We tried a glass shower screen cleaning hack - and couldn't believe the results

We put a shower limescale remover hack to the test, and the before and afters speak for themselves

glass shower screen after cleaning hack, with shower head in the background
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There's something particularly satisfying about a clean bathroom because, unlike soft furnishings, you can normally get tiles and taps squeaky clean with a good scrub. Though, that's easier said than done when you're living in a hard water area – even the best high pressure shower heads can become easily grubbing in that case...

We tried a simple shower limescale remover hack – and it left the glass so clean you'd be at risk of walking into it. When it comes to how to clean glass shower doors, little and often is the best option.

But if you've left yours to turn a nice shade of stripy gray, keep scrolling...

Before the glass shower screen cleaning hack

a dirty, streaked shower screen with limescale water marks

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Real Homes' Ecommerce Editor, Millie Fender, tried out a cleaning hack using cupboard staples: distilled malt vinegar, water and baking soda. 'Basically, I mixed vinegar and water in a spray bottle and misted the door,' she says. 

About a 50/50 split between water and vinegar will do the trick. 'I then took my Scrub Daddy, from Amazon (opens in new tab), dipped it in bicarb, and buffed it in circles around the door.'

Millie comments that she could feel the texture of the limescale while she was scrubbing the glass, which showed just how caked-on it was. Once that had made a nice paste, she left it to dry for around five hours.


glass shower screen being cleaned with baking soda and vinegar

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'I then washed it away using the handheld shower and gave it one last scrub as I did that. It actually worked really well and I would definitely do it again, even if it did make my shower smell a bit like a chippy while I did it,' says Millie.

White vinegar, which you can find in the cleaning aisle, would have done an even better job because it's more acidic and better at cutting through grime than clear distilled malt vinegar. It's an easy mistake to make, and both smell strong.


clean glass shower screen and shower head in white bathroom after the hack

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'In future though I'm going to buy one of those squeegees to prevent the watermarks from building up,' says Millie.

If you're not sure where to start with how to clean a shower, this satisfying hack is definitely worth a go. You can pick up some inexpensive spray bottles from Amazon, which are useful for cleaning kitchen surfaces and misting plants, too.

Some of the best cleaning products from brands like Dr Beckmann and Astonish will also do a good job. But it just goes to show you don't need bulky products filling up the cupboard under the sink to get great results.

Millie joined Real Homes in early 2021 as a homes news writer. When she isn't writing about trends, makeovers and houseplant care, she spends her free time making tweaks to her rented flat in North London. Her next project is a very basic armchair reupholstering job to help create a cosy reading nook in her living room. She loves browsing antique centres, tending to her small front garden, and is never without some fresh flowers at home.