Cooktop Cove: Don't struggle with hard water stains. Here are 6 tips to help you clean glass shower doors
By Jacinta M. Carter
Glass shower doors can help give your bathroom a sophisticated look. Unless those glass doors are impossible to see through because of hard water stains and soap scum. Then they start to look a little less classy and a little more trashy.
Before you trade in your glass doors for a shower curtain, though, take a few minutes to try a new cleaning method. Whether you want a natural cleaner or a brand-name product, we've got you covered. Just decide which tip you want to try and get to scrubbing.
1. Vinegar
It should come as no surprise that vinegar is one of the easiest ways to get rid of soap scum and hard water stains on your glass shower doors. After all, you can use vinegar to clean just about anything!
In this case, mix a 1:1 solution of white vinegar and liquid dish soap in a spray bottle. Shake well and then spray it all over the inside of the door before closing it. Let the mixture settle and drip into the shower for about 30 minutes before scrubbing over it with a damp cloth. You can let it air dry, but wiping it dry will help prevent streaks.
2. Baking soda
Baking soda is also a great way to clean your shower doors. Mix it with just enough water to create a thick paste and use a sponge to rub it onto the doors. You can rinse it off with water, but rinsing with vinegar is more effective. Finish by wiping the doors with a dry cloth.
3. Bar Keeper's Friend
While usually used for stainless steel appliances, Bar Keeper's Friend can also clean your glass doors. Pour some onto the abrasive side of a sponge and scrub the doors with it. When you've scrubbed everything, rinse it off with water and let it air dry.
4. Pine-Sol
Looking for a way to clean your shower doors and make your bathroom smell pretty good? Grab some Pine-Sol. Mix 1/8 cup of Pine-Sol with 1/2 gallon of warm water, soak a clean rag in the mixture and then use it to wipe down your glass doors. You can also make it easier on yourself by putting the mixture into a spray bottle and spraying it on the doors. Finish by rinsing off the glass with warm water.
5. Lemon
If you're looking for a completely natural way to clean your shower doors, try a lemon. Cut the lemon in half and scrub the glass with the cut side, squeezing while you scrub. Depending on the severity of your hard water stains, you might have to make a few passes with the lemon, but it should take care of it pretty easily. When you're finished, wipe over the glass with a damp towel to remove the leftover lemon juice and let it air dry.
6. Magic Eraser
When you just need to spot-clean sections of your glass doors, a Magic Eraser is your best bet. Just dampen the Eraser and scrub it over the water stain or soap scum until the glass shines like it's brand new.
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