A sparkling shower door can make your whole bathroom look fresh and clean. But soap scum and hard water stains can present a challenge if you don’t have the right cleaning products.
If you’re fed up of scrubbing at your door only to be left with smears and smudges, read on! We’re going to show you the ten best shower door cleaners to tackle the job in half the time. And they’ll give you great results too.
If your shower door has years of mineral deposits and water stains, you may despair of it ever sparkling again. But before you spend money on a new door, check out Bio Clean.
This brilliant product is best-in-class when it comes to getting rid of marks left behind by hard water. Its designed for use by professionals in settings including hospitals, hotels and public conveniences. So it will stand up to the challenge of any staining you’re likely to find in a domestic setting.
Apply it to your shower door and it will clean and protect it at the same time. It’s also safe to use on a wide range of other surfaces, including tiles, granite and stainless steel.
It’s non-toxic and biodegradable, so you won’t have to worry about chemicals harming the environment.
One thing you should watch out for, though, is the risk of scratching. The powerful abrasive substances in this product mean it does need to be used with care. Make sure you apply it with plenty of water, and use clean microfiber cloths to wipe it on and off.
It’s the abrasive action here that removes the stains. That means that for stubborn marks, you’ll need a fair bit of time and elbow grease. But if you’re patient, you’ll get great results on stains that other products won’t touch.
Great at removing very stubborn hard water stains
Cleans and protects at the same time
Works on a wide range of other surfaces, including tiles, granite and stainless steel
Use with plenty of water, or it may scratch your glass
Be prepared to take your time and use plenty of elbow grease to tackle stubborn stains.
If you prefer cleaning products that dissolve stains, rather than scrubbing them away, consider Rejuvenate Soap Scum Remover. With this one, you just spray it on, wait for three minutes, then rinse it off. With newer stains, it couldn’t be easier.
But if you’re dealing with stains that have been there for a while, you may need to give it a hand. Wipe it around your shower door with a microfiber cloth before leaving it to do its work.
Note that, as its name suggests, this is designed specifically for soap scum. If you’ve got hard water stains on your shower door, there are other products that will suit you better.
This is bleach-free, and there are no other toxic chemicals to worry about either. As well as performing effectively on glass shower doors, it will work on fiberglass, tiles, porcelain, ceramic, and stone.
But if you have an acrylic shower screen, this won’t be the best choice. Although the manufacturers say it can be used on plastic, we’ve heard of variable results. A number of people have found that it leaves behind a milky residue.
There’s no added fragrance, so if you don’t like strong smells it’s a good choice. It’s not completely odor-free, but the smell is very faint.
No scrubbing required to remove new soap scum stains
Also works on tiles, porcelain, ceramic and natural stone
No added fragrance or harsh chemicals
Won’t make an impact on any hard water stains
Can leave behind a milky residue on acrylic surfaces.
For anyone who’d prefer not to clean their shower door every day, Wet & Forget is a great option. This product is designed to be sprayed on one day, left overnight, then rinsed off. And the best news is, you’ll only have to do it once a week.
It comes in a large canister which cleverly incorporates a removable spray bottle. Each 64-ounce container has enough product to last for around 12 weeks of cleaning.
It both cleans the surface and helps to protect against dirt building up. It’s effective at removing grime, soap scum, mildew and mold. But note that it isn’t designed to tackle mineral deposits. If you have hard water in your home, there are better options out there.
It will work on glass or fiberglass shower doors. It will even work on shower curtains. And it’s just as good on fixtures and basins. If you have a problem with soap scum on your tiles, you can also use this without fear of it damaging the grout.
Make sure that you rinse it off thoroughly after use. If there’s any product left on your tub or shower tray, it will be very slippery. The good news is that it leaves behind a subtle vanilla fragrance which is quite pleasant.
Effective at tackling soap scum, mildew and mold
Works on glass or fiberglass shower doors
Subtle vanilla fragrance
Won’t remove stains from hard water
Make sure you rinse it off thoroughly – any product left behind will be very slippery.
Better Life’s range of products are an excellent choice for anyone concerned about harsh chemicals in their home. And they’re just as good when it comes to protecting the wider environment.
This glass cleaner will work equally well on glass or plastic shower doors. You’ll get two 32-ounce bottles in a pack, and they come with a spray wand for easy application.
It works on both glass and plexiglass wherever it’s located – whether that’s your shower door, windshield, mirrors or light fixtures. It will also give you great results on chrome and acrylic. That makes it a great option for other areas of your bathroom too.
It’s very easy to use. Simply spray it on and wipe off with a clean, dry cloth. It will get rid of smears, smudges and fingerprints. And as long as it’s applied properly, it won’t leave behind streaks. That means making sure it goes onto a dry surface and isn’t over-applied.
You may find you need to use slightly more elbow grease than products with harsher ingredients. But if you’re concerned about toxic chemicals in your home, this could be a compromise you’re willing to make.
All the cleaning agents here are derived from plants. There are no dyes, synthetic fragrances, petroleum-based solvents or sulfates. Nothing is tested on animals.
The packaging is also made with recyclable materials and using solar power. It degrades between two and five times faster than the packaging of comparable products.
Great at removing fingerprints, smears and smudges from glass and plexiglass
Easy to use
Free from toxic chemicals and made with environmentally-friendly packaging
Requires a little more elbow grease than products with harsher chemicals
Can leave behind streaks if over-applied or sprayed onto a wet surface.
Repel Glass and Surface Cleaner works on glass, plastic, stainless steel, brass and chrome. So when you’ve finished cleaning your shower door, you can give your faucets and fixtures a spray too.
It’s designed to both clean your surfaces and apply a protective coating that repels water and grime. The idea is that over time, you’ll get fewer marks on your shower door in the first place. Use once every one to two weeks and you’ll see the effect.
It comes in a 25-ounce bottle with a spray wand, so it’s very easy to use. Just spray it on, then wipe clean with a dry, lint-free cloth. Just make sure you don’t put on too much – if you do, you may find it leaves streaks.
It’s great at getting rid of grime and soap scum. We’ve heard variable reports, though, on its impact when it comes to hard water stains. If those are a problem in your home, you may prefer a product specifically designed to tackle limescale.
One thing to watch out for with this one is that it can leave behind a cloudy film. Just buff the glass with a microfiber cloth to get rid of it.
If you’re sensitive to strong smells, this is a good choice. The fragrance here is very mild.
Cleans and protects your glass in one application
Easy to use – just spray on and wipe off
Mild fragrance won’t irritate sensitive noses
If you spray too much on your glass, you may be left with streaks
Can leave behind a cloudy film – buff with a cloth to get rid of it.
If you want to cut through more serious grime and don’t mind harsher chemicals, Kaboom could be the perfect choice. It uses a foaming formula that changes color. When the foam has turned from blue to white, it’s time to wipe it off.
It comes in a spray can which holds 19 ounces. It’s very easy to apply. Just give it a shake, point it six to eight inches from the surface, and press the nozzle. Then wipe off with a wet cloth or sponge, and rinse the area.
It can be used on shower doors or curtains, as well as ceramic sinks, glazed tiles and chrome. It’s not suitable for acrylic, brass or unsealed natural stone. And if you want to use it on other hard, non-porous surfaces, test it somewhere inconspicuous first.
It’s effective on both soap scum and limescale. If you live in an area with hard water, you won’t have to buy two separate products. And the foam does all the hard work of removing stains for you. When it changes color, just wipe it off – there’s no scrubbing required.
But note that this won’t kill mold or mildew. And it doesn’t have any disinfectant properties.
It leaves behind a pleasant citrus fragrance, so your bathroom will smell clean and fresh.
This comes in an aerosol can, so it needs to be stored safely. Keep it away from extreme temperatures, and ensure the can isn’t pierced or punctured.
Great at removing both soap scum and hard water stains
Color-changing foam lets you know when it’s time to rinse
The bubbles do all the work, so no scrubbing is required
Comes in an aerosol can, so needs more careful storage than spray bottles
CLR Bath and Kitchen Cleaner combines foaming action with spray bottle application. It’s designed to clean multiple surfaces around your bathroom and kitchen, including glass, porcelain and stainless steel.
Cleaning is a simple case of spraying it on your shower door and wiping it over with a damp cloth. And because it foams, it’s great at clinging to vertical surfaces to get them really clean.
It will dissolve soap scum and get rid of calcium and lime deposits too. If you’re in an area where you have hard water, it’s a great choice. It won’t, though, get rid of rust stains. If you have a problem with these, check out CLR’s Calcium, Lime and Rust Remover instead.
As long as your stains haven’t been there for too long, the foaming action will remove them without scrubbing. More stubborn marks, however, may require a little more effort with a scouring pad.
Note that the scent here is quite strong, so if you’re sensitive to odors it won’t be for you. And you should only use it in a well-ventilated area. That’s something to keep in mind in the winter months if you don’t have an extractor fan!
Effective against both soap scum and hard water stains
Foaming action helps it cling to vertical surfaces for better results
Simple to use – just spray on and wipe off.
You may need to do a bit of scrubbing with more stubborn stains
The odor is very strong – use it only in well-ventilated areas.
If you’ve got serious hard water or rust stains on your glass shower door, Brite & Clean is a great choice. You’ll need to put in a bit more effort, but you’ll get impressive results on even the most stubborn stains. It will work on tiles and chrome too.
This product comes in the form of a powder. To use it, wet and wring out a cloth, fold it in half, then apply the powder to the cloth. Now rub it onto the glass.
The abrasive particles in the powder will remove the hard water and rust stains. It can also be used on glass that’s been treated to avoid spotting. Just scrub gently to avoid damaging the coating.
If you’ve got hard core problems with corrosion or etching, you can even use this with a sander! But we wouldn’t recommend that if you want to keep any protective coating on your glass.
It does require a bit more effort than spray on products. There’s no foaming or dissolving stains here, and it won’t cling to vertical surfaces. That does mean you’ll need to put your back into cleaning, especially for tougher stains.
But if you’re prepared to do that, this is effective on rust and hard water marks other products leave behind.
Effective on both hard water and rust stains
Works on chrome and stainless steel as well as glass
Can even be used with a sander for the most serious staining problems
The powder isn’t as easy to apply as products that spray onto your shower door
Eliminate’s foaming cleaner comes in a spray bottle for easy storage and application. You’ll get three 25-ounce bottles in a pack.
It’s powerful and versatile enough to deal with grime, soap scum and mineral deposits from hard water. It will also tackle mildew and mold. If you’re looking for one product that can deal with multiple issues, this is a great choice.
It will work effectively on glass, fiberglass and plexiglass, as well as well as aluminum, stainless steel, brass and chrome. If you want the same product to also clean your basin and tub, this will work on porcelain and ceramic.
But don’t be tempted to spray it on your tiles. It can discolor the grout. And it’s not safe for use on natural stone surfaces.
The spray bottle means this is easy to apply. Just spray it on, then wipe it off. The foaming formula means it will stay put on your shower door without sliding down it.
It leaves behind a pleasant scent of cherries. If you’re sensitive to smells, however, you may find it a little strong.
Cleans dirt, soap scum, hard water stains, mold and mildew
Works on all kinds of glass as well as aluminum, chrome, stainless, steel, brass, porcelain and ceramic
Foaming formula makes it easier to clean vertical surfaces
Arm & Hammer’s Clean Shower is designed to be used every day to keep your shower sparkling clean.
There’s no bleach or ammonia here, so you won’t have to worry about toxic fumes. It’s great at removing both hard water stains and soap scum from shower doors. And it builds up a protective coating that will reduce the amount of soap scum on your surfaces in future too.
Don’t use it on any damaged surfaces, or on natural stone.
It’s available in a refill pack, so you’ll need to have a spray bottle to use with it. Simply spray it on your shower after use. You don’t need to rinse or wipe it off. If you dislike scrubbing your shower door, this could be the perfect buy.
One thing to watch out for, though, is the fragrance. It’s pretty strong. If you’re sensitive to odors, this won’t be the right cleaner for you.
Effectively removes hard water stains and soap scum
Contains no ammonia or bleach
No need to rinse or wipe off after use – just spray and go.
This is a refill pack, so you’ll need your own spray bottle to use with it
The fragrance will be too pungent for those with sensitive nostrils.
If you’re still not sure which is the best shower door cleaner for your home, don’t worry! Our buying guide is here to point you to some factors to consider before you make your choice.
What is your shower door made of?
The first thing to check is what your shower door is made of. Is it glass, fiberglass or plexiglass? And does it have any kind of coating to resist stains?
Make sure that your bathroom cleaner is designed to be used with the surface of your door. If you get the wrong kind, you may find that it scratches or leaves behind a cloudy film.
If your glass is coated to resist stains, take care with cleaners that contain abrasive particles. You may still be able to use them, but don’t apply too much pressure to the glass. The particles can damage the protective coating.
What kinds of stain does it need to tackle?
Next, consider what kinds of stain you need to clean.
Some cleaners are designed to get rid of dirt and soap scum, but won’t touch limescale. If you’re in an area with hard water, look for options that specifically say they’ll deal with this. The bottle could talk about hard water, lime, calcium or mineral deposits.
And if you’ve got a problem with mold or mildew, look for anti-fungal cleaning products. If the bottle doesn’t say it will get rid of mold or mildew, it probably won’t.
What about chemicals?
Finally, consider what kind of chemicals you want in your home. There are some excellent plant-based products available now that contain less harsh substances. And options made with recyclable and biodegradable packaging will help do your bit to protect the planet.
Some cleaning products will give off fumes. If you have a smaller bathroom and don’t have an extractor fan, it may be wise to steer clear. And always read the directions carefully before use.
Last but not least, think about fragrance. A pleasant scent can make your bathroom feel clean, as well as look it. But some products can be overpowering. If you’re sensitive to odors, check reviews before you buy.
Let’s get cleaning!
That brings us to the end of our round-up of the ten best shower door cleaners on the market right now. We hope we’ve helped you choose the perfect option for your bathroom!
Our top pick is Bio Clean’s Hard Water Stain Remover. We love how effective it is at tackling mineral deposits from hard water. Add to that the way it both cleans and protects surfaces, and its eco-friendly credentials, and it’s a real winner.
Whichever option is right for your home, we wish you a clean and fresh shower door. Happy shopping!