Asked on Oct 23, 2016

How do I clean shower glass doors?

by Dawn

Help!!! How do I clean shower etched glass doors? Thanks!

  108 answers
  • Bunny Harrison Bunny Harrison on Oct 23, 2016
    I've never had etched glass doors, but I always use Dawn (original) dish soap and it removes all old soap scum clinging onto the glass and leaves it clean and clear.
  • William William on Oct 23, 2016
    Vinegar and Dawn dish washing liquid. Lemon Pledge, spray it on, let it sit, scrub with a sponge, rinse. Wet about three or four dryer sheets and scrub.
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    • William William on Oct 24, 2016
      Use straight vinegar and a few squirts of Dawn. Enough to soak a cloth or sponge. No water. You want the vinegar to cut through the grime and the Dawn keeps it suspended on the glass. Scrub and the rinse.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Oct 23, 2016
    Adding to the above comments,daily spraying and a squeeze work wonders.
  • Pam @ The Birch Cottage Pam @ The Birch Cottage on Oct 23, 2016

    Try this recipe for DIY bathroom cleaner and a Magic Eraser.


    • Lisa Elias Lisa Elias on Apr 07, 2018

      Magic eraser is the bomb. had a new patio door installed and the installation guy told me about how they use them all the time to get windows clean

  • Pat Miller Pat Miller on Oct 24, 2016
    I use a product that I just recently discovered... Awesome,, is the name... I can only get it at the local Dollar stores. It should be called amazing.. but it is "Awesome"
  • Betty-Jean Rayner Betty-Jean Rayner on Oct 24, 2016
    Try shaving cream
  • Barb Fawcett Barb Fawcett on Oct 24, 2016
    Bar Keepers Friend for really stubborn stains. Windows too. Just glistens when you are finished.
  • Ruth Bosma Ruth Bosma on Oct 24, 2016
    I use plain white vinegar in a cheap spray bottle - spray the whole area then scrub with a soft bristled brush (the one from a dustpan and brush set). Rinse with hot water and repeat if necessary. Methylated spirits is good for this also - use the same method as vinegar. Once the glass is dry, a coat of car polish will help keep them clean.
  • Patricia Fuerstenberg Patricia Fuerstenberg on Oct 24, 2016
    WD 40 works great
  • Julie R. Julie R. on Oct 24, 2016
    Dryer fabric softener sheets! New or used! Scented or not! You'll be amazed that you just rub onto wet glass, rinse with clear water and squeegee dry! I usually do it with the shower running after I've finished my bath so the rinsing part is super easy!
  • Denise Perna Denise Perna on Oct 24, 2016
    Ceramic stove top cleaner works great
  • Rudy Rudy on Oct 24, 2016
    I use RainX. For my glass shower doors. Lynne.
  • Jmc13513342 Jmc13513342 on Oct 24, 2016
    Shower Power! You can buy it online. Spray it on, wait 10 minutes and everything wipes right off. Amazing stuff!
  • DeMarie Rossi DeMarie Rossi on Oct 24, 2016
    I am OCD about having a clean bathroom :) and have tried so many products over the years, but this is my best one. Take an empty spray bottle, add 2 squirts (yes only 2) of Dawn Dishsoap - 3 tablesoons of white vinegar - and then water. Spray your doors and wait about 2 or 3 minutes - wipe (no need to rinse, the dishsoap will not build up, but will leave a nice barrier that prevents build-up). I have found that using a micro-soft cloth works best. Try this on your chrome fixtures too, you will be amazed at how shiny they will become.
  • Pauline Scargill Pauline Scargill on Oct 24, 2016
    Spray with WD40. Then polish with a dry cloth.
  • Jeris Chitwood Jeris Chitwood on Oct 24, 2016
    SnoBowl toilet bowl cleaner, with lots of ventilation & a few breaks in between.
  • Mary K Ross Mary K Ross on Oct 24, 2016
    Using a squeegee right after every shower to wipe soap scum and hard waters deposits off really helps between cleaning. Only takes about 30 seconds
  • Tan1781564 Tan1781564 on Oct 24, 2016
    A spray orange oil degreaser works and smells great- but ventilate anyway when using
  • Nay GiGi Nay GiGi on Oct 24, 2016
    a fresh lemon scrub
  • Sheila Sheila on Oct 24, 2016
    Use the original Avon Skin So Soft. Spray it on, wait 15 minutes and then use a scouring pad. It cleans off all the hard water marks and grime and leaves the glass clear. Be sure to rinse the shower floor well because this will make it slippery. No harsh fumes. Smells fresh and clean.
  • Pam Pam on Oct 24, 2016
    If your glass is actually ETCHED by acidic water, there is nothing you can do . I would replace the doors and install a water conditioner. Sorry.
  • Denise A Duvall Denise A Duvall on Oct 24, 2016
    A product called "Hot sauce" by Boat Bling. It's on Amazon.
  • Pal12488088 Pal12488088 on Oct 24, 2016
    Try one of the Mr. Clean Erasers. It's a sponge that you damper and wipe the area. It works for me.
  • Rena Noele Rena Noele on Oct 24, 2016
    Don't use chemicals or even vinegar and dish soap. I have the decoratively etched shower doors and Mr. Clean Magic Eraser work's fantastically by itself. In case you're not acquainted with it, these white "sponges" take soap scum off of glass as well as they takes marks off of walls. So that you're aware, they naturally wear down with each project.
  • Pfh Pfh on Oct 24, 2016
    I have clear glass doors. I spray them, and the shower enclosure, with a diluted solution of Finish Jet Dry, then lightly rinse everything and squeegee the doors. They have stayed completely free of soap scum.
  • Barbara C Barbara C on Oct 24, 2016
    The shower walls probably look this way, also.Just harder to see.Clean the whole shower at once.
  • Pam Foster Pam Foster on Oct 24, 2016
    I used a product called Driven, heavy duty glass cleaner. You put it on glass then use a steel wool pad. It has worked great for my windows. Then use there window wax. It's sold on line.
  • Estelle Estelle on Oct 24, 2016
    Use window cleaner, then wipe with a cloth that has lemon oil on it. You don't want the shower to look greasy, so just a drop or two of oil works. This keeps deposits from you shower doors, and make them easier to clean next time.
  • J747725427 J747725427 on Oct 24, 2016
    vinegar water with dawn soap and a razor blade scum scrapes off
  • Sondra Ann Cooper Sondra Ann Cooper on Oct 24, 2016
    Spray with mix of 1/2 water and 1/2 white vinegar. Wipe down
  • Jan Jan on Oct 24, 2016
    Try "Greased Lightening" takes soap scum off without much effort. You can get it from Home Depot or Lowe's. The stuff is fantastic!
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    • Jan Jan on Oct 25, 2016
      Not sure, but it can be used to clean a variety of things & it can be used for a laundry pretreat!
  • Clenz61641 Clenz61641 on Oct 24, 2016
    Good ideas to clean. After cleaned, I recommend putting spray furniture polish on the glass. Spray & wipe off. Shower glass stays clean for a while
  • Cydne Hawkins Wright Cydne Hawkins Wright on Oct 24, 2016
    a mix of half dish soap and half vinegar, spray on, let sit 15+ minutes. Wipe and spray off.
  • Lil12014134 Lil12014134 on Oct 24, 2016
    Hi, After you clean the glass. Spray with "Rain-X" 2-in-1 Glass Cleaner + Rain Repellent. Used on car windshields. Home Depot in the auto section.
  • Kathleen Kathleen on Oct 24, 2016
    try Mr Clean's magic eraser. It works wonders with little effort. Remember to never add any type of cleaner. Just wet the eraser and start wiping!
  • Bcl12109021 Bcl12109021 on Oct 24, 2016
    I "etched" drinking glasses that I thought I would have to throw away but tried Bar Keeper's Friend with a used, softened green scrubby pad and they were like new and still are two years later. First try it on a small area and rinse before doing the whole thing.There is now a liquid version.
  • Teresa Teresa on Oct 24, 2016
    We bought a home that the etched glassed shower doors were horrible in - and I usually use vinegar but it could not clean it all. Then I tried Lysol toilet bowl cleaner. They came out PERFECT!.. after that because we had hard water once a month I sprayed them with a solution of 1 part toilet bowl cleaner to 10 parts water - let sit for about 2 minutes and rinsed!
  • Ange Ange on Oct 24, 2016
    After cleaning (really good) put on car wax and buff off.
  • Adele Adele on Oct 24, 2016
    White vinegar
  • Sandy Sandy on Oct 24, 2016
    Awesome ,a spray in a 32 oz bottle, we buy for one dollar. The best cleaner we have ever used. After showering and drying yourself, wipe the complete shower and it will always shine.
  • Sandra Schockow Sandra Schockow on Oct 24, 2016
    If you put light furniture oil on the shower door about twice a month, it will keep it spotless.
  • Chapelady Chapelady on Oct 24, 2016
    After you get them clean, do not use bar soap in the shower. Our cleaning lady gave this tip to us. Use only shower gel. The bar soap leave a waxy soap scum
  • Sandy Covey Sandy Covey on Oct 24, 2016
    White vinegar and water sprayed on. Then take time to squeegee before you get out of shower. Just takes a minute or less and keeps mine sparkling .
  • Jer7506110 Jer7506110 on Oct 24, 2016
    I use hard water stain remover from Pros use it works like magic!
  • Rsl12287241 Rsl12287241 on Oct 24, 2016
    Lightly scrub with a Mr. clean magic eraser.
  • Nicky Nicky on Oct 24, 2016
    dawn, vinegar mixture. you can google the exact recipe. works PERFECTLY!!!
  • Eloise Eloise on Oct 24, 2016
    Whichever liquid formula you use, scrub with either a magic eraser or bunch of used wadded-up dryer sheets. Some elbow grease required. The tip on not using bar soap is a good one. If you don't want to use a squegee, try a good quality microfiber cloth on the doors after each use. I wipe down my entire shower every day, but my husband wipes his down only once a week (when he has more time). Even the once a week wipe down reduces the frequency of cleaning.
  • Jane Jane on Oct 24, 2016
    Once you do get the doors clean, put a tension shower rod inside with a shower curtain of your choice. I use a white cloth one...easy to wash. Just slide it to cover the doors while you shower...slide it back out of the way when you are through. NO MORE GROSS DOORS TO CLEAN!!!
  • Rau9295774 Rau9295774 on Oct 24, 2016
    Contact a Norwex consultant in your area. Their cloths are amazing but cost. They ARE guaranteed for 2 years. Will stop mold, too!
  • Iberkeley Iberkeley on Oct 24, 2016
    After you clean them use Rain-X ab. once a month. Available on Amazon and in automotive stores. I've used it for years and it definitely cuts down on the soap residue left on doors and tiles. I know this is not the answer you are looking for but it may help to keep you from scrubbing in the future.
  • Pat11752111 Pat11752111 on Oct 24, 2016
    Stop using bar soaps. After my husband passed away . I use a liquid gel Skin so Soft. no more soap scum.
  • Judy Judy on Oct 24, 2016
  • Cas7068285 Cas7068285 on Oct 24, 2016
    I have used Zap and also Zep they both work great but really any good cleaner even good old Vinegar and peroxide or ,baking soda, lemon juice and some good old elbow grease now once you get them nice and clean keep them that way with a solution of vinegar and peroxide in a spray bottle and spritz after each shower and DRY your doors after each use!! Also a solution of alcohol or TSP and scrapper also does the trick and will give you a clean door.
  • App10589482 App10589482 on Oct 24, 2016
    I used this and it works great...cut a lemon in half and rub it all over the door..then a cloth with Windex...that is all we use anymore is a nice juicy lemon cut in half..
  • Debra Pordon Reed Debra Pordon Reed on Oct 24, 2016
    Scrubbing Bubbles Foaming Bleach a window, spray it, scrub with a scratchy pad, turn on a warm shower and rinse it all away!
  • Betty Tuffner Betty Tuffner on Oct 24, 2016
    CLR or Amish cleaner. You have to let them sit on it for a while and maybe use a plastic scrubber. We have really hard water, and both work. When you're done, put a coat of car wax on it. It will help keep the soap scrum off.
  • Pat Pat on Oct 24, 2016
    Use lemon oil furniture polish.
  • Beverly Beverly on Oct 24, 2016
    50/50 Blue Dawn and Hot Vinegar. Get a spray bottle, fill halfway with blue dawn dishwashing soap, heat up the vinegar in the microwave, pour into spray bottle with blue dawn. Mix well, spray on shower/tub surface. You can leave on for 30 minutes or all day. Rinse well. Easier to do if you have a hand held shower head. I also use a rag just to help the soap rinse off. Warming up the vinegar is the trick.
  • Lois Zell Lois Zell on Oct 24, 2016
    Magic Eraser!
  • Holly Howard Deese Holly Howard Deese on Oct 24, 2016
    Turtle wax my brother in law installs showers for a living he told me i tried it works great
  • Fra Fra on Oct 24, 2016
    After you clean the doors, can you reverse the doors so the etching is on the outside and the smooth side inside and easier to clean in the future?
  • Five little hens Five little hens on Oct 24, 2016
    The stuff I SWEAR by because it cleaned a horrible brown-stained fiberglass tub when we moved into this house is Showers N Stuff by Don Aslett. I buy the gallon bottle and split it into spray bottles. It's absolutely amazing stuff.
    • Lkt9844835 Lkt9844835 on Oct 24, 2016
      I wondered about some of his products. I bought the microfiber mop set and love it. I spray white vinegar on my shower doors to clean them. I spray and go do something and spray it again, repeat a few times and use a sponge with a scrubbie on it. It works but I'm going to try the turtle wax. I clean houses for work.
  • Bernadette Giacona Bernadette Giacona on Oct 24, 2016
    I would use lime a way a few times but it turns chrome black if you don't rinse it well. Then dry it well....... when dry, use lemon oil or we have SAVE-WAY Stainless Appliance spray oil. ( fancy lemon oil) Baby oil might work... then do it every time. I have seen it remove scale from tile... make sure you dry it first and don't get it on the grout. Grout that can not breath will mold. This works like syrup melts peanut butter..... it just works,,, the oil spray is at Publix and Walmart. It is a blue and white aerosol can. just wipe on... you don't have to wipe off.
  • Marilyn Marilyn on Oct 24, 2016
    Mix vinegar, baking soda and dawn dishwashing soap. Use a scrub brush to get into the etched surface. When it's good and clean coat it with a liquid floor wax.
  • Cheryl Dougherty Foley Cheryl Dougherty Foley on Oct 24, 2016
    I use lemon's wonderful and smells so good too
  • Dorine Dorine on Oct 24, 2016
    Try a Magic Eraser by Mr. Clean.
  • Dar Dar on Oct 24, 2016
    I agree with the magic eraser idea. I buy an off brand and they do a fabulous job even without any cleaner on it.
  • Linda Baker Linda Baker on Oct 24, 2016
    Spray the inside with Dow Bathroom Cleaner from top to bottom. Let it turn clear, then use a scrub brush till clean. I do this every few weeks when I do the shower. It is safe to use on the walls of a shower, the sink and the commode.
  • Patty Smith Patty Smith on Oct 24, 2016
    I clean my glass with Grease Lightening cleaner and a magic sponge then I wax them with turtle wax for autos, only do the glas 3 times a year.
  • Betsy Wilson Betsy Wilson on Oct 24, 2016
    Etched means permanent
  • J Robinson J Robinson on Oct 24, 2016
    I think they're talking about the design element on the doors when they say "etched". Magic eraser is the best but also wet down some paper towels with vinegar and place them on the door, keep wet by spraying every now and then with vinegar and let sit for an hour or until soap scum is soft and removable.
  • Bobbie Bobbie on Oct 24, 2016
    put baby oil on a soft cloth and it will clean the doors back to new with very little fuss. i hope you try this because it works great.
  • Wanita Strong Wanita Strong on Oct 24, 2016
    I use CLR. Works like a charm.
  • Tammy Tammy on Oct 24, 2016
    Keep a squeegee in the shower and use it on the shower doors before getting out. Cuts way down on the necessity to clean!
  • Sharon Gehrke Wolf Sharon Gehrke Wolf on Oct 24, 2016
    Use vinegar
  • Arla Albers Arla Albers on Oct 25, 2016
    Use old dryer sheets. They work wonders!!!!
  • Barbara Wesolowski Barbara Wesolowski on Oct 25, 2016
    I clean my shower doors and walls with turtle car wax. Wax the door and let it dry, then buff with clean rag or old towel. Also helps keep clean for a month, the water runs off while showering.
  • Dmb12731396 Dmb12731396 on Oct 25, 2016
    1/3 Fat degreaser, 1/3 Bleach, 1/3 Water in spray bottel. Just wipe clean
  • Nan Poppa Nan Poppa on Oct 25, 2016
    RainEx window cleaner system. Works great, much like the Turtle Wax. Then, after glass is clean and shiny use a squeegee after each shower. P. S. Use liquid bath soap, bath gel, or inexpensive shampoo to shower with to limit soap scum on the glass and tiles.
  • Colleen Colleen on Oct 25, 2016
    Yes vinegar. Shampoo is a good bathroom cleaner as well
  • Deb Redmon Deb Redmon on Oct 25, 2016
    The easiest cleaner for your shower doors is your shampoo. Just pour a bit on a washcloth, rub it over the door and rinse. If you have quite a bit of build up then pour the shampoo on a nylon scouring pad, rub in a circular motion, then rinse.
  • Paula Lance Paula Lance on Oct 25, 2016
    Mix equal portions Dawn dish soap & white vinegar in a spray bottle. Spray on, wait about 10 minutes, then rinse off. Occasionally you may have to scrub after the ten minutes but usually you won't have to. If you have hard water stain - cut a lemon in half, dip in baking sofa, and scrub. Allow this to sit 10 - 15 minutes & rinse. After you get it clean mix 1/2 cup alcohol, 1/2 cup peroxide, 1 tablespoon Jet Dry, 1 teaspoon Dawn dish soap, in a 32 ounce spray bottle and top off with water. Spray on shower walls, tub sides and floor of tub or shower. Use this after each time you clean your tub or shower and after each shower. I live in a rental with extremely hard water. The tub was so bad that it looked orange. It is white now!
  • Joan  Busteed Joan Busteed on Oct 25, 2016
    Use a used dry dryer sheet and rub glass well and you will have no more scum. I have used this method for a number of years and swear by it. Try it out - you have nothing to lose and it doesn't cost you anything just a little elbow grease..
  • Wen12627860 Wen12627860 on Oct 25, 2016
    Use hot water to wet shower doors then rub doors with Bryllcream shaving lotion.I know sounds weird but the truth is it works! And cheap a can of brycream about $1.30
  • Marlene Gieske-Dekeyser Marlene Gieske-Dekeyser on Oct 25, 2016
    Lemon oil will clean the glass like new and bead excess water and soap scum off. Once every few weeks. No scrubbing. Just lemon oil from furniture polish aisle in store and a wash cloth or rag.
  • A.v12320691 A.v12320691 on Oct 25, 2016
    I used lime Away, the spray and let it sit for a while and rinse off. Let the door dry and use Future or any other acrylic floor wax with a throw out rag. Do both sides and put a reminder in yor calendar to do it again if cloudy every 3 months. It will wear off evebtually, but till then it will gleam. Old military wife trick.
  • Adele Adele on Oct 26, 2016
    Check on CLR
  • Wanda.ll Wanda.ll on Oct 26, 2016
    Good luck. I have the same problem at this house I just bought. Lady who owned it told me she had tired everything . I just knew there had to be something to remove the calicum /hardwater deposits. I've used everything and nothing so far has worked. I used 2 products I ended up getting free because they just know they would work. Nope still there. I think once the calcium is on the glass for ever. I'm thinking about just etching the whole thing so it all looks alike myself.
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    • Janet Janet on Oct 26, 2016
      I've had the same problem and when I asked my contractor what would work he said to just get new doors! I have also thought of etching it so please post if you try it.
  • Cte12581659 Cte12581659 on Oct 26, 2016
    It will take some "elbow grease" but the best way we have found is to use car wax to clean and treat the residue. It should clear away all of it. Then add another fresh coat and polish it to help protect the newly cleaned door.
  • Bdt3380977 Bdt3380977 on Oct 27, 2016
    I use a mixture of vinegar, 'Dawn' dish detergent, and water. I use Palmolive, but the recipe is all over the internet with Dawn. Spray from the top and let it soak and over a bit of time it will disappear. I keep a bottle in the shower for a few spritzes after every shower and there is no buildup. (and the vinegar leaves a fresh and not a humid smell when you leave the bathroom)!
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  • Wan7770269 Wan7770269 on Oct 28, 2016
    Spray with greas lighting let set for 1 hour then rinse
  • Adele Adele on Oct 28, 2016
    Try vinegar and baking soda
  • Cindy Stewart Cindy Stewart on Oct 29, 2016
    Lysol toilet bowl cleaner amazing results
    • Mary Dorrington Mary Dorrington on Nov 03, 2016
      I did this and it removed the chrome! left with patchy finish.Not nice so be very careful with toilet cleaner
  • Ori14158274 Ori14158274 on Nov 03, 2016
    one part Dawn liquid detergent, one part white vinegar, rinse with hot water .
  • Katharina Mallet Katharina Mallet on Nov 04, 2016
    Lemi shine for dishwasher works great on hard water spots, rub on and let set and use with hot water for rinse.
  • Pager63 Pager63 on Nov 04, 2016
    Mix white vinegar, original Dawn and water in equal parts. Spray the doors and allow to sit for 5 minutes. Spray again and wipe with a damp sponge. Rinse well. Dry with a clean towel
  • Pam @ The Birch Cottage Pam @ The Birch Cottage on Nov 08, 2016
    Magic eraser!
  • Angela Blake Angela Blake on Nov 19, 2016
    A person should use a squeegee from day one after every shower, it will take you 10 seconds maximum. My showers still looks like when we installed it. Should you have a bit of lame on the glass, I use a 'body-glove' which I only use for cleaning and a bit of shower gel, it works like magic!
    • Iberkeley Iberkeley on Nov 20, 2016
      I use a wash cloth I keep in the shower - easy - and like yours, my shower looks like new.
  • Bernadette Giacona Bernadette Giacona on Nov 20, 2016
    Angela is correct, but every person needs to do this... not every other person.
    • Julie Burgess Julie Burgess on Jan 19, 2017

      exactly.... i squeegie my little heart out but it's pointless when no one else will. I have beautiful glass showers and alot of minerals from great well water and I can never get them to look good.

  • Teresa Diane Camp Teresa Diane Camp on Nov 30, 2016

    magic eracers

  • Bernadette Giacona Bernadette Giacona on Feb 02, 2017

    baby oil or lemon oil rub oil on after you clean it...

  • Lisa Lane Lisa Lane on Feb 06, 2019

    Bleach for starters and then keep on it weekly. I clean my shower very often and I also use a Rinseroo which makes the whole process so easy. Rinses everything in seconds.

  • Chas' Crazy Creations Chas' Crazy Creations on Aug 01, 2022

    I have several cleaning tutorials that might help you

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Jun 12, 2023

    For stubborn shower stains, soap scum and grime, mix one cup of warm water, two cups of white vinegar and one teaspoon of a vegetable-based dishwashing soap in a spray bottle. Spray the solution on the shower walls, let it work for 15 minutes and use a sponge to scrub off scum and grime.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jun 16, 2023

    Many hotels use ammonia-based cleaning solutions because ammonia readily cuts through dirt and soap scum. Because of the way it dries, ammonia also decreases the possibility of streaks on glass.

  • Amy P, Hometalk Editor Amy P, Hometalk Editor on Oct 03, 2023

    There's a great step-by-step tutorial on shower cleaning hacks here: