How to Remove Adhesive From a Tub Shower Door

Sticky adhesive on your tub shower door quickly attracts other dirt and debris. If a manufacturer's label has left adhesive residue, you must remove it to avoid the buildup of a bigger stain. Dirt, hair and soap scum can cause white adhesive residue to become an eyesore on your shower door. You can remove this stain with supplies that may already be in your bathroom. Use these products and the right technique to get the adhesive stain off the door without scratching the surface.

Ugly sticker adhesive detracts from clear shower doors.

Step 1

Apply a warm soapy cloth against the adhesive to initially soften it up.

Step 2

Drizzle baby oil over a cotton ball to moisten it. Rub the oil on the adhesive residue stain on the shower door. Allow it to soften the glue for five to 10 minutes.

Step 3

Scrape the adhesive stain with a plastic scraper to lift off the glue. Wipe the adhesive onto a paper towel. Continue to scrape to remove as much adhesive as possible.

Step 4

Wet a cotton ball with nail polish remover. Buff the remaining stain with the nail polish remover to break down the glue. Rub the cotton ball back and forth as the adhesive glue balls up. Use another cotton ball, if necessary, to remove the remainder of the glue.

Step 5

Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar. Spray the shower door with the vinegar spray to remove any remaining adhesive and residue from the baby oil and nail polish remover.

Step 6

Wipe the bathtub shower door with a paper towel to dry it off.

Things You Will Need

  • Dish washing soap
  • Cloth
  • Baby oil
  • Cotton balls
  • Plastic scraper
  • Paper towels
  • Nail polish remover
  • Spray bottle
  • White vinegar


  • Substitute silicone spray, cooking oil or mineral oil for the baby oil to loosen the adhesive glue.
  • Vinegar spray keeps your shower doors free of filmy hard water deposits and stains, in addition to removing sticker adhesive.


  • Avoid metal scrapers and abrasive cleansers when removing adhesive from your shower door. Both can cause permanent scratches in the surface.

About the Author

Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.

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