How to Get Rid of Soap Scum on Glass Shower Doors

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Cleaning shower doors and walls can be difficult if certain routines are not followed.
Cleaning shower doors and walls can be difficult if certain routines are not followed. (Image: stock pictures of a green sponge for bath or shower image by Albert Lozano from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>)

Clean the soap scum off shower doors and prevent the buildup of mildew and mold that can be dangerous to your family. Use a homemade cleaning solution made from readily available ingredients to cut through the soap scum and hard-water buildup. Choose homemade ingredients over commercially available chemicals to save money and minimize the risk of adverse or allergic reactions. Follow some basic precautions to minimize the buildup each time the shower is used.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda
  • Ammonia
  • White vinegar
  • Bucket
  • Gloves
  • Safety goggles
  • Respirator mask
  • Soft-bristle brush
  • Soft, dry, absorbent cloth

Combine 1/2 cup of baking soda, 1/3 cup of ammonia, 1/4 cup of white vinegar and 6 cups of water in a bucket to make a homemade cleaning solution that will remove soap and hard-water deposits.

Wear gloves, safety goggles and a respirator mask in the enclosed confines of the shower stall. Use a soft-bristle brush to scrub away the soap scum and hard-water deposits on the doors and walls. Allow the cleaning solution to remain on the shower doors and walls for at least 30 minutes.

Repeat the cleaning process one more time.

Rinse the shower doors and walls thoroughly with hot water.

Wipe the shower doors and walls with a soft, dry, absorbent cloth to remove all cleaning solution residue.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use a bath towel to wipe the walls and door of the shower stall after taking a shower.
  • Rub the walls and door of the shower stall with a light layer of furniture polish once a week to keep soap scum and hard-water deposits from sticking so easily onto the wall.
  • Allowing the body oils and bacteria, as well as soap and shampoo, to remain on the walls of the shower stall will result in the growth of mold and mildew.
  • Never mix chlorine bleach with any other chemical. This produces harmful gases.

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