How to clean murky shower glass so its shiny not sludgy

Man cleaning the mirror in the bathroom with a wipe leaving no streaks.

You can’t beat a nice hot shower, but all of that dirt has to go somewhere… like smeared all over the glass. Mix that in with your partner’s shampooed hair flicks, housemates’ body wash splodges, or family member’s grubby handprints, and you’ve got a sludgy screen. But it’s no biggie. Getting clean shower glass is a doddle when you know how (and share the info with the rest of the household, too). Without further ado, here’s how to clean shower glass 


Equipment for cleaning glass shower screen grime 


When it comes to knowing how to clean glass shower screen marks easily, your first port of call is getting your equipment in order. It doesn’t need to be fancy (phew – that money could be better spent on a nice dinner), but it does have to be in working order, and clean. After all, if the cleaning gear isn’t up to scratch and/or is dirty itself, you’re not going to get clean shower glass. You could end up with something that’s even slimier than when you started. Other than that, it’s pretty simple. Here’s what you need: 


  • White vinegar (you could use a glass cleaner, but vinegar does a great job) 
  • Water 
  • Spray bottle 
  • Rubber gloves. It’s always good to wear rubber gloves when cleaning the bathroom, unless you want your housemates/family’s soapy skin bits under your fingernails… 
  • Sponge  
  • Kitchen towel 
  • Old, clean toothbrush. It’s not sparkling clean? Just boil some water and dunk the old brush to get it ready for cleaning glass shower screen sludge and door dirt. 
  • A housemate or two. Cleaning time is bonding time, especially if you’ve just moved into a shared house. 
  • Bucket or large bowl 


How to clean glass shower doors and screens to get rid of the sludge 


Whether you’re figuring out how to clean glass shower screen surfaces or doors, the process is the same – just like the process of being splattered by grubby gunk was probably the same, too. Whether you need to get rid of streaks of shampoo, grubby handprints or icky hair from somewhere, here how to clean shower glass step-by-simple-step: 


  1. If you’ve noticed the grime whilst showering, and decided to attack it, it’s best to let the humidity subside first.  
  1. Gloves on.   
  1. Pour equal parts vinegar and water into a spray bottle. 
  1. Do a patch test on a small area of glass, just to check there’s no bad reaction. 
  1. Spray your shower glass liberally with the cleaner. Leave for 5 minutes to let it do its work breaking down the smeary mess. 
  1. Give everything a good scrub with your sponge.  
  1. You might need to go over really grubby areas twice. If the gunk is particularly stubborn, you could add some bicarbonate of soda to vinegar to make a scrubbing paste. After another quick patch test, of course. 
  1. Use the toothbrush to get into the nooks and crannies. Hinges, runners, etc. – anywhere that slimy stuff could hide itself. 
  1. Fill a bucket of cool water and rinse the glass thoroughly. 
  1. Wipe with kitchen towel to dry and give a final polish. 


Tip: As well as knowing how to clean glass shower doors and screens, you want to know how to dry them, and that’s where Plenty kitchen towel comes in. It’s so strong and absorbent that it’s ideal for buffing up your shower glass. It’s super fast at absorbing moisture and won’t smear up all your hard work or leave fragments behind. Snaps to that.     


Tips to avoid shower glass getting really dirty ever again* 


It’s inevitable your shower glass will get a bit murky from time to time. That’s totally normal. But the following tips will help you avoid it getting so dirty, so quickly, again: 


  • Give (and encourage others to give) the glass a quick rinse after scrubbing yourself clean. 
  • Open windows to stop moisture lingering like that FOMO friend who always leaves the party last. Showers create humidity, and that heat helps the dirt build up and cling on more. Pop a window open, turn on the extractor fan or simply open the door to help cool things down. 
  • Use super-absorbent kitchen towel and give the glass a wipe down when you’ve finished showering. It only takes a few seconds but will save you time down the line. 


We know that shower glass seems to always be grubby, but luckily, cleaning glass shower screens and doors is easy once you know how. And don’t despair if when it gets grubby again – at least your household will be cleaner for it! 


*We wish!  

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