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How to Remove Soap Scum and Hard Water Stains from Shower Glass Doors
Tuesday, May 14
In an ideal world, I would scrub down and clean my bathroom and keep it spotless and shiny every day of the week. As it happens, our bathroom is often a war zone. Makeup, dirty laundry, and towels that don't always end up on the rack are the usual suspects that keep our bathroom from staying organized. Mondays are typically my day of the week I schedule out to clean them. This Monday, with a little bit of free time on my hands, I decided to give our master bath a major scrub down. I cleaned the light fixtures, organized the closet, rearranged our cabinet drawers, and finally (finally!) got down to cleaning the one thing in this bathroom I've never been able to fully get to before - our shower doors.
Oh I clean our shower doors often. We have a squeegee that we run over them after every shower. But we've had soap scum and hard water stains collected on the edges of those doors since we moved in. And no matter how much I scrubbed, no matter what I took to them, those stains just wouldn't go away. Here's a little dramatization for you:
This is a little worse for wear (most of it is just dried water that splashed up earlier), but see the water/soap stain line that runs right down the edge? That line never goes away and it's always bugged me. A while back, I'd pinned a cleaning tip on Pinterest that suggested using a fabric softener on glass shower doors. I went back to my pin, but the link had expired. So I googled a bit and came across this article on Apartment Therapy. I read through the comments and one person mentioned wetting the fabric softener before using it. So I went down to our laundry room, grabbed a couple of dryer sheets, wet them, then took them back upstairs and went to town on those shower doors.
Let me tell you this - it works. And it works well. You get a lot of residue, so you'll need to really make sure to rinse your doors afterwards (and then rinse them again), but I am one happy girl with how clear and how clean my shower doors look.
After my first scrub down and rinse, though, the stains on the edges of the door were still faintly there. I lightly scrubbed over those spots with another wet dryer sheet, then took took a green Scotch-Brite Heavy Duty Scour Pad to it (these green scrubbers are my secret cleaning weapon - I use them for everything. My parents have always used them; they do an amazing job without being too harsh).
I lightly scrubbed over the stains and bam! Spotless perfection. I'd tried using these green scrubbers before, both alone and with other products, but for some reason combining them with the fabric sheet did the trick.
I also used the fabric sheets to scrub underneath the door handle that sits inside the shower. I didn't realize there was a build-up of soap and residue down there. I forgot to take a before picture (it probably would have been gross anyways), but the fabric sheet cleaned everything right up! No more filthy residue underneath.
Last but not least, I used the sheets on our sink faucets per another suggestion on Pinterest. This particular faucet is in our guest bath. The sheet cleaned it up pretty nicely - it's so sparkly now.
Using fabric softeners to clean your shower doors or faucets isn't something I would necessarily recommend using on a regular basis. A lot of people might be worried about the chemicals contained in them. For me, it worked great on getting rid of very tough, set-in stains. If you have a problem like that, give it a go. For more greener, more natural home cleaners, check out this post by How Does She. They give you a list of all-natural cleaners and disinfecting solutions you can to clean each room in your house.