Shower Door Cleaning: Soap Scum and Hard Water Stains

By: Julia Layton

How to Get Soap Scum off Shower Doors

Use vinegar to make your shower door's glass crystal clear.
Use vinegar to make your shower door's glass crystal clear.

Yes, if you use all-purpose bathroom cleaner and a lot of elbow grease, you can rid your shower doors of soap scum, eventually.

Or, you can use vinegar. It cuts through that film like a knife through warm talc combined with body oils in a steamy environment.


To remove the chalky streaks, dip a sponge in full-strength, white vinegar. Coat the door, and keep applying as the vinegar dries. You want to keep the door covered in wet vinegar for at least 5 minutes. The film will melt away. If you have particularly stubborn soap scum, you can try applying boiling vinegar -- very, very carefully.

Rinse off the vinegar with warm water, and you're done. The vinegar smell will go away after a couple of showers.

Other options include orange-based cleaners, mineral-oil solutions and liquid-fabric-softener solutions.

Once the scum is gone, switch to liquid soap, which is lacking the talc that can lead to soap scum in the first place.

Up next: A shower-door health hazard, and how to eliminate it.