Over the years I have tried all different techniques to clean the shower door so it shines. We have hard water at our house so it tends to get cloudy and dirty fast.
If you spend much time on Pinterest you know that there are plenty of different ideas for cleaning the shower. I have tried the lemon and salt trick, the Epson salt trick, and the vinegar and dawn trick. None of which really worked.
I had some luck with soft scrub if I was willing to really scrub at it. Unfortunately, my arm would get tired about halfway through cleaning the door and I would give up for a couple of months.
Then a couple of weeks ago I was trying yet another Pinterest shower trick that didn't work when I remembered my toilet cleaning trick. So I sprayed some vinegar on a paper towel and put it on the shower door.
It got my shower door clean again with zero scrubbing. So if you need to get your shower door clean again check out the no-scrub way to clean your shower door.
How to Clean Shower Doors with Vinegar
To do this trick you will need a few things. You probably have everything you need at home.
Ingredients To Clean Grimy Shower Door
- Paper towels (or microfiber cloths)
It doesn't take a lot of your time to clean the shower doors with vinegar, but they do need to soak. I recommend doing this on a day when you will be at home for most of the day.
You will want to start with a couple of paper towels and a spray bottle full of plain vinegar.
Hold the paper towels up to the shower door and carefully spray them with vinegar. The paper towel will absorb the vinegar and stick to the shower door.
Make sure you completely coat the paper towel with plenty of vinegar. The paper towel will keep the vinegar against the spots on your shower door so they don't run down and off the door.
Tired of a messy home!
Clean your home in under 30 minutes a day with this free Weekly Cleaning printable!
Letting The Paper Towels Soak on The Door
Let the paper towels sit on the shower door for at least 30 minutes. You can pull back the paper towels to check and see if the stains are gone.
If they are just pull off the paper towels and wipe down the door. If they aren't just put the paper towel back on the spot.
You may need to let the paper towel sit for as long as 2 hours.
Move the Paper towel
It was amazing how the spots just completely disappeared and the door was clean without any scrubbing! You can see below the clean spot on the door where I pulled off the paper towel.
If you are in a hurry to get the door cleaned you can coat the whole door with paper towels. I
didn't want to waste many paper towels so I just used the same 2-3 squares and moved them on the shower as I got an area cleaned.
You can see below in the before and after all of the hard water stains are gone and the shower door shines! I have the older frosted glass on my door but this would work even better on the new clear glass shower doors!
No longer do you need a bunch of chemicals or scrubbing to clean your shower door.
Just a little bit of vinegar, paper towels, and some patience will get your doors shiny again!
Keeping Them From Getting Grimy Again
If you have hard water chances are the hard water will come back on your shower door after a few months.
To prevent it from building up there are a few things you can do.
My preferred method is to use this DIY daily shower spray to keep the hard water build-up from happening.
You can also use a shower squeegee. With either the daily shower spray or the shower squeegee I recommend using after the last shower of the day.
It will help prevent the build-up of hard water and limescale on your shower door.
Looking for some other cleaning tips?
- Easy Daily Cleaning Schedule For A Cleaner Home
- How To Speed Clean A Bathroom In Minutes
- Homemade Glass and Mirror Cleaner
Free Weekly Cleaning Checklist
Subscribe (free!) to my newsletter and as an added bonus I will send you this free weekly cleaning checklist.