Asked on Apr 11, 2015

How to clean soapy film on glass shower doors

by Dia1535013

I have tried about everything from steam to many other products to clean the glass shower doors that didn't work.

  18 answers
  • Nancy Mitchell Nancy Mitchell on Apr 12, 2015
    Make a paste of white vinegar and baking soda....allow to sit several minutes and then remove with a scrub brush. This formula clears sink drains too.
  • Jane Jane on Apr 12, 2015
    If is it really scummy WD40 works wonders and Smells HORRIBLE!
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    • Jane Jane on Apr 12, 2015
      @Jean Did not know this product - will do, thanks!
  • Trudy Trudy on Apr 12, 2015
    I had shower doors once, I hated them! They are impossible to keep clean and the tracks get nasty. When I see articles suggesting them in bathroom I think NO, NO, NO! Try lemon oil. Or, if you try the vinegar and baking soda route try using an auto product for windshields for afterwards to keep them looking clean. It's kinda of like the anti-spotting solutions for a dishwasher.
  • Linda Batt Linda Batt on Apr 12, 2015
    Spray on Lime-a-way. I also use it on the outside of my home's windows to remove the hard water stains. The wash with ammonia and a bit of liquid detergent.
  • Colimbia1 Colimbia1 on Apr 12, 2015
    ...and after you get them cleaned I would use a shower spray every day. It will help keep the film to a minimum between weekly cleaning. Every time I shower I spray it on let it sit and then "squeegee" it off,
  • Rebecca Brandis Rebecca Brandis on Apr 12, 2015
    I have a spray bottle of white vinegar and a spray bottle of hydrogen peroxide that I use on everything. Seems to keep the shower door soap scum free. This is also a good spray to use on veggies from the store. Gets rid of harmful bacteria. Just be sure to rinse well before eating. Keep the vinegar and hydrogen peroxide in separate bottles, and use the dark bottle the peroxide comes in, just get a spray cap that fits the lid of the peroxide bottle. Peroxide reacts with light.
  • Me Me on Apr 12, 2015
    Rain x original has been working great on mine for 10 years
  • DiannaLynne DiannaLynne on Apr 12, 2015
    What worked for me was lemon oil. You can buy it in a spray bottle in the hardware store's cleaning supply section and the results were impressive. Just be careful not to get it all over the shower - oily = slick = dangerous.
  • Terri Terri on Apr 12, 2015
    I was shocked at how quick, easy and a therough job using dryer sheets to clean the worst scum your shower door. Just get the dryer sheet wet and wipe. They will look brand new.
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    • Terri Terri on May 17, 2015
      I am really glad you tried it. It's nice to find something unexpected that can make a dreary chore a little fun.
  • Laurie Laurie on Apr 12, 2015
    Glass Wax or Window Wax.
  • Angel Angel on Apr 12, 2015
    Have you tried using pure acetone? I used to use it when doing fire cleanup jobs on porcelain tubs, and glass doors. Test first on a small area though.
  • Joyce Kellerman Joyce Kellerman on Apr 12, 2015
    try some good lemon oil
  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Apr 13, 2015
    I use a soppy SOS pad to remove mineral deposits from my exterior windows. Then I rinse with some vinegar water. Then I use plain water and my magic cloth to finish. They gleam.
  • Wol1508186 Wol1508186 on Apr 13, 2015
    Magic eraser pads, works like a charm!
  • Julita Julita on Apr 13, 2015
    I use a triple 0 (000) steel wool to clean my shower doors. The 000 is fine enough to not scratch. It does not take a lot of pressure, and NO WATER or SPRAYS. Just buff the glass and wipe away the residue with a dry cloth. Quick and easy! Also works great on car windows, chrome, etc. No mixing, or measuring, and no risk to the environment!
    • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Apr 14, 2015
      @Julita Think SOS is steel wool with soap added. Am going to give your method of plain steel wool a try on my exterior windows.
  • Deb K Deb K on Oct 11, 2022

    Hello, hope this helps you out.

  • Mogie Mogie on Oct 11, 2022

    I took my shower door off and laid it on the patio and steam cleaned it. Made a big difference but be warned the "scum" could be so bad that it etches into the door. Once that damage is done it's too late.

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Jun 12, 2023

    Get rid of grime on the interior of your glass shower door by following these simple steps:

    1. Mix one part vinegar with two parts distilled water in an empty spray bottle and shake well.
    2. Spray the surface of the shower door with the solution and let it work its magic for 10 minutes.
    3. Use a microfiber sponge to wipe away the grime. If you see streaks once the door has dried, use your microfiber cloth to buff them out in a circular motion.