How to Get Rid of Soap Scum on Shower Doors?

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By Jacob G. Turner

Grimy soap buildup on your shower doors might ruin your morning routine. It isn’t simply unwanted; it can also contain bacteria. But don’t go for the stronger chemicals just yet! This post provides four simple strategies for removing soap scum and leaving your shower doors gleaming clean. We’ll go over natural solutions,  and some fast tips so you may select the way that works best for you and your budget.

Method 1: Get rid of Soap Scum with Vinegar

To eliminate soap scum on glass shower doors with vinegar:

  • Mix equal portions of white vinegar and grease-eliminating liquid dish soap.
  • Put the mixture in a spray bottle and shake to mix up very well.

Spray the mixture generously on the surface you want to clean. Shut the door so the solution can settle well on the door and trickle back into the shower. Scour through the surface with a rag after allowing the solution to sit on the door for 30 minutes. Wipe it dry with paper towels.

To eliminate fine splashes, wet a sponge completely with white vinegar. Wipe through the entire door surface, and continue to apply as it evaporates. Aim to cover the entire glass door in vinegar for roughly five minutes. Check after this period. Has the film gone? I’m sure it did. Good for you!

If the soap scum is a little hard to get off, apply hot vinegar. You must be cautious doing this though.  Wash off the vinegar using clean water. Phew! The job is finally done. Never mind if you can still perceive the smell of vinegar. After using the shower a few times, it will be completely eliminated.

When you have eliminated the soap scum, ban solid soap and start using liquid soap.  Liquid soap does not contain the talc in solid soap that forms the scum.

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Method 2: Get rid of Soap Scum with Ammonia

For this cleaning project, you need to put on your rubber gloves to keep your palm safe. Open the windows of the bathroom and ensure the room is properly ventilated.  Make a mixture of ammonia and water in a ratio of 1:3 in a spray bottle.

Use the solution and wet the entire surface of the door ensuring you cover up all soap scum.  Allow to sit on the door for a few minutes.

Not letting the liquid dry up, get a scrub brush with a coarse tip to work up the soap scum and eliminate it. Use clean water wash down the surface and ensure you get all the ammonia solution into the drain. Wipe it dry with a paper towel.

Also Full guide on Cleaning With Ammonia

Method 3: Eliminate Soap Scum on Shower Doors with Borax or Baking Soda

To DIY this home cleaner, mix borax and baking soda and add some drops of water into the mixture. Aim to get a smooth paste. Borax and baking soda have natural abrasive properties which make them great for eliminating scum.

Smear the paste on the glass door with a wet sponge. This will help to soften the scum and make it easier to clean off. Rinse off with clean water. Wipe the surface dry. That’s it!

Caution: You must never clean the shower door with a solution of vinegar and ammonia all at once with chlorine bleach. The three mixtures give dangerous gas which can be poisonous.

This is the full guide on Cleaning with Baking Soda

Method 4: Wipe off Soap Scum from Glass Shower Doors with Vinegar and Baking Soda.

We have explained the chemistry behind the use of these two products as cleaning agents.  Having explained the chemistry, let’s clean your shower doors with white vinegar and baking soda.

  • Scoop out a half cup of baking soda and empty it into a plastic jug. Mix it with enough amount of white vinegar to form a paste.
  • Mix the two products with a spoon. While mixing it, you’ll observe a fizzy solution. Remember, it’s carbon dioxide that is evaporating.
  • After all, the CO2 has escaped; smear the paste on the cleaning surface using a Scotch Brite sponge. Never mind if you are making a mess all over the floor. It’s expected. You can easily wipe these clean when you are done.
  • All about ten minutes after application and scrub down with a window scrubber, rinse thoroughly with water to wash out all the paste.
  • When you’re finished wipe the door using a paper towel and a squeegee.
  • Examine the door to ensure that all scum build-up is eliminated.

Here is a complete video guide so that you can understand better well


Now, have a look at the shower door! Are you happy with the results? Well, I strongly believe you should! If you have applied any of the methods appropriately, you should be able to eliminate hard water stains and soap scum!

Lastly, you may wipe off any leftover liquid on the door using paper towels.

It is a vital step particularly if you want to spray water repellent on the shower door for future maintenance. And always keep a handy squeegee for a quick wipe after you’re done showering.

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