Glass is a common feature in every home. It lets light in, opens up a room and, unfortunately, gets dirty fast.
There may be no better example of this than glass shower screens. Why? Because glass shower screens take on soap scum day-in and day-out. Sure, they provide a modern, fashionable look without taking up extra space. But people who own glass shower screens seem to agree: it’s inevitable that eventually it will look fully crystallized in soap scum.
So let’s use glass shower screens as our target. Rest assured, if these all natural glass cleaners can cut through soap scum, they can clean anything the rest of your glass is up against.
The easiest way is to wipe your glass shower screen down after each and every shower. If the combination of hard water and soap isn’t on the glass, it can’t cause a problem. But who has the time to do that after every shower? Instead, get a spray bottle and mix two parts white vinegar with one part water.
After every shower, simply spray your glass shower down. If you have a squeegee to use, so much the better. Just keep the spray bottle in the shower and you’ll have a reminder to do it every time. For the rest of your house, some daily—or even just weekly—maintenance with this cheap, all-natural solution will keep your glass looking great.
Heavy Duty Cleaning
While that solution is a great method for prevention, if soap scum has been building up for a while, it’s better to bring in the big guns first.
For that, combine 2 teaspoons of borax, a teaspoon of castile soap, ¾ cup white vinegar, 1 ½ cup hot water and 10 drops of tea tree oil in a spray bottle and shake it together. Spray the soap scum down and give it time to penetrate. Follow it up with a brush or sponge to make sure the solution gets worked in and then rinse off and dry.
Now, maybe it’s really bad. Maybe you just moved in and the shower screen is almost impossible to see through. Here’s the all-natural formula for that: ¾ cup baking soda, 5 drops of tea tree oil, 5 drops of lemon, lemongrass or sweet orange oil and enough liquid castile soap to form a paste.
Mix the castile soap and baking soda first, slowly adding the soap until a paste is formed. Then, mix in the other ingredients. Use a sponge to apply it to your shower screen and after five or ten minutes, spray with vinegar and wipe it down with a sponge. Then rinse and dry off.
Remember, these solutions will work on any glass in your home, not just those in your bathroom. Shower screens simply serve as a great demonstration because they get soap scum on a regular basis. But as I said before, if a solution can clean soap scum, it can certainly cut through anything the rest of your household glass takes on.
Louisa Jenkins is a home improvement blogger. She offers advice on everything from natural remedies for cleaning shower screens, to picking out the best table for your dining room.