How to easily remove hard water spots on glass shower doors

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Cleaning your bathroom can be a big job, especially when you have glass shower doors. If you have a shower curtain, you don't need to clean it off nearly as much as your glass shower doors since the glass is prone to collecting soap residue and dreaded hard water deposits. If they remain long enough, hard water stains are very difficult to get rid of. Hard water spots are due to the minerals in hard water. Since hard water is filtered through lime to get rid of contaminants, it adds calcium and magnesium minerals to the water. When hard water is left on any surface, it will evaporate, and the minerals will be left behind causing the hardened deposits. You could say that you could avoid these hard water stains altogether by not allowing the water to sit on any surface, but it can be difficult to keep things dry in the bathroom. You can get a squeegee for your shower area, that you can use to clear the water off of the glass doors and walls. Or you can towel off the inside of your shower when you're done. But sometimes these hard water stains will still find a way to appear on these surfaces.

You ultimately need a glass door cleaner that's going to work to break down the hard water deposits effectively. Vinegar is great because it's naturally very acidic, so the acids will work to break down the calcium and magnesium that cause the hard water deposits on your shower doors. Just make a mixture of half white distilled vinegar and half water, some lemon juice and a paste made of 1 part vinegar and 3 parts baking soda. You can use a sponge to distribute the vinegar and water mixture all over the shower area, or you can put it in a spray bottle and spray it all over the shower area focusing on the shower doors. This will not only work as a glass door cleaner but as a tile and bathtub cleaner as well. Once you have a good amount of the solution sprayed all over the shower area, you can put on the paste made of vinegar and baking soda. Put it all over the area with a sponge and scrub a bit as you go to break down the hard water stains. Then, leave the two solutions on the shower for at least a couple of hours or over night if you can. Once you've let the solutions sit, you can then take a scrubbing pad and start to scrub away at the shower door and the walls. You can use more of the vinegar and water to get it wet again.

Once you've scrubbed enough, just rinse your entire shower area with your detachable shower head or with an empty bucket or watering can to rinse off all of the cleaning solutions. If you see that there are still areas of your shower that need more scrubbing you can reapply the solutions and repeat the process until your shower is hard water stain free. If you have some pretty old hard water stains, it may take a few tries to get the desired results so just keep repeating the process for the best results. If you don't like having hard water, you can also purchase a water softener which removes the minerals from the water to give you a "softer" water. The softer water also makes it easier for your shampoos and soaps to suds up better, and it also leaves your hair less dried out than hard water may. Try this and other great cleaning tips from City Wide Plumbing Pros.***

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