It's much easier than you'd think.

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It's no secret that showers can be a cleaner's archnemesis, thanks to the triple threat of moisture, high heat, and residue from soaps and shampoos. Saudia Davis, the CEO of GreenHouse Eco-Cleaning, in Brooklyn, knows this well. But that trifecta, she adds, is often the least of your worries. Perhaps worst of all, minerals in water can deposit cloudy buildup on glass surfaces, even in well-ventilated bathrooms where squeegeeing or wiping down shower walls is second nature.

But don't fret—hope isn't lost entirely. It's absolutely possible to remove the film that these nuisances, from shampoo and soap to hard water, leave behind. Davis suggests this powerful one-two punch: First, put baking soda or Bon Ami powder cleanser ($1.98, target.com) on a microfiber cloth. Then, moisten the product with an equal mixture of water and distilled white vinegar before you smear it all over those glass doors.

It's not enough, however, to smear and swipe away. You need to let your concoction sit in order for it to work effectively. So, spray your mixture with more of the vinegar solution until it becomes lightly saturated. Let everything stand for five minutes, then wipe it away with a soft scrubber. But be sure to avoid steel wool, which can scratch glass.

And if you're simply looking to restore shine? Spritz the surface rubbing alcohol and polish with a clean cloth. Feel free to skip straight to this step if your doors are in good shape but need some help in the glimmer and gleam department.

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Martha Stewart Member
November 13, 2020
Heat one cup vinegar in the microwave for two minutes. Add half a cup of Dawn, or the store brand of Dawn. Gently shake in spray bottle. Wet walls of shower and tub. Spray this concoction on everything. Forget about it for a few hours. Lightly scrub it off with a sponge and rinse. This way you don’t need to make a paste and apply it which is an extra step.
Martha Stewart Member
November 13, 2020
Heat one cup vinegar in the microwave for two minutes. Add half a cup of Dawn, or the store brand of Dawn. Gently shake in spray bottle. Wet walls of shower and tub. Spray this concoction on everything. Forget about it for a few hours. Lightly scrub it off with a sponge and rinse. This way you don’t need to make a paste and apply it which is an extra step.
Martha Stewart Member
October 28, 2020
I have been using a microfiber cloth to wipe the shower doors dry after I shower and have been so surprised and pleased with how clean the doors are when they dry. Cannot believe it took me this long to discover this easy fix. Squeegees never worked and scrubbing was a pain. This is so easy.
Martha Stewart Member
October 27, 2020
After you've got your shower glass sparkling use a windshield rain protector on the glass (Rain X) and your glass will remain clean much longer. Nadine, Ogden, UT