This cleaning solution recipe is in my “cleaning savvy” hall of fame. It costs little to nothing and works like a charm.
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 myriad store bought products that claimed to clean shower doors. Nothing yielded good results. The bottom line is that cleaning shower doors is a very challenging task, and soap scum is hard to remove without the right ingredients.
Fortunately, 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 Solution
- 1 part Dawn liquid
- 1 part white vinegar
- 1 professional sprayer (this solution won’t spray well from a cheap spray bottle)
- Heat 1 1/2 cups vinegar in the microwave for 2 minutes.
- Pour vinegar into spray bottle.
- Add 1 1/2 cups liquid Dawn to spray bottle.
- 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.