Dawn & Vinegar For Sparkling Shower Doors

Dawn & Vinegar For Shower DoorsUpdate: I shared this “recipe” over a year ago and decided to revisit it today for those who may have missed it. This recipe is in my “cleaning savvy” hall of fame, as it costs little to nothing and works like a charm–every time. If you struggle keeping shower doors clean, this solution will definitely solve your problem. I love it, keep it in my own shower, and use it once a week to keep my shower doors looking as shiny as new.


Cloudy, dull shower doors used to be one of my biggest cleaning frustrations until I discovered the power packed duo of Dawn and vinegar.  This simple and inexpensive solution does what typical glass cleaner cannot; it cuts through the persistent film left by soap scum.

Before discovering the Dawn and vinegar solution, I tried literally every solution that claimed to clean glass and shower doors. But try as I might, no store bought solution would make my shower doors look clean. Not windex. Not professional window cleaner. Not soap scum remover. The bottom line is that cleaning shower doors is a very challenging task, as soap scum is hard to remove without the right ingredients.

The right ingredients are simple, inexpensive, and effective. All you need is Dawn, white vinegar, and a professional spray bottle.  I have used this solution at least weekly since discovering it, and my shower doors look just like new. I keep a bottle of this in the shower and never allow myself to run out.

Dawn & Vinegar Shower Door Solutiondawn &  vinegar


  • 1 part Dawn liquid
  • 1 part white vinegar
  • 1 professional sprayer (this solution won’t spray well from a cheap spray bottle)


  1. Pour 1 1/2 cups white vinegar into spray bottle.
  2. Add 1 1/2 cups liquid Dawn.
  3. Shake well.

Here are a few tips for making the most of this solution.

1) Have a funnel handy so that you can easily fill the sprayer with both solutions.

2) Heat vinegar before adding the Dawn. Supposedly, heating the vinegar prior to adding the Dawn makes the solution more effective. It makes sense to me that warm vinegar will more easily mix with Dawn than will cold.  I always heat my vinegar when making a new bottle of solution. I just put in the microwave for a minute or two before pouring into the sprayer.

3). Put the solution in a professional sprayer. I found a Zep professional sprayer at Home Depot, and it is far superior to any sprayer I’ve ever used.  It is sturdy, comfortable in the hand, and sprays a large surface area with each pull of the trigger. I tried a few inexpensive sprayers before tossing them all and getting one that works. This sprayer can also be purchased as an add-on item for $3.78 here on amazon.com.

4) Keep a bottle of this in the shower so that you can use as needed. I spray my shower doors every few days, and I do it while I am showering.  When I first step into the shower, I spray the doors so that the solution can penetrate the shower doors while I am showering. The steam seems to help make the process even easier. After showering, I simply wipe the solution off of the doors with my washcloth, and then I rinse the doors with the shower head. They turn out perfectly clean every time.

Note: If you do the process while showering, be prepared for a strong vinegar smell. This doesn’t bother me at all, as vinegar is natural and non-toxic.