The 9 Best Cleaners for Glass Shower Doors of 2022

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Glass shower doors can accumulate soap scum, water spots, and other mineral buildup. These pesky residues can make an otherwise sparkling bathroom look dirty. After a relaxing shower, the last thing you probably want to do is scrub away soap scum. But consistent cleaning with the right tools will make the job easier and keep future buildup at bay. According to Samara Geller, a senior research and database analyst who manages the EWG Guide to Heathy Cleaners and EWG VERIFIED Cleaners: “The more someone follows a routine to prevent mold, mildew, and soap-scum from forming, the less likely they will need to resort to a heavy-duty acid-based cleaner or need to use them as frequently.” 

When purchasing a shower door cleaner, you’ll want to consider its cleaning abilities as well the scent. Some formulas deliver a deep clean, while others are best suited for light-duty daily maintenance. Natural formulas—free from bleach, chloride, acids, and other harsh ingredients—tend to leave a fresh, pleasant smell rather than an overpowering chemical scent. Products with an EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) Safer Choice certified logo may be safer than other brands on the market. 

We’ve rounded up the best cleaners for glass shower doors and your specific cleaning needs. Here are our top picks.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Rejuvenate No Scrub Soap Scum Remover

4.8
Rejuvenate Scrub Free Soap Scum Remover Shower Glass Door Cleaner

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • No-scrub formula

  • Can be used on multiple surfaces

  • Ultra-clear, streak-free finish

What We Don't Like
  • Works best with a removable shower head

For tackling soap scum and other buildup in your shower, Rejuvenate No Scrub is our top pick. This award-winning cleaning product is non-abrasive, so it can be used on showers with stone tile. It quickly dissolves mineral buildup and water spots, leaving glass looking crystal-clear, shiny, and streak-free. 

Rejuvenate No Scrub’s ease of use is another big selling point. As the name suggests, no scrubbing is needed. Just spray it on your shower in an even layer, let it sit for three minutes, and wipe it away or, if you have a removable shower head, rinse it off. This cleaner can be used on ceramic tile, fiberglass, natural stone, plastic, chrome, and porcelain, so you can clean multiple surfaces in your bathroom in one swoop.

Amount: 11.62 ounces | Dimensions: 2 x 4 x 11 inches | EPA Safer Choice: No | Scent: N/A

Best Budget: CLR Multi-Use Calcium, Lime & Rust Remover

Multi-Use Calcium, Lime & Rust Remover

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Great value

  • Can be used on multiple surfaces

What We Don't Like
  • Doesn't come in a spray bottle

Despite its inexpensive price tag, this industrial-strength solution quickly removes soap scum, calcium, lime, and hard water deposits from glass and fiberglass. This 28-ounce jug of CLR only costs about $5, but it gets shower doors immaculately clean. Since it’s safe to use on plastic, ceramic tile, stainless steel, and porcelain, you can use it to clean most of your bathroom, except stone counters or tile. Approved by the EPA's Safer Choice Program, CLR contains no ammonia, bleach, or phosphates. 

Unlike most of the other top picks in this roundup, CLR isn’t available in a spray formula. Instead, it needs to be mixed with equal parts warm water and applied with a cloth, sponge, or brush. According to the manufacturer, CLR should be used in a well-ventilated area and never mixed with other household cleaners.

Amount: 28 ounces | Dimensions: 8.1 x 2.1 x 5.25 inches | EPA Safer Choice: Yes | Scent: Slightly acidic

Best Eco-Friendly: Better Life Natural Streak Free Glass Cleaner

Better Life Natural Streak Free Glass Cleaner

Amazon

What We Like
  • Biodegradable formula

  • Scent-free formula with no fumes

What We Don't Like
  • Doesn’t always deliver a streak-free finish

This eco-friendly shower cleaner is specially formulated for glass and mirrored surfaces. It removes fingerprints, greasy smudges, water spots, and dirt while leaving behind shiny, clean glass. To use, you simply spray the cleaner and wipe it away with a dry cloth or paper or towel. 

Better Life’s plant-derived cleaning solution doesn’t contain dyes, sulfates, or synthetic fragrances. The packaging is made from recyclable materials, and their formulas are biodegradable. For these reasons, Better Life’s Natural Glass Cleaner is our top choice for environmentally conscious consumers. This particular formula is also fragrance-free, so whether you're avoiding fragrances in your home altogether or you just don't want multiple fragrances competing in a small space like a bathroom, this cleaner has you covered.

Amount: 32 ounces each | Dimensions: 3.45 x 3.45 x 10 inches | EPA Safer Choice: No | Scent: Fragrance-free

Best Streak-Free: HOPE'S Perfect Glass 100% Streak-Free Glass Cleaner

Perfect Glass 100% Streak-Free Glass Cleaner

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Ultra-clear, streak-free finish

  • Can be used on multiple surfaces

What We Don't Like
  • Not specifically formulated for soap stains

Not every glass cleaner delivers a truly streak-free finish, but Perfect Glass lives up to the promise. This no-residue formula is highly effective at removing stains, smudges, and dullness from shower doors. This ammonia-free cleaner is incredibly versatile and can be used on a variety of materials, including windows, mirrors, glass cooktops, light fixtures, and device screens. It's not recommended for non-glass surfaces and isn't formulated to clean mold or mildew, so you may want to use it as the last step in your cleaning process, after you've deep cleaned your shower.

Amount: 32 ounces spray bottle and 67.6 ounces refill bottle | Dimensions: 12.2 x 10.79 x 3.43 inches | EPA Safer Choice: No | Scent: No listed

Best for Hard Water: Bio-Clean Hard Water Stain Remover

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Bio-Clean Hard Water Stain Remover

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Biodegradable

  • Comes with brush heads and sealant

  • Scrubs and spreads easy

What We Don't Like
  • Labor-intensive cleaning process

  • Abrasive, can scratch soft surfaces

This industrial-strength cleaner from Bio-Clean is specially formulated to remove mineral deposits caused by hard water. You can purchase an individual bottle of the cleaner or an entire kit if you need to bring out the big guns. The kit includes three brushes, which can be attached to an electric drill for extra scrubbing, as well as a silicone sealant to protect glass from future staining. It will also remove stains caused by mold, mildew, limescale, and rust.

Bio-Clean’s powerful solution will require some elbow grease, so the extra scrubbers can come in handy. The formula is abrasive, but it is biodegradable. That being said, you should avoid using it on soft surfaces and any items that scratch easily. When it doubt, do a spot test to see if the abrasiveness is too rough on other materials in your home.

Amount: 40 ounces | Dimensions: 8 x 8 x 8 inches | EPA Safer Choice: No | Scent: N/A

What Testers Say

"Once you’ve extracted the cleaner, it scrubs and spreads well—so, while you have to use more cleaner than you would with a spray, you still get a lot for your money. To get full use of this product, however, you need a drill to attach the brushes to. It takes the sweat out of the job and quickly rids your shower door of any cloudiness." — Stacey L. Nash, Product Tester

Best for Soap Scum: Clean-X Repel Glass & Surface Cleaner

Repel Glass & Surface Cleaner

Courtesy of The Home Depot

What We Like
  • Can be used on multiple surfaces

  • Leave an invisible repellent coating

What We Don't Like
  • May need to wipe twice for no streaks

This dual-purpose cleaner from Repel makes cleaning shower doors less of a hassle. Not only does it quickly dissolve soap scum and other grime, but it also coats the glass with a protective layer to prevent future water stains and buildup. The spray and wipe formula is easy to apply, and no scrubbing is required, but you will need to wipe it thoroughly to make sure you don't leave streaks behind.

Since Clean-X is safe to use on other hard surfaces like wall tile and chrome fixtures, you can spruce up your entire bathroom and keep it looking clean for longer.

Amount: 25 ounces each | Dimensions: 0.75 x 6.97 x 6.89 inches | EPA Safer Choice: No | Scent: Cherry

Best for Septic Systems: A-MAZ Clean & Green Water Stain Remover

: A-MAZ Clean & Green Water Stain Remover

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Biodegradable and septic-safe

  • No unpleasant fumes

  • Includes a sponge pad for easier application

What We Don't Like
  • Doesn't come in a spray bottle

If you have a septic system, a septic-safe cleaner like A-MAZ is a must. This biodegradable cleaner penetrates the surface layer, removes stubborn stains, and restores glass to its original condition. It effectively lifts soap scum and water spots without scratching or damaging delicate surfaces, but it will remove paint, so be careful testing it out on new surfaces besides glass or ceramic.

Formulated without bleach or acids, it is safe to use in non-ventilated areas without a mask or gloves. Note that A-MAZ doesn’t come in a spray bottle; it is a paste that needs to be applied and scrubbed in to work properly. One scrub pad is included for added convenience.

Amount: 14 ounces each | Dimensions: 4 x 4 x 3 inches | EPA Safer Choice: No | Scent: N/A

Best for Daily Use: Clean Shower Daily Shower Cleaner 2 Pack

Daily Shower Cleaner

Courtesy of Target

What We Like
  • Formulated for daily use

  • Can be used on multiple surfaces

What We Don't Like
  • Better at prevention than cleaning existing stains

This daily cleaner is designed specifically to prevent the buildup of water spots, soap, scum, and limescale. Because it doesn't need to be wiped away or rinsed, you can just spray down your shower at the end of every day to prevent buildup between bathroom cleanings. It also works on bathtubs, tile, walls, and even shower curtains, allowing you to tackle multiple surfaces in one pass.

This product is ideal for daily maintenance and light cleaning jobs, but it’s not all that effective on long-standing dirt and grime. For tough stains and hard water residue, you’ll need something more powerful. 

Amount: 32 ounces each | Dimensions: 10.7 x 4 x 9.6 inches | EPA Safer Choice: No | Scent: Fresh Scent

Best Multipurpose: Kaboom Foam-Tastic Bathroom Cleaner with OxiClean

 Kaboom Foam Tastic Bathroom Cleaner with OxiClean

Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Can be used on multiple surfaces

  • Requires minimal scrubbing 

What We Don't Like
  • Strong chemical smell

This highly versatile bathroom can be used on shower doors, tubs, ceramic tile, fiberglass, sinks, countertops, chrome fixtures, and more. With its blue foam, Kaboom works on contact to dissolve soap scum and hard water stains and it's easy to see where you've actually cleaned. The thick formula stays put and doesn’t drip, so you can control where you're concentrating your efforts. 

Kaboom is a bleach-based formula infused with a citrus scent, but the smell can be overpowering for some. Be very careful to not use Kaboom with ammonia-based cleaners, and as with most cleaning solutions, you should use it in a well-ventilated area.

Amount: 19 ounces each | Dimensions: 2.69 x 2.69 x 9.63 inches | EPA Safer Choice: No | Scent: Lemon

Final Verdict

Rejuvenate No Scrub Soap Scum Remover (view at Amazon) is our top pick for an all-around amazing glass shower door cleaner. This scrub-free formula is effective at removing soap scum, water spots, limescale, and other residues almost immediately. If you need something a bit more powerful, consider CLR Calcium, Lime & Rust Remover (view at Amazon). This industrial-strength solution is very affordably priced—and it will get your shower door immaculately clean.

What to Look for in a Cleaner for Glass Shower Doors

Cleaning Abilities 

Ammonia, isopropyl alcohol, oxygen bleach, white vinegar, and citric acid are some of the most common active ingredients found in glass shower door cleaners. Ammonia and isopropyl alcohol are best known for their ability to cut through grease, kill germs, and achieve a streak-free shine.

Oxygen bleach effectively removes soap scum and other stains; it is gentler and more environmentally friendly than chlorine bleach. Both white vinegar and citric acid are natural, eco-friendly solutions for removing soap scum and breaking down hard residue. 

EPA Safer Choice 

Products with this EPA-certified logo contain ingredients that are safer for humans and the environment. Glass shower door cleaners are categorized under Tub/Tile Cleaners. Only a few shower cleaners in this roundup are listed, but that doesn’t mean other products are necessarily bad or unsafe. Participation in the Safer Choice program is completely voluntary.

Scent 

Glass shower door cleaners come in a variety of scents, which can be chemically or naturally derived. Naturally derived fragrances are often created using essential oils; they tend to have a fresh and subtle smell. Cleaning products that contain ammonia, bleach, and other harsh chemicals could have an overpowering scent. If you're sensitive to smells, a fragrance-free formula would be your best bet. It’s always a good idea to properly ventilate your bathroom when using a glass cleaner. A helpful tip from Samara Geller: “One way to reduce the amount of product that becomes airborne when releasing it from the bottle or container is to spray, or tap in the case of powder, into a cloth or sponge rather than directly on the surface.”

FAQ
  • How do you clean cloudy shower glass?

    Cloudy glass is often the result of hard water, which contains minerals such as calcium and lime. These minerals can leave behind deposits and water spots, forming an unsightly film on your shower doors. If accumulated on the glass for too long, hard water and soapy buildup can cause etching, which is permanent and irreversible damage. A deep-cleaning will eliminate buildup, but it won’t remove etching. 

    Daily maintenance will cut down on deep cleanings and prevent the glass from clouding. Samara Geller advises, “The best way to cut down on the time, elbow grease, and amount of product needed to get the job done is to either rinse the shower of soap residue or use a squeegee or clean towel to dry the area after showering or bathing.” You can also use a daily shower spray to prevent stains and buildup.

  • How do you get hard water stains off glass shower doors?

    A product that’s specially formulated for hard water residue should do the trick. Bio-Clean Hard Water Stain Remover, an abrasive formula that requires some scrubbing, is the most effective. As an alternative, you can also make your own cleaning solution using common household ingredients. Distilled white vinegar, as well as fresh lemon or lime juice, will help break down mineral buildup.

  • Should you remove glass shower doors to clean them?

    Unless you’re an experienced do-it-yourselfer, it’s probably best not to remove shower doors from their track. Glass doors can be heavy, and they’re usually screwed into the door frame. To clean shower door tracks, you can use distilled white vinegar and a toothbrush.

Why Trust The Spruce?

This article was written by Sage McHugh, a home and lifestyle writer who has been contributing to The Spruce since 2019. To select the best cleaners for glass shower doors, she considered dozens of products, carefully evaluating their cleaning abilities. Sage consulted hundreds of customer reviews, as well as write-ups from third-party websites. For expert insight, she consulted with Samara Geller, a senior research and database analyst for the EWG.

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