Glass shower doors are a clean and aesthetic way to give your bathroom a modern yet simple look. With their simplistic design, glass doors allow for easy access to your shower, all while providing your bathroom with a stylish layout. Although glass shower doors make a beautiful addition to your bathroom, they can be tricky to keep clean. Cleaning your glass shower door may seem like a hassle at first, but you’ll save time and money with these five simple methods.

1. Prevention is Key

In any bathroom, dirt, germs, and soap scum can quickly build up. Most people like to wait until their bathroom needs a deep cleaning to bring out the sponges, but this is not the most efficient way to care for your glass shower door. With glass shower doors, buildup resulting from soap, water, and other substances entering the shower can cause scratches and permanent damage to your glass. Small buildups caused by frequent shower use can be prevented by simply wiping down the shower once a day with a soft sponge or a microfiber cloth. These materials won’t cause damage to glass and can be used with water alone or mild soap to break up thick buildup. If you want to go the extra mile, invest in a Squeegee and wipe the glass after each shower.

2. Clean with Natural Solutions

Citrus has been proven to be a useful cleansing source for many areas throughout the home. Citrus is especially useful for cleaning in the bathroom, and it won’t damage glass shower doors. For this cleaning method, all you need is one lemon and a small amount of baking soda.

To start, cut your lemon in half. Once the lemon is cut, dip one half of the lemon into the baking soda, and then proceed to wipe the glass door down with the lemon gently. If you want to take this method a step further, after rinsing, you can lightly douse the glass with lemon oil to prevent soap and water from drying on the glass.

3. A Spray a Day Keeps the Sponge Away

A daily shower cleaner is a quick and easy way to lessen the burden of cleaning your shower, and shower door. By lightly misting a regular spray over the shower and door, you are loosening up buildup and prolonging the time until you have to perform a deep clean. The more often you spray your shower, the more time you will have in between each cleaning. There are several daily shower cleansers such as Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Tub and Tile, Tilex Daily Shower Cleaner, Arm & Hammer Daily Shower Cleaner, or you can create your own spray.

DIY shower sprays are simple and only require a few ingredients. Here is one to try: mix 1.5 cups water, 1 cup white vinegar, ½ cup rubbing alcohol, 1 teaspoon liquid dish soap, 15 drops lemon essential oil, and 15 drops tea tree essential oil together in a quart-sized spray bottle. Shake, and you’re ready to go!

4. If Your Glass Door is Well Past Due for a Cleaning

For this cleaning method, you will need baking soda, white vinegar, and a non-scratch sponge. To start, take ½ cup of baking soda and mix it with the white vinegar until a paste is formed. Next, apply the paste onto a non-scratch sponge and wipe down the glass door, scuffing away any grime. For best results, leave the mixture on the glass door for about 10-15 minutes, and then rinse and dry the glass with a microfiber cloth or Squeegee.

5. Beyond Just the Glass Door

Most glass shower doors are secured by a metal frame. The metal frames are much more durable than the glass, but they also require careful cleaning if you want to avoid putting scratches and marks on the frame. The metal frame of a glass shower door can be cleaned using the methods listed above, but a toothbrush is recommended for scrubbing off heavy buildup. If there is extreme buildup on your shower door frame, you can use a paint scraper to scuff away heavy grime gently.

Whether you are looking for tips to keep your glass shower door clean or a way to make your dirty glass shower door sparkle, one or more of these cleaning methods will help you attain that. Just remember, the best way to take care of your glass shower door is by preventing heavy buildup through daily care. Happy Cleaning!