Those cable TV remodeling shows have taught us all to long for stunning glass showers. Simple and elegant, glass showers can fit even in the smallest area. They can contain seating as well as jets and rain shower heads. Are you drooling yet? You won’t be when the time comes to clean the glass.
We know all about sprayed chemicals running down the arms into the sleeves when you reach up to clean the glass. We’re familiar with Brillo-type scrubbies you use with both hands and plenty of elbow grease. Soap scum doesn’t relinquish its territory without a fight, though. Here are four easy ways to keep your glass shower door looking new.
If you’re reading this before your glass shower is installed, then you’re miles ahead of the game. An ounce of prevention is worth a ton of elbow grease later on. You’ll need a shower squeegee or a sponge and towel.
After your shower, of course, the glass is wet. This loosens up any grime or soapy scum on the glass. Squeegee the glass down to get the grime off. Wipe down the glass with sponge or towel to dry it. This is important, so mold and mildew don’t grow using the moisture.
2. Prevention, Part 2
If you haven’t had the glass shower installed just yet, then get a bottle of Rain-X. This product is usually used to wash cars. It coats the glass shower with a thin film against which soap scum, mold, and mildew can’t cling.
Water will bead up. Those in the shower will simply squeegee or sponge the water right off the glass. The protective coating won’t be subjected to the elements, so one coating will last perhaps three to four months. The glass will sparkle. No one will see the protective coating.
3. Cleaning the Shower Glass
There’s nothing like white vinegar and baking soda to cut through any kind of dirt and grime. Some advise us to spray the glass with straight white vinegar first. Then make a paste out of baking soda and water. Smear the baking soda paste on the glass. Wipe off with a sponge or paper towel.
Better Homes and Gardens tells us to spray the shower glass with the vinegar. Then we are to make a paste of baking soda and salt. Wipe the paste onto the glass. Wipe it off with a sponge or paper towel. Always dry the glass with a sponge or towel to prevent mold and mildew from forming.
Another BHG recipe with vinegar tells us to spray the glass down with vinegar. Cut a lemon in half. Coat the lemon in baking soda. Rub it onto the glass. Clean off with a sponge or a towel. Adding lemon essential oil to the mix means the oil will repel the water. Neither soap scum nor water will cling to the glass.
In an article by Bob Vila of This Old House, we are advised to make a paste of baking soda and water. We are told to apply it to the glass. Only then are we to spray vinegar on the mixture, wipe it off, and then dry with a sponge or towel. Always squeegee the moisture off the glass after a shower or cleaning.
4. DIY Shower Spray
Let’s face it: no one wants to clean. Scrubbing is even less fun. It’s going to be quite a chore getting the family to squeegee the glass in the shower. We know lots of people who use the guest bathroom. It has a shower curtain instead of glass.
However, you can make your own shower cleaner with inexpensive ingredients found in your kitchen. All you need is, yes, the squeegee, but also white vinegar, Dawn or your favorite dish soap, in addition to your favorite essential oil.
In a spray bottle, mix one-half cup white vinegar, one teaspoon Dawn or another dish soap, and 30 to 40 drops of your favorite essential oil. Orange, lemon, and tea tree essential oils are favorites. Add water. Now keep the bottle in the glass shower to spray after each shower. Squeegee off, then dry with a microfiber cloth, sponge or towel. Your shower will sparkle!