Shower doors can be more effective than curtains in preventing water from spilling onto the bathroom floor. Unfortunately, unsightly stains from water spots and soap scum are difficult to remove from the doors. Although commercial cleansers are typically effective against stains, the harsh chemicals can pose health risks, especially if stored in areas where children can gain access. Home remedies for cleaning shower doors are just as effective, but they're safer and cheaper, too.
You can easily remove soap scum with fabric softener. Combine 1 cup of softener with 1 quart of warm water. Wipe the mixture on the door, then rinse it off. Soap scum should slide off easily.
Alternatively, wipe a dryer sheet along the shower door. Soap scum will be attracted to the sheet, and you can wipe it off immediately.
Vinegar can be used on a variety of surfaces, including shower doors. Pour undiluted white distilled vinegar into a spray bottle. Saturate stains with the vinegar and allow it to work for three minutes before scrubbing. Because shower doors are highly susceptible to scratching, use a nonscratch pad to scour the door.
The aroma of vinegar is incredibly strong. If the stains are resistant, you may need to repeat this process multiple times. Before spraying the door with vinegar, protect your hands with latex gloves. Excessive exposure to the acidic vinegar may aggravate your skin.
Hydrogen peroxide can aid the vinegar in removing the stains and disinfecting the door. Fill another spray bottle with peroxide and spray it on the door before scrubbing.
Baking soda is an affordable way to clean a shower door and deodorize the bathroom. Dampen the shower door, then apply baking soda with a wash cloth. As you wipe the cloth across the door, a paste will form. Rinse the door with white distilled vinegar or water.
Lemon Juice and Salt
Because many shower-door frames are made of metal, rust stains may form. Combine 1 tbsp. lemon juice with 2 tbsp. table salt to form a paste. Apply the mixture to the rust stains with a toothbrush. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes. Rinse it off with water.
Lemon or Orange Oil
To prevent soap residue and minerals from water from settling on the shower door, spray lemon or orange oil on the door, then buff it off with a washcloth. The water-resistant oil will fill the tiny grooves on the door and prevent stains. Apply the oil regularly, but no more often than every two weeks.
Andrea Drinkard began writing in 2005, specializing in proper nutrition, and disease and treatment articles. She has been featured in "Cosmopolitan" magazine. Drinkard holds Bachelors of Science in biology and kinesiology from the University of Alabama.