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How do you remove soap scum off your shower doors and then keep them looking good?

This is a question I’ve had myself, and thought others might be curious, too.

You’ll discover that it’s super easy to remove soap scum  or hard water stains. And if you use a common automotive product it’s even simpler to prevent them from coming back.

Here are the supplies that you’ll need for this quick project

You’ll be able to use these items for other projects like cleaning your home and car windows.

The cleaning takes about 29 minutes but 15 of it is letting the baking soda & vinegar sit on the shower door glass (plenty of time to sit and watch half of a Pawn Stars episode).
I guarantee that you’ll be happy with the results and cleaning your shower doors will actually be somewhat fun-hey, I even surprised myself during this process!!
So let’s get to it 🙂

How to Safely Remove Soap Scum from Glass Shower Doors

I was a chemistry major in college and therefore love chemical reactions (I’m a proud nerd and yes, Star Wars is my favorite movie).

Vinegar is really acetic acid and this is why it’s such a thorough cleaning solution.

The acidity helps cut through dirt and grime (are these two things different?).

Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate.

When you combine vinegar and baking soda they form carbonic acid.

Carbonic acid is unstable and immediately decomposes to carbon dioxide and water.

The fizzing you see when baking soda and vinegar are combined comes from the carbon dioxide, NOT the carbonic acid.

The CO2 is safe and this is why a baking soda/vinegar cleaning solution is a family friendly household cleaner.

After the CO2 fizzes off you’ll have a dilute solution of water and sodium acetate.

Enough chemistry, let’s get to cleaning your shower doors 😉

 

Using Vinegar and Baking Soda to Clean Shower Doors

Here’s the complete video of how to clean soap scum off shower doors.

But I also include a step-by-step process with detailed instructions.

When you’re done viewing the video scroll down this page for additional info that  you shouldn’t miss.

How to Clean Soap Scum Off Shower Doors

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acfA3epxI-s

 

Place about 1/2 cup of baking soda in a plastic container and pour enough white vinegar on it to form a pasty mixture.

Use a spoon to mix the baking soda and vinegar.

How to Clean Soap Scum Off Shower Doors-Make a paste with white vinegar and soap scum

You’ll immediately see fizzing, but again, this is just the CO2.

Once the fizzing stops take the Scotch Brite sponge and scoop up some of the paste.

Wipe the paste on the shower door glass.

Yes, the paste will get all over the shower floor but it’s not that bad to clean up.

I just scooped it into the plastic container with the spoon.

You can let the paste sit on the shower doors for 10-15 minutes (go watch your favorite TV show or catch up on sleep-the latter is my preference).   How to Clean Soap Scum Off Shower Doors-Wipe paste onto the doors with a spongeUse a window scrubber and water to thoroughly clean off the paste mixture.

Then dry the shower doors with the window squeegee and a paper towel.

Check to make sure the soap scum is completely gone.

I was super excited when I didn’t see any hard water stains or soap scup left on my shower doors.

It was like I discovered the cure for baldness or something else that was more important-like how to get kids to eat green beans.

Prevent Soap Scum from Coming Back 

As you can see cleaning soap scum off your shower doors isn’t that bad but who wants to do this all the time.

I’d rather be playing catch or bicycling with my daughters.

This is where Rain-X 2-in-1 glass cleaner can help.

I use this automotive product on my car windows to help water bead off during rain storms.

How to Clean Soap Scum Off Shower Doors-Use RainX to prevent more soap scumThe protective film that Rain-X provides can be utilized in your shower, too.

This is what will prevent the soap scum and other deposits from sticking to the shower door glass.

Spray the Rain-X onto the shower glass and wipe it off with a paper towel or microfiber cloth.

I like to use Rain-X once per week to clean the shower doors.

This easy task helps stop the hazy film that makes your shower doors look so bad.

And it takes all of 3 minutes. I’ve got 3 minutes to spare for this 🙂

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251 Comments

  1. Cynthia says:

    Thanks for the tip 🙂

    1. Any time Cynthia, hope your cleaning gets easier 🙂

  2. Sharon Abney says:

    please sign me up for this info

  3. Sharon Abney says:

    put me on our mailing list

    1. Thanks Sharon for your interest. You can sign up by entering your name and email address in the area below this post. I think you’ll like the newsletter because I share tips I’ve learned about home maintenance while managing my rental homes. I’ve learned how to save money on home repairs out of necessity and figured others might feel the same pressure. Let me know if you have any questions.

  4. Rhonda says:

    Sign me up for your newsletter please

    1. Thanks Rhonda, you can sign up by entering your name and email address in the green box at the bottom of this post 🙂
      I really appreciate you visiting HRT and let me know if you have any questions about the tutorials, I’d be more than happy to lend a hand.

  5. Kim says:

    Can’t wait to try this. Thanks for the info.

    1. You’re welcome Kim. Let me know how your cleaning experience goes and if you use any other cleaning method that helps more than this one. I’d love to learn something new:)

  6. Susan says:

    Hi….is there any reason I can’t scrub, clean and then use the RainX on the entire
    walk-in shower?? Seems like it should work.

    1. Hi Susan, you could use Rain-X on all the vertical surfaces. I wouldn’t apply it to the floor of your shower as it might make it slippery and dangerous. Let me know how it works out 🙂

  7. Lisa says:

    Love helpful tips on cleaning and home repairs. We are renting a home and love to be able to do things myself if not too big. Thanks!

    1. You’re super welcome Lisa! It sounds like you’re the type of tenants I fall in love with. We have a few rental homes here in Pittsburgh and enjoy our awesome tenants who take pride in where they live.

  8. Donna Dayton says:

    I was wondering if maybe you could do the brass on the shower with the same solution

    1. Hi Donna, are you referring to the brass or metal parts of the shower doors?

      I always apply any chemicals on a small area to test how they react. Do this in an area that isn’t noticeable or doesn’t draw your eye in its direction.

      I did apply the paste in this tutorial to my metal grab bars on the shower doors and no issues occurred.

  9. Tisha says:

    Hi Jeff, Do you this this cleaning solution would work & be okay to use on on the stone tiles on the shower walls? If not, do you have a cleaning tip?

    1. Hi Tisha, I think it would be safe BUT test it on a small portion of your surface first, I’m talking like 2 by 2 inch square. Test and wait 24 hours to see if anything happens that you didn’t foresee.

      If you don’t see a bad result like discoloration or pitting them it’s okay to move forward. It’s always good to be cautious. Hope that helps.

  10. S.K. says:

    I use vinegar and baking soda to freshen the kitchen drain about once a month or so. Pour one cup of baking soda in the drain and then pour one cup heated/hot white vinegar. Let it sit for 30 mins and then flush the drain with hot water. I use old baking soda that has been used in the fridge for this. Lots of fizzing and foaming when the vinegar hits the baking soda which is normal. I used a Rain-X anti-fog type product in a very old second car we had that didn’t have a defroster to stop windows from fogging up and I suppose that too would work on bathroom mirrors. Great idea w/the Rain-X. Any chemistry tips on cleaning stainless steel and preventing smudges and marks between cleanings? Thanks

    1. Thanks SK for the great sink cleaning tip. When I think about all the bacteria that could be living in my kitchen drain I shutter just a bit.

      The funny part is I used old baking soda too. It was sitting in our fridge for god knows how long. But it worked like a champ with the vinegar and Rain-X.

      I like your tip on using the Rain-X on the bathroom mirrors. This is especially good for those of us who share a bathroom with kids who take long showers.

      I current use stainless steel cleaners found at the local grocery store but would love for someone to offer up a homemade solution. Wink wink Home Repair Tutor fans.

      1. Amber says:

        Olive oil works great instead of commercial stainless steel cleaners! Thanks for the Rain-x idea.

        1. Thanks Amber for the olive oil suggestion because anything natural is always a great alternative to man-made chemicals.

          Let me know how Rain-X works for you!! I’ve been really impressed so far with how well it’s worked.

        2. Ana says:

          Olive oil to clean stainless steel? My fridge is stainless steel doors and as much as I wipe, still get smudges

          1. I’d use a special stainless steel cleaner Ana, they make good ones these days. Just test it on a small area before using it on the entire fridge

      2. Penny says:

        All purpose flour (dry) and a papertowel work great to shine stainless steel. Then use oil to rub a thin coat on the stainless steel as a barrier for easier cleaning in the future.

        1. Hi Penny,

          Awesome tips!!! Thanks so much.

          🙂

          Jeff

      3. Marissa says:

        Pledge! It works fantastic for your stainless steel kitchen appliances, leather furniture, and even makes your granite tops shine like new!!!! I clean houses for a living and I love to share this info with people to see their faces light up! If you don’t want to use a spray, you can use some lemon oil on a rag and wipe.

        1. denise bowen says:

          I have been using light furniture polish for fridge, microwave, [ exterior ], plus as an added bonus I use it for cleaning glass. it works great. I also just use water for first cleaning of dust and crumbs, lol.

          On another note I use Lysol for cleaning tough grease off granite by stove. Also I’ve used it for the stove hood made of wood. then the dust spray. works like a charm.

  11. Of course some of us “oldies” have known & used baking soda/vinegar for quite some time. Rain X is a good product too for the shower door usage.

    Here’s a tip I accidentally discovered for making water run off shower doors and keep them from getting so much soap scum build up. After your doors are clean, spread some inexpensive hair conditioner on them. I just used my hand. Then rinse it off with water. It’ll leave a slight “film” on the glass which helps repel water/soap scum. How long does that last? Hard to say…using the shower frequently will probably wash off this ‘protective film’ sooner than a shower that’s used less frequently.

    Wondering how I ‘accidentally discovered’ this? One day I inadvertently squirted some conditioner onto the glass doors and later noticed that area was much cleaner than anywhere else. For those of you who use hair coloring that comes with those small tubes of conditioner, that stuff works great! (Seems I never use them up so I have quite a few laying around.)

    Now I’m wondering…..would this work on a clear shower curtain too? Hmmmm….. I’ll have to try that one of these days 😉

    1. That’s a great story Connie. Thanks so much for sharing this tip. I love finding uses for all the different products we use. That’s exactly what I was thinking when I decided to use Rain-X. Some of the best inventions were discovered by accident. Let us know if you do try this on the shower curtain. I’m too afraid to use my wife’s old hair products on the shower doors, not because I might hard the doors but because I might get harmed myself if you know what I mean.

    2. Maly says:

      Great tips and story Connie! Now I can use up those hair conditioners that I got lying around from my hair coloring.

  12. susan says:

    Will this hurt the protective glass coating on the shower door? (Lost my users guide).

    1. Great question Susan, I’m not sure and if there’s any doubt that it will I would try something else. I can tell you that the baking soda/vinegar paste did not harm my glass shower doors.

  13. char says:

    what cleans the grout between tiles on shower floor and between glass blocks in shower???? thanks

    1. This is one of the next questions that I’ll be tackling because our shower tile isn’t looking so great 🙁

      The research I did recommends using oxygen bleach with warm water. Use about 1/2 cup of powdered oxygen bleach (think AJAX) with 1 gallon of water and mix them together. Then pour this solution on top of your tile and allow it to sit for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes use a stiff bristle brush to agitate the grout. You should pour additional mixture on top of the grout where necessary.

      I haven’t tried this yet but will soon put together a tutorial to test the results. Other people have recommended using baking soda/vinegar as well. I’ve also toyed with using hand cleaner with pumice in it.

      1. Janelle says:

        I used a Clorox bleach bathroom cleaner and my tile turned white. The thing is: did it truly get cleaned or did all the dirt just turn white? Regardless bleach is the best stuff. I just sprayed it everywhere and let it sit. Then scrubbed the trouble areas and rinsed with the shower head.

        1. Hi Janelle,

          It’s hard to say but I bet your grout got clean. Hey, if it looks good and the bleach isn’t ruining the grout or tile then you have a wonderful solution. Great job!!

          Jeff

      2. Ron says:

        Hey Jeff,
        I’ve just got on your website and looked at the pallet wood cooler. I’m new into pallet wood building, but am enjoying it. The tip in cleaning shower door glasses is really neat. My wife and I are in our 70’s and not able to get down on our knees. However, I am going to try this on our shower doors. Also, it can be used on the plastic lens on vehicles headlights that have began to haze. It works! I’m excited to see what other tips you put out. I’ve just subscribed. Thanks again.
        Ron

        1. Thanks Ron, didn’t know it worked on headlights. That’s pretty cool. Thanks for sharing that tip.

          Hope you like the newsletter. I try to put out a new video every Tuesday 🙂

  14. DD says:

    Hi Jeff! I’ve used vinegar and vinegar/baking soda for lots of household cleaning over the years. They work fantastic! Vinegar is good for cleaning windows, too. My Mom taught me a trick many years ago for keeping the tile clean in shower or tub surround. She used to clean it thoroughly and dry it, then apply car wax to the tile walls and buff it up. A little work up front, but lasts a really long time, and the tile just sparkles. Would not try this on natural stone unless it’s polished, and you really should use stone and grout sealer on natural products.

    1. Wow! Thanks DD for the great tip on how to keep tiles and grout looking good. Do you have a specific car wax that you use with great results like Turtle Wax? And do you recommend using the kind of wax that comes with its own pad or is a liquid wax okay as well. I have some car products sitting in my garage but would definitely go out and but a $5 product to save time in the shower.

      I just love all the great stories of using other products meant for completely different uses in the the home. It makes me feel like MacGyver or something 🙂

      1. DD says:

        I do like Turtle Wax on my car, so that’s what I usually use, but really any product you have available is fine. Either paste or liquid with an applicator sponge (or a clean household sponge, lightly dampened). The paste if applied lightly enough really buffs up nicely. (I am getting old and I have even “cheated” by using a buffer I bought to use on the car, too!) The point is that you are trying to put a wax barrier between your hard work and soap scum and mineral deposits so that it doesn’t need cleaning so often. I have found in a tile surround that if I regularly remember to squeegee or towel dry it lasts a really long time. I did mine a year ago and it still looks great, so even if you have to do it every 3-4 months, that’s still better than all the scrubbing I used to have to do!

        1. This is a great tip DD. Thank you so much for sharing. I have the liquid Turtle wax sitting in my garage just waiting to be used in the shower :). We also have a squeegee in our shower, haha. One of the big takeaways in your comment, and something I’ve learned, is that working smart and taking action in the form of small steps really helps eliminate big headaches.

  15. Kathy Borem says:

    Need all the help I can get. Thanks

    1. Glad we could all help you Kathy. If you ever have any questions please feel free to stop by Home Repair Tutor and ask away. I love all the comments on this post because it shows that collectively we can all help each other. Hope you’re having a great day.

  16. Wendy Burke says:

    I dont have shower doors, but I am desperate to know how to keep my shower liner to last longer??

    1. I feel your pain Wendy. When the liner gets discolored it’s hard to do anything else other than run out to Bed Bath and Beyond.

      You may want to try out Wet and Forget Shower. The directions say it’s safe to apply to liners and most anything else. Here’s the link to their website http://wetandforget.com/product_wet_and_forget_shower.html

      I just started using this product and have been impressed. My current trial is in week 2 of 8 but the product has already begun to work. Let me know what you think.

      1. Shirley says:

        I have used a product called Clean Shower for several years and it works great on tile, fiberglass, shower curtains, and shower doors. It comes in a spray bottle. Just spray it on and go. No wiping rinsing or anything else. Best of all, no mold or mildew and no offensive odors. It just smells nice and clean.

    2. Bobbi says:

      I have thrown mine into the washing machine on cold. Don’t let it sit in the washer for too long. When finished, I just hang it back up.

      1. Marilyn says:

        I throw mine in the washing machine with a a couple of towels. Works great.

  17. Alison says:

    I use dryer sheets to clean the shower doors, while in the shower. Anti-static agent works wonders on soap scum. Just wet the dryer sheet and wipe doors down, then rinse.

    1. Wow, this is a great tip Alison. Thanks so much for adding your awesome idea.

      How often do you use the dryer sheets-once per week, every two weeks, etc?

      Have you noticed a certain brand that works best?

      1. Linda says:

        I do this too and it really does work well!

        1. Thanks Linda for letting me know that it works for you as well. Let me know if you have any additional tips 🙂

  18. Brenda B says:

    Thanks for the tip, I’ll be trying it today!

    1. You’re welcome Brenda, please let’s know how it works out.

      If you discover a great tip please share it with me. I’m always on the lookout for nifty ideas.

      Hope you’re having a great day 🙂

  19. Yvonne Menard says:

    Please sign me up for your newsletter.

    1. Sure thing Yvonne. Thank you for being interested and I hope you’re having a great day.

      Please let me know if you need anything else or would like a tutorial on a topic that you are interested in 🙂

  20. Terry Ryan says:

    Hi,
    What I use and works great with no mess is this formula. 1/2 Cup of Dawn dish detergent mixed with HOT white vinegar and spray on your shower doors. Wait 4 hours and rinse it off. Works like magic.
    Try it!
    Lots of love,
    Terry Ryan

    1. Thanks Terry.

      How much vinegar do you use with the 1/2 cup of Dawn? And do you use the blue variety of Dawn or another version?

      Sorry for the questions but this sounds like an awesome recipe and I want to get it right 🙂

      1. MH says:

        Hi! Equal parts of dawn and vinegar. I heat my vinegar and then add the dawn. Spray it and let it set overnight. I have shower doors like you. It really does work!

  21. Tuesday says:

    Please sign me up for future cleaning tips, thanks!

    1. Hi Tuesday, I can do that.

      Just an FYI, you’ll be getting emails about once per week and they’ll be on different DIY topics.

      Thanks for dropping in 🙂

  22. maria elena lara says:

    please sign me up for diy topics!

    1. Hi Maria, you’ve been added to the email list.

      You’ll get an email about once per week on different DIY topics. It will be very short and sweet (it will take all of 1 minute to read).

      Hopefully what I have to share will help you in some way. If you have your own ideas don’t hesitate to add them to any comment section 🙂

  23. Margaret says:

    Thanks. Looks much easier & less expensive than Sparkle. Love the idea of using Rain-X too!

    1. Glad to help Margaret.

      If you use Rain-X please let me know how it works out, good or bad.

      So far we’ve had great success with it.

  24. Bill Soukup says:

    There is a new “green” cleaner from Bioworx.us that dissolves soap scum. They show laboratory proof on their web site with interesting photos. It just melted the soap scum off of my shower door when none of the other cleaners I tried did anything. I purchased the Biowox shower cleaner on Amazon.

    1. Thanks Bill for bringing this product to our attention. It sounds like a good one to try out.

  25. Jill helms says:

    Hi Jeff, any suggestions on whitening the shower surround and removing the yellowing stains?

    1. That’s a tough one Jill.

      I’ve been using Wet N Forget Shower with good results. You could give it a shot.

      Here’s a link to their site http://wetandforget.com/product_wet_and_forget_shower.html

  26. marisposa says:

    I am going to try this on my shower door and green marble in the shower!

    1. Awesome, let us know how it works out 🙂

  27. Connie K. says:

    marisposa, I think I read that you shouldn’t use this mixture on marble. So proceed cautiously.

    1. You’re right to be cautious with marble. If you’ve got a scrap piece it’s best to test whatever chemical you’d like to use. Marble is very porous and susceptible to staining.

  28. Harry says:

    Jeff,
    Thanks for your sharing. It’s nothing but professional stuff. I also like your smile too.

  29. sharon says:

    This is a great tip. I love all those fancy floor to ceiling shower shown in decor magazines but always thought they would be a pain to keep clean. Now I know how.

    1. I share your fear Sharon. Those huge showers with all the tile and grout look like a big pain to clean but now there are easy ways to keep them looking good.

  30. Dodie says:

    You do not have to clean up the baking powder vinegar paste. Rinse it down the drain with hot water. Helps keep the drains clean.

    1. Thanks for tip Dodie. 🙂

  31. Linda says:

    Shower liners can be washed in your washer, regular soap and bleach can be used and throw it in the dryer for a minute to knock of excess water, then hang to dry. I’ve been doing this for many years.

    1. Awesome suggestion Linda!! Thank you.

    2. anna says:

      It helps to throw a towel in the washing machine to help ‘scrub’ the liner.

  32. Unicorn says:

    These soap scums on our Bathroom walls are driving me crazy,I can’t wait to try this out !!Thanks!!

    1. I hope it helps you, soap scum has the same effect on me!!

      🙂

      Jeff

      1. Unicorn says:

        Wow,Just wow!!! I tried this and it was great,thank you sooooo much!!!
        my mom uses white vinegar to clean water deposits on faucets etc. but it didn’t work for soap scums.But this combination was great.Thank you again!!! 😉

        1. Way super duper cool!! It’s always rewarding to use a cleaning solution that is just that, a solution.

          🙂

          Jeff

  33. elida says:

    I like your cleaning ideas

    1. Thank you Elida 😉

  34. mary winslow says:

    Will this combination damage the finish on my granite shower threshold?

    1. The nest thing to do is test a small area that can’t easily be seen. I’m thinking the granite will be fine. We have marble thresholds in our should and they’re notoriously sensitive to stains. But they made it through this experiment unscathed.

      🙂

      Jeff

  35. Mayuly correa says:

    Justa want to sign up for new ideas
    Thanks

    1. No problem Mayuly. I added you to my newsletter and hope the ideas in them help you with your own DIY projects.

      🙂

      Jeff

  36. JulieU says:

    Great video. I’ve used vinegar and baking soda, but I did not know to let it sit for a while before cleaning it off.
    Another thing that has helped tremendously is installing water filters. We have two filters at the water entry point that filter sediment and chemicals. We have lived here 7 hears and have never had any buildup on the shower head. The water also doesn’t taste like chemicals. We got our filter system at Lowe’s or Home Depot.

    1. Thanks Julie for your tip on installing a water filter. What kind do you have? I’d love to know because we have really hard water that creates tons of issues all over the house. I hate mineral buildup that accumulates on the faucet handles. It drives me nuts.

      🙂

      Jeff

  37. kristin says:

    This is awesome thank you so much!!!

    1. Thanks Kristin, I hope it helps you out with your own shower. But something tells me you have it under control.

      🙂

      Jeff

  38. I’m currently trying this same mixture on old pet stains on the carpet. Sign me up for the emails.

    1. Hey Shelley, let me know if it works on pet stains because that’s always a huge issue for many homeowners. Hope it helps you. Btw, I added you to my email newsletter like you asked.

      🙂

      Jeff

    2. Louise says:

      Shelley, I’ve got old pet stains and other “mystery” stains on my carpet. Does this solution really work? I’ve tried everything, but not this Do you have to let it sit til dry then vacuum? Do you rub it in? Please let me know how you use it. Thanks!

    3. Brandy says:

      I have very light not quite white carpet and two german shepherds ( I know what was I thinking) actually the carpet came with the house… kinda cheap it seams. dogs are elderly house trained, but always a chance of an accident. anyway, personally I use 1 scoop of oxyclean, 1/4 cup baking soda, hottest tap water and vinegar (maybe 1/2 cup) scrub the stain and walk away… a lot of it disappears as it dries. The only problem I have is with this light carpet, I immediately know when I need to shampoo the whole carpet cause I’ll have a really clean spot. also like to sprinkle baking soda on the carpet and put vinegar in the water of the shampooer, and just let them mix as the shampooer does all the work. (do not put the baking soda in the shampooer…. big issues with the little spray ports)

      1. Hey Brandi,

        Great tips here!! You always have “cleantastic” ideas that help us. Thanks so much.

        Jeff

  39. Sandy says:

    Please add me to your newsletter for DIY and Cleaning tips. Thanks

    1. Thanks Sandy, I added you to my email newsletter. Hope you had a great day. And by all means let me know if you’re working on a DIY project and need some tips. I’d be more than happy to help you in any way.

      🙂

      Jeff

  40. Kelly Jones says:

    Your tip for cleaning shower door is timely. My daughter just moved out and her shower in her bathe room has soap scum. I will be utilizing this tip tomorrow. Thanks Jeff!

    1. Hi Kelly,

      Glad the tips will be put to good use. If you find something that works better please let me know. Hope the move went well.

      Jeff

  41. Rosaleen Healy says:

    Unfortunately many of the products you mention are not on sale under the same brand names here, but I love the natural solutions!
    One question though, why on earth would you have old baking soda and be keeping it in the fridge?
    Pease sign me up!

    1. Hi Rosaleen,

      Good question with regard to the baking soda-LOL. We just forgot to remove it from the fridge and at the time I was seemed to remember seeing baking soda next to my yogurt. And sure enough it was sitting there. So I used it 🙂

      Hope the tips in my emails help you out.

      Jeff

    2. Jane says:

      Baking soda is an air deodorizer. It helps absorb random smells when kept in the fridge. Just open the top of the box a little and put it in the back of the fridge. The fridge we have here makes a box in which the side pulls off and exposes a screen to freshen the air without the chance of the box tipping and spilling in it

  42. vjg says:

    sign me up!

    1. You got it, thanks for dropping by.

      Jeff

  43. carrie says:

    I have used both by themselves but never together. btw the soap scum is avoided if you avoid using soap derrrr at least commercial stuff whick contains hardening agents that leave the chalky residue on the shower. I threw out the Cussons imperial my husband used and relpaced it with soft homemade goats milk soap which is just lovely. Bingo most of the soap scum is cured.

    1. Thanks Carrie for the soap recommendation. Goat milk soap is indeed silky smooth. We use liquid soap by Aveeno and this has helped out tremendously, too.

      🙂

      Jeff

  44. sally says:

    Add me to your mailing list!

    1. Hi Sally,

      Thanks for asking to be put on my newsletter list. I just added your name and you’ll get one pretty much every Sunday. Unless I’m sick or something. Which fortunately is rare since my kids put my immune system through the ringer the last few years-LOL.

      Jeff

  45. Hi Jeff,

    Can you explain a little more about the chemistry here for me? Or correct me if I have this wrong. As I understand it, the vinegar is reacting with the bicarb to form a dilute solution of sodium acetate (basically salt), with the C02 fizzing off. The paste you have left is basically the left over sodium bicarbonate plus that dilute salt solution.

    Does the sodium acetate actually have a cleaning effect on it’s own? Because I see so many people recommending adding vinegar to baking soda (or washing soda, aka sodium carbonate), and so many others dissing it because you have just neutralised your vinegar (you’d have to use a lot of vinegar to neutralise all the sodium bicarbonate). Or could you really just add some water to the baking soda to form a paste. What do you think?

    1. Hi Kirsten,

      There is a ton of information about this age old cleaning solution. There are many different ways to approach your question. Strictly speaking, you should have water and sodium acetate left over after the vinegar and baking soda are combined. But, if you add way more vinegar than baking soda it’s possible to have a lot of vinegar still in your container. As such, the vinegar will still provide an acidic cleaning solution and the sodium acetate adds an abrasive quality to your paste that cuts through soap scum.

      Thus, I still think this cleaning tip warrants a try. Afterall, it’s safe and can offer a good starting point for cleaning anything in your bathroom.

      Hope this helps.

      🙂

      Jeff

  46. john says:

    You should never use anything acidic on marble or any other limestone for that matter. The reason is that acid is corrosive to limestones. If your surface is polished, it will lose its shine an turn dull. The good news is that it can be restored and it is not even too difficult as diy job. I have polished marble myself and I am not a professional.

    1. Hi John,

      Thanks so much for bringing this to everyone’s attention. It would stink to ruin a nice piece of limestone or marble. Particularly since it can be hard to match up different materials of this type. How did you go about polishing your marble?

      Jeff

  47. Marita Sobotka says:

    thanks for the tip I have been fighting soap scum for ever I hope this works

  48. Great tip! Great chemistry lesson! Vinegar and baking soda can really do wonders in removing glass stains.

  49. Nancy says:

    Thanks, I am going to try your shower door cleaning idea.

    1. Hey Nancy,

      Let me know how it turns out and if you have your own tips to share 🙂

      Jeff

  50. Nancy says:

    Does anyone know if the acidic vinegar is okay to use on slate tile?

  51. Hazel says:

    Wow, this worked so well, thankyou

  52. Sparkle & Shine says:

    I own a cleaning company and we use this solution (baking soda and vinegar) in the toilets as well. Put vinegar in a spray bottle, spray in toilet bowl, sprinkle baking soda, let sit and wash with toilet brush. Another tip is bar soap vs shower gel. Bar soap has a lot of fat to keep bar held together. Using body washes almost eliminate soap scum entirely.

    1. Thanks for the tips and it’s good to know the pros use this, too.

      1. connie says:

        When the kitchen sink drain clogs, I pour a couple of tablespoons of soda into the drain and wash it down with vinegar. I let it fizz its way through the obstruction and then chase it with very hot water.
        I only use vinegar as a laundry softener.
        There is a priceless book, if you can find it, called 1001 uses for vinegar.

  53. Krish says:

    Hello Jeff,
    You have done good work on this blog. I watched complete video; I think anyone can take practically knowledge about soap scum from your informative video. Thanks

    1. Thanks Krish for watching the complete video. Admittedly it’s not my best but I hope it helps 🙂

  54. Rachel says:

    Great video

    1. Thanks Rachel. I’m stoked that you like it. It could be better, especially my hair – lol. I forgot to comb it that morning.

      Oh well, that’s life.

  55. Venus Smith says:

    Thanks for the advice 😀 Just wanted to mention that I found a surprising number of professional companies actually use natural and/or non-harsh chemicals as part of their service. As a disabled person I find this a great middle ground. I can personally recommend carpet cleaning birmingham but there are plenty on Google if you’re not in the area.

    1. Thanks Venus for your comments. It’s good to know that pros use natural products. Especially since they help clean so many homes and places of business.

  56. Kori says:

    Sign me up for your cleaning tips please!

    1. Will do Kori, the newsletter also covers a lot of different home repair tips. So I wanted to let you know that you’ll get more than just cleaning ideas 🙂

  57. Kathleen says:

    As I live in Brazil, I appreciate finding use for homemade products as we can’t buy a lot of the products I see mentioned in many cleaning tips. Even baking soda here is sold in small packages and is primarily used for baking, so I need to look for some supply store where I might buy it in bulk. We also don’t have dryer sheets, so I use a combination of vinegar and lavender oil for softening clothes.
    Maybe I should look for a novel use for things like guaraná, coffee powder, açaí, and things like that!

    1. That would great Kathleen, let me know if you do figure out how to use those things to clean naturally. I’d be super interested to hear how it goes and many people are in the same situation as yourself.

      Keep me posted 🙂

  58. Tracy says:

    Will this work on smooth glass doors as well? Thanks for the tip!

    1. I haven’t tried it on smooth glass Tracy?

      Is your glass clear or semi-transparent?

  59. Suzanne says:

    Hi Jeff,
    Do you have any tips for cleaning the outside of a sliding glass shower door. On the inside, it’s easy to rinse everything off, but it’s harder to remove all of the cleaning product from the outside. Thanks!

    1. I would do the exact same process on the outside of the door Suzanne and lay some towels on the floor to absorb the cleaning solution.

      Are you worried about the floor getting wet or something else?

  60. Annette says:

    I will be trying this soon!!! I think I will try olive oil or lemon oil as water repellent before I try the Rain X. Would this work on hard water buildup or mildew? What are your recommendations for those problems? Also, what do you suggest for cleaning laminate floors?
    Please add me to your list and will subscribe to your YouTube channel.
    Thanks!

    1. Thanks Annette for question. This is mostly a remedy for hard water buildup and soap scum. One suggestion, which I do myself, is to use a liquid soap instead bar soap. But you might already be doing this. The hard soap tends to cake onto surfaces after it dries.

      I also like to use Wet N Forget shower to eliminate mild and mold. You spray it on the walls or shower doors once a week and then rinse it off the next time you shower. I’ve been using it for several months and have gotten great results.

      Laminate floors are pretty resilient. Make sure to visit the manufacturer’s website and look at their recommendations. I checked out Armstrong floors and they have a special product just for laminate floors and I’m positive you can get it at a local store.

      Thanks for subscribing to my YouTube channel, I really appreciate that. And I’ll add your name to my newsletter. Hope you’re having a great day 🙂

  61. Tawnya says:

    Sign me up! We just scraped hard water stains out of our shower in our new house, and are working to keep it all dry – which is no small task with 5 of us, so I need solutions! I thought vinegar might work, but now I will try the paste….sounds promising. Thanks!

    T.

    1. Hard water is a pain in the you know what Tawnya.

      I hope this works but if it doesn’t take a gander at the comments because they are golden. Everyone has a great suggestion.

  62. Steve B says:

    Hi Jeff,
    I was going to try your baking soda and vinegar fix for the scum build up on my glass shower doors. I remembered when I had to paint some wooden frame windows and got the paint on the glass a single edge window scraper took the paint off quickly. It worked on my glass shower doors to remove the scum just as effectively. No scratches on the doors and regular windex glass cleaner finished the doors to a nice and clear finish.

    1. Thanks Steve for your tips and feedback. It’s amazing what household cleaners can do.

    2. Brenda D says:

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  63. Jennyd says:

    I cant wait to try this with my toddler.Thanks.

  64. Ronnie says:

    I can’t wait to try this tip. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks Ronnie, hope it helps

  65. Shea says:

    Thanks for all of the great info!

    1. Glad you like it Shea!! Thanks for your support.

  66. Sandra says:

    I like this!

    1. Glad you like it Sandra, hope it helps 🙂

  67. Tom says:

    Hi Jeff,
    Will the vinegar/baking soda mixture clog up the shower drain? Thanks!

    1. It shouldn’t Tom. In fact, many people use this solution to clean drains. Although I prefer mechanical methods and hot water.

  68. Margaret says:

    Feeling glad to know about the shower door cleaner. After reading your post, it seems that it is very easy and cheap to remove the soap and water stains from the shower doors.

  69. Marcia says:

    I am going to try the baking soda and vinegar. I use a steamer (I have a shark). It is the best for cleaning and sanitizing just about anything . Once you make the initial investment, (about $40) all you need is water. Also like that it is green. I have lung disease so must be careful about using products with fumes . It takes a little longer, but the shower is spotless.

    1. That’s fantastic Marcia. I’ve heard great things about the Shark but was unsure if it would work.

      Glad that you’re staying away from fumes. That’s certainly a good thing for anyone 🙂

  70. ronald says:

    that not my real name but….

    I like the idea of using RainX but
    there are warnings on the bottle I looked at to
    NOT TO BREATH the fumes
    and you are recommending using it in an
    enclosed space? Weekly?
    Maybe there is different versions or a new formula?
    The bottle was one with a finger pump.

    1. Hey Ronald, I’m not recommending using it weekly. Only as necessary.

      It’s understandable that you’d be concerned about the safety. I recommend using a respirator when handling any chemical, especially cleaning solutions.

      Hope this clarifies a bit.

  71. Vickie Beichl says:

    I enjoy learning DIY anything. Please include me in your e-mail updates of ideas for DIY cleaning of fix-it

    1. Thanks so much Vickie.

      I added you to our email list and you’ll get a thank you email right away 😀

  72. marie says:

    how toxic is the rain x 2-1 glass cleaner? i use baking soda and vinegar to avoid harmful chemichals in my home. would like to hear what Jeff has to say about this…

    1. Hey Marie, thanks for your comment. Anything in large quantities can be harmful. Even vinegar.

      Here are my thoughts on Rain-X: do what you feel is comfortable for you.

      I wouldn’t suggest using any chemical cleaner daily as it’s likely overkill. The Rain-X can be used sparingly, by that I mean once every few weeks 😀

  73. Jim Hilton says:

    Hey Jeff…just came across your website and loving it! I think someone mentioned this before…but any 1950’s housewife worth her salt applied Turtle Wax to the shower tiles as part of the regular cleaning. But I like the idea of Rain-X! same concept I guess.
    -Jim

    1. One of our members did mention Turtle Wax Jim and I like that idea too.

  74. Seamus Henry says:

    I tried your glass shower door cleaning system three times now without any success 🙁

    1. Sorry to hear that Seamus. What kind of problem do you have with your doors?

  75. preston says:

    Can you use this vinegar & baking soda to clean acrylic shower? and can you use the Rain X 2 in 1 on the acrylic after its clean ?

  76. Jessika says:

    Aloha! I read your post and all the comments. I have natural stone in my shower. The only way I get it (the mold/mildew off the grout) really clean is with a pressure washer. I’ve tried every sealant / water proff product at Lowe’s/Home Depot. Nothing really works. However, I recently noticed that the water is beading up just below my bar of soap where I have a nice cloudy white patch of soap scum on my natural stone from drips. I’d love to know what is in a bar of soap that protects the stone, and if I could use just that ingrediant without the cloudy white effect to waterproof my entire shower. Here are the ingrediants- do you know which one or combination creates this water resistant effect? Thinking as a chemist you might know— sodium myristate, sodium laurate, water, potassium myristate, sodium stearate, glycerin, potassium laurate, potassium stearate, stearic acid, tatianium dioxide, cetearyl alcohol, fragrance, ceteareth-20, disodium distyryibpheryl disulfonate, Pentasodium Penetrate, Tetrasodium etdronate. Can’t wait to hear back from you. Would love to put it in a spray bottle and coat the entire shower with it. would send you photos if you had a way to upload.. Mahalo! Jess

  77. Fida Hassan says:

    I really like this formula. It’s pretty interesting. It’s so nice of you taking time to share your thoughts and experience.
    Thank you for sharing.

  78. jen lipinski says:

    I have acrylic/ plastic shower doors. Does your mixture work on that?? I hate how my doors are so hazy!

  79. Chris johnson says:

    great tip, trying it out today! Please sign me up for your newsletter.

  80. Deborah S. says:

    i sincerely believe you have saved me and will immediately try this paste on my textured glass shower door and walls! I just tried liquid-ish Bar Keepers Friend with a damp Magic Eraser and that worked fairly well om the door, but will need repeat applications…and some time to let my right arm rest a tad. Your recipe and chemistry explanation make perfect sense to me and take me back a few decades to my grandmother’s immaculate house and her methods for same.

    Thank you for your tip here and please do sign me up for your newsletter at your earliest convenience.

    PS: Best wishes, in advance, for a wonderful Father’s Day ahead!

  81. Scott Giese says:

    Good morning Jeff. I was watching your video on cleaning the shower door and a couple of comments jumped into my skewed brain.
    1. I would suggest doing the top part of the door before the bottom. I’m sure you know that and did it because of the camera angle inside the shower stall.
    2. I love the idea of RainX, however whoever added the text at the bottom of the screen, misunderstood you at one point. You were telling how the RainX causes the water to bead up. Well, it came out as “beat up” in the text. Cute, and funny, as well.

    I do wonder if the scrub brush 3000 would take the gloss off metal, after several uses?
    Which is to say, actually grinds the plating off things like faucets over time?
    I do enjoy your videos, very much. They are always quite helpful.

  82. M&M Gloskey says:

    I just discovered you!! Thanks for sharing your tips.

  83. Carmen says:

    Great ideas!

  84. Dh says:

    This is not magic. Hardly awesome. Will try again except this time I will SCRUB. First time I relied on the paste doing the job with little success.

  85. Nini says:

    I would like your newsletter with the tips . Thanks

  86. Carly says:

    Hi Jeff,
    I just thought I would share that this worked on getting the soap scum off my shower door once and for all! have tried just about every commercial cleaner and was still left with spotty soap scum. The shower doors literally look brand new. Thanks for the cleaning tips!

  87. Olivia says:

    Please add me to your news letter

  88. Grammy says:

    Used the baking soda and vinegar on my shower door glass and it came out squeaky clean! Thank you so much for this tip! I have always been a fan of using vinegar for cleaning glass (and had even tried it in my shower) but it just didn’t seem to get the scum off. But with the combination you suggested – it worked perfect. Thanks again!

  89. Tammy says:

    Please subscribe me to your emails. Thanks!

  90. Janet Lindahl says:

    sign me up for the newsletter please

  91. Judi says:

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  92. Mary O'Neill says:

    Hi Jeff, can you sign me up for your newsletters? I love household hints and my husband certainly could be more inspired to do small projects around the house!????

    I used Pledge today on my shower doors and glass enclosures and am anxious to know whether water glides off after the next shower. The glass is super clean!

    Thanks!

  93. Thank you for sharing all these great cleaning solutions! I love to have clean shower doors so I will try these methods! Greets!

  94. Jean Barth says:

    Please add me to your weekly email.

  95. Vinegar and soap is something that I have been using in my bathroom for a while now, but I like the idea about the water repellent glass cleaner. Thanks for sharing this awesome advice!

  96. Neal says:

    Solution of vinegar and baking soda worked great on exterior of windows which had not been cleaned in years. Soap and water had no effect no matter how much scrubbing. Following the directions here, my windows are now like new. So nice to see the outside now after looking through what were once translucent windows from all the white crud on the glass. Thanks!

  97. Judy Hansen says:

    Please sign me up for your newsletter with tips for all kinds of cleaning and home repairs. Thanks, Judy

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  99. Connie says:

    Please add me to your mailing list.
    Thanks for the tip.

  100. Connie says:

    Thanks for the tip. Please add me to your list.

    1. Glad to help any time Connie. I did add you to our newsletter. You should get that every Friday 😀

  101. Elizabeth Tuttle says:

    Can this method be used for tile walls?

  102. Celia says:

    Hi…. please add me to your list..

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    Please send me your newsletter. Thanks!

  104. Vera says:

    Please add me to your newsletter. I use vinegar to clean my mirrors and windows. I can’t wait to try your mixture to eliminate the soap scum in my shower.

  105. Betty Ann says:

    Newletter subscription, please. I am looking forward to trying the soap scum cleaning on the shower doors of a house I clean for a friend.

    1. Thanks Betty Ann, glad you liked the tutorial. I’ll sign you up to the newsletter.

  106. Carrol says:

    Hi Jeff,

    Thank you and your readers for the great tip! We just purchased a home that need some special T.L.C. and these cleaning tips are super handy. Thank you all.

    I’ve joined your newsletter group and cannot wait for your next surprise. 😉

    1. Thanks Carrol and congrats on your new home!!

      Always feel free to ask questions.

      You can also joint our free Facebook Group where you can post pictures and get feedback

      Here’s the link

      https://www.facebook.com/groups/hrtcommunity/

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  108. Audrey says:

    Can I use this to clean shower as well. Fiberglass?

    1. Yes, but always test it on a small area first, hope that helps Audrey

  109. Sharon L says:

    please include me in your newsletter it sounds great!

    1. Thanks Sharon, I added you to our weekly newsletter.

  110. Anna says:

    Hi Jeff

    Thank you for the tips. We just moved in to a new house and the walk in shower is big and at the same time difficult to clean with a squeegee in some areas, so your Rain-X tip was great. I was looking at their web site just now and I saw that they also have specific products for the shower now. Do you still recommend the 2 in 1 cleaner Vs the shower door ones?
    Thank you

    1. Thanks Anna for letting me know they carry one specifically for the shower, I’d opt for that one instead of the 2-in-1.

      Actually, I should buy it and do a tutorial, haha

  111. Lynn Kriedemann says:

    I was sceptical but it worked a treat, thanks.

    1. Awesome Lynn, glad it helped

  112. Jann says:

    gotta give this shower door cleaner a try……you’ll hear me shoutin if it works!!

  113. Debbie Kennedy says:

    Please add me to your mailing list, thanks Debbie

    1. Just did, thanks Debbie

  114. Lex says:

    Don’t use Rain X. The company that makes it actually says not to use indoors because it’s toxic. Imagine in a shower where your pores are open. The cleaning method works great though!!! <3

    1. Thanks Lex for your concern, Rain-X actually makes a product for the shower now.

      It’s on their site

  115. Sue Close says:

    Please add me to your newsletter. Couldn’t find where to sign up for it so I hope this works. And I am not a spammer…..wouldn’t even know how to do it if I was so I couldn’t. To those spammers out there…..what would be the point anyway…..Really!!!!

    1. Thanks Sue, added you to the newsletter…thanks for asking.

  116. Bhuvansankar says:

    Thanks for your great idea. Please add me for your newsletter

  117. Judy says:

    I live in an apartment and am a renter. My bathtub and shower walls are 1 piece (the tub and walls are connected to each other, kind of like a shell) I don’t have the typical porcelain tub and tile walls. My bathtub and shower walls were reglazed a couple months ago. The tub reglazing company said not to use acidic cleaners (I think this includes lemon oil and vinegar), harsh abrasive cleaners, steel wool or wire brushes-otherwise, misuse will void their warranty. Do you have any other suggestions for cleaning products to remove soap scum? The tub reglazing company said to use any of the following: Mr. Clean, Spic & Span, Fantastic, Down Tub and Tile Cleaner, and Bon Ami. Are any of these for removing soap scum?

  118. Teresa Martin says:

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  119. Joel says:

    I used this same method and it has not worked. I see by the comments that people see great results. Any reasons to why you think it may not have worked for me?

    Kind Regards
    Joel

    1. Hard to say Joel, maybe the soap scum has built up too much. Have you tried some of the other methods mentioned in the comments?

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    1. Thanks Sandy, just added you to the newsletter 😉

  121. angelica says:

    I went to do a cleaning a job I was referred by a provides client ..turned out the lady wanted 3 bathrooms cleaned!! ALL HAD Glass DOORS AND ALL where beyond cloudy!!I wanted to leave But I was already there..Anyway I charged 100 bks and figured I’d do it fast ..and never go back..I went to start and realized I left my Ajax at home!!:( ..Suddenly the can of No fume oven cleaner caught my eye…LOL I Sprayed away let it sit 5 mins I can’t remember exactly how long but wasn’t long at all ..IT WORKED AMAZING!!! FIRST TRY SEE THRU MINIMAL WORK AMAZING!! God send :))Never would I have thought ..until that dreaded greasy gross glass day greasy=oven Lol 😉

    1. Do you remember the product name Angelica? That’s certainly a great tip to explore 🙂

  122. Kerry says:

    Hi Jeff

    Thanks for all your tips. Do you know if the baking soda/vinegar solution is okay to use on perspex shower screens? I read through the comments but couldn’t find an answer to this question.

    Best regards
    Kerry

  123. Marcia says:

    I will use the tip for cleaning my glass shower doors for sure! Can’t wait to get other tips to help me clean faster.

  124. JOAN GOLLOP says:

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  126. Lenora says:

    Please sign me up for your news letter.
    Thank you so much!

    1. Thanks Lenora, just added you 🙂

  127. carlene says:

    thanks for your post. I enjoyed finding you. I used an old scrubby (those net things we used with shower gel) to scrub the door after I sprayed Kboom on it. They are clean with hardly any scrubbing. I also used the scrubby for the shower wall which are fiberglass and it cleans it so easily. I amazed myself! However, the floor is textured and I am unsure how to clean this. I will try the vinegar and baking soda and elbow grease and hope it works. If you know of another way, I will read your blog. Please sign me up for your newsletter.

  128. Lindsey says:

    Will this affect the shower’s tile grout?

  129. Lindsey says:

    How does this affect grout in the shower?

  130. Lynn E says:

    Loving all the comments and tips…dropping a comment to ask to be added to your mailing list/news letter?! ???????????? Glad I cam across you!! Thanks

    1. Lynn E says:

      Had I scrolled a little further I would’ve seen the sign up! Haha! Enjoy!

  131. Joan Suchoski says:

    Thank you!

  132. Brenda Keitt says:

    Thanks Jeff!
    Sign me up.
    And please add advice as to keeping my toilet bowl clean 24/7; preferably with natural products.

  133. Pat Boyter says:

    Can’t wait to try it!

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