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What are the Worst Cleaning Supplies to Use on Glass Shower Doors

What Are the Worst Cleaning Supplies to Use on Glass Shower Doors?

When it comes to cleaning your glass shower doors some products are good and some are bad, but what are the worst cleaning supplies?

Keep reading to find out what you should absolutely avoid cleaning your glass shower doors with. 

Newspaper and Paper Towels

You may have heard somewhere that newspapers are great at cleaning glass, however, it may just be the opposite. Newspaper begins to degrade when it gets wet, and will likely leave behind paper fibers on your clean glass. The same goes for paper towels which also leave behind a fibrous residue. 


While plain water may be an effective floor cleaner, it’s not going to give your shower doors the sparkle most of us are aiming for. In fact, using just water to clean glass could potentially leave it even messier than you found it, especially if you’re using hard water which will leave behind a residue. 

Ammonia and Bleach

The American Lung Association recommends limiting your exposure to both ammonia and bleach, as they can cause respiratory illness over time. While these two chemicals can be harmful on their own, the gas they produce when combined has been known to cause chronic lung problems and even death. Make sure to check the ingredients of any cleaning products you’re using, and avoid mixing cleansers together to prevent any unwanted chemical reactions. 

What Should I Clean With?

Now that we’ve discussed the worst cleaning supplies you can use on your glass shower doors, let’s go over some safe alternatives. We have two recipes for simple, safe, DIY cleaning solutions that you can make with items you may already have right in your own home.

This first recipe uses dish soap to break down soap scum and vinegar to further dissolve any residue and leave behind a shiny finish. To make this solution, start by: 

  • Mixing one part distilled vinegar and one part dish detergent in a spray bottle and spraying it on your shower windows and frame. 
  • Let the solution then sit for at least 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Lastly, scrub the area clean with a cloth. 

This second solution will leave even the dingiest of shower doors squeaky clean and smelling fresh. It utilizes the acid in lemon juice to break down the bacteria and dirt found in soap scum, making this a natural and effective remedy. To make this cleaner: 

  • Mix three tablespoons of lemon juice with one cup of water. 
  • Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and spray your shower door and frame, if you have one.
  • Let the spray sit for at least five minutes. 
  • Wipe the solution away with a sponge, then buff your shower doors to a shine with a microfiber cloth. 

Let Murray Glass HelpIf you’ve previously used some of the worst cleaning supplies on your shower doors, it could be time to invest in some new ones. Contact Murray Glass today to schedule a free consultation for all of your custom glass needs and let us install the shower doors that will finally bring your space to the next level. We serve the Salt Lake City, Utah, area.

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