How to Clean Glass Shower Doors

Learn how to clean glass shower doors the easy way without the intense fumes of harsh chemicals. Using a simple homemade glass cleaner recipe, you will be so pleased with your sparkly clean shower glass!

There’s nothing quite like a clean bathroom with sparkly clean glass shower doors.

The problem is, if not taken care of properly, instead of sparkly clean glass, glass shower doors can turn into a mess with soap scum buildup and maybe even mineral deposits and hard water spots.

3 ways to clean glass shower doors









Unfortunatley, cleaning glass doors with a buildup of soap scum (from liquid soap, bar soap, and shampoo) and mineral buildup isn’t as easy as spraying on commercial cleaners and wiping it with paper towel! The glass surface is going to need a deep cleaning technique to get it sparkling again.

But, don’t worry. This common issue doesn’t require an expensive solution. Just a few simple ingredients mixed together is going to be the perfect recipe for this cleaning challenge!

 After experimenting with various methods of how to get shower doors clean, I landed on a quick and easy way to clean glass shower doors. I found it to be the best way to get a sparkling, streak-free shine!

How to Clean Glass Shower Doors

How to clean glass shower doors

Supplies needed for removing soap scum off glass:

  • Spray bottle
  • White vinegar
  • Dawn dish soap
  • Damp sponge or soft clean cloth
  • Old toothbrush

Step by step instructions for how to clean shower doors

Step 1.Mix up the best cleaner for glass shower doors with simple ingredients in a spray bottle.

best cleaner for glass shower doors can be made in a spray bottle
The best cleaner for glass shower doors is a simple recipe you can make right in a spray bottle from the Dollar Store.


I discovered the most effective cleaning solution is a simple recipe you can make on your own. Here’s how:

In a spray bottle, mix equal parts warm white vinegar and Dawn dishsoap. (1 cup of warm vinegar plus 1 cup Dawn dishsoap is what fit in the size of spray bottle I had.)

Step 2. Splash water on the shower door to get it wet. (Use the shower head or a bucket of water.) Then, spray the vinegar and Dawn mixture onto wet shower doors and let it sit for 30 minutes.

If the stainless steel shower door track needs cleaning, too, spray it down and scrub inside and outside it with an old toothbrush.

Try to make sure the spray solution is covering all of the surface. If you need to, use a wet cloth and rub it around in a circular motion so all the glass is coated well with the solution.

Let the mixture sit on the doors for  30 minutes before you rinse it  off.

Step 3. After 30 minutes has passed, rinse off the mixture. If the door no longer has spots, use a squeegee to take the excess water off the door, and wipe down with a dry microfiber cloth. (Norwex products carry my favorite microfiber cloths.)

Cleaning glass shower doors is easy when you use the right products and let it sit.

If your glass shower door has tough stains and a lot of build up, it may take a few applications to cut through all the build-up. 

Here was our dirty glass shower door before cleaning with the vinegar and Dawn solution:

3 ways to clean glass shower doors

And here is the after (the picture is taken through the glass):

How to get glass shower doors clean using vinegar and Dawn.

How to keep glass shower doors clean

Now that you’ve gone through all the work of getting the shower glass clean, you may be asking yourself what to do to prevent it from being such a big job in the future. (I know I sure did!)

The secret to keeping the shower glass walls sparkling is to dry the glass off before the water spots dry in the first place. An easy way to do that is to keep an inexpensive squeegee in the shower to use after each use. Or have a towel handy to dry it off after use.

Hard water stains are a bit more difficult to deal with. A water softener may help with that issue. 

How to clean glass shower doors so they sparkle and shine.

 It just takes a few minutes, and it stays sparkly clean!

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Original post was updated December, 2021

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  1. Nr 3 works great on tubs too! I feel like I’m in a commercial when I wipe the grime away. Such a satisfying feeling. 🙂

  2. I have the same problem Rita!! I will be trying your #3 and see how it works. I have been told to use Rain X car wax once they are clean and the water runs off better. I guess we will see!! lol

  3. Magic Eraser works well too. They had a bathroom one that was great but I haven’t seen it lately so have been just getting the heavy duty type.

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