How To Clean Water Spots Off Shower Doors The Natural Way

Do you have a glass shower door? Then, you know how difficult it can be to remove spots, scum, and stains.

Because it seems like we’re all struggling to keep our shower door spotless, we decided to put together this how-to guide.

Read on to find out how to clean water spots off shower doors and enjoy a sparkling, streak-free bathroom.

How to Clean Water Spots Off Shower Doors

Here are some of the best ways to clean your shower doors.

Baking Soda Paste

Baking soda is an all-around natural cleanser safe for daily use in all areas of your home, especially in the bathroom.

Start by mixing half a cup of baking soda with a bit of water to make a thick paste. Next, dip a soft cloth in the paste and rub the mixture onto the shower door.

Leave for a couple of minutes. Then, rinse with a cup of vinegar, followed by a cup of distilled water. Finally, dry with a clean cloth.

You can also mix baking soda with vinegar to create a foamy solution. Rub it all over the shower glass, and let it sit for 20–30 minutes before rinsing it off and drying it thoroughly.


Similar to baking soda, borax makes an excellent paste for removing scum residue.

To effectively get rid of dirt and grime, start by mixing some borax with enough water to form a thick mixture.

Next, dunk one corner of a damp sponge in the paste, then rub it over the glass. Finally, rinse with some distilled water and wipe to dry.

Lemon Juice

Lemon juice is one of the best natural cleansers you can use on your shower door. It also smells pretty good.

First, squeeze three lemons and mix the juice in one cup of distilled water. Then, place the mixture in a spray bottle.

Next, spray the shower door and wait for about five minutes before wiping the surface with a clean cloth, preferably microfiber. Finally, using another cloth, dry the entire glass door.

If you’re short on time, there’s another quicker way you can use lemons to clean the shower door. Simply cut a lemon in half, dip it in some baking soda, then use it to rub the glass surface.

Then, rinse with distilled water and wipe dry.

Magic Eraser

Magic Erasers come with all the cleaning properties you need to remove stains from almost any surface without the need for cleaning agents.

All you have to do is dampen the Eraser and then start wiping the inner wall of the door. Make sure you use it right immediately after you shower. This way, the warmth and moisture will make scum removal much quicker.

White Vinegar

Distilled white vinegar is cheap and readily available. It’s also natural and safe to use.

The best way to use it is to mix equal parts white vinegar with liquid dishwashing soap in a spray bottle. Spray the solution on the door, leave for a few minutes, then wipe with a sponge or soft cloth.

How to Clean Water Spots The Not So Natural Way

If all else fails you could try the Pro Clean Water Spot Remover. There has been a couple of times I just couldn’t get the stubborn spots off with a magic Eraser and this product certainly did the trick.

woman cleaning shower door

How to Keep Shower Doors Spotless

Prevention is worth an ounce of cure, especially when it comes to keeping your shower doors free of spots and streaks. Just a few minutes each day can save you hours of labor and elbow grease later on.

Check out these simple methods to keep your shower doors clean.

Make a DIY Daily Shower Cleaner

If you prefer natural cleansers over chemical products, why not make your own homemade shower cleaner?

All you need is a few basic supplies you already have around your kitchen.

Here are the ingredients.

  • A spray bottle
  • One cup of distilled water
  • Half a cup of hydrogen peroxide
  • Half a cup of white vinegar
  • One teaspoon of liquid dish soap
  • 10–20 drops of your favorite essential oil scent (optional)

Here are the steps.

  1. Fill the spray bottle with distilled water, vinegar, and dish soap.
  2. The essential oil only adds fragrance, so you can skip it if you like.
  3. Mix the ingredients with a stirrer or spoon. Avoid shaking too vigorously.
  4. After you shower, dry the inner wall of the door.
  5. Next, spray the dry glass with a mist and leave for about 10 minutes.
  6. As the cleaner dries, it’ll clear up the scum, leaving the surface sparkly clean.

Use a Commercial Cleaner

There are many commercial cleaners on the market. They’re easy to use and bring quick, long-lasting results.

They’re designed to clean up water spots and stains, as well as scum buildup. Best of all, they’re safe for daily use. Remember to follow the instructions carefully, and start by drying the inside of the glass door before spraying.

Waterproof Your Shower Doors

waterproof surface

There are products that treat glass surfaces and make them waterproof, like your car’s windshield. So, why not do the same thing for your shower door?

Buy a windshield waterproofing treatment online or from any automotive store. Then, follow the instructions on the bottle.

Once it dries, it’ll allow any soap residue, dirt, and water spots to fall off the glass surface. If they can’t stick, they won’t be able to leave any buildup.

Air Out the Shower

Reducing the amount of moisture on the glass door can help reduce hard water spots and stains. So, you must open the shower door after you shower for no less than 30 minutes.

You should also run the bathroom vent to air out the entire space. Doing this after every shower will protect the glass door against spots and streaks.


Now that you know how to clean water spots off your shower door, there’s no reason for it to be grimy. You can enjoy fresh, clean showers with no marks, stains, or residue.

Joe Carrow

Reno addict, keen gardener, and baker. I  started blogging in 2012 and have been hooked ever since!

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