Soap scum is a white film that builds up in showers and bathtubs. It can be extremely frustrating when your trying to have a sparkling clean bathroom and the soap scum just won't go away. This is a guide about removing soap scum from shower doors.
By nan 1
We recently moved into a beautiful rental home. There is one problem, the shower door has so much build up that it looks like it is covered in white film. The owners obviously did not bother to clean it. I have tried everything. I am just concerned that the soap scum has actually etched the glass, what can I do?
By Nan from CA
November 9, 2010
Use Mineral Spirits (aka White Spirits aka Paint Thinners). Like magic, it dissolves the scum the instant it touches it.
My shower enclosure doors have suddenly got severe soap scum and nothing is removing it. It is on one fixed piece more than the others. What can remove this easily? I have tried vinegar, but nothing doing.
January 14, 2012
If after cleaning with any of the methods suggested, and you find your door appears to have that permanent white etching, you can camoflague it really very well by wiping on olive oil and polishing it off with 4-5 paper towels per door. The door wil not look or feel oily. It will continue looking wet and clear. It will last a few days with daily showering. It is nice to know you can have it look good for when company comes or for a house sale. The door shown was cleaned and oiled this AM. It dates from 1979. It has a slight texture to it.
I bought a fixer upper home and it has a shower that was etched so bad with hard water spots, so bad that a steel wool pad and a drill with chemicals did not do the trick. I didn't want to replace the glass, had lots more money to spend on other things. So I went to a craft store and bought glass frost/etching acid. I bought a roll of painter's tape and stencils. Figured out a pattern that I wanted.
I put a "Fleur D'Lis" on the top of each glass pane, with the stencil that I bought (could be butterflies, flowers, etc.) and ran the tape along the edges of the glass panes (length wise). Then I striped the glass with the tape (horizontally), measured with little pieces of the tape below the fleur d'lis design and ran a piece of tape from edge to edge, using the little pieces of tape as guide to make the stripe level. Then more small pieces of tape at the bottom of the first stripe of tape then leveled off another stripe.
Standing in the shower, adjust the tape and stripe pattern so the personal parts of your body are covered by the frosted glass. I etched the entire part of the glass where the "never-you-mind" areas are, then I started striping again to continue the pattern from the top of the shower glass panes. In the middle of the glass pane, I etched another design but I had to tape that off to not overlap the frosting, which was a pain in the never minds, but it came out good.
You might want to try it. I saved myself a bunch of money and it doesn't look too bad for a cheap quick fix. Now I can concentrate on other things to buy for my new...older...home, and this will do until I can get another shower stall along with a water softener system! Good Luck. I am very happy with the outcome and semi-filled bank account.
Source: TOO frugal to get a new shower and had to come up with something inexpensive.
By Suzette from Ripon, CA
To remove heavy soap scum buildup on clear shower doors without the heavy cleaning fumes use Avon's original Skin-So-Soft bath oil. Be sure to rinse well as the shower floor gets slippery.
By Jimbo 1
I finally called Procter and Gamble, the people who made the bar soap we were using (Olay) and was told to get their "Pantine Clarifying Shampoo", and this would dissolve it. Wrong! It didn't budge. I even called the glass shower door company and they told me to scrape it with a razor blade, Ha, that doesn't work either. Now, I was getting obsessed!
Well, hallelujah, I was walking through the local "Whole Foods" store and picked up a spray bottle of their store brand, "365" "Spray Scum Remover", what do I have to lose at this point?. This product is listed on the label as "foaming action, cypress scent, concentrated and biodegradable". You don't dilute it but spray on from the bottle. It's inexpensive at $3.99 but the best thing about it is, it works. The directions say to spray on and wipe with a clean cloth and rinse. I sprayed it on, and it's clear, so I left in on overnight and the next day, getting in the shower, you could see that the scum was gone! I still can't believe it after all the products I tried, this works.
I was going to buy another glass shower wall and now, I've saved that cost! I know Whole Foods is not in every city and you may not find it in your local chain stores but try Whole Food's web site and I'm sure they would send it to you, it's worth the shipping cost whatever it is. Good Luck!
By Jimbo from Naperville, IL
What is the best way to keep soap scum at bay on glass shower doors?
By Stella_admin from Manchester, WA
May 10, 2011
When our home was new, the instructions for the tub and shower said to apply automotive wax to the sides and glass doors, but not to the bottoms, of the shower and tub, to help keep soap scum from forming. It could probably be done after the glass is cleaned well. I didn't do it of course, and now use generic 'Soft Scrub' and a nylon kitchen scrubber to clean the shower doors every week or two.
Can anybody please give me a phone number where I can buy 365 Scum Remover as Tasmania doesn't sell it anywhere? Cheers.
June 5, 2014
365 Spray Scum Remover is no longer sold at Whole Foods.
I'm trying to remove soap scum from glass. I made a huge mistake trying to clean it with Cascade, but it only made it 10 times worse.
September 2, 2011
If it's very thick and on a shower door the quickest and easiest way to get rid of it is to put a straight razor blade in a holder and scrap it off. Work very gently. I've done this on bathtub tile while the tub is dry. The scum falls in the tub and get it out with the vacuum cleaner attachment. I quit using bar soap for this reason. Liquid cost more but it doesn't form soap scum.
Remove the ring of soap scum from your tub with liquid laundry detergent. For a really bad case mix dry laundry soap with water into a paste and apply to scum. Let it set for a while. It should come off very easily. Works on showers as well.
By Walton from Mesa, AZ
How do you clean soap scum off shower doors?
By Marilee from Bakersfield, CA
June 11, 2012
I use a product called Bartenders Friend from Home Depot with a bit of vinegar and a non scratch sponge. Once my shower is clean I wipe it down with a towel after every use. Then once a month I clean the shower and it is a snap because using the towel after every use it picks up most of the soap scum.
I just purchased a home. Two bathrooms have shower doors in very good shape, but on the bottom of the doors is a huge build up of water gunk. It almost looks liked dried on cement. I think it is old water build up. How can i remove this?
By Debbie f. from Mission Viejo, CA
A nephew suggested I use Ring B Gone for cleaning stubborn soap scum from my shower's glass doors. I bought it, but then saw a label warning not to use it for glass. Has anyone had any experience with using this product for glass shower doors and if so did it work and/or cause damage to the glass?
By Jeff R.
What is the product that cleans plexiglass shower doors?
Can a steam cleaner be used to clean plastic shower doors?
By Moosexquisite from Ramsgate
September 15, 2010
I adore my steam cleaner. However, I think you need to clean the doors first and then use the steamer after to keep the doors clean. The best product I've ever found is Don Aslett's Showers 'N Stuff. I buy a gallon at a time and use it in a spray bottle. Nothing even comes close to this stuff. I used it on a fiberglass tub that was stained brown that nothing would clean; this cleaned it in no time. Great, great product, and I wouldn't use anything else. No affiliation, just a huge fan.
|We just moved into a new house and have a separate shower from the bathtub. I'm looking for suggestions of cleaners I can use to keep the shower door clean of soap scum, either store bought or home made. Thanks,|
|Once clean, wipe it down EVERY TIME IT's USED with a Scotch Brite High Performance cleaning cloth. They really cut through scum. For already built-up scum, spray with Dow scrubbing bubbles and LET IT SET a while. Maybe even spray more and let it set if it keeps running off. Then work with the Scotch brite high performance cloth. It will take some work, but nothing like before these cloths were invented. They are TERRIFIC.|
Becky S. - Cincinnati
|By Becky S.|
|Clean soap scum, mildew, and grime from bathtub, tile, and shower curtains by wiping the surface with vinegar and rinsing with water. It sure beats buying the Soap Scum Remover.|
|fabric softener sheets||11/30/2000|
|I save up all my old fabric softener sheets and keep them in the bathroom. Before you get out of the shower, rub one on the damp door and you'll be amazed as the soap scum disappears. Then rinse.|
|wipe down the walls||11/30/2000|
|Make sure you rinse the doors off and after you've dried yourself, use the towel to wipe down the walls and doors of the shower.|
|000 baby steel wool||11/30/2000|
|To remove scum on shower doors. I use 000 baby steel wool and then rinse off with a light vinegar wash. I use the 000 for "a quick spot remover" on the bathroom mirror. It cheap and I've never had a scratch mark caused by the steel wool.|
|X-14 soap scum remover||11/30/2000|
|In response to the best way to keep your shower doors scum free, try X-14 soap scum remover, or Scrub Free soap scum remover (they also make excellent mildew remover that REALLY works :-) ). Both are available at the supermarket or Wal-mart/K-mart.|
|RE: Keeping Scum Off Shower Doors||01/05/2001|
|I know I am responding to this really late. I am surprised no one has suggested this yet. What I do is take an ordinary squeegee, about six inches long, and ust squeegee the show doors and walls with this. Works like a charm!|
|RE: Keeping Scum Off Shower Doors||05/07/2004|
|Put some vinegar in a squirt bottle and spray. Make sure windows are open so you don't get sick, wipe with a dry cloth. No scrubbing required then rinse and squeegee. You'll be able to look through the other side.|
|By (Guest Post)|
|RE: Keeping Scum Off Shower Doors||06/25/2004|
|Thumbs up on the Bounce Wipes. We have well water and the scum is unbeatable. I had to use it twice, but it's gone. I finished it off with a vinegar wash and rinse. I'm sold. It works.|
|By FLORENCE S (Guest Post)|
|RE: Keeping Scum Off Shower Doors||09/14/2004|
|Use vinegar and water regularly instead of these nasty products that are bad for health and that get washed down the drain and eventually get into our water system. Many of the manufactured chemical products that people often use and recommend using are made with chemicals that do not break down or that break down very slowly. This is not a natural or healthy thing for any of us and if we care about our children and our health, we ought to all be finding great solutions that are not bad for us. Vinegar and water works for so many things. Baking soda, lemon juice and often hot water and elbow grease gets the job done. I hope everyone has gotten the scum off of their glass and has done so responsibly. Good luck to you all!|
|By Melinda (Guest Post)|
|RE: Keeping Scum Off Shower Doors||11/09/2004|
|I too recently moved into a new house with a shower door. Before we ever took the first bath, I placed an extension rod with a clear shower curtain in the shower stall. You can't see the rod and can hardly see the clear shower curtain even when it's pulled. My shower door and enclosure still look brand new after a full year's use. When the shower curtain gets dirty, I throw it away and buy another one|
|By (Guest Post)|
|RE: Keeping Scum Off Shower Doors||11/09/2004|
|Put hot vinegar in a spray bottle and spray the damp surface liberally. Let it sit 10-15 minutes and scrub (in circles) with an old pair of nylons or a store-bought nylon scrubby brush.|
|By Julie W.-Iowa (Guest Post)|
|RE: Keeping Scum Off Shower Doors||12/18/2005|
|Once you have used one of the above methods to clean the shower door, let them dry thoroughly and then spray them down with RainX. follow the directions just as you would spraying the RainX on your car windshield. Really helps to keep the hard water stains from building up.|
Any good products for soap scum on shower doors and in shower? What about ring around the toilet?
Kate from Maryland
Onetime I called a professional cleaning service to evaluate cleaning my mom's home and they suggested cleaning the shower doors with Lemon Oil. They said that they would do that each time they came and it keeps them spotless. (04/18/2006)
By Jenny Connard Tucker
Try Dawn dishwashing soap for soap scum. My dh cleans toilets regularly so I don't really know. I have used chlorine bleach in the past with good results.
Good Luck! (04/18/2006)
Lemon oil on a dry soft cloth. Just wipe down the doors and the soap scum will disappear immediately. (04/18/2006)
One of the best ways to keep scum off bathroom walls is to stop using BAR soap. It contains paraffin (or wax) which is what coats the tiles and doors, causing the scum. Since we switched to liquid soap (cheap if you buy half-gallons at Walmart, Target, etc.), we have no scum problems anymore. Even the mildew-grout problem is much alleviated since the wax doesn't hold the water in the grout. I quickly (30 seconds) dry my shower after each bath so I don't have mildew. My DH doesn't dry his shower and bleaches the mildew a couple of times a year. (04/18/2006)
That ring around your toilet is most likely calcium scale. There are three effective ways of removing it, depending on how hardened it is. In the first two methods, you want to make sure the water level is above the ring. I recommend you first try Denture Cleaning Tablets and letting them soak overnight. Toilets are, with the rare exception of fiberglass models, made of Vitreous China, same stuff dentures are. They are also good for maintaining a clean bowl (I recommend using them once a week, generic brand ones are usually very cheap like 99 cents a box).
If that fails to rid the ring, next try a 2 liter Coke, the full sugar kind and not the diet. The Citric Acid is of a higher concentration than with the tablets. Again, let it sit overnight.
If by some stretch of fate that fails, the only other thing I can recommend is to cut off the water feed, empty the bowl as much as you can, and fill it with white vinegar and let sit overnight. That ring may mean some seriously hard water which also means you may notice a slow filling of the bowl after a flush. If so, you may want to cut off the water and empty the tank. Next, take an old towel or dry rag and dry where the bowl meets the rim (this is where the water enters the bowl. Then cover the little ports under the rim with duct tape, making sure it is sealed very well. Press down on the flushing lever and pour a gallon of white vinegar into the hole and let sit over night. The next day, when you remove the duct tape, you will notice all sorts of brown scale and crud washing away from behind the tape with the white vinegar. Turn the water feed on and flush about 3 times in a row. Your filling cycles should be much faster now. (04/18/2006)
I had soap scum on clear glass shower doors. I tried everything. Still couldn't get a really clear shine. Then I used "Whink" which is a rust remover (contains some type of acid so wear rubber gloves). Squeezed on a sponge and wiped down the doors - then wiped off with a clean sponge. The doors look great. Now I use only glycerine soap or shower gel in that shower and use a squeegee on the door after each use. End of problem (04/19/2006)
By c thomson nj
Mr Clean magic sponges work great. I keep one on the shower/bath to use quickly before stepping out. No effort at all. (05/02/2006)
I spray my doors with Glass Plus (alcohol based glass cleaner), then I use a Mr. Clean Magic sponge. Soap scum comes off easily, (06/02/2006)
How do you get soap scum off of shower doors? I scrub it looks good wet but dries with a soap film.
Andrea from Buffalo, NY
Make a paste of baking soda and dish detergent. Apply this to your damp shower doors and scrub with a nylon pot scrubber. I have had good results with this method. (10/23/2006)
I tried a product called Kaboom cleaner. It is the best cleaning product for soap scum and hard water stains. No scrubbing. I found it in Kmart for about $3. (10/24/2006)
Remember - like attracts like in chemistry. Soap is made from fats, therefore an oil will (slowly) remove the buildup. This doesn't help much due to removing one oil with another oil. I liked the Dawn dishwashing soap and dishwasher soap works even better. To be truely thrifty though, make a paste of wood ash (pH 11) and spred it over the soap buildup. Some of the soap will be removed with each treatment with no scrubbing. Add a little elbow grease and it's all gone with no toxicity.
If that doesn't work, or if you don't have a woodstove, Comet powder works fine and it is cheap.
Good Luck! (10/29/2006)
By Hot Water
Does anyone have a miracle cleaner for soap scum on a shower door? I have tried everything on the market. NOTHING works on it.
Tena from Champaign, IL
I use Mr. Clean Magic Erasers. They always work very well for me. I use them all over my shower and tub! (06/01/2007)
Elbow grease and vinegar has worked magic for me! (06/01/2007)
I was told to use Bounce static things those dryer sheets and wash the shower doors with that.And that's all I use to get the soap scum off my shower doors and my children love to clean the shower all the time.Try it it worked for me. (06/01/2007)
Lots of good ideas, I clean really, really well, and then put Rain-X on - the water repels off, and then keep a squeegee and use that daily. It really helps. And then more Rain-X (06/15/2007)
We recently bought a home that has a well. The water was VERY hard, and the toilets were absolutely terrible! Other than the bowl itself being able to be cleaned relatively easy, there was still a harsh ring left behind even after the bowl was clean.
To remove the ring on the inside of the toilet bowl at the water level line: get a pumice stone that you buy in the beauty department for rubbing on your feet or rough skin. They are pretty cheap and it is the ONLY thing I have found to do a bang up job. Wet the pumice stone and rub it back and forth on the ring. It will develop a greyish paste, but that only helps you. Clean as a whistle! (08/16/2007)
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I use cerama-bryte smooth stove top cleaner. Works great but is a chore to remove once dried. Guess I need to try rain-x once the doors are clean :) (08/30/2007)
I have found that using rubbing alcohol works terrific for removing soap scum. Sometimes a soap scum will prevent hard mineral cleaner from working properly. Remove the soap scum first and then use a mineral cleaner if needed.
Hope that helps. (09/10/2007)
I never expected to see so many great ideas. Can't wait to try some of them. This is a relatively new house, but the shower door is just as messed up as in our other house, where we removed it and put in a curtain. This shower stall is 3 sides of glass, so I can't remove it. I am going to get the doors clean and put on rain x. My husband uses it on the cars all the time. Thanks to all. (09/13/2007)
By Joan McKinley
Ok so I am sitting here reading this thinking these are really inventive ideas. Being the lazy person that I am I chose the easiest suggestion using the Dawn on the shower door. WOW, IT WORKS! I just stood there in amazement with my jaw on the floor! How easy! Thanks for a wonderful suggestion! (01/01/2008)
I just tried the Mr. Clean Magic Sponge. Amazing! Thanks. (01/31/2008)
Thanks so much for the advice! After scrubbing and scrubbing and even scraping with a glass scraper, I still couldn't get the scum off. I'm so glad I found this site- the Magic Eraser was really magic! I never would have thought of using it, but that's all I'll be using from now on! (02/01/2008)
Kaboom works, I promise. I tried a bunch of different things people posted before I found Kaboom. Your shower doors will sparkle. (02/22/2008)
Having read the site, today I tested most of these ideas. None worked for me. I tried Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, Dawn dish detergent, lemon oil, white vinegar and even Goo Gone on different sections of my shower door, and none got rid of the soap scum film. I thought the goo gone and lemon oil were going to work, as the glass looked great. then I washed the oily stuff off. When the glass dried, soap scum film! if i wasn't renting this place, I'd buy new shower doors!
Any other ideas? I didn't try kaboom, but with what I've tried, I don't have much confidence in it.
Previously, I had tried Zuds and the Barkeepers Friend using a nylon scrub brush. No luck. (03/19/2008)
I tried the shampoo method and it didn't work - actually tried several times. I am going to try the Mr Clean magic sponge and let you know. If that fails, I will try the bounce sheets. Thanks everyone for all your ideas. I'm sure one of these will work. (03/25/2008)
By Barb, Ohio
I've tried Lime Away, vinegar and water with lots of elbow grease and glass plus. It looks nice until it dries, then the fog is back. I'm going to try Mr. Clean's eraser since most of the comment recommend it. (04/06/2008)
Ok, I finally got it after I tried everyone's suggestions. I bought Kaboom shower, tub and sink spray. It said to leave on 1-3 minutes. I got in the shower with the scrub pad, thinking I would have to have to use some more of my elbow grease. I turned the shower on, and all the soap scum and mineral deposits trickled down the doors. Didn't even have to use the scrub pad. FINALLY! (04/11/2008)
*** You have to read this ***
I've tried almost everything: kaboom, shout, water/vinegar mix, Mr. Clean eraser, dryer sheet (which left a small scratch in the glass), etc. I finally came across a suggestion: Mr. Clean eraser + a little dishwashing detergent. I thought 'what the heck'. I had already tried Mr. Clean eraser by itself, why not. Tried it. It was awesome. This is how i did it.
Sno bowl is great. Cleans all kinds of toilet rings. Kicks but with out the harmful smells. Check it out, cheap at Kmart.
I tried Magic Eraser and dishwashing detergent and it worked!! It was so much easier than any other method I've tried and it looks great! I've used a squeegee on my shower doors after every shower since to keep it looking clean. Thanks for the great tip! (07/09/2008)
For those of you who have tried EVERYTHING and it still won't come off I can help! I also did everything listed about 10 different products when I realized its not soap scum its HARD WATER stain on my glass. Use Weiman's Stovetop Cleaner for glass top stoves. I used this with the scratch free scratch side of a 3m sponge a little moist barely scrubbed, wiped off with a towel and my glass is new again. this is after years of not cleaning the glass. (08/20/2008)
I clean vacationer homes, and I've found that oven cleaner works great on the glass at cleaning the soap scum. But, to not get the scum on there, DON'T USE BAR SOAP! In my home, we only use shower gel, and there is never soap scum on my shower walls, or even a ring in the bottom! (09/18/2008)
I was tired of the scum in the shower. I've always liked 409 but it just didn't cut it. Neither did bleach or ajax. I looked at this website and tried SHOUT for laundry spots. Oh MY! I sprayed the shower, used newspapers as suggested (they left black ink) I wiped it with a wet rag and voila, clean, sparkly shower. For the base I used some elbow grease with the scrub brush. It's white again. Forget the newspaper, use the rag! I've been telling everyone! Thanks all for your suggestions. (12/30/2008)
Soap scum on clear glass shower doors.Nothing is working on here at all, honestly tried it all and nothing is working not the Bounce sheets, Dawn, Comet, rubbing alcohol, CLR, dish washing detergent, hot vinegar, nail polish remover, Vim, Windex, or magic pad. Maybe I have different shower doors than all of yous but really I don't know. The idea that soap is a fat, you would think dawn soap would work or grease cutter would work but well nothing works so far Help. (01/23/2009)
By I tried everything here
I tried the Magic Sponge and shout. It did not work. My husband gave me pure chlorine and 200 grit sand paper. That worked with no scratches. You have to keep the chlorine off the frame. Rinse often. Make sure you have gloves on. (01/24/2009)
By April, Lakeland, FL
Editor's Note Be careful when using chlorine (bleach) as it can mix with other cleaners and make toxic fumes.
I have NEVER been able to clean soap scum off my shower doors. Until now, I just used Bar Keeper's Friend and a 3m green pot scrubber and it came off with no effort at all. This is amazing. All I did was apply, scrub and rinse and it was gone! (02/08/2009)
Kaboom works great, after the doors are clean, wipe the doors down with Rain-ex, yes rain-ex it keeps the water and soap off for weeks for less cleaning =)( (02/25/2009)
Ok, listen up kids I'm only going to tell this once. I found the answer by mistake, just like all great finds. I was told to use newspaper and the glass cleaner in the can, which we have but could not find it. Looking around for something else I tried windshield wiper fluid and it didn't work. As I was walking back into the house low and behold there was the the answer to all this scum. "SIMPLE GREEN". I swear it works. I just sprayed it on straight and used a green wiennie (For anyone that has not been in the Navy, it's the green part of the sponge.) Then rinse and wipe dry. (03/21/2009)
It works! I read a lot of your tips and wanted to use what I already had in the house. I had Dawn dish soap. All I did was add some water to the soap in a bowl and washed with sponge and wiped the scum away, then followed up with dry towel. It flippen worked. I then just used some Windex for good measure. (06/06/2009)
Remove built up soap scum from glass shower doors with a pumice stone. Works great and can be done while you're in the shower!
By Balber from Getzville, NY
How do I remove soap scum on shower doors? They are hard to get at.
By cash51 from Cleveland, OH
Get in the shower and scrub the walls with a Brillo or SOS pad. (10/06/2009)
Spray it with vinegar, that will help. (10/06/2009)
Try Comet bathroom cleaner spray. It works really well if used once a week. Also, use a daily shower spray after each shower that helps prevent the soap scum build-up in the first place. (10/06/2009)
"The Works" Toilet Bowl Cleaner will cut that soap scum and hard water. I stand in the tub wearing flip-flops and rubber gloves. Just squirt in on the walls, glass doors, etc. and wipe it down. Any tough to reach places try using a brush. Rinse when you're done. It will cut the soap scum and hard water build up. Thank goodness it doesn't smell bad, but it will sting if it splatters on you. I don't let the build up get ahead of me now. Use weekly and you can get by with wiping it down with a few squirts on a wash cloth. Don't use anything abrasive or you'll scratch your finish. (10/12/2009)
After cleaning the shower doors, to prevent the accumulation of soap scum, etc. use a good squeegee after each shower. It only takes seconds. The best squeegee for this a 2 bladed squeegee from Cleret. (10/17/2009)
After you've cleaned your trouble areas of soap scum, stop using soap. Use shower gel and you'll eliminate soap scum by 95%. The best squeegee I've found, is the California Water Blade autobarn.net. It is made of silicone, so it doesn't scratch and is available in various widths (14 inches and 12 inches). A quick squeegee and a wipe down with a microfiber cloth will keep your shower clean for months. My wife has me giving the shower walls a good waxing (with the orbital polisher) every few months. (11/01/2009)
Spray Scrubbing Bubbles on the glass doors, then follow with hydrogen peroxide. Use a squeegee with cool water and all the spots are gone. (11/06/2009)
How do I remove stubborn soap scum on my glass shower doors? I've tried bleach and bi-carb of soda. That didn't work. Any suggestions?
By Chantal from Belmont, WA
I learned on here actually I think that the way to clean shower doors is with liquid fabric softener. I keep a small bottle of it in my shower and a shower puff and when the shower door needs cleaned, I pour a little fabric softener on the puff and scrub the door. I usually do this after my shower while standing in the shower with the door still wet. Then I rinse the door with cups of water, then get out dry off and get on with my day. It is a miracle I tell you. It will work. How cool huh. God Bless you! Ronda (03/04/2010)
Thanks LaQuetta! "The Works" toilet bowl cleaner works like a champ! I'm so happy. It cut right through the soap scum and the hard water stains. Yea! (04/18/2010)
I have tried everything from CLR, jif, sugar soap, Magic Eraser, metho and water, Shower Power, and a foam type soap scum remover and still the shower is white instead of clear. The shower is a clear glass shower door, and smooth, not the rough type. I do cleaning for a living and this shower has me stumped. The owner uses Solvol which doesn't make thing any easier and they don't wipe the shower down. What do you suggest that I use to get this off?
Jenny from Townsville Australia
The only thing I can suggest would be full strength white vinegar. Do the doors lift off so you can work on them in a flat position? I'd saturate an old towel and leave it on the surface for as long as possible.
Toilet bowl cleaner (such as Sno Bol) will remove a lot of gunk off of glass, but it will damage and discolor metal frames, rubber gaskets, etc. and it's dangerous to mess with like that. You don't want to be breathing the fumes and splattering the solution on yourself and everything else. Don't ask me how I know. (11/09/2005)
By Grandma Margie
OK, don't laugh when I tell you that the best thing to clean the shower doors is already in the shower. Think about it, what is that film on the shower door? It's dirt and oils from your skin. Use cheap hair shampoo. That's the whole purpose for shampoo right, break down oils and clean dirt from your hair. You don't have to spend extra on the fancy shampoos, use the store brand. Squeeze some on a scrubbing sponge, and use a circular motion, "wax on, wax off". I swear, you can do this while you are actually in the shower, and it'll clean it right up. (11/09/2005)
That is a tough one. I do housecleaning for a living, too, and I am absolutely convinced that the worst thing about housecleaning is the bathroom. The shower and tub in particular. Most of the time I would rather clean a toilet than a shower. They come clean so much easier.
The only thing I know to try that maybe you haven't, is a product called "Bar Keeper's Friend". I don't know if it is available in Australia or not, but if it is I would sure encourage you to try it. It's the only thing that took the hard water stains and soap scum off my tub at home. I had tried absolutely everything, too. I'm sure glad I found it. Good luck. (11/09/2005)
I spray down the shower with my usual shower cleaner, wait 5-10 minutes and then wipe clean with Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. (11/10/2005)
Had the same problem someone told me to use a product called Whink. It says its a rust remover. I got it at the hardware store. Comes in a small brown plastic bottle. Also, there is a web site to order. Wear gloves when using. I applied it in small areas at a time using a sponge. It is absolutely the only thing that cleaned my clear shower door. I tried everything. (11/10/2005)
I recently read somewhere that Dawn dishwashing liquid is the best thing to remove soap scum from shower doors. Don't know if it's available in Australia, but if so it would be worth a try. (11/10/2005)
I am a house cleaner too. ZEP is the greatest I have found and it really works. It comes in gallon size for about 9$ at Home Depot or Lowe's. You dilute it 10 times for basic cleaning. I usually use full strength for stubborn jobs. Works excellently in bathrooms and kitchens. You can also use in the laundry. If using full strength make sure to get back in there in 5 minutes to rinse down. Good luck. ZEP really makes cleaning the bathroom fun, believe it or not. (11/10/2005)
If all else fails and you can get it, try Lime-a-Way. Follow instructions on bottle. Then after you get the soap scum off and doors rinsed and dried, put a thin layer of lemon oil (furniture polish) on the glass doors. The white soap scum will not build up. Be sure you don't get the oil in the bottom of the tub/shower floor. Slippery. Good luck. (11/11/2005)
I had the same problem, use to use a green scrubby with Comet, then rinse with hot water. My shower head converts also into hand held. Then I would wipe down with vinegar and water. Until my husband came home last summer with the Shark Steam cleaner, the newest one has a soap dispenser, also. Well I tried steaming the doors and it worked. I haven't even used the soap dispenser yet. Had a project of taking old wall paper off, last summer. Well when my husband brought that home my job on the wall paper was a breeze, then I tried the shower doors and it worked. I'm not advertising the product, but it does work great.
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I cleaned my shower door with WD-40. Make sure you have plenty of ventilation when you clean with this. (12/05/2006)
From years of professional experience this is what I would suggest. First using a dry steel wool pad (0000 fine "not" SOS) on the dry glass doors. This will not scratch the surface it will actually remove any stubborn debris, stains, and deposits left by soap and hard water. Make sure the doors are real glass and not plastic. Then when they are clean I would apply a very light coat of lemon oil (the real stuff), RainX (for auto windshields), or even car wax to help prevent further clouding. Making sure you buff off all these products completely. This process will also work on stubborn grime on exterior windows. (10/09/2007)
By Meredith NH
I use Gel Gloss. It is in a pink can. It cleans, shines, and protects. It is great for marble, fiberglass, the grungiest boats and showers. It is applied, let dry, and buffed off. It protects like a wax and the water will pebble off. I do my marble vanity, tub, tub surround, and folding shower doors about every 6 months to a year. (12/03/2007)
We had that same problem in a house we moved into. I tried a very strong solution of water and bleach (make sure a window is open) and soft scrubbing pad. That worked. Actually I found after it cleaned the build up, we had a very petty frosted design on the glass. (12/09/2007)
I just cleaned my doors with auto rubbing compound. I took doors off and put them on sawhorses in garage. Worked well. My problem was spots mostly, but some whitening, also. (09/02/2008)
Lemon oil used on wood furniture works wonders on shower doors. It removes the soap scum and protects from future build up. Once you clean the doors you will wipe away the excess oil leaving a light coating. The oil can also be used on the metal track and parts. I cleaned estate homes using this trick.
Mary in Camden, MI USA (01/22/2009)
I gave up on my small shower doors and took them off and put up a shower rod and curtain. Much better. (03/22/2009)
Here's a great tip for removing soap scum from shower doors. Take any kind of dryer sheet and moisten it completely and scrub the door with the offending soap scum on it.then rinse and wipe dry. All the soap scum will be gone!
By ohiofarmlady from Hillsboro, OH
I have tried many things to clean the glass, I found that you can use very fine steel wool to clean and it doesn't scratch the glass. Try it you will be amazed. (06/12/2010)
I have very bad scum covering the whole of my shower door. Any suggestions for cleaning off? I am living in a hard water area which doesn't help.
My husband who is the shower cleaner in our house, swears by the brand "THE WORKS", we buy it at the dollar store in our area (Dollar Tree), he sprays, leaves it on for about 30 minutes, and everything comes off easy. However, it is strong stuff so wear gloves. (07/19/2010)
Cheap hair shampoo on a plain old sponge. Rub it on and rinse it off. Should be good as new. (07/24/2010)
An old trick that real estate agents use is oven cleaner to get the soap scum off. It is not recommended to do this too often, but it can give you a fresh start. (07/26/2010)