The Easiest Way to Keep Glass Shower Doors Clean

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You all might remember that last January I shared my best trick– at the time– for getting hard water marks and soap scum off our glass shower doors (read that post here).  However, this fall I found an ever better cleaning solution and it’s so easy that I had to share it with you.How to Clean Glass Shower Doors (Even If You Have Hard Water!) | 11 Magnolia Lane

It’s a two-step process; a cleaner that is made with orange and rosemary essential oils paired with my HomeRight SteamMachine, and my shower doors look amazing with zero scrubbing (wiping–yes, scrubbing–no!).

If you have cruddy shower doors, too, we’re giving away a SteamMachine at the end of this post, so don’t forget to scroll down to enter.

How to Clean Glass Shower Doors (Even If You Have Hard Water!)

I’ve been using this method of cleaning my glass shower doors for several months now, so I don’t have any horribly gross “before” pictures to show you–and in my opinion, that’s a very good thing.

My daily shower cleaning involves using a squeegee (like this one) just to get the beads of water off the doors; that’s honestly half the battle.  Then about once a week, I spray Grove Collaborative’s Orange & Rosemary Tub & Tile Cleaner on the shower doors, faucet, and tile and give everything a quick wipe-down. Here’s the direct link to the Grove Tub & Tile Cleaning Concentrate that I use.

Mix it in a glass bottle like these (never use plastic with products containing essential oils) with the recommended amount of water and you’re ready to clean!

How to Clean Glass Shower Doors (Even If You Have Hard Water!) | 11 Magnolia Lane

Grove Collaborative is a subscription service that ships natural cleaning and home supplies to your door.  Since they make this cleaning concentrate, there’s no other way to purchase it, but Amy and I have been using them for about three years now and love the company and their values.  You can order as often as you’d like or as little (I order monthly unless I’m well stocked, then I take a month off).  Shipping is $2.99 unless you buy a VIP membership for $19.99/year; then you get free shipping and several nice gifts during the year.  For example, the white cleaning caddy in this picture is my January free gift from Grove:

The best way to clean glass shower doors | 11 Magnolia Lane

They have a deal going on right now for new subscribers: if you spend $20 then you also get a Spring Cleaning Essentials Package HERE that includes Mrs. Meyer’s dish soap, hand soap, multi-surface spray, a towel, free shipping, and VIP trial.  I’d recommend the Tub and Tile Cleaner, of course, but after that the sky’s the limit. There are several spring scents available in the Mrs. Meyer’s products right now to get your home freshened up after the holidays.

The third step in the glass door cleaning process is to use my HomeRight SteamMachine to really deep clean the shower from top to bottom.  There’s a new SteamMachine–did you know that?  It’s the SteamMachine Elite, and I’ll be demo-ing one soon, but I also love my 53 model–I use to it to clean and sanitize literally the entire house! You can read more about all it does HERE.

All I do is give everything a spritz of cleaner, let it work for a few minutes, then tackle the glass doors with the SteamMachine’s squeegee attachment.

How to Clean Glass Shower Doors (Even If You Have Hard Water!) | 11 Magnolia Lane

I promise that if any hard water stains or soap scum managed to make a home on the glass doors, the SteamMachine’s 290° steam and 55 psi of pressure are going to knock it loose!

Then I put the large nylon brush on to get all the nooks and crannies in the door track and around the faucet.  If it’s your first time using the steam cleaner and you have really hard crud deposits, use the small brass brush for extra friction. All of those accessories come with the SteamMachine so you don’t have to buy any extras.

How to Clean Glass Shower Doors (Even If You Have Hard Water!) | 11 Magnolia Lane

Since I’ve been doing a pretty good job of keeping up with my daily and weekly cleaning, letting the SteamMachine works its magic on the shower only takes a few minutes.  Then I just wipe down the tile and doors with a clean cloth and enjoy the sparkle that I achieved without harsh chemicals. I can almost smell the clean!

If you’d like to download the labels I made for my Tub & Tile Cleaner, just click HERE to download them as a PDF. They’ll print perfectly on Avery 22830 round labels (available HERE). I haven’t tried the Lavender & Thyme scent yet, but have included those labels, too.


We’ve been using the SteamMachine for years to clean (and more); here are a few additional posts so you can see how versatile it is:  Natural Spring Cleaning, How to Remove Wallpaper, Making Your Car Sparkle, Spring Cleaning with Pets, and How to Clean & Sanitize Your Home During Flu Season Without Chemicals, and How to Easily Remove Wallpaper.

As promised, here’s your chance to enter to win your very own SteamMachine:

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Good luck, and thanks for stopping by!

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  1. Holly Harris says

    This is perfect timing, I’ve been trying every method I can think of to remove the hard water from my glass doors! Cleaning the bathroom is my least favorite chore!

  2. i think I need one of these in my life! Why did I never think of using one for my shower doors?? life changing! I was just telling a friend i can skip the gym on the days i clean the shower, it’s such a workout!

  3. Karenann S. says

    I would love to win this steamer. I have all glass shower doors in all my bathrooms, and they can get so grimy looking no matter how often i clean them. I would love to try the steamer and get them really deep-down clean!

  4. I need the steamer!!! I hate cleaning the shower!!!!

  5. Maree Sperle says

    I enjoy cleaning but have a hard time cleaning the bathroom. This steamer would be fabulous!

  6. The idea of sanitizing with steam rather than chemicals makes my nose happy. 🙂

  7. I have pretty much given up on getting my doors clear of hard water stains – so I am definitely going to give steaming a chance.

  8. I really hate to clean toilets:)

  9. I have been searching for a better way to clean glass shower doors. This machine looks amazing! Thanks for spotlighting this. My least favorite cleaning chore is washing floors.

  10. ailene Bradley says

    I would love this. I have tried everything to clean my bathroom’s glass doors.

  11. Cleaning the shower is definitely my least favorite chore because I can never get it fully clean and it bothers me.

  12. Sounds pretty amazing. I’m curious…can you get a good result if you don’t have a steamer by scrubbing?

    • Hey, Jan–
      Yes, the cleaner by itself will do a great job of removing hard water and soap scum. I recommend a magic eraser and/or a scrubbing sponge. It takes a little more elbow grease without a steamer, but I am not kidding when I say that cleaner is the best one I’ve tried, and I’ve tried everything–even powdered pumice!
      Good luck-

  13. I have been wanting a steam cleaner since reading your earlier post. Winning one would be awesome!

  14. Wow… That steam cleaner does so much!! I’d love it just for the shower, but wallpaper removal?! It must practically fall off!!

  15. My least favorite cleaning chore would be scrubbing the tile grout in our bathrooms.

  16. What a fabulous giveaway! I have recently resolved to be more green in my cleaning efforts and this is just the ticket to help me with my goal! Thanks so much for the opportunity!

  17. Cheri Geer says

    Wow this machine looks amazing and I could certainly use this with our all glass shower doors. Great Give Away…someone is going to be very lucky.

  18. Cheryl Rabovsky says

    Would love to win one of these to make house cleaning so much easier! What a great give away!!

  19. Jeremy McLaughlin says

    Least favorite thing to clean would have to be the bathroom.

  20. Samantha Pyles says

    I strongly detest cleaning my shower doors, perhaps the HomeRight steamer would make it a little less daunting for me!
    I’ve yet to try Mrs. Myers but it is on my list of “To try” for seems like the perfect opportunity for doing so!

  21. Marian Smith says

    Very informative. These are really nicest and easiest ways from which we can keep our glass shower doors clean. Thanks for posting this beautiful post.

  22. Jenni Farnes says

    This is fabulous! I clean Airbnb houses on our island and I have one house that has thee most stubborn water-spotted shower doors EVER! And I cannot get that thing clean. I would LOVE to win this. Thank you for such great information!

  23. I’ve been looking at steamers to clean a t & G Ceiling. Do you think either of these two steamers would work on a ceiling? Can you compare the two different models? Is the Elite worth the extra money? Thanks for your help!

    • Hi, Lyn–

      I think either machine would work on your ceiling as both come with long handles that would help you reach up high. I have a thick terry loop pad that I use, or the small nylon brush could get into the grooves.

      As far as which machine to buy, I haven’t demo’ed the Elite yet, but here’s the difference according to HomeRight:

      The only difference between the two steamers is the color, hose length, and the attachments that come with the steamers. Besides that, they are essentially the same steamer with the same temperature and tank capacity. The SteamMachine Elite is unique because it comes with a triangular mop pad and carpet glider that makes it great for cleaning floors and carpets.

      Good luck and I hope that helps.


  24. Patricia C says

    I hate cleaning the tub, such a chore for me

  25. MargaretAnn Rice says

    My main “don’t want to” chore is cleaning the bathroom.

  26. I hate cleaning the oven and the toilets.

  27. MargaretAnn Rice says

    perfect for cleaning the bathroom andmore

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