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Simple Solutions For Safely Cleaning Your Glass Shower Enclosure

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Considering a mid-range bathroom remodel offers an estimated 77.1 percent return on investment, it is easy to see the benefits of updating your bathroom. Fortunately, installing frameless glass shower doors adds appeal and tremendous value to your bathroom remodel. The glass makes your bathroom appear larger with its airy, modern design. While visibly bright and open, the enclosed glass space can be problematic to clean.

Using traditional bathroom cleaners and glass sprays may seem like the easiest way to clean and shine your glass shower. However, using these cleaners while standing in your shower enclosure can be hazardous to your health. Thankfully, prevention and natural cleaners will ensure your glass shower is free from unattractive soap scum and mold.


Daily showers will cause soap to build up on your glass door and walls, so daily maintenance is smart. After your shower, use a handheld squeegee tool to remove water and soap from your glass enclosure.

Begin at the top of each section of glass and move the rubber squeegee blade towards the bottom. Use a dry microfiber cloth to wipe soapy water off of the rubber blade. Work your way around the entire glass enclosure.

In just a few minutes each day, you can prevent the heavy buildup of soap scum.

Monthly Maintenance

Even with a daily cleaning, your shower enclosure may develop hard patches of soap scum. While surprising to hear, rubbing alcohol is effective for removing the soap scum and enhancing the shine of your glass. In a spray bottle, add the following ingredients:

  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 cup rubbing alcohol

Shake the bottle to mix before spraying your glass door and walls. Allow the solution to soak the glass for 15 minutes before rinsing with your shower sprayer. If you do not have a handheld sprayer in the shower, use your rubber squeegee tool to wipe off the excess solution.

Streak-Free Shine

Traditional glass cleaner sprays leave behind a streaky residue on the glass surfaces, decreasing the appeal. Thankfully, your glass shower enclosure can have a streak-free shine after cleaning with a common household ingredient.

White vinegar will clean your glass door and walls without leaving behind residue, resulting in a clean, attractive, and shiny glass shower. Combine 2 cups of water with 2 cups of white vinegar in a spray bottle. Shake to mix before dousing the glass surfaces of your shower. Use one paper towel to wash and a new paper towel to dry the glass surfaces.

Mold Removal

Your bathroom may have proper ventilation, but moisture will still build up inside your shower. In many cases, this moisture leads to the growth of mold. Mold may appear as dark green or brown patches of growth, which decrease the overall appeal of your entire bathroom. In addition, mold is also very unhealthy for you and your family, so removal is imperative.

Bleach is an effective option for removing mold, but it is too toxic to use in a small bathroom and enclosed shower. For a safer, less toxic mold removal, consider grapefruit seed extract.

Grapefruit seed extract offers antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal properties, so it will effectively remove the patches of growth in your shower without the use of toxic cleaning agents.

Purchase a bottle of grapefruit seed extract from your local vitamin or health food store. In a spray bottle, combine 1 cup of water with 20 drops of the extract. Shake the bottle to mix before dousing areas of your shower with mold. Use a soft-bristled brush to scrub the patches of mold before rinsing with your shower sprayer.

A frameless glass shower enclosure is a smart investment, but periodic cleaning is essential for maintaining its appeal and value. Using these simple solutions, you can safely clean your glass shower.