How To Clean Your Glass Shower Door With A Lemon & Salt

showerA couple of weeks ago my hubby was complaining about the “scum” on the inside of the glass shower door in our bathroom. Even though we squeegee the door after we shower (well, 8 1/2 times out of 10)…it always seems to build up.
I remembered reading SOMETHING about CITRUS and SALT and cleaning the BATHROOM…but that’s about all I could remember. I searched and searched for it again online…but to no avail. (I’m sure it’s lurking on someone’s Pinterest board somewhere!)

The closest I could come up with was this post at about How To Clean Your Bathtub With A Grapefruit & Salt. Close enough for me. I could improvise.

Since it was the hubster that was complaining about it, I armed him witha small bowl of kosher salt and a lemon, cut in half, and told him to knock himself out. To my surprise, he took the supplies without argument and went and took a shower! Men, they’re such multi-taskers.

I usually try and take pictures to document the success (or failure) of my “projects”, but there was nudity involved and no one needs to see that…this is a family blog afterall! ;-)

Suffice it to say, it worked very well! I wouldn’t put it on par with my “Miracle Cleaner“, but it worked better than anything else I’ve tried, and with minimal elbow grease involved.

Just dip that lemon in the bowl of salt, rub on the scummy glass, let sit while you shampoo and condition, then rinse off. The lemon juice, with the help of the abrasiveness of the salt literally eats the soap scum!


I have since read in more than a few places that putting lemon oil on the glass after you’ve cleaned it helps a great deal in KEEPING the glass scum-free. That is next on my list.


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  1. shel says

    I have used lemon pledge before. It seems to do a good job. Maybe there is lemon oil in it because I only do it once a month and even then it is not that bad. We do not squeegee either. I will try this! I think natural is better. Thanks!!

  2. Kay Walker says

    The lemon juice and salt worked wonders on my shower door!!! My husband and I were at our wits end trying to figure out how to get it clean. Thanks so much for the solution!!!

  3. Leah says

    Trixie, try wal-mart, local grocery store, or even Amazon. You can make lemon oil, which is very potent if used just after making but it would require a lot of lemons (100+) to get even an ounce of oil.

  4. Trixie says

    OK, I know this is an old post but your blog is so awesome that I just come here whenever I have a few minutes (or when I’m procrastinating – hahaha) and today I found this one. My question is, where would I purchase lemon oil? Thanks!

  5. says

    I had the same problem with my shower door… And hubby will NOT squeegee so it gets bad rather quickly. I searched the net over and found that smooth cooktop cleaner works like a charm. Apply it with a damp or dry cloth and buff it off with a dry cloth. Works every time. If you have a particularly dirty shower door you can add some baking soda to the cooktop cleaner for extra scrub power.

  6. Sue says

    I just put a little baby oil on a wet rag and wipe away. Fast and amazing results.

  7. Laura says

    One question b/c I am about to try this but I do not have kosher salt. Does it HAVE to be kosher salt or can it be regular salt?

    • says

      Laura, you could definitely use regular salt….just won’t be QUITE as abrasive. Might have to use a little more elbow grease. ;-)

  8. Anonymous says

    We used the same mix to clean the inside of coffee pots at the restaurant I worked at. We would put a 1/2 lemon, ice and salt and swirl it around, and voila the coffee stains were gone.

  9. Michelle says

    I used goo gone and a magic eraser on one of the worst ever tubs and shower doors i had ever seen and then finished with kaaboom and talk about a new look everyone was amazed