How to Clean Water Marks Off Shower Screens

Updated on April 18, 2019
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Marian often writes about things that she has experienced personally and has researched, in order to share that knowledge with others.

Shower Screens and Doors

If you have an over-the-bath shower that has a screen attached to the bath or you have a separate shower cubicle with glass type doors, then you will know that after a while you will get water drip marks on the side of the screen or door.

Getting these water marks on a shower screen is unavoidable, and you will get more mineral deposits and water marks if you live in a hard water area too. They build up over time and cleaning watermarks off a shower screen with normal cleaning products simply doesn't seem to do the trick, even if they say they are specially designed for removing limescale.

Anyway, there is a simple and cheap way of removing water marks from shower doors as I will show you below.

Use simple household vinegar to clean shower screens
Use simple household vinegar to clean shower screens

A Simple Kitchen Ingredient

So in order to know why this solution works, it is necessary to know what causes these watermarks on your shower screen. The effect is like what happens inside your kettle when the water will form limescale deposits that are difficult to shift.

Well, the answer to cleaning a shower screen door is the same as the way you can clean the limescale out of your kettle, and that is to use common household vinegar!

If you soak a cloth in the vinegar and gradually wipe it over the shower screen, then it will start to shift the water marks. You can also give it a bit of a rub with the vinegar or else leave it to react with the calcium for a short while. You may need a repeat dose of the vinegar to get rid of stubborn watermarks, but the cleaning effect will happen much more quickly than traditional shop built cleaning products.

In this photo taken through the shower door, hopefully you can see the difference between the top of the door that has been cleaned with vinegar and the bottom that hasn't.
In this photo taken through the shower door, hopefully you can see the difference between the top of the door that has been cleaned with vinegar and the bottom that hasn't.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.

Questions & Answers

  • Can I use white vinegar to clean my shower screen, or is malt vinegar better?

    Yes you can use white vinegar - it should work just as well as malt vinegar.

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    • 4wardthinker profile image


      7 years ago from Sierra Nevada CA

      I've tried everything. Even vinegar, but not how you explained. Thank you!!! I will do it over again the right way.

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      Dolores Monet 

      7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I was recently complaining about this very thing and so glad to stumble on this hub. I will try the vinegar treatment!

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      Thomas Mulrooney 

      8 years ago from Burnley, Lancashire, UK

      ...and here's me thinking vinegar only goes on my fish & chips!

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      Marian L 

      8 years ago from UK

      Thanks, vinegar is amazing, I don't actually like it as a food so it is only in my cupboard for cleaning! I'll have to try it with baking soda too.

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      Paul Cronin 

      8 years ago from Winnipeg

      Vinegar is an amazing product, safe to use and combined with baking soda in some cases can clean almost anything. Thanks for sharing your expertise!

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      8 years ago

      Great green info!


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