How to Clean Shower Doors with WD-40 (+ Glass Doors)

Shower doors easily accumulate dirt from soap scum, hair conditioners, mold, shampoos, body washes, bath bombs, mildew and hard water. While each type of dirt needs a specific cleaner, you can use WD-40 (Water Displacement 40th Formula) to clean your shower doors in a few steps. 

To clean shower doors with WD-40, spray the doors with WD-40 then wait for 15 before wiping it off with a microfiber clothing. WD-40 breaks down tough stains making it easy to clean them. WD-40 is preferred since it works on all types of stains and surfaces and has no bad smell.

How to Clean Shower Doors with WD-40

When comparing shower doors and shower curtains, shower doors are preferred over shower curtains mainly due to their ease of cleaning and solid nature which keeps water within a certain area much easier. With WD-40 on your side, cleaning glass shower doors is much easier and faster than ever. WD-40 is also used to clean many areas and stains such as bathroom windows, soap scum, hard water stains, shower pans, and floors.

How to Clean Shower Doors with WD-40

WD-40 can be used to clean shower doors in the following steps:

  1. Spray the shower doors with a reasonable coat of WD-40 then leave to work on the dirt for at least 15 minutes. 
  2. Wipe the door with a clean piece of cloth. Microfiber cloths are preferred but any clean piece of cloth will do the job. 
  3. Repeat the process as many times as you want if the dirt doesn’t come off with the first wiping. 
  4. Use a plastic scrapper or sponge to remove any stubborn stains. 
  5. Wipe the floor to remove any WD-40 that would have dripped on it to prevent slipping and falls. Avoid rinsing it with water since the layer of WD-40 on the shower will keep dirt off. 

This procedure is also used to clean glass shower doors with WD-40. Keep the shower doors clean by wiping them dry after each shower. Use WD-40 on glass shower doors as soon as they get dirty or on a weekly basis.

Safety Precautions When Using WD-40

As you clean your shower doors with WD-40, keep the following precautions in mind:

  • Use a facemask to cover your mouth and nose to prevent inhaling the WD-40. 
  • Put on rubber gloves. 
  • Keep the working area ventilated either by opening the windows and doors, or turning on a ventilation fan. 
  • Avoid using rough items to clean the shower doors as they might damage the doors. 

These are standard safety precautions for when you’re cleaning your bathroom with any commercial or homemade cleaners. When cleaning a shower screen with WD-40, these precautions will keep you safe.

Alternatives to WD-40 for Cleaning Shower Doors

If you don’t have WD-40 around to clean your shower doors, you can use a few other cleaners and solutions with great results. Some good alternatives to WD-40 for cleaning shower doors include:

1. Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide

Add a few hydrogen peroxide drops to 3 tablespoons of baking soda to make a paste. Apply the paste to the door then scrub it after 15 minutes with a soft-bristled brush. Rinse and pat dry. 

Hydrogen peroxide is also used to get rid of black mold on shower sealants.

2. White Vinegar and Water

Spray a mixture of white vinegar and water mixed in equal parts on the shower door. After 15 minutes, scrub the door with a soft-bristled brush then rinse and pat the doors dry. 

3. Baking Soda and White Vinegar

Make a paste with the baking soda and white vinegar by adding white vinegar to a few tablespoons of baking soda until you make a consistent paste. Apply the paste to the shower door then give it 15 minutes. Scrub with a soft-bristled brush then rinse and pat dry. 

Other alternatives to WD-40 for cleaning shower doors include:

  • Lemon Pledge
  • Pam Cooking Spray
  • Dawn and white vinegar
  • Rain-X
  • Corn starch
  • Lemon juice
  • Dryer sheets
  • Vinegar 
  • Jet Dry and Dawn
  • Salt and grapefruit
  • Epson salts
  • Essential oils
  • Mr. Clean Magic Erasers

WD-40 does not attract dirt. However, you need to wipe it off any surface you applied it to when cleaning. 

Tips to Keep Shower Doors Clean

Besides cleaning your shower doors with WD-40 and its alternatives, keep these tips in mind for clean shower doors:

  • Dry the shower doors and walls after using the shower to keep off the soap scum and dirt in general. 
  • Be careful with some cleaners as they can damage certain surfaces. Do some research to ascertain whether a certain cleaner can be used with a certain surface before using it. 
  • Always treat any signs of mold and mildew such as a musty smell or greenish hue on surfaces with a mold inhibitor, bleach or vinegar solution. To clean mold in the shower drain, make a paste with baking soda and vinegar, scrub and flush with hot water.

These tips help reduce the amount of work you will be doing in the bathroom each time you clean it. 

FAQs

Does WD-40 keep hard water stains off glass shower doors?

WD-40 removes hard water stains off glass shower doors and mirrors. Simply spray the WD-40 on the glass shower door then wipe it off with a clean and dry piece of cloth. 

What removes hard water stains from glass shower doors?

You remove hard water stains from glass shower doors using either WD-40, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and white vinegar, and white vinegar and water. Apply the cleaner, leave it for 15 minutes then scrub or wipe it off. Apart from WD-40, all other hard water stain removers are rinsed off. 

Does WD-40 remove limescale?

WD-40 removes limescale in a few steps. Spray WD-40 on the limescale, give it 15 minutes then wipe off the limescale from any surface. 

What is the best thing to use to clean glass shower doors?

The best thing to use to clean glass shower doors is WD-40. Others for cleaning glass shower doors include baking soda and hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and white vinegar, and white vinegar and water. Apply the cleaner then wipe or scrub the shower doors after 15 minutes. Rinse off all cleaners apart from WD-40. 

How do hotels keep glass shower doors clean?

Hotels keep glass shower doors clean by spraying the doors with a mixture of white vinegar and water in equal parts. They rinse the doors with warm water then wipe them dry. 

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