Here’s the easy DIY recipe for the best shower door cleaner EVER using Dawn & vinegar~safe, non-toxic, and inexpensive!
Soap scum is the biggest problem with shower doors.
What is soap scum? It is what remains on shower doors when hard water mixes with dirt, soap residue, and body oils. If allowed to build up over time, the deposits harden and can be very difficult to clean. The most common place for soap scum to cling is to the shower doors that are used regularly. The steam, water, soaps, shampoos and other bathing products eventually end up causing a cloudy film on the shower doors that is very unattractive.
What is the best way to remove soap scum?
I am a stickler for clean shower doors and have searched for years for the “best product” to do the job. A few years ago, I was surprised to find out that the best shower door cleaner was a surprising mixture of inexpensive products that I already had at home. This mixture can’t be bought “ready made” at the store, but a simple DIY recipe does the job perfectly.
Store Bought Cleaners are Not the Best
This might sound shocking, but try it yourself and see. I’ve tried myriad cleaners specifically for bathrooms~from oxy versions to scrubbing bubbles versions to bleach versions. No only have I not found one yet that leaves shower doors sparkly, but I dislike the fumes and harsh chemicals of these cleaners. Just read the back of most of these and you’ll find warnings about harmful fumes.
Dawn + Vinegar DIY Solution Works Best for Soap Scum
Dawn and vinegar are the dynamic duo to turn soap scum covered shower doors sparkly and clean. Although I am not a scientist, my research on it has revealed the following.
- Dawn breaks down grease and grime. Of all the dish washing soaps you can buy, Dawn is the best at removing oils. In oil spills, Dawn is the best solution for cleaning the birds’ feathers without harming their skin. The reason? Dawn contains petroleum. Sounds counterintuitive, but it works.
- Vinegar removes residue and imparts shine. Vinegar is a nature’s wonder that can be used for so many purposes. My friend Dr. Jo shares what it does in this post on listerine vinegar foot soak.
Which Dawn should I use for shower door cleaner?
Standing in the grocery aisle choosing a Dawn can be confusing lol; there are many varieties. I’ve used most every variety, and honestly I can’t tell a difference. There might be a subtle one, but I haven’t seen it. Every Dawn + vinegar mixture that I’ve used to clean shower doors has done a stellar job. But if you want the breakdown of the different Dawn options, here goes.
- The New and Improved Dawn Ultra Blue contains “3X More Grease Cleaning Power.” It is 3 times stronger than non-ultra Dawn (regular Dawn).
- 3X Dawn is 50% stronger than the 2X varieties.
- Note that some other varieties of Dawn Ultra still say “2X Grease Cleaning Power.”
Just try the different ones and see if you see a difference. Remember~you will be adding equal parts vinegar to any Dawn you use, so the “cleaning effect” is not just Dawn~but Dawn combined with vinegar.
How to Make Dawn Vinegar Shower Door Solution
- Use equal parts Dawn + vinegar.
- Heat vinegar before mixing with Dawn. This is key for effective mixing/blending of the mixture.
- Put solution into a good spray bottle. These clear spray bottles come in a set of 3 and are less than $20.
- Use a funnel for mess free pouring. I use collapsable funnels like these that don’t take up drawer space.
How to clean shower doors with Dawn + Vinegar.
- Spray the Dawn + Vinegar solution liberally on dry shower doors. Wet shower doors dilute the mixture. Also, the solution clings to dry shower doors better than wet ones.
- Leave on for at least 2-3 minutes. I shower while the solution is on my shower doors which takes about 5 minutes.
- Wipe shower doors with a wet wash cloth. I use the one I shower with.
- Spray shower doors with warm water from top to bottom.
- Wipe down with a squeegee. I love this white Oxo squeegee and keep it in the shower just for this purpose.
Watch exactly how I do it in the video below.
- 1 cup Dawn dish washing liquid (see note)
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 1 good spray bottle
- A funnel helps to put liquids into bottle.
- A sprayer for spraying solution onto doors.
- A washcloth for spreading solution onto doors.
- A squeegee for wiping down at the end.
- Heat vinegar in the microwave for 60-80 seconds.
- Add vinegar and Dawn to spray bottle.
- Shake well.
Use equal amounts of Dawn + vinegar; I typically do 1 cup of each.
So there you have it~my favorite cleaning hack for the bathroom~Dawn Shower Door Cleaner. I hope you try this; if so, please comment so the rest of us can hear your thoughts!!! As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Be blessed, and stay (shower door) savvy!!!