I used to think I enjoyed cleaning. Then I had kids. Now, I see little point in cleaning when all of my work will be trashed as soon as my kids get home from school. So, I’m reluctant to put much effort into housework these days. As long as we aren’t living in straight-up squalor, I feel like it’s good enough.
Nothing proves this point more than our glass shower doors in the master bathroom. I love them when they are sparkling and clear and feel instantly exhausted when they’re covered in soap, water spots and fingerprints. My husband does not love to squeegee and ever since our son started showering in there as well, it’s like fighting a losing battle. Glass shower door cleaning is just not high on my priority list. So I decided I’d do a little experiment to see which super Pinteresting technique does the best job AND see how long the doors could go between cleanings.
Can you see the spots & streaks?
I did not clean the shower doors for several months. I think it was mid-summer when I had totally given up on almost all housework. Seriously. That obviously included the shower doors. It’s early-October now. You do the math.
I chose these because they seemed most popular as well as have very easily accessible ingredients.
Glass Shower Door Cleaning: The Procedure
Taping one shower door into 3 columns running the length of the door seemed to be the easiest way to divide the sections. I tested each method using about the same amount of pressure for each one. All of these have some mild abrasive qualities, which I think is key is getting hard water stains off. **Special Note: The dish wand is what gives the Dawn/Vinegar combo it’s abrasive quality. Don’t use that method without it!**
We live in Florida and hard water is a problem here unless you have a water softener (which we don’t). I was pleased with how easily the months-worth of build-up came off of the doors with each of the methods. My main complaint would be the residue left behind.
Each method had the following special “feedback” to clean up:
-Dawn/vinegar: minor soapiness
-Magic Eraser: powdery film
-Bar Keepers: fine grit
The “feedback” wasn’t hard to rinse off, but it was one more step in a chore I didn’t want to do in the first place.
Which Method Is Best?
I really wanted there to be a clear front-runner for glass shower door cleaning but once I dried the door with a microfiber cloth, honestly, they all came out about the same. So, no big winner here….just you for finally getting that shower door clean with minimal elbow grease. If I had to choose one though, I think it would be the Dawn/Vinegar. The soapy residue was easier to clean off than the film and grit. So pick the method of your choice and go to town!
**In an effort to prolong the clean as long as possible, I applied a thin layer of lemon oil to the bottom half of the shower door to see if it would clean the door cleaner, longer. It did not have any effect for me so don’t waste your time 😉 The only thing that really helps delay the next cleaning is using the ol’ squeegee (I like this one). Sorry, honey!**
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