advice for the better part of a decade.

Big mistake. It's essential.

Using A Squeegee On Shower Doors

When we're done showering, we grab it and go over the doors quickly. Believe it or not, once it becomes rote, you never even think about it.

My husband even does it now. Amazing.

2. Clean


a bottle of vinegar

Once a week when I clean the shower, I just rinse the doors lightly with a little vinegar and water mix. I put it in a spray bottle for easier use.

The vinegar cuts what little has gathered on the glass and gives it a nice shine. No scrubbing, just a quick wipe and rinse.

3. Scrub


cerama bryte cleaner on a blue scotch brite pad

If we use the squeegee religiously, we only need to scrub the doors about once every few months or so.

No kidding...and when I say scrub, I don't really mean it, because I use a product called Cerama Bryte.

Scrubbing shower doors

I love this product. I use it on my glass stovetop, my porcelain sink and my glass shower doors.

It doesn't scratch, it's not made with a bunch of scary, smelly chemicals, so it doesn't bother my lungs and it makes quick work of cleaning those doors.

Cleaning shower doors with a blue scotch brite pad

I squirt a small amount on to my non-scratch pad, rub it on and then wipe it off.

I do go over the doors after with a little soap and water to remove any reside.

They come out crystal clean and super clear.

White tiled shower with clean glass doors

Almost invisible.

Which is good and bad.

Good for obvious reasons.

Bad because you can see right through to that tile wall which is decidedly much harder to keep clean.

Grout is my nemesis!

Anyone have a quick tip for cleaning that?

I'm all ears.

  1. Your doors look so sparkly clean. I hated when I had glass doors. We had hard water too which was even worse on the doors. Wish I had known these tips. If you have glass doors this is great. Happy Saturday.
    Hugs
    Kris

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    1. Thanks Kris! Once every few years my husband takes the entire shower apart and gives it a solid scrub outside...even the metal frame. During the in-between we do this. It's taken me years to get it down to a science, but the shower curtain in the other bathroom, is really so much easier!!

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  2. Thank you for sharing this! I have tried everything and it hasn’t worked! I am definitely going to try this :-)

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  3. I appreciate your tips on keeping those glass doors sparkly clean! In our previous house, I spent hours cleaning the doors, and always came away with unhappy results and sore muscles. We now have a remodeled shower with a special coating on the glass, but it always get squee-geed! I have found using Tilex Mold & Mildew Stain Remover that comes in a spray bottle works great on tile grout! Let it sit about 10 minutes, then scrub away with a toothbrush. Also, on the caulking where it gets discolored, squirt some toilet bowl cleaner that contains bleach (be sure it has the bleach) and let it sit for half an hour or more, then scrub away with a toothbrush works like a charm! Hope these tips help!

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    1. Thanks Kathy!! I really don’t love cleaning that grout. We need to put some Rain-X or something on the glass doors. I know a lot of people swear by those kinds of products. I didn’t listen about the squeegee soon enough. You’d think I would’ve learned by now to take the hints! Stay safe!

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  4. Thanks for the info, i don't have that much trouble with my door but, that tile is another story,hope someone knows something spectacular to use. Have a blessed day.

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    1. Grout is my nemesis, Marlene. SO far there seem to be a lot of very good tips here. Drying the tiles after use seems to be the easiest...and yet the hardest one all at the same time! 😉I'm going to TRY to give it a try!

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  5. thank you for the great tip! I don't have glass doors. but I don't know why I never thought of using Cerama Bryte on other glass!
    and as for grout and tile... I was given the most valuable tip of my early housekeeping life ever... by Bob's uncle Ray.
    Ray was wonderful. a Navy Man through and through. he told me the secret of keeping a shower looking clean!
    after each shower just always "towel down the tiles!" it's as simple as that.
    and like you say ~ after while even every family member does it. it's so simple. the grout stays white
    the tiles stay shiny. and I can't wait to squeegee first and then towel the grout. it's also a great little exercise for upper arms! lol.
    then you can clean them every so often with your favorite cleaner or whatever.
    but day to day your shower looks SO CLEAN! and never nasty dark stains on the grout because of dampness and bacteria growing there. it's sanitary as well as clean because it's dry! xoxo

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    1. Tammy, you are so right!! I have heard this tip before, from a plumber who installed bathrooms all the time and he said if you want to keep the tiles clean, just dry them off. I haven't ever done it and I SHOULD!! And yes, besides being ugly it is unsanitary and not healthy...when the steam bubbles up and mixes with that icky mess in the grout, it just can't be good for the lungs. Ok, so I'm going to try the towel trick. I don't know if it'll take, but if we can learn to squeegee, we can learn to dry!! xoxo

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    2. I had to have our 60 yr old tub repainted and using bleach on it is a no no. That's ok cause forever I've only used baking soda and cheap shampoo to clean it. The walls are glazed ceramic tiles from mid 70's and in excellent condition but caulking was a bit tough to keep w/o mildew/mold until I started drying after the last daily use. Once the new tub was glazed using bleach was a no no on the caulking so it HAD to be dried to avoid the mold. Now, 25+ yrs later 3 boys and a daughter who are all moved out, I am going to replace the caulking for the first time. Just proof that drying the caulking around the tub makes a HUGE difference! and ps....the finish on the tub looks just as good now as it did then. Use baking soda and not expensive abrasive cleaners!!

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    3. Oh yes, I love baking soda and we use that on our grout, too. I can't deal with strong odors, so it works for me. I need to dry for sure...thanks!!

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  6. We have glass doors too. We also use vinegar.
    Your bathroom is lovely. I like the bright look.
    Carla

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    1. Vinegar is awesome, Carla! I'm a huge fan...and thanks!!

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  7. I use the cook top cleaner to keep my oven clean and shiny. It also works on appliances, Toasters, stainless steel, electric tea kettle and the outside of pots and pans. Don't use it on the inside of pots and pans. I've even used it on my granite counter tops. All the glass top stove cleaners I've tried seem to work double duty like this.

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    1. Yes! I totally agree with you. I don't have granite so I haven't tried that one, but I wish I would've known that when we did. It was hard to find something that didn't dull it. Great tip!!

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  8. I love the squeegee tip... we have a bathtub in our bathroom, so no shower doors for us, but I have had shower doors in the past that were such a pain to clean. I like using Mr. Clean erasers for my bathtub, they seem to get rid of the buildup. You might try that for your grout... that is if you haven't already, lol. Blessings to you!

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    1. Thanks Marilyn! You know, I haven’t tried it on the grout and I do have one stashed away. Maybe this weekend I’ll give it a try. Thanks for the tip!!

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  9. YES, I've never met anyone that loves the squeegee for shower doors as much as we do! We have been doing it for years and swear by using it everyday.

    Some doubt me yet a cheap piece to buy and don't try. They're missing out in a big way, aren't they?

    I obsessed for years with shower doors. My last resort was a squeegee. Best $3 I ever spent.

    Cindy

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    1. Cindy, I waited far too long to buy and use one. It really was one of the best tools, I've used!

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  10. Nothing better than clean a sparkly glass doors. When we remodeled our bathroom, we asked the company to apply a coating so water spot don't show. I use the foam window cleaner from Home Depot. For grout, I love the scrubbing tool I bought from Amazon. Homitt Electric Spin Scrubber Cordless Shower Scrubber Built-in 2 LG Batteries, 360 Power Bathroom Scrubber with 4 Replaceable Cleaning Brush Head and Adjustable Extension

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    1. Ooh...Linda, I need to go check out that gadget right now!! Thank you!!

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  11. Vinegar is the best! I use a 50/50 mixture of vinegar and Dawn dis soap to clean the tub and shower. It cuts through everything!

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    1. Ah...Dawn soap is magic isn't it?? We use that for a lot of things, too.

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  12. Kim, your shower is shining!!! When the kids were small I had glass shower doors and they were a bear! We moved to two houses during that time and I had to take a razor blade to scrape off the soap scum when we moved in, so I said I would never have another glass door so now there is a shower curtain with liner and I never looked back, but your's is just beautiful and there is nothing prettier than a gleaming glass door..xxoJudy

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    1. Thanks Judy! It's taken me a long, long time and a lot of different trials and errors before I found the fix that works for me. Finally!!

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  13. We don't have glass shower doors, so no worries on that here! Our master bathroom only has a standing shower in the corner, but it just has a shower curtain. We definitely need a new shower - it's the original of the house - and the ones I see in the big box stores always look so pretty with the glass door. However, I know what a pain they are to keep clean and I know how dirty they get in the metal surround, too. So I think I'll stick with just a shower curtain.

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    1. We have a shower curtain in our other bathroom, Melanie and I love the softness it brings to the room!

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  14. Like Tammy above, I towel off the tile and faucets after every shower, nothing easier once you develop the habit. Also, my tub and tile have been re-glazed (from sickly yellow to bright and cheery white) so I cannot scrub them - it will affect the finish.

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    1. I need to do this, Barbara! We've take the first step with the squeegee, now we need to dry them! Thanks!

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  15. Thanks for the tips on how to keep the shower doors clean. We use the squeegee after each shower too.

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    1. That squeegee is the key, Julie...I agree!

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  16. You could leave a microfibre towel in the bathtub area, perhaps with the squeegee. The microfibre will dry off the grout so quickly. Throw it in the weekly wash. Works great!

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    1. Very good tip! Thank you...I will definitely give it a shot.

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  17. Would this work on windows also? I have so much trouble keeping, or even getting, my windows clean! I think they look good...then the sun shines!

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    1. I've tried it on our sliding glass door and it's magic Jeannie!

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  18. After using all homemade cleaners and bathroom shower gel, I have found what works and easy to use. It is ZAP!

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    1. Oh...I'll have to check that out, thank you!

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