Asked on Mar 3, 2013

Scummy glass shower doors



What's a good home remedy for cleaning soap scum etc. off glass shower doors?
24 answers
  • Marcy
    on Mar 3, 2013

    I pour vinegar on my glass shower doors- then wait a few minutes- gently wipe off, spray with very hot water and the results are amazing.

  • Gail Salminen
    on Mar 3, 2013

    @Anne Willer there is nothing like scrubbing bubbles foam to remove this scum. If built up a bit may take a couple of cleanings. I just spray, let it sit for couple of minutes then use one of those nylon shower scrubbies to do a light scouring then rinse clean with the shower hose. Do this once every week or so and you will have the problem no more.

  • Lin R
    on Mar 4, 2013

    Magic Erasers works great too along with the vinegar or scrubbing bubbles.

  • Hamtil Construction LLC
    on Mar 4, 2013

    I have been suggesting Seventh Generation bathroom cleaner to our clients that have hard water issues with the shower glass. It seems to do a great job and does not leave a streaky residue like some glass cleaners will. Also, we usually recommend that the shower glass we install be treated with "Enduroshield" coating, that helps minimize water spots and soap buildup. They do sell a home DIY kit that you can apply and it will help this situation some.

  • American Maid Sisters
    on Mar 4, 2013

    Vinegar like Marcy mentioned has given us the best results on shower doors. Also like Lin said it is great with magic erasers.

  • Robyn
    on Mar 5, 2013

    I use Scumblaster. I spray it on, and the hard water and soap scum drip down the walls. No fumes, safe, and I sometimes just take a shower while it is working.

  • Sarah
    on Mar 5, 2013

    After you remove it this time switch to shower gel or liquid soap = no moresoap scum!

  • Paula Smith
    on Mar 5, 2013

    Using liquid shower soap to bathe with really does help to keep shower walls and doors clean. Right before you turn off the shower, rinse the walls, doors, shower curtain - everything! You need to have a hand-held shower head for this. And don't just rinse at the top of walls, doors, etc. Follow the water down the walls to make sure the bottom half is also rinsed!

  • Kathi-Jo Kackman
    on Mar 6, 2013


  • I don't have glass shower doors, but a lot of folks love a mixture of vinegar and Dawn dish soap for removing soap scum. Combine equal parts of each in a sponge wand type container and then rub on the surfaces to be cleaned, let it set for a while, then rinse.

  • Gail Salminen
    on Mar 9, 2013

    @Anne Willer just saw a post on fb that fresh lemon - cut in half and rub over the marks and it rinses away! Have never tried this but it may be worth a try. I find scrubbing bubbles foam works so well with such little effort, I haven't felt the need to try anything else. It lets me be lazy and put off the cleaning and still works LOL

  • Normanda
    on Jun 28, 2015

    A professional housekeeper cleaned mine with baby oil without it leaving a oily residue. the oil removed a lot of soap scum that had built up over the years and left the glass sparkling.

  • Terri Ann
    on Jun 29, 2015

    Lightly wet a fabric softener sheet....rub in circles...its amazing!

  • B. Enne
    on Jun 30, 2015

    I use vinegar, bottled lemon juice and dishsoap in a spray bottle. Leave for a few minutes and rinse. I use this cleaner for so many things, including repelling ants! You could use this kind of thing: or just a green $ store scrubby. We hardly ever have scum because we use a squeegee everyday. The last person to shower does it while it is still wet. It has helped tremendously. It also keeps mold and mildew down. Just don't use rubbing alcohol if it is near eats it away. We had soap scum removers with it that worked really well, but we kept having to recaulk.

  • Wet & Forget
    on Jul 7, 2015

    If you don't prefer the smell of vinegar or bleach, we would suggest giving our Wet & Forget Weekly Shower cleaner a try. It doesn't require any scrubbing or wiping. It cleans and prevents the build-up of soap scum, grime, oils, mold and mildew stains. We have tons of reviews on Amazon.

  • B. Enne
    on Jul 7, 2015

    The vinegar doesn't smell strong at all with lemon juice and dish soap.

  • Sherrie
    on Jul 7, 2015

    Use The Works Toilet Bowl Cleaner. Pour it on your rag and wipe off the doors. We use this in cleaning move outs, and I clean several a day. My go to clean.

  • Kathey
    on Jul 7, 2015

    How do you read entire replies? Only half sentences show

  • Annie H
    on Oct 12, 2015

    if you polish the glass after cleaning (pledge) it will stay cleaner longer, the water just runs down the glass without leaving spots, etc.

  • Carolyn Wilmouth
    on Nov 15, 2015

    after cleaning it good, use rainx on shower doors to keep it from building up again

  • Normanda
    on Nov 17, 2015

    clean it with baby oil to remove all the soap scum then wipe down with clean cloth

  • Lisa
    on Jan 3, 2016

    Use Bathcredible! Get it on! It's awesome for shower glass doors, any porcelain...and also for bathroom faucets! Yay!

  • Jones5775
    on Feb 11, 2016

    Dryer sofner sheets work wonders on soap scum. Just dampen a wipe.

  • Vit1310934
    on Feb 11, 2016

    I keeps an old dry towel in the bathroom and wipe it every time I use it

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