How to Clean Shower Doors With Vinegar?

When every spot in your house is clean but there is just one thing still dirty. The stains on your shower doors keep mocking you, showing you how shallow you can come with ideas to get rid of them, instead they are stuck.

You don’t need to replace your shower door simply because it is stained. If you know how to clean the shower door with vinegar, then you can have it sparkly clean. 

You don’t have to spend unnecessarily like getting experts to do it for you. Some extreme measures may damage your beautiful shower doors. Therefore, go for friendlier cleaning solutions like white vinegar. Yes, we have it in our homes; we see it at the grocery store. In fact, it is cheap, yet we have never discovered the magic in its simplicity.

By the way, you can use white vinegar to clean a variety of stained spots in the house. Basically, it works by cutting through soap scum and breaking it down for a spotless cleansing of surfaces.


First, you need to get the white vinegar in plenty. Since you are going to use it to clean the shower doors, those soap stains can be a little bit stubborn.

Alongside, white vinegar, you can use dawn dish detergent and a small amount of elbow grease for faster cleaning and better results.


Things to consider before cleaning shower doors with vinegar

  • Be ready to get wet
  • Be prepared to redo the whole cleaning process severally. It entirely depends on how stubborn the stains will turn out to be.
  • Have slip-proof shoes; a good example is aqua socks and rubber gloves.
  • Prepare all the items you may need including a container for the cleaning solutions, a roll of paper towels for drying up the doors after cleaning, a bucket or spraying can go for rinsing, an old toothbrush, a sponge or suitable scrubber and baby oil.

Here is the steps for how to clean shower doors with vinegar

Step 1: Preparing the walls for cleaning with a vinegar solution

  • Pour plenty of white vinegar into a small bucket or whatever container you brought along. Dip in the sponge and let it stay for a while.
  • Go ahead and turn on your shower. Make sure to set it at its hottest value, close the doors to let the steam wet the walls. Remember to close yourself outside the shower at this point.
  • After the walls are entirely wet, turn off the shower, get it with all your items except the paper towels, close the shower doors so as not to let the steam escape and let the epic cleaning process begin.


Step 2: detaching soap scum and dirt from your prestigious glass shower doors.

  • You may begin by soaking the dirt, so that tough scum will be able to be eliminated quickly. Take the cleaning solution and spread it evenly on the glass shower doors using a cup or a spraying can. For a few minutes, let the solution stay on the wall. As you can see, vinegar solution requires a little patience for it to work effectively.
  • After the solution has soaked nicely, it is time to put on your rubber gloves, draw your soaked sponge or scrubber and begin scrubbing. Remember to start from the top so that you may not stain cleaned parts. Also, rub evenly so that you can reach almost all parts of the glass wall for better results.
  • You can also use your hands to feel the parts that have not received sufficient scrubbing because when the wall is foamy, it will be challenging to see the missed spots. The rough spots are the not-scrubbed parts while the smooth spots have been scrubbed nicely.
  • When the glass parts are clean, keep in mind the runners. This is where the old toothbrush comes in. You can now make use of the dawn detergent by applying it on the runners then scrubbing thoroughly with the toothbrush. You can also lift them back and forth to reach the dirt lying underneath the runners. Then, add the vinegar solution before rinsing, scrub again to bring about the sparkle.

Step 3: Rinsing and drying the glass shower doors

  • When you are delighted with your scrubbing, it is time to rinse the glass doors along with their runners. Get some clean water in a bucket from a tap or from your bathtub, then sprinkle or splash evenly across your glass doors so that all the dirt and solution may go down the drain. I suggest you use plenty of water to exceptionally clear the mess created.
  • Then, you can get your dry paper towels or any other clean towel to dry up all water droplets from the glass walls. Do this thoroughly because it will help you identify the spots where soap scum or dirt have resisted your hard scrubbing.
  • If you spot some soap scum and dirt, redo the whole scrubbing process, from soaking, scrubbing and rinsing, paying extra attention to the troubling spots. You can do it as many times until all the stains are gone.

Step 4: Reducing scum stick chances

  • The reason why shower doors get dirty is that when we shower, water droplets accumulate on these surfaces. The droplets usually bear scum and dirt. The water then evaporates over time leaving the scum and dirt stuck on the glass shower doors.
  • To avoid more soap scum and dirt pilling up, there is a little trick you may use which involves wiping your glass shower doors with baby oil. Moreover, this step will allow you to have an effortless cleaning process the next time you decide to clean again.
  • Simply get a clean towel and  immerse it in baby oil and carefully wipe the whole glass shower doors.
  • Other remedies you can use apart from baby oil is a lemon solution, rain X or you can use a squeegee to dry up your walls after every shower.
  • Another advantage of this step is that your shower doors will have a fresh smell and look extremely elegant for a long time. You will even be calling your friends over to come to see your little discovery.

Vinegar’s good side as a cleaning solution

  • It is way affordable than expert cleaning solutions
  • It cannot easily harm your kids and pets if you have any at home.
  • Vinegar is eco-friendly, and it hardly contaminates the container it was mixed in. That means you can use the same container many times.
  • You can use vinegar to clean a number of surfaces
  • You can also use it to soften fabrics as a fabric softener substitute.
  • You can easily find vinegar.
  • It poses no hazards in case of spillage or contact with skin.


Vinegar’s bad side as a cleaning solution

  • Vinegar’s smell can be too much especially while spreading it on the shower glass walls for soaking of dirt and soap scum
  • Be sure to label vinegar’s containers carefully
  • It’s not good for cleaning greased surfaces.


Cleaning the shower room walls with vinegar is not a one-time process. You need to do it often so as to maintain that thrilling sparkle all the time.

Besides, you may also clean up your showerheads, bathtub, sinks and bathroom faucets to keep the whole bathroom clean and clear of infections.

Just remember the precautions to be taken when using vinegar to clean various surfaces around the house.

Then, this whole cleaning process is not fixed, you can be flexible and adventurous, try out your own vinegar cleaning style, and just be sure to research first before getting all psyched-up. It is good to always stay on the safe side.

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