How To Clean Your Shower Glass

Effortlessly clean any glass components in your shower with the help of our tutorial guide.
Written By: Richard Morgan | Updated:
How To Clean Shower Glass
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Regular cleaning of your shower glass, such as the screen, door or enclosure, is required to maintain the sparkle it had from the day it was installed. Failing to do so can result in dirt, watermarks and limescale accumulation, which ruins the appearance of your showering area.

The main reason why shower glass becomes so dirty in the first place is primarily down to soap scum residue from various soaps and shampoos. However, if you live in an area with hard water, this also adds to the dirt that needs to be cleaned from the glass.

However, returning the sparkle back into your shower by simply cleaning the glass is very easy to do, and there are many methods that you can use to achieve perfection.

Preparation Before Cleaning

Before cleaning the shower glass, you want to remove anything attached to your shower screen. This can include anything from stick-on shelves to shower curtains.

Once everything has been removed, you will want to clean each item because they may hold dirt, and you wouldn’t want to attach them back on once the shower glass is cleaned.

Before moving on to the cleaning methods below, we advise using standard cleaning products to dampen the glass and then wiping it down with a sponge or cloth. This removes a large portion of dirt to give the methods below the best chance of working their magic.

How To Clean Shower Glass

1. White Vinegar

Using white vinegar is one of those cleaning hacks that never fails to disappoint and is excellent for cleaning shower glass.

For the best results, we recommend using a diluted mixture of white vinegar to spray your shower enclosure and then buff it away using a soft cloth.

Many people also have success using baking soda and water, but a diluted white vinegar mixture is the best method that consistently works for us.

2. Dedicated Shower Cleaning Products

Using an “off the shelf” shower cleaning solution is also recommended for tackling stubborn steaks and limescale. However, when it comes to selecting the product, you want to ensure that it’s suitable for use on shower glass.

3. Window Vac

Using one of the best-rated window vacs, such as the Karcher WV6, you can effortlessly clean shower glass on a regular basis. Simply spray the brand’s provided/your own cleaning solution upon the glass and then use the window vacuum to remove it to leave a streak-free finish. They are also great tools for cleaning tiles and other components around your home. This method of cleaning is most suitable for regular cleaning.

Helpful Cleaning Tips

Depending on how dirty the shower glass is, it’s much easier to clean if it’s been primed with heat. Therefore, cleaning the glass after a hot shower will help loosen any stubborn stains.

Another top tip is to begin cleaning from top to bottom because any dirty water will run down the glass. Therefore, if you have just cleaned the bottom, you will need to clean it again if dirty water has trickled down it.


To avoid the need to deep clean shower glass, regular cleaning every month at a minimum is highly recommended. The three cleaning methods above are the most popular, but there are even people using WD-40 to clean the glass in the shower, believe it or not!

However, for the best results when cleaning shower glass, we recommend white vinegar or a dedicated cleaning spray for deep cleaning and a window vac for quickly cleaning the glass.

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