How To Clean Glass Shower Doors The Easy Way

How to clean glass shower doors
How To Clean Glass Shower Doors Easy Way

I love Pinterest because of stuff like this.  It really shouldn't be life changing, but it is.

I have very hard water where I live.  My shower doors are usually covered in a gross combination of hard water deposits and soap scum.  I'm really embarrassed to show you my "before" photos, but you must see them to truly appreciate what a miracle this do-it-yourself cleaner is. 

In the past, even after I'd cleaned the glass, it wouldn't look much better because the glass cleaner just couldn't cut through this caked on crud.

Can you believe it!  This stuff works!  You're dying to know the secret aren't you?  Well here it is.

I found this DIY cleaner on here and here and it is fantastic because it works!

Here's the recipe:
8 oz. (1 cup) of warm vinegar
8 oz. ( 1 cup) of Dawn 

That's it!  I put the vinegar in the microwave for about two minutes to get it warm.  Then mix the vinegar and the Dawn in a spray bottle.  One cup of Dawn seems like a lot to me, but I guess you need that much to cut through the scum.  It makes sense.  If it can cut through grease and baked on food, it should be able to cut through yucky shower scum!

I sprayed the Dawn and vinegar mixture on the glass and scrubbed with a sponge.  I really didn't have to scrub hard or for very long.  That stubborn stuff came right off!  I had a bucket of clean water to wipe off the soap suds.  When I was done, there still seamed to be a little bit of residue on the glass so I just used the glass cleaner I usually use to give the doors a final wipe.  Now my shower doors look as good as new!

How To Clean Glass Shower Doors Easy Way

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There have been quite a few questions about this post.  Here are some of the common questions and the answers.

What is Dawn?
Dawn is a brand of liquid soap used to wash dishes.

Will a different brand of soap work?
I used Dawn and didn't test any other brands.  If you try another brand and it works, leave a comment and let me know!

I forgot to warm up the vinegar.  Will it still work?
Yes.  After cleaning the glass the first time, I had plenty of cleaning solution left over.  I used the left over solution a few months later and didn't warm it in the microwave.  It still worked!

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125 comments:

  1. LOL :D I JUST posted this same thing today! haha! Isn't it AWESOME?! I still just can't get over how fabulous this cleaner is! :)
    Have a great week <3

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    1. So I forgot to warm up the vinegar. Maybe a vital step as I am still without luck. Do you suppose I can heat the batch?

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  2. Thanks, I needed this!! Pinned it. Thanks for sharing at Mom's Library!

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  3. Wow! MUST TRY THIS! I've been trying lots of different products and nothing seems to work well. I squigee the doors daily after the shower and that's been the best help so far but it still doesn't eliminate everything so I'll be trying this solution TONIGHT! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I squigee the doors daily too, but stuff still builds up after awhile. None of the products I tried worked either. I'm so happy I found this tip and glad to share it with everyone!

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    2. Has anyone ever tried "JET DRY" in the spray bottle to keep it from spotting? Or rubbing a small amount of vegetable oil into the glass and then squeegying it off? Or the rain product they have at the auto store for windshield wipers so the water beads up and rolls off your car? Just wondering?

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    3. Rain-X is the product - and yep - it works great - try it.

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    4. I tried everything and NOTHING worked. The doors would look great immediately after but when it dried it looked exactly looked before. Then when I was emptying my dishwasher I noticed that the glasses that had the same grey cloudy look were looking good and realized that the new washer pods have "jet dry" in them. So I sprayed jet dry onto the shower doors while I showered, no scrubbing, no rinsing, no manual labor. It took a few weeks but the doors look brand new.

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  4. Awesome! When I built my house I requested to have textured glass so my soap scum wasn't able to be seen as bad.
    I will have to try it! Come over and say, starting to follow you know. Came over from Riverton Housewives!

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  5. I can't wait to try this on our motorhome shower doors! They are so hard to clean.

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  6. Hmmmmmmmmm, might have to give this a go! ;0)

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  7. Wow, I hope this works because I am constantly trying to clean my shower doors. It drives me crazy. I can't wait to try this. Thanks for the tip.
    I am your newest follower.
    Have a great week,
    Bev
    @ Eclectic Red Barn

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  8. Thanks so much for sharing your tip! I have the same trouble with my glass shower door, so I'll have to give this a try. I'll be pinning!

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  9. Wow! I'm going to try this!

    I'm visiting via Thursday Favorite Things and your newest Follower :)

    ~ Jill

    http://www.frugalplus.com/

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  10. What? That's awesome! Thanks for sharing!!
    Jamie @ somuchbetterwithage.com

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  11. I don't have glass shower doors, but I HATE cleaning my tub/shower...nothing NOTHING works. I wonder if this would have the same effect?? Gotta try it...thanks!

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  12. hiya i am from the UK and not sure what dawn is?

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    1. Dawn is a brand of soap usually used for washing dishes.

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  13. Great tip...I've been dealing with the same thing on my shower doors. Now I'll have to try this. Coming over from the Blog Hop, I'm your newest follower. If you get a chance maybe you can visit me! Kim @ La Belle Epoque Home

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  14. YAY! I needed this today. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. yep, that's what I use too. We use vinegar for everything! Looks great. Thank you for sharing at the hop, your participation males the hop extra special. Big Hugs P.S. the new giveaway will be posted tomorrow!

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  16. Wow, tried this on my shower today and it worked amazingly. I don't think my shower has ever looked this clean. I did the grout between the tiles too, and sprinkled some baking soda in the tub and used the left over mix to clean the tub too! Our bathroom was so shiny afterwards. I'm hooked. Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Wow. That's it? Equal parts vinegar and dawn? Nice. Thanks for the info. Linda

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  18. Thanks for sharing this important information, as a new housecleaning lady, I will be using this on my clients, so tired of trying to clean the scum and not succeeding!

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    1. This should save you a lot of time, too! It works quickly.

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  19. Will any dish soap work or do you think it has to be Dawn? I use a Mr.Clean Magic Eraser with just a scant touch of moisture, it cuts through the scum thoroughly then I finish with Windex. It works great but your way it much cheaper! Thanks,
    Jenna

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    1. I haven't tried with any other brands of dish soap, yet. If I do, I'll post the results.

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    2. Hi, I was inspired and tried this out on my all glass shower today. It worked great! I actually thought I bought Dawn soap at the store but when I was putting the equal parts into the spray bottle, I realized it was Palmolive. But, that brand worked nicely!

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    3. I'm glad to know that other brands work just as well. Thanks for sharing!

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    4. We don't get dawn here so used what I had and it worked. It was just a cheap brand as well

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  20. Awesome!!! I have hard water here too and it's painful :P... I'm going to try this :D

    Thanks for sharing

    xoxo
    Cami @ titicrafty blogspot

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  21. Isn't this stuff great?! I've been using it for about two months and am pleased with the results. I did read a ton of reviews online and everyone says for whatever reason, the blue Dawn works best. I'm visiting from It's Overflowing.

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  22. Dawn is a miracle worker! I use it for so many things. It takes grease stains out of clothing better than any stain remover. I just squeeze a little on before I throw them in the wash and the stain is gone. I recently found this same recipe. Hadn't tried it yet, but will this week. Thanks for reminding me and sharing it with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thanks for the tip about using Dawn for grease stains on clothing. I will definitely have to try it!

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    2. I use Dawn on my grease stains too. It is AWESOME!

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  23. This may just be my answer. What is there about that blue Dawn dishwashing liquid that is different? When my dog got skunked, the "magic potion" the vet told us to make to get rid of the smell included Dawn. No other kind would do. :)

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    1. Blue dawn also repels fleas we bathe our doing once a month and our vet told us that is what animal shelters us.

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  24. Thanks for sharing your great tips at Project Inspired - pinned to our group party pinboard - hope to see you at tomorrow nights party too!

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  25. I've heard good things about this before.. Passing it along to my grandmother who has extremely hard water with glass doors as well. Thanks so much for sharing :)

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  26. We do not have Dawn, but I will try it with our Sunlight brand ! Thank you for sharing at our ALL MY BLOGGY FRIENDS party :-) Hope to see you again tomorrow !

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  27. Great idea and it works so well........Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!


    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com
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  28. I've used vinegar for years to cut or melt away hard water deposits, but never thought of using Dawn with it in the shower... So smart! I'm pinning. Little Bit from www.DecorateWithaLittleBit.com

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  29. Thank you so much...going to get some Dawn and get to it...your shower doors look great!!...I hate the horrible fumes/smells from the product I've been using...I'm now a follower...pls come over for a visit and follow along if you'd like!!...nice to meet you, Mariaelena

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  30. Thanks so much for this tip...going to buy some Dawn today and try it out!...I'm now following...please stop by for a visit and follow along if you'd like...so glad to maybe be done with that toxic product I've been using...nice to meet you, Mariaelena

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  31. This is my favorite shower cleaner, too! It totally works! XO, Aimee

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  32. Looks great!! Thanks for this tip! Pinning this.

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  33. Great tips! Thanks so much for partying with us at Time to Sparkle Tuesday : )

    xoxo Liz

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  34. My daughter pointed this tip out to me a while back - it does work! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  35. I use to have glass shower doors so I can totally appreciate this, and totally loveeeee Pintrest.

    Please consider sharing this blog post at the Tuesdays With a Twist link up.

    http://yourlife7.blogspot.com/2013/04/tuesdays-with-twist-link-up.html

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    1. Thanks for the invitation Joyce! I linked up.

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  36. Awesome! I wish I had read this before we got rid of our shower doors. I'd be thrilled if you'd link up at this week's Off the Hook!

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  37. Gerat idea!! I'm definitely going to use this one!

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  38. My heart rate actually went up...who knew I was distressed enough about my shower doors that a cleaning recipe would get me excited? Hmm. Well, anyway, THANK YOU for posting this! I'll be trying it ASAP! Lynaea @ EveryDayBloom.com

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  39. Thanks for the great tip ~ can't wait to try it (that sounds kinda weird!!) Pinned!!

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    1. I know! I was skeptical too, but it worked for me!

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  40. I know what I'm doing tomorrow. Thank you for sharing this, can't wait to give it a try. Don't you love it when you actually get excited about cleaning?

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    1. I do get excited about cleaning! It must be my OCD.

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  41. That's pretty awesome! Vinegar is some pretty tough stuff. Hmmm... I'm wondering if this will shine up my dingy apartment sinks? Bet it would!
    Nikki

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    1. I use baking soda to scrub my kitchen sink and it works great!

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  42. I tried this on my shower door and it didn't really make that much of a difference. We don't really have a lot of soap scum, just water spots that will not disappear no matter how hard I try to scrub them off! Did the Dawn/vinegar cut through water spots?

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  43. Wow - I'm impressed! Thanks for linking at the Pinterest Power Party! I'm pinning this to my cleaning board!

    Danielle
    SewMuchCrafting.com

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  44. going to give it a try, mine are awful! My husband used to own a window cleaning service and he used dawn all the time for windows of large companies, worked like a charm!

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  45. I definitely need something to clean my glass door. It never seems to look good. The rest of the bathroom can be sparkling (I don't mean sparkling all the time. LOL.) and the door looks like crap. That does seem like a lot of Dawn. I will try it and let you know.

    Sharon
    http://makeitorfixit.com

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  46. I am always looking for the best way to clean our shower doors! YAY, so happy to see this works. Thank you so much for sharing at A Bouquet of Talent this week. So thrilled to have you join the party. Have a wonderful weekend. :)
    hugs
    Kathy

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  47. Thank you, I definitely need to try this!

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  48. I am looking for spring cleaning post; would you consider linking this up with me on Wednesday! Looks like a good one! Thanks!

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  49. A friend shared this recipe with me and it works great on bathtubs, too.

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  50. Wow! Did I need this tip! Thanks so much. Thanks so much for joining us at Transformed Tuesday.

    Hugs,
    Peggy~PJH Deisgns

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    1. Hope it works for you as well as it did for me Peggy!

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  51. Another crazy thing that works on shower doors is a wet dryer sheet. I didn't believe it until i tried it. Works like a charm, and the bathroom smells great, too! Wet down a dryer sheet, rub it on the shower doors, then rinse.

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  52. Hey I wanted to say thanks for coming back to Show Your Style today! I hope you have a wonderful day and a blessed week!

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  53. Thank you so much for linking up at our link party last Friday!

    I absolutely love this recipe and can't wait to try it! I am featuring it on my blog today!

    Thanks so much!
    Ashley

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    1. Thanks for featuring my post on how to clean glass shower doors! What a thrill to be included with such amazing features! Thank you!

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  54. Great tip! I love DIY cleaners and to know that they work! Pinning! Thanks for linking to Talkin' about Thursday!

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  55. Great tip! I used to live in Florida and the hard water was a nightmare. Now I don't have the problem on the glass I have it on the tile. Go figure. I also found the new Magic Eraser for Bathrooms works great on the shower doors. I don't know about hard water but it might be worth a try. Defiantly trying this solution on my tile though. Thanks so much for linking up with Made in a Day last week!
    Kim

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  56. I found that any cheap bathroom cleaner and one of those magic eraser sponges works great for the hard water deposits. I just get them at the dollar store. Love this idea too!

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  57. Just what i've been looking for! I always have a hard time cleaning our shower door and it usually takes time and the end result isn't that convincing. I'm definitely giving this a try.

    - Careflections.com

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  58. Tried this because one of the simplest shown and I had the 2 ingredients listed. Used 1/2 cup Dawn and 1/2 cup warm vinegar since I only had one small shower door to clean. Worked great and I have enough solution left for another time or two. Thanks for sharing.

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  59. How long do these results last? I tried the pledge furniture polish method and it was great until the next time I showered. The glass looked just as bad as it did before. Also, how often do you use this to clean? Do you do a daily spray on your glass as well? Sorry for all of the questions!!! I'm going to try this today!!!

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    1. This cleaner does a good job of keeping the glass clean. It lasts a couple of months. I don't clean the shower doors daily. I only clean them when they start looking bad, once every couple of months. I do use a squeegee to wipe off water from the doors after each shower. That helps to prevent some of the hard water spots.

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  60. I've been fighting my shower door all morning!!! Alcohol didn't work, vinegar, glass cleaner, even stove top cleaner... NOTHING WAS WORKING. I googled, found this post, and viola!! I have a clean shower door. THANK YOU.

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    1. You're welcome Elizabeth! I'm so glad it worked for you!

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  61. This worked fairly well for our glass shower door and glass walls. Probably 60-70% better. Hard water stains do persist, however, so the next step is finding a product for the last 30-40%. I have heard that once the glass is stained, it requires very, very fine sanding.

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    1. I'm not sure if I would trying sanding. I would be too worried about scratching the glass.

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  62. Thank you times infinity. This works beautifully. You have made a happy girl out of me today!

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  63. Our glass shower doors came with a warning label, not to use regular glass cleaners. They gave no other options, so I am happy to find your formula. I think for that final residue you have, just use crumpled up newspaper. That is what my mom and grandmother always used to make glass shine.

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  64. OMG, just tried this and it is magic!

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  65. Does it matter if the vinegar is red or white?

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  66. I'll have to try this on my shower doors in Calgary. They're terribly water stained, so I wouldn't mind them being clear again.

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  67. Thanks for the tip - excited because I have both items to mix together. Found you on Polkadots on Parade.

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  68. I just tried this and it works like magic! Thank you!

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    1. This stuff is seriously amazing isn't it! Thanks for stopping by and letting me know that it worked for you!

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  69. Our shower doors in Calgary would definitely benefit from this. Thanks for sharing this!

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  70. Im in Australia, will this trick work with any of our brands of dish washing liquid? Thanks :)

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    1. Yep,

      I'm from Oz and Palmolive works fine

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  71. Never thought this would work but it did! Amazing! Now, if I could just figure out how to get the soap scum off the marble tiles...

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  72. What product is Dawn. Have not seen it here

    Liz

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    1. Dawn is a brand of liquid soap that's used to wash dishes.

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  73. This works wonderfully. And to keep the doors clean, I polish them with a tiny bit of lemon oil (Old English). This will protect the shower door and make the water run off!

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  74. This tip saved me from going insane! I would avoid cleaning my shower because I knew the products I had weren't going to work anyways. I still need to perfect the technique, but I'm not going to avoid cleaning my shower next time!

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  75. OMG!!! I am so happy I found this. I was tired of scrubbing, waiting, scraping and nothing soup scum and water deposits were ruling my bathroom. I gave this a go just as you said and BAM!!! HOLY COW!!! My glass looks as good as new!!!! I am so excited!!!! Thank You!!!

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  76. I use this combination for the shower itself. but I did heat my vinegar I don't know why but it said to do it so I did. I left it on over night next morning I went in & cleaned the shower wow what a difference it made. I have tried everything but this one really worked. Great PIN

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  77. I just tried this on the inside of my shower doors. Worked great. I sprayed them down generously then used a window mitt on them. Rinsed with my hand held shower. They are sparkling clean!

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  78. Just here to say it works! No lie!!

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  79. This is awesome! So easy! What else can I clean with this solution?! hmmmmmm

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  80. I'm definitely going to try this! The water where I live is also hard and I have lots of water spots on our glass shower doors.

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  81. The best way to clean the glass in your shower is to wipe them dry with a towel right after showering when the glass is still wet. No scum, no streaks, no extra cleaning. If you get in the habit of doing it you never have to clean the glass!!!


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  82. I'm going to try it. Thanks
    Do I still have dry the glass doors after every shower?

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  83. You rock! Just finished my bathrooms in the shortest time! It even worked for the shower floors. all i had to do was wipe after spraying. No scrubbing!

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  84. Nice tips. I just use a regular cellulose sponge with some water and comet. Cleans everything off and doesn't scratch.

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  85. My shower was disgusting and I just tried this mixture. I didnt' spray it on though, I just dipped an old towel/rag into the mixture and wiped it on. It did require a little big of elbow grease, but it worked awesome! Thanks for the tip!

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  86. I used Seventh Generation brand natural dish soap which worked great instead of Dawn. I also forgot to warm my vinegar and it worked fine. I just used a gentle cloth to wipe the solution and then sprayed it off. Easy and it really works!

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  87. Hi.... I tried it and it worked wonderfully and with minimal scrubbing required. I dint even warm up the vinegar and had real bad scum on the shower door. Thanks for the tip. My search is finally over :))

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  88. I just tried this exactly as you directed and it worked beautifully! I barely rubbed with my sponge and my hard water spots came right off! Thanks so much!!!

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  89. We squeegee our new glass doors (I replaced the old ones because I couldn't get them clean) after every shower and still the soap scum builds up. Rinsing was a challenge with the shower door open; then I thought of spraying the door with clear water and wiping down with the shower squeegee - that worked pretty well although dripped a lot on the floor. I think this is working - still "smudgy" in places after doing three times, but I will do it again tomorrow when I'm IN the shower - and with a scrubby instead of a sponge.

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