How to Clean Shower Doors With Natural Products

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Hard water residue, soap scum and orange rust stains are frequent companions to today's glass shower doors. Cleaners on the market to rid your bathroom of these unsightly annoyances are often harsh on the skin and toxic to the environment.

With a little imagination and a little elbow grease, you can clean those glass shower doors to a satisfying sparkle using only natural ingredients that are kind to your senses and gentle to the ecosystem!

Things You'll Need

  • Lemons or lemon juice
  • Glass-grade sandpaper
  • Distilled water
  • Food-grade vinegar
  • Dr. Bronner's liquid organic soap
  • Cream of tartar
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Nylon scrubber
  • Rubber spatula
  • Old toothbrush
  • Use glass-grade sandpaper and lemons for really tough calcified build-up. Squirt the juice of the lemon, a quarter teaspoon at a time, on the sandpaper. Make sure it's glass-grade paper. The acid in the juice will gradually dissolve the hard-water calcification while the sandpaper wears away the build-up without damaging the glass.

  • Use a separate squirt bottle filled with distilled water to rinse.

  • For rust stains on glass shower doors, make a paste of 3 tbsp. of baking soda and to 1 tbsp. of lemon juice.

  • Use a rubber spatula to apply the paste to the stain and let it sit for 10 minutes.

  • With a damp nylon scratch-less scrubber, work a corner of the stain to determine whether it's ready to be lifted. Scrub gently until stain is removed.

  • Use food-grade vinegar on routine rust splotches and hard water stains. Sprinkle a little baking soda on your scratch-less scrubber, then sprinkle the vinegar on top of it. Scrub to remove the stain, then rinse with distilled water.

  • Try a mixture of Dr. (Ralph) Bronner's liquid organic soap and vinegar. According to Dr. Bronner's marketing materials, the soap is made from hemp oil, jojoba oil, extra virgin olive oil and coconut oil. Mix 1 tbsp. in a little cup with 3 tbsp. of vinegar.

  • Use a nylon brush or an old toothbrush to scrape the soap scum off the glass shower doors. Spray and rinse with distilled water.

  • Tough rust stains can also be removed from glass by applying a paste made from about five tablespoons of cream of tartar plus two tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide. Use your scratch-less nylon scrubber to apply the paste, then wait about 10 minutes to let it work. Rinse with distilled water.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always scrub a stain or water-mark on glass from top to bottom, left to right, then rinse thoroughly with a little distilled water before moving on to the next stain. Always use nylon or rubber scrubbing items and apply gentle but even pressure when cleaning glass to prevent scratching or marking the surface.
  • Keep vinegar, lemon juice and other acidic materials away from chrome or aluminum fixtures as the acid may stain or damage the metal.

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