Because everyone appreciates complete transparency.
Scrawling words and hearts and tic-tac-toe boards across foggy glass shower doors is strangely satisfying.
It’s like carving your initials into wet cement, but without any potential repercussions from angry contractors. You know what’s similarly satisfying, yet more productive? Using an actual squeegee on said doors once you’re done showering. This simple practice will cut back on soap scum build up and clingy mineral deposits. And it won’t leave creepy outlines for the next person who showers, your signature appearing out of the steam like a specter from showers past.
Unfortunately, as long as you’re bathing and using soap products, soap scum is just a part of your daily life. There’s really no avoiding it.
Basic soap scum formula:
Minerals in hard water + soap (paraffin, talc, fatty acids, etc.) + you (bacteria, dirt, dead skin, oils)
That’s just it. And soap scum is often most noticeable on glass, usually in the form of grayish colored spots. And shower doors are often made of glass.
So to really thoroughly clean your shower doors beyond the basic squeegee technique, follow our tips for three different ways to clean your shower doors for maximum transparency.
Start by pre rinsing your shower doors with clean hot water. Then let the hot water in the shower steam up the shower doors and prepare them to be scrubbed, loosening any bits of dirt or grime. Open all windows, open the bathroom door and turn on all fans for maximum bathroom ventilation.
Another option is Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, a textured melamine sponge that’s tough on dirt all around the house, especially in the bathtub as a soap scum remover. Simply wet the shower doors, wet the sponge, then scrub or spot clean. Leaving a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser in your shower (maybe on its own soap dish, allowing it to try between uses) is a great way to work a daily shower scrub into your routine. In fact, the best time to clean the shower is right after you’re done using it, while it’s all warm and moist. So just before you hop right out of the shower, give the walls and doors a quick daily once-over with your Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to keep that soap scum in check.
Follow up by squeegeeing the clean water away. Then wipe the shower doors dry with paper towels or a microfiber towel to avoid streaks.
Note: Don’t neglect the metal tracks that your shower doors sit in! Whatever your chosen cleaning solution may be, spray or pour some into the metal tracks and let it sit overnight. Spray clean with hot water in the morning, wiping out any residual solution.
We also recommend regularly sanitizing your shower with Microban 24 Bathroom Cleaner to kill 99.9% of bacteria for 24 hours*. Just spray and walk away, allowing the product to air dry. Its powerful cleaning formula penetrates soap scum and greasy soils, leaving your shower sparkling clean.
Extra Credit: If you really want to go the extra mile and prevent streaky glass, you can use a rain repellent, typically reserved for car windshields to help the water bead up effectively. If you apply this product weekly, it should discourage moisture from collecting on your shower doors, making it harder for soap scum and mineral deposits to build up on them.
Ah, now your shower doors should be streak free and transparent AF. But did you know that other fun shower door cleaners include fresh lemons, hot black tea and shaving cream? Crazy, right? For more unusual bathroom cleaning hacks, of which we have many, check out our complete definitive list.
*When used as directed, effective for 24 hours against Staphylococcus aureus & Enterobacter aerogenes bacteria. Microban 24 does not provide 24-hour residual virus protection.