Cleaning a glass shower screen – this is one of the many jobs that we just don’t like doing!
Now they are the more modern and popular option for homes across Australia. Unlike a traditional shower curtain, a glass screen is better at keeping water in the shower and away from the floor. They are also safer for little ones as there is no risk of them standing up in the shower and pulling the curtain completely down. You may find that over time your glass shower screen starts looking duller and duller with a murky colouring or spots that you simply cannot get rid of.
Hard water and soap buildup on glass shower screens slowly build up and if not cleaned, it can permanently damage your glass shower screen as it slowly ‘etches’ the glass – leaving it less than perfectly shiny. If it feels like no matter what you do, you can’t get your shower screen completely clean, then you are in good company. Your shower can be perfectly spotless but if there is still a residue build-up on the screen, then this can leave your shower looking dirty and uninviting. If you don’t want to try the harsher shower screen chemicals, you are in luck. There are several more natural cleaning solutions that will work on cleaning your glass shower screen without posing health risks to you and your family.
All of these ideas will do the trick – it just depends on what you have lying around the house:
Home Made Shower Cleaner
This basic shower cleaner is just as good (if not better) than most commercially available shop-bought shower cleaning products – which can be seriously expensive. It’s easy. Here’s how:
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 1 cup hot water
- 1 teaspoon washing up/dishwashing liquid
Mix this all together and place in a spray bottle. Give the shower a good spray with the mixture, and all the grime will wipe straight off!
Magic Erasers are fine like fibres that power through grime without the use of any chemical detergents. Simply activate with water and wipe the glass. They are awesome at getting rid of soap scum.
Magic Erasers or similar products work wonderfully to cut through soap scum on glass shower screens.
By adding one cup of fabric softener to one litre of warm water is an effective way to get rid of that residue and soap scum on your glass shower screen. Simply wipe the mixture on the door and then rinse it off with warm water from your shower. If you happen to have a dryer and have dryer sheets handy, then wipe the dryer sheets along the shower door. This can also remove the soap scum.
How to Prevent Soap Scum From Forming on the Glass
Soap scrum can be prevented forever if you give your glass shower screen a really good clean, then wipe it over with baby oil. Use steel wool to gently rub the oil in and remove as much remaining scum as you can. Yes it looks awful huh. Next, soak a cloth in white vinegar, and buff the shower screen using circular motions. Then rinse (wash it really well as the oil that runs onto the floor can be slippery!). This gives your shower screen a beautiful streak free shine.
Any baby oil will do. I just buy the generic brand which is just as good.
White vinegar is the one item that every household should have. It is effective and safe in cleaning a number of different things and your glass shower screen is no different. Simply put white vinegar into a spray bottle and spray onto the shower door. Scrub the mixture onto the screen with a Non-Scratch Scourer Scrub before rinsing off with warm water. Make sure you label the spray bottle so that you know what item is in there. You don’t want your kids to find the spray bottle and assume it is water.
White vinegar is cheap as chips (and good on chips) and can be used to clean the whole home!
Bicarbonate of Soda
Bicarb is another magic cleaning solution that will not only clean the shower but also deodorize your bathroom. Get your shower screen wet before wiping the shower screen with baking soda on a cloth. You can expect a paste to form on the door when you mix the baking soda with the water. Rinse off with warm water after.
Invest in a Squeegee
The biggest cause of mineral buildup and stains on your shower screen is from water sitting on the glass for extended periods of time. If you want to keep that glass super clean, super shiny and always looking good, invest in a squeegee (which you can pick up in the cleaning section of the supermarket or hardware store). Encourage the family to give the shower screen a quick ‘squeegee’ after every shower. Seriously – the kids love doing this so it won’t be a chore! You will notice that you don’t even need to clean your shower screen anymore because it keeps it looking so good!
Squeegee’s are only a few dollars and you can pick them up in the cleaning section of your supermarket.
Lemon Juice and Salt
This is the most effective option if your glass shower door frames are made out of metal. Over time you may notice that rust forms which can make your shower look dirty and old as well. Combine one tablespoon of lemon juice to two tablespoons of salt and form a paste. Using a toothbrush, scrub the mixture into the corners where the rust is forming. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes before rinsing it off with warm water.
Another good household remedy to keep the soap residue at bay is lemon oil. Simply spray lemon oil (orange oil works too) to the door and buff it off with a cloth. However, don’t use this technique too often as it can cause some damage. Every two weeks should keep your shower looking fresh, clean and smelling much better too.
SAHM’s All-Purpose Eucalyptus Cleaner – this works beautifully on built up soap scum on shower screens!