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How to Clean Glass Shower Doors

How to Clean Glass Shower Doors

This is probably the job I hate most about cleaning the house.   In fact, I know it’s the job I hate most…cleaning the glass shower doors!  Besides this job, I actually like to clean.  It’s relaxing for me and I love a clean house!

But because this is the cleaning job I hate the most, sometimes it gets done every other week.  Which actually makes it that much harder to clean.  I have tried every over the counter product sold in stores.  Nothing seems to really work.  I will say our glass shower doors are old too.  This is the last room in the house that has NOT been remodeled (we are actually starting to look to remodel, yea).  Anyway, since nothing I buy seems to work on the soap scum I decided to make my own homemade cleaner.  Here is what I have tried and have found to work.  If you have any other suggestions or ideas, I would love to hear about them.

Fabric Softener – adding one cup of fabric softener to one liter of warm water is an effective way to get rid of that residue and soap scum on your glass shower door. Simply wipe the mixture on the door and then rinse it off with warm water from your shower.  If you happen to have a dryer and have dryer sheets handy, then wipe the dryer sheets along the shower door. This can also remove the soap scum.

Vinegar – vinegar is the one item that every household should have. It is effective and safe in cleaning a number of different things and your glass shower door is no different. Simply put white vinegar into a spray bottle and spray onto the shower door. Scrub the mixture onto the screen with a nonscratch pad before rinsing off with warm water. Make sure you label the spray bottle so that you know what item is in there. You don’t want your kids to find the spray bottle and assume it is water.

Lemon Juice and Salt – this is the most effective option if your glass shower doorframes are made out of metal. Over time you may notice that rust forms, which can make your shower, look dirty and old as well. Combine one tablespoon of lemon juice to two tablespoons of salt and form a paste. Using a toothbrush, scrub the mixture into the corners where the rust is forming. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes before rinsing it off with warm water.  I found this to really work well on our metal area.

Do you have any other suggestions about cleaning glass shower doors?  Is it the chore you hate the most?  We would love to hear from you!

Happy Cleaning!

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Tips for Cleaning Windows

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It’s getting to be that time of year here in Phoenix, AZ.   The weather is nice and most of the rain is done until the summer monsoon season (I hope).  So I decided to clean the windows.   Now this is a big task in my house.   The back of the house is all large sliding glass doors that is in our bedroom, living room, family room and the kids toy room.   It’s basically a U shape of windows! UGH!

So with yesterday being the first day of spring, I tackled the windows.   Doing the windows yourself can be very easy and doesn’t have cost that much at all.   In fact, I make a homemade window cleaner and it works better than any store bought brand.    Plus, you probably have everything you need already at home.

Here are a few tips to make cleaning the windows easy:

  • Don’t clean windows in direct sunlight – the window may dry too fast and streak.
  • Exterior windows should be cleaned first.   Use a hose to remove grease, dust and grime first.
  • Wash windows side to side on the inside and up to down on the outside. If there are streaks, you will know which side they are on.
  • Outside screens can be scrubbed with warm water and rinsed with clean water. Allow to air dry.
  • Squeegees do not work on textured or stained glass windows.
  • Choose a “hard” paper towel (soft ones leave lint) or cotton cloths such as old t-shirt or socks.

Homemade Window Cleaning recipes:   I like recipe #1 the best!

#1

2 cups water
3 TBS vinegar
1/2 tsp dish detergent (liquid)

#2

2 cups rubbing alcohol (70 percent isopropyl)
3/4 gallon of water
–mix together than add
1/2 cup ammonia
1 tsp dish detergent (liquid)
top with water until you have 1 gallon

#3

1 gallon water
1/4 cup vinegar
2 TBS lemon juice
squirt dish detergent (liquid)

#4

2 TBSP cornstarch
1/2 cup household ammonia
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 gallon warm water

  • Mix the ingredients in a bucket, make sure cornstarch is thoroughly dissolved before using.

#5

1 gallon water
1 cup vinegar
2 TBS cornstarch

  • Mix until cornstarch is thoroughly dissolved.
Tips for Cleaning Windows

Tips for Cleaning Windows

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Hello and welcome! I am a 40 something year old mom of two boys, living in Scottsdale, AZ with my husband Al. I started My Baby Pajamas in 2007 and have watched it grow and mature. I love to blog but am not much of a writer per say. I am a avid runner and love to compete in races. I like my yoga HOT and love to hike with my family and our pit bull mix dog, Chance. My favorite time is hanging with my family and cooking homemade dinners and hearing about everyone's day while my husband and I enjoy a glass of wine.

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