Introduction

The hard water stains can easily be removed using common household items: white vinegar, a spray bottle, and a sponge.

Parts

No parts required.

  1. Fill the spray bottle with mixture of water and white vinegar (approx 50/50).
    • Fill the spray bottle with mixture of water and white vinegar (approx 50/50).

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  2. Spray the solution on to the glass with the bottle.
    • Spray the solution on to the glass with the bottle.

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    • Wipe the solution on the door with the damp sponge.

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    • Let the solution sit on the door for several minutes.

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    • Keep applying the solution as it dries.

      • Keep the door wet for at least 5 minutes.

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    • Rinse the solution off the door with warm water.

    • If the results are not satisfactory, try adding more vinegar to the solution and go back to step 1.

    bogus. not effective.

    t w - Reply

    Did you finda anything that did work? Trying to clean a glass door that has years of soap scum built up!!

    Lisa -

    Dawn dishsoao! Trust me! Let it sit strait on it and then mr clewn eraser it.

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Conclusion

Congratulations! You now have a sparkling clean glass shower door!

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I've found that making a solution of 80% White Vinegar and 20% Dawn detergent works well. I keep a gallon batch handy. When needed I heat 1 cup in the microwave to 150-160 degrees (F) and transfer it into a 1 quart spray bottle, that has been insulated by wrapping it with a hand towel, secured with two large rubber bands. Before using the heated Vinegar/Dawn solution, I first spray the room temperature solution onto the glass block walls of the shower, and scrub gently with a green scotchbrite sponge. I leave the lathered glass block sit while I heat the cup full. Then, I hose down the glass with scalding hot water. Next, I spray a liberal coating of the hot solution (top to bottom) & let it sit for 5-10 minutes, before rinsing it off with scalding water. The detergent helps the vinegar-foam cling better to the glass surface. It also works on fixtures, stone and ceramic surfaces. BONUS! It works wonders on windshields after a winter of salt and sanded roads too!

Vincenzo M Catalanotti - Reply

This is bullshit. I have tried this on my shower doors that had not been cleaned for 3 months and it did not do anything.

Maybe this works if you have not cleaned them for a few days but once the hard water is ground in I am not sure what to do.

vicror - Reply

Most people don't know that there's a difference between Stage I Corrosion (a mineral buildup on the glass) and Stage II Corrosion (etching and damage to the glass). I've written a blog post about it that gives a very thorough explanation of what it is and how to get rid of it because I couldn't find this information anywhere on the internet without flitting between like 20 different web forums.  http://pristinecleaning.com.au/2018/01/2...

Jay Rawcliffe -

Hello, your product that cleans stubborn water stains, especially on shower doors, I'm really interested in this product. I've tested this out at home and it works wonders. I would like to purchase this product as OEM/wholesale. I'm the owner of First Saram Inc, it's a trading company. If it is possible, I would like to change it to my company name and a design that I like, if possible. If you have other items that is great, please let me know. I'm very interested. I hope to hear back, thank you

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Bok min - Reply

Hello, your product that cleans stubborn water stains, especially on shower doors, I'm really interested in this product. I've tested this out at home and it works wonders. I would like to purchase this product as OEM/wholesale. I'm the owner of First Saram Inc, it's a trading company. If it is possible, I would like to change it to my company name and a design that I like, if possible. If you have other items that is great, please let me know. I'm very interested. I hope to hear back, thank you

Bok min - Reply

I used this recipe, but because my spray bottle already had " Awesome Cleaner " from the dollar store, that's what I mixed my vinegar with. It worked so good,I couldn't believe it. My doors were really bad too.

Thanks so much,

Pamela

Pamela LeBoss-Nance - Reply

Try toilet bowl cleaner it works

dd.sondralea -

This vinegar/water solution did absolutely nothing for my shower doors. Will try adding the Awesome to vinegar like Pamela did and see if that works. Thanks Pamela.

Karen Carr - Reply

Absolutely worthless.

t w - Reply

Hi Pamela I'd like to try what you did as well. I have 8ft glass around my shower and try to keep it streak and spot free. I handicap so it's not been easy. How much of each product did you use? I'm desperate ! PLEASE HELP ME

pjfedorshak - Reply

Try Jet Dry- I had tried EVERTHING- nothing worked . This did it for me, Jet Dry for dishwashers. Sprayed the shower walls with the hottest water , then applied a little Jet Dry with a plastic scrubbing pad, I had put towels onto the shower floor to avoid slipping. Good luck!

sandra andre -

Dry toilet bowl cleaner it i have try awesome. And and vinegar water.they work but not as good as toiler bowl cleaner with cleach..try you will see

dd.sondralea -

Vinegar is indeed is a good for water pots. But there are other homely things you can try it. I heard tooth paste sometimes help ( read here:http://behindtheshower.com/clean-water-s... )

Thanks for sharing this tip.

John Marshal - Reply

I tried tooth paste but it didn’t work for me

Carol Godber - Reply

I have tried detergent, Lime-A-Way,CLR,Bartenters Friend,Vinegar,Baking Soda,various scrub sponges / pads and combinations of all mentioned. The best result I got was using glass cooktop cleaner, paper towels and elbow grease. Do small sections at a time. It is not messy, toxic or smelly. A side benefit is the residual “wax” that keeps water from spotting, this is enhanced by applying a hydrophobic product like “Rain X”.

mrfixit - Reply

Barkeepers Friend works better. And very inexpensive. Oxalic acid is active ingredient. For the DIY crowd, I you could extract oxalic acid from rhubarb plants.

Bill Coleman - Reply

Thank you. Very informative. Now i can easily remove hard water stains Found a similar information here.

http://cradiori.com/how-to-remove-hard-w...

olivia fernando - Reply

This receipe worked GREAT! Thank you.

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