How to clean glass shower doors – so they are streak-free, fast

Wondering how to clean glass shower doors without the elbow grease? This is the secret to a sparkling space

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Knowing how to clean glass shower doors may seem like a tedious task. However, with the right advice, this process doesn’t need to feel so mundane – and you can achieve a spotless space that will elevate your bathroom – without too investing much time at all.

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To follow this guide, you will need these items:

1. A spray bottle: such as these at Amazon (opens in new tab)
2. White vinegar: Any will do (opens in new tab)
3. Microfibre cloth: we love these ones (opens in new tab)

Optional items:
4. Limescale remover: for really tough stains (opens in new tab)
5. Water repellent: to keep water spots away (opens in new tab)

If you’re looking for niche advice on how to clean a bathroom, this expert-approved technique is one of the most transformative of them all. 

These spotless cleaning tips will leave you with a glass shower door that is free from a buildup of products – with a glistening finish. This advice does differ from cleaning a window or cleaning a mirror without streaks because of that product buildup; you will need different techniques and cleaning kit. Here’s how to clean glass shower doors, the professional way.

How to clean your glass shower door without streaks

1. Prepare for cleaning with water 

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The glass cleaning experts at Hillarys (opens in new tab) recommend preparing the shower door glass for cleaning by spraying it with lukewarm water. They suggest using a spray bottle (such as this bottle from Amazon (opens in new tab)) that will also be handy later – so it’s worth the small investment. ‘If you find it easier, you can also just splash the glass with a small bucket or jug of water,’ they say. Or of course, if you have a hand-held shower attachment, you can use that.

2. Clean glass shower doors with vinegar

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Did you know that glass shower doors are amongst the things you can clean with vinegar? The experts at Hillarys suggest that it is the best way to achieve a streak-free clean. ‘Refill your spray bottle with white vinegar and use it thoroughly to saturate the whole shower glass,’ they say. 

However, the vinegar’s power comes with a warning. ‘Always remember to wear rubber gloves when handling chemicals to prevent irritation and drying out your hands,’ they say. We would also urge caution about allowing the vinegar to sit for any length of time on stainless steels or other metals, which it can tarnish.

Jennifer Rodriguez, the Chief Hygiene Officer at Pro Housekeepers (opens in new tab), also recommends cleaning your glass shower door using vinegar. ‘It contains an acid that kills bacteria and fungus. White vinegar mixed with water prevents the glass from streaking,’ she says. 

You should leave the white vinegar to soak for at least 10 minutes, but for harsh stains, you may need to leave it for up to 30 minutes. 

3. Clean glass shower doors with baking soda  

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Cleaning with baking soda is another natural way to clean glass shower doors, and you can use it to remove the white vinegar; experts suggest dipping a scrubbing sponge in baking soda before scrubbing the glass. ‘The baking soda will work as an abrasive, and the white vinegar will dissolve the product buildup of soap, shampoo, and conditioner,’ they say. 

When it comes to removing stubborn stains, it is better to dab rather than rub, as this could make it worse. Once you are satisfied with how to glass looks, you should finish as you started: by rinsing with lukewarm water. 

4. Dry with a microfiber cloth  

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Microfiber cloths, such as these from Amazon (opens in new tab), are well-known for their ability to achieve a streak-free clean, and the glass shower door is no exception. They suggest drying with a cloth, or a small towel, before using glass cleaner for the ultimate sparkling finish.

What removes hard water stains from glass shower doors?

White vinegar removes hard water stains from glass shower doors. We have also used limescale removers (opens in new tab), available at Amazon, to get them sparkling, stain- and streak-free. 

What is the best way to keep glass shower doors clean?

The experts at Molly Maids (opens in new tab) say that the best way to keep shower door glass clean – whether free of grime or water marks – is to stop the water drying on the glass in the first place. They suggest you 'keep a squeegee in the shower to wipe down the glass after a shower.'

They also say you can minimize glass cleaning in future by applying 'a hydrophobic compound, such as Rain X (opens in new tab), to keep water spots off the glass.'

If you have a really bad hard water problem, it's likely that keeping water marks at bay is difficult. In which case, they recommend you 'install a water softener. This is an expensive solution, but it will solve many other problems by reducing mineral buildup on your shower glass and the insides of your pipes, faucets, dishwasher, showerheads and more.'