Shine for Days: 7 Tips for Cleaning Your Glass Shower Doors
Are you one of these people who loves letting the shower doors steam up and writing your name or drawing a pretty picture in the mist?
We all do it from time-to-time but those misty doors can very easily stay fogged up and dirty. And over time you can barely see in the shower at all. A dirty shower is not something you want on your conscious.
Indeed, as someone who takes pride in their bathroom, you’ve probably recalled in horror at the state of some of the bathrooms on shows like How Clean Is Your House? But many of the people on this show are guilty of letting their problems and their homes spiral out of control.
Don’t make the same mistake. Here’s how to clean glass shower doors.
One solution to how to clean glass shower doors is to hire a cleaner. But many people object to this on moral grounds and it can also be expensive. You are much better off cleaning your bathroom yourself.
If you want to keep those shower doors and your bathroom in general clean the best thing to do is get yourself into a routine of cleaning them every day. There’s no point in letting your bathroom get dirty, particularly if you’ve gone to the trouble of making it look more expensive.
However, this can be easier-said-than-done, particularly if you work or have to take your children to school. 70% of women already feel they work two jobs because the cleaning rota is so demanding. The way to resolving this is to ensure the cleaning duties are shared equally between family members or housemates. It is all the more incentive to wake up that little bit earlier to get the job done.
Homemade Door Cleaner
And the best way to clean the shower glass panels is not with water - giving them a quick hose down after you’re done - but with your own homemade cleaner.
Cleaning expert Beverly Leestma has devised a magic formula she thinks works best. She suggests a mixture of half-a-cup of hydrogen peroxide, half a cup of rubbing alcohol, 1 tablespoon of rinse aid for dishwashers and 1 teaspoon of dish soap.
These ingredients are all standard in a cleaner's toolbox so you may well already have these items lying around the house. If not then do make sure you visit your local supermarket to see if they are available.
Next, get yourself a spray bottle - the sort that a hairdresser would use to spray your hair to make it wet - and add the mixture to some water.
The reason daily door cleans can be a good routine to get into is because in taking a shower much of the dirt and grease gets loosened. This makes it easier to clean and means you keep on top of the cleaning much more easily.
Monthly Scrub Down
But whilst there’s much that can be done on a daily basis to ensure your shower door stays squeaky clean you’ve still got to do a deep clean, every now and then.
Every month is probably a good routine to get into but, if not, at least every other month. More than this and any guests that come to stay might start to gossip about your cleanliness.
Make sure you’ve set aside some serious time to do this in your schedule. Doing a quick job will not produce results. You’re going to need to scrub well, making sure you put your back into it.
A product that many use to carry out this deep clean is the Magic Eraser Sponge. Others swear by dryer sheets.
We’d recommend making sure you wear some rubber gloves and maybe even a facemask if you find the chemicals hard on your eyes and mouth.
Another homemade product you can scrub with is vinegar. A homemade remedy is to heat some up and mix it with detergent, placing the mixture on a cloth. It’s acceptable for most normal showers but if you have one made of stone it might damage the stonework.
Vinegar is also smelly and it can linger for some time so it might not always be the best option, particularly if you know there is someone waiting for a shower.
Another alternative to vinegar is lemon and baking soda. This can leave your shower door smelling fresh and zesty. It’s also the most natural way to clean your shower door, without having to worry about the effect of the chemicals.
Cut a lemon in half and rub it in baking powder. Then when you glide it over the door you will see a chemical reaction take place as the alkaline of the baking powder mixes with acid in the lemon.
Get Into All the Nooks and Crannies
When we think about cleaning shower doors it's very easy to think its a straightforward job but many of us forget to think about the smaller areas as well. Be sure to clean the tops of the shower door and all the edges.
Use a toothbrush, perhaps covered in vinegar or one of the mixtures you’ve used for scrubbing the rest of the glass, to get deep in there.
You might also want to think about a scraper for where the glass meets the metal edges of the door to help get rid of any gunk or dirt that has built up around it.
Glass Shower Doors Fit For A Queen of Clean!
Getting your shower doors nice and clean can sometimes seem like a daunting task. But this is only if you put it off and attempt to clean the dirt away all at once.
The key to getting clean glass shower doors is to ensure you clean your shower every day after you have gotten out. It is this combined with scheduling a routine clean of your bathroom every month that can make a difference.
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