How to Clean Glass Shower Doors with Vinegar and Dawn?

No one likes to see soap scum or shower grim when they enter the shower for a satisfactory bath. And when you have glass shower doors for a fancier of an experience then, an unclean door is just a deal-breaker. You need not worry anymore. Because you will never have to have that experience again, as you can easily get it cleaned with a homemade solvent like vinegar-dawn solution. So let us walk you through how to clean glass shower doors with vinegar and dawn.

How to make vinegar-dawn cleaner?

The vinegar-dawn cleaner is a revolutionary homemade cleaner for cleaning glass doors, windows, mirrors and shiny metallic surfaces as well as tiles. And all you need is three ingredients to make the solution that eases up your work like wonders.


  • 1 cup of Dawn cleaner
  • 1 cup of white vinegar
  • Water (if needed)


Take a heat-protective glass bowl and pour the same amount of vinegar and Dawn into it (depending on your need), in this case, we are taking 1 cup each. Stir it well. If the Dawn consistency is too thick, then add ¼ cup of water or white vinegar to it. Now, heat it up on the stove or in the microwave. Make sure the mixture does not boil. If it gets to boiling point remove it off the stove/oven then stir and put it back on. In this way, heat it up for 2-3 minutes without boiling, then finally turn the heat off and set the bowl aside to cool down. When it cools down a bit, pour it in a spray bottle using a funnel to avoid mess. Shake it well to make the solution mix well. After it completely cools off, it is ready to clean your shower glass door.

Tools needed:

  • Vinegar-Dawn cleaner,
  • Microfiber cloth/towel, or non-scratchy sponge,
  • Squeegee, and
  • Water.

How To Clean Glass Shower Doors With Vinegar And Dawn?

Now that we know how to make the vinegar-dawn cleaner and which tools and accessories we will be needed, all that is left is to clean the door. The glass shower doors are a pretty trendy and high fashion decision. And for a household choice to get shower doors, you surely do not Want to walk into soap scum and shower grim. So without delaying any further, let’s jump right into it.

Step#01- Making Sure the Door Is Completely Dry

The perfect time for cleaning the shower door has to be at least 2 hours before and after the shower area has been used. It is to make sure the glass door is dry. If the shower door is not completely dry the vinegar-dawn cleaner would slide off with water and would not clean scums and grim as effectively. If you are in a rush to get it clean, why blow dryer to give the drying process a kick start. Then you can easily move on to the next step.

Step#2- Using The Solution

Now that the shower door is dry, you have to spray the vinegar-dawn solution all over it. Cover top to bottom, especially on the marks. Leave it on for three to five minutes or so. The vinegar and dawn component will soak and loosen the dirt off the door surface. It will make the cleaning process easy and convenient. One word of a tip, do not leave it on for too long. It will dry out and will take more time and energy to get off. You may need to harshly scrub it off which can leave marks. So it would be best if you keep the solution on for 3 minutes or less than five minutes.

Step#3- Clean the Solution Off

When your homemade cleaner has rested on the door for about 3 minutes, you have to scrub it off using a damp non-scratchy sponge or the microfiber cloth. This is how you do it- First soak the cloth/sponge in water then gently wipe the vinegar-dawn solution off the door. clean the door thoroughly, you will see the dirt coming right off while doing so. Try to cover each and every corner of the door. If the door is too big, you will have to go wash and drench the dirt from the cloth or sponge halfway through the cleaning process, then use it again to clean the other half portion.

Step#4- Rinsing

The final step of this cleaning process is rinsing the door with water. For this step, you will need the squeegee. Use the shower spray to rinse the door and use the squeegee to wipe down the water drops. This will prevent the door from forming hard watermarks. And with this one final step, your shower door is completely clean now, as good as new and shining.


The only thing you need to be cautious about is your eyes. While using the spray bottle, even when preparing the vinegar-dawn solution, you have to be careful about your eyes. These substances can cause burning and irritation if they get in contact with the eye. So it would be best to use protective goggles throughout the cleaning process because you can never be too careful. Also, use protective rubber gloves for utmost safety surety.

Alternate ways to clean shower door

Yes, there are some alternate ways to get the shower door clean like using baking soda and vinegar solution, store-bought glass cleaner, vinegar and water solution, etc. Let’s look at them for a moment.

Baking soda and vinegar solution

To make the soda vinegar solution you would need one part baking soda powder and 3 part vinegar. Before adding the ingredients to a bowl, heat up the vinegar (do not boil) then add it to the baking powder. Mix it well. Then use a sponge or brush to spread it on the shower door, especially on the dirt marks. Let it sit for 10 minutes then scrub it off. Finally, rinse the dirt with water and use a squeegee to clean the water drops.

Glass cleaner

Chemical Glass cleaner is a more easy and costly way to do it. You can find a decent glass cleaner from $5-$15. You have to spray in the marks and wipe it 9ff with a microfiber cloth. The only issue with this option is the chemicals sometimes leave white residue on the glass. Also, who wants a chemical smell in their bathroom. So it 8s the least suggested way to clean glass shower doors for homemakers.

Vinegar-water solution

Only vinegar and water solution would also work for the purpose. Make a one-part vinegar and three-part water solution. Put it in a spray bottle and spray it all over the door. Let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes then scrub the marks off the acidic component of vinegar helps to get the marks off.

Bottom Line

So in fine, we can say that the most convenient way to clean your shower door is cleaning it using the vinegar-dawn cleaner. The process is easy, less time-consuming and results are accurate. The reason for using vinegar is that it has such a powerful acidic nature which can dissolve mineral deposits, dirt, grease, and grime. And dishwashers like Dawn are a mild cleaner, so it cleans off the grim scum grease without causing any harm to glass doors. So, this is how to clean glass shower doors with vinegar and dawn.