Tips on Cleaning Soap Scum off a Glass Shower Door

Melynda Sorrels

That white or gray film clouding up your glass shower door is none other than soap scum. Soap scum accumulates when soapy water mixes with the minerals in tap water and forms an unsightly layer of film within your shower that can be frustrating to clean if it's left for too long.

Glass shower door

While glass shower doors look nice as a general rule, nothing looks nice with soap scum on it. With the right know-how, your shower door can be rid of soap scum in minimal time.

Work Smarter not Harder

Dampen a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and scrub the soap scum away. Rinse the door when you're done and dry it with a soft clean lint-free cloth. Cover the soap scum with regular hair shampoo and allow it to sit for 3 minutes before wiping it away with a clean damp sponge. If some areas are more stubborn than others, a medium bristle brush will come in handy. Rinse away the shampoo and soap scum with clean water and dry the door with a clean dry towel.

Another option is to heat up some vinegar in a dish until it is warm and pour it into a spray bottle. Saturate the shower door and allow it to soak for at least 5 minutes. Spray the door with the solution again and use newspaper to scrub it clean. Rinse the shower door to remove any lingering debris and dry it with a clean soft dry towel.

Soap Scum Prevention

Apply lemon oil to the shower door with a soft clean cloth. This can be used to remove soap scum and also to prevent more from accumulating. Cover the entire door with the lemon oil and allow it to air dry.

Using baby oil or Epsom salt in the bath will also help to prevent soap scum from sticking to the doors. Epsom salt keeps soap scum from being able to form in the tub and is great for easing aches and pains.

There are several commercial products that can help to both remove and prevent soap scum buildup that may be worth looking into, such as Rain-X and Tilex. Rain-X is a product that causes water to bead on cars and can be found in your local automotive store. Tilex can be found wherever cleaning supplies are sold. For both, be sure to read and follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully.