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 with a screen attached to the bath, or you have a separate shower cubicle with glass doors, you're familiar with the water drip marks that show up on the side of the screen or door after a while.
Getting these watermarks on a shower screen is unavoidable, and you will get more mineral deposits and watermarks 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 watermarks from shower doors.
Vinegar Will Help!
So to know how the solution works, it is necessary to know what causes these watermarks on your shower screen. The effect is similar to 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, it will shift the watermarks. 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.
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
Question: Can I use white vinegar to clean my shower screen, or is malt vinegar better?
Answer: Yes you can use white vinegar - it should work just as well as malt vinegar.
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4wardthinker from Sierra Nevada CA on May 11, 2013:
I've tried everything. Even vinegar, but not how you explained. Thank you!!! I will do it over again the right way.
Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on October 08, 2012:
I was recently complaining about this very thing and so glad to stumble on this hub. I will try the vinegar treatment!
Thomas Mulrooney from Burnley, Lancashire, UK on March 22, 2012:
...and here's me thinking vinegar only goes on my fish & chips!
Marian L (author) from UK on October 06, 2011:
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.
Paul Cronin from Winnipeg on October 06, 2011:
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!
jenubouka on October 06, 2011:
Great green info!