How to Remove Hard Water Stains from a Glass Shower
It's much easier than you'd think.
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.