W can I clean lime deposits off my shower doors and fixtures?


We have very hard water and sliding glass doors on a new walk-in shower and I haven't been able to get the white residue off with anything I've tried. It is on the knobs and plastic panel that holds the jets etc. too Also where the sliding doors overlap when closed I can't get into. About 3inches in the middle. Have tried a lot of bathroom and glass cleaners and diluted vinegar and Dawn soap and so far nothing works!!! HELP!!

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  • GrandmasHouseDIY GrandmasHouseDIY on Jun 19, 2020

    Hi Sandra, I would try straight vinegar mixed with baking soda so you have a paste that you can smear on there and leave for 24 hours. If your very careful you could consider trying a razor blade to scrap some of it off as well.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jun 19, 2020

    This isn't a DIY but it was the only thing that worked for me. Wet & forget Shower. You spray once a week after the last person showers. It is washed away the following day when someone showers. It has a pleasant smell and my glass doors look brand new, not to mention the no slip surface that no matter what I tried would not come clean. Initially I applied it every 3 days because there was so much build up.

    Another option is white cleaning vinegar if it's just the lime deposits. However, it's difficult to saturate for surfaces like a shower door.

  • Em Em on Jun 19, 2020

    Awesome spray clean from the dollar stores. It cleans it all off, rinse and dry. The problem is keeping it clean because in a short time the build up is back. The only way to keep clean after cleaning with Awesome (it totally works, I have the same issue with the plastic jets) it to use an old towel to dry the water off after a shower.

  • Nan W. Nan W. on Jun 19, 2020

    I like Lime Away! ...works great! ...you may have to soak on a rag and hold against lime for a minute or two.

    • Sandra Witkowski Sandra Witkowski on Jun 19, 2020

      I have tried it and it wasn't very effective for me. I will try soaking a rag like you suggested.

  • Beth Beth on Jun 19, 2020

    I like Lysol Lime and Rust for this kind of staining.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Jun 19, 2020

    Use a Mr Clean magic eraser you wet it and then scrub down the door and rinse- I don't use anything else now- here are a couple more ideas



  • Mab Mab on Jun 19, 2020

    I spray the glass with vinegar and use a Mr Clean sponge (those white sponges). works very well and gets all the deposit off.

  • Patty Patty on Jun 19, 2020

    White vinegar. Straight. Must soak overnight so dip rags in vinegar and lay over fixtures

  • Dee Dee on Jun 19, 2020

    This will clean your entire bathroom. Just do not use on granite or marble as vinegar will mare the finish.

    It can be used on tiles, glass, and the potty.

    Heat up 1 cup of white vinegar, mix in about 1/4 cup of Dawn Premium. Not the dollar store kind, because it is too thin. When mixed, pour into a spray bottle and fill with water. Shake. Spray down the grout and let it sit overnight. In the morning rinse. If you have stubborn stains, spray again. Use this mixture a few times a week. It will keep your grout and tiles clean. Also works wonders in the toilet bowl to keep hard water stains at bay. Oh you only have to heat the vinegar one time when you add the Dawn.

  • Betsy Betsy on Jun 19, 2020

    Hi Sandra: Both white vinegar and lemon juice will do a great job of removing any limescale deposits. Spray your doors down, let it sit for a while and then wash off.

    The slightly acidic nature of vinegar allows it to soak into and loosen the mineral deposits. Let the vinegar sit for 30 to 60 minutes. To keep the glass wet during this time, spray the paper towels occasionally with vinegar from a spray bottle. Sprinkle a damp rag or sponge with a generous amount of baking soda. Good luck