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


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

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    • 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.

    Arminda Miller - Reply

    On trouve en droguerie du vinaigre à 14° , plus efficace et plus rapide que le vinaigre de cuisine. Le vinaigre chauffé est aussi plus efficace qu’à température ambiante. Pour les pièces de robinetteries verticales vous pouvez également utiliser le vinaigre en gel, également disponible en droguerie ( bricolages ou supermarchés, la marque Forever par exemple. )

    Alex Tillieux - Reply


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.

Jay Rawcliffe -

I had shower doors with five years of hard water deposits. Spend over $100 trying various methods and products to remove the hard water deposits. Nothing worked!

One of the many sites I visited recommended I buy some industrial grade vinegar (30%). I tried that with bad results. They recommended letting it sit on the door for 5 minutes and wiping it off. That didn’t work. I was in the process of buying new doors and thought I would try something radical.I had nothing to lose. I took the 30% vinegar and sprayed the doors and let it sit overnight. The next morning I took a wet Brillo pad (the steel wool pad with soap) and gently washed off, in a circular motion, the hard water stains. The hard water deposits disappeared before my eyes with hardly any effort. The glass doors look like NEW! Not a single trace of the hard water deposits.

These doors, on the bottom half, were impossible to see through. They are now crystal clear. I’ll definitely never let them get in this bad shape again. Squeegee doors every time!

Bob Leonard -

My shower doors apparently hadn’t been cleaned in a long time when I moved into my house. What eventually got the job done was a combination of Lime-away and a Magic Sponge. A scraper helped at some points as well. It was a long and ugly job, and the Lime-away fumes are nasty (ventilate!)

Well, that removed the deposits, anyway. Now I am left with the etching to deal with. The Pristine Cleaning article linked by Jay Rawcliffe has some good ideas; I have some glass polish that I never thought to use. Will give that a try.

But I’ll live with the etching if I have to; the most important thing was to remove the coat of mineral deposit. Now I squeegee religiously.

neilweinstock -

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 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: )

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.

olivia fernando - Reply

This receipe worked GREAT! Thank you.

lorraine.ghazarian - Reply

Hello, I have the right way to clean shower glass doors and git rid of water spots. I do not use chemicals or amonias. What I do is I use a microfiber cloth, while there is still water on the shower doors wipe the glass try to get off as much water as possible; let it dry and the water spots will be gone. That’s it. Try it and see for yourself. Thank you. Have a nice day!

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Leola Taylor - Reply

indeed that is the best aproach, doing it same way on my own.

Peter -

Was ist, wenn auf der Glastür ein Aufkleber ist mit der Aufschrift “Bitte keinen sauren Reiniger verwenden (Spezialbeschichtung)”?

What if a sign on the glass dor says “Do not use acid-based cleaner (coated surface)”?

Peter - Reply

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