How to Clean a Bathroom Shower Door With Ammonia

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Clean shower doors with ammonia to keep them clear.
Clean shower doors with ammonia to keep them clear. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Shower doors become cloudy quickly due to soap scum and hard water residue. Most people don't have time to wipe down the doors after each shower, so they clean them weekly. Commercial cleaners remove soap scum but can be expensive. When you need to clean the shower door on a budget, wipe it down with ammonia. Of itself, ammonia is a powerful cleaner but can be combined with other common household items to create a potent shower cleaner.

Things You'll Need

  • 5-gallon bucket
  • Ammonia
  • Washcloth
  • Non-abrasive sponge
  • Squeegee
  • Towels
  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Plastic scrubber

Plain Ammonia

Pour 1 gallon of warm water into a bucket or the bathroom sink. Add 1 tbsp. of ammonia to the water and stir gently.

Dip a washcloth or nonabrasive sponge into the ammonia solution and wring out excess.

Wipe down the glass shower door with the ammonia solution.

Rinse with a squeegee and dry the doors with a towel.

Ammonia Cleaner

Pour 1 gallon of warm water into a bucket and add 1 cup of ammonia, 1/2 cup of vinegar and 1/4 cup of baking soda. Stir to combine the ammonia cleaner ingredients.

Soak a washcloth into the cleaner and wring out excess.

Wipe cleaner onto the shower doors and let it sit for 10 minutes.

Scrub the doors with a plastic scrubber to remove tough stains. Rinse off the solution with clean water.

Dry the shower doors with a shower squeegee or clean towel.

Tips & Warnings

  • Pour the cleaning solutions into spray bottles and coat the shower doors before scrubbing.
  • Don't combine bleach with ammonia to prevent toxic fumes.
  • Never use abrasive cleaners on glass shower doors because they can scratch the surface.

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