How to clean glass shower enclosures

Glass shower enclosures have a sleek transparency that causes bathrooms to appear more spacious. These permanent shower enclosures are simple to clean and maintain. However, soap scum and grime can accumulate on glass shower enclosures, requiring weekly cleaning with certain household cleaners. Avoid bristle brushes, abrasive sponges or abrasive cleaners when cleaning glass shower enclosures, to prevent scratching and damage to the glass. Properly cleaning your glass shower enclosure will allow it to remain clean and shiny longer.

Fill a spray bottle with 1 part water and 1 part white distilled vinegar. Spray the solution onto both sides of the glass.

Allow the solution to set on the glass for 10 minutes. The vinegar will dissolve the soap scum, grime and hard water stains.

Fill a small bucket with clean water. Dip a sponge into the water, and use the sponge to wipe off the vinegar solution from the glass.

Wipe a clean towel over the glass to dry off the water. Inspect the glass for remaining dirt or soap scum, and clean again if necessary.

Dampen a clean cloth with baby oil. Wipe the cloth over the glass to protect the glass against soap scum and increase the amount of time between cleanings.


You can use lemon oil instead of baby oil. Scrub glass shower door runners with white toothpaste, spray with the vinegar solution, and then rinse with water.

Things You'll Need

  • Spray bottle
  • Water
  • White distilled vinegar
  • Small bucket
  • Sponge
  • Clean towel
  • Clean cloth
  • Baby oil
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