Glass showers that are dirty will make any bathroom appear unclean, no matter how tidy it really is. To fully clean a shower, you must remove soap scum, hard water stains, and mildew from your shower door and walls. Below, we review some of the cleaning supplies you may need, the methods to clean your glass shower, and a schedule to keep them clean after every use.

Glass Shower Cleaning Supplies 

Spray bottle

Scrub sponge

White vinegar

Baking Soda

Glass Cleaner

Cloth or towel

Lemon Juice (optional)

How to clean your shower glass door, walls, and tracks 

There are plenty of cleaning products designed to chemically remove mold and mildew, however, vinegar and lemon juice are two eco-friendly options to clean your glass shower door and walls. Never use an abrasive cleaner or scouring pads while cleaning glass shower doors as these products can scratch the surface of the glass.

  1. Start with wetting the glass and walls with the showerhead or soak the glass and walls with a bucket.
  2. Pour white vinegar into a spray bottle.
  3. Mist the area to be cleaned and allow it to soak for at least 10 minutes. Let the vinegar soak even longer if there’s significant buildup.
  4. Wear rubber gloves, dip a scrub sponge into baking soda, and scrub the glass. The baking soda acts as a polisher and the vinegar dissolves the hard water spots and soap scum.
  5. Rinse the area with fresh water.
  6. Repeat for problem areas if necessary.
  7. Dry the glass with a microfiber cloth and use a glass cleaner to finish cleaning the glass and trim.

Using lemon juice as a cleaning solution

You can also use lemon juice to clean your shower glass door and walls. It isn’t as acidic as vinegar. However, it smells better and still has cleaning power. Try lemon juice for lighter cases of soap scum buildup as your cleaning solution.

  1. Combine 3 tablespoons of lemon juice and 1 cup of water in a spray bottle.
  2. Spray the area to be cleaned. Let the lemon juice settle for 5 minutes.
  3. Wipe the area with a scrub sponge.
  4. Dry and buff the area with a cloth or towel.

How to clean shower door tracks  

The edges or tracks of your shower door need attention too. These creases are a prime target for mold and trapped soap scum, especially because most people forget about them while cleaning their shower doors. These tracks are harder to reach with a sponge or towel. It’s best to let acidic white vinegar make cleaning a bit easier.

  1. Fill the track with white vinegar and let it sit overnight
  2. In the morning, use a paper towel to soak up the vinegar
  3. Use a toothbrush to scrub stains and loosen debris
  4. Wrap a paper towel around the brush to get into tight corners
  5. Wipe clean with a cloth or towel

Keeping your shower glass clean with a schedule

When water drops dry on your glass door, hard water streaks develop. The easiest approach to keeping your shower glass door clean is to avoid letting water dry up in the first place. Take a look at this cleaning schedule:

Every day: after using the shower, squeegee the glass shower door and leave the door open to air out.

Weekly: give your entire shower a wipe-down once a week with a sponge or foam cleaning pad.

Once a month: Deep clean, and thoroughly scrub your entire shower, making sure to get in any nooks and crannies. Apply a water repellent spray to prevent hard water stains on glass shower doors.

Optional: Install a water softener. It reduces mineral buildup in your glass shower as well as inside your pipes, faucets, dishwasher, showerheads, and more.

Glass showers can be a hub for dirt and grime if not cleaned properly and regularly. If you use the right cleaning supplies, apply the right techniques, and follow a schedule, any glass shower can look spotless!