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Shower doors are difficult to keep clean, because they so easily accumulate soap scum, hard water droplets, and other residue from the shower. Unfortunately, a dull or dingy shower door can make a whole bathroom look dull and dirty, so keeping a shower door clear and sparkly has a big impact on a bathroom.

It may seem hard to believe, but simple vinegar is a fantastic way to clean household surfaces, including shower doors. Vinegar kills mold and mildew, dissolves soap scum and hard water stains, deodorizes, and can even polish chrome and restore a brilliant shine to surfaces. Here are some simple, effective ways to clean shower doors with vinegar.

Clean Shower Doors With Vinegar After Daily Use

One of the best ways to clean your shower doors is with daily maintenance. Light cleaning after every shower will keep soap scum, hard water spots, and other problems from building up. Keeping the shower doors clean after every use will reduce the need for deeper cleaning and keep your bathroom looking fresh.

Here's what you need for daily cleaning of your shower doors (and your entire shower enclosure):

  • A spray bottle
  • A squeegee or microfiber cloth
  • White vinegar
  • Distilled water

Follow these steps to keep shower doors clean and prevent build-up:

  • Fill a spray bottle with ½ white vinegar and ½ distilled water
  • After every shower, spray the shower doors and enclosure with the solution
  • Squeegee dry

Distilled water will naturally dry without leaving hard water stains, but it's best to dry the shower rather than leave the solution to evaporate naturally. Leaving the shower doors dry instead of wet reduces humidity in the bathroom, and prevents mold and mildew from taking hold.

If you have deep tile or rough surfaces that can't be easily dried with a squeegee, use a clean, dry microfiber cloth instead. A microfiber cloth can also be used for a quick dry and polish of your shower fixtures, to keep everything sparkling clean on a daily basis.

Deep Cleaning Shower Doors With Vinegar

If your shower doors have hard water stains or soap scum and need a deeper cleaning, you can restore the clean and shine to using vinegar. Thanks to the power of vinegar, you don't even need to do any back-breaking scrubbing! Here's what you will need to remove tough shower dirt and stains with vinegar:

  • A tub or container
  • A sponge or gentle scrub brush
  • Baking soda
  • Table salt
  • White vinegar

Follow these steps to remove tough shower stains and buildup with vinegar:

  1. 1
    In a container, combine ¾  cups baking soda with a ¼  cup of salt
  2. 2
    Pouring in small amounts at a time, add enough vinegar to make a thick paste. The mixture will foam so go slowly and wait for it to subside, then stir and add a little more vinegar.
  3. 3
    Using a brush or sponge, apply the paste to the shower doors, starting at the top and working your way down.
  4. 4
    Leave the mixture to work for 15-20 minutes.
  5. 5
    Using a damp sponge, rinse and wipe away the mixture.
  6. 6
    If necessary, use the paste to scrub a bit at more difficult areas, or re-apply and let it work further.
  7. 7
    Use a squeegee or microfiber cloth to dry the cleaned shower doors.

Cleaning Shower Door Tracks With Vinegar

If your shower door is on tracks, it's important to clean them as well. Shower door tracks can be hard to clean, and are a prime spot for mold, mildew, and debris to collect. Here's what you will need to clean shower door tracks with vinegar:

  • A spray bottle
  • An old toothbrush or scrub brush
  • A sponge or microfiber cloth
  • White vinegar
  • Distilled water
  • Baking soda

To clean shower door tracks with vinegar, follow these steps:

  1. 1
    Fill a spray bottle with ½ white vinegar and ½ distilled water.
  2. 2
    Sprinkle baking soda down into the door tracks to coat the surface evenly.
  3. 3
    Spray the baking soda with the vinegar and water solution. The mixture will foam slightly.
  4. 4
    If you have tough grime, mold, or mildew in your shower tracks, allow the mixture to sit and work in the shower tracks for 15-20 minutes.
  5. 5
    Using an old toothbrush or narrow cleaning brush, gently scrub the shower door tracks clean.
  6. 6
    Wipe clean with a damp sponge or microfiber cloth
  7. 7
    Dry the tracks with a microfiber cloth

Note: If you have stone or natural flooring in your bathroom, be careful of overspray and protect porous materials from excess vinegar. The acids in vinegar can damage some natural surfaces if allowed to soak in and remain, so try to prevent overspray and wipe up spills or drips immediately.

Cleaning Shower Drains With Vinegar

Vinegar and baking soda are also a great way to clean and deodorize shower drains, and can help reduce or prevent clogged drains without damaging your pipes or the environment, unlike some commercial drain clearing products.

Simply sprinkle about a tablespoon of baking soda down the shower drain, then pour a cup of vinegar down into the drain after it. Allow it to fizz and work for 20-30 minutes, then rinse with warm water.

Conclusion

Vinegar is a great way to keep shower doors and shower enclosures sparkling and clean. It does have a vinegar smell, but that dissipates quickly, neutralizing other shower odors and leaving no scent behind. It's naturally anti-microbial and mildly antibacterial but does not harm the environment and creates no hazardous fumes.

Vinegar and baking soda are fantastic all-purpose cleaning agents for every room in the house, and you probably have them in your pantry already. Keep your shower door and your whole bathroom clean and sparkling with simple vinegar.