One of the quickest household items to get dirty is the bathroom screen, which tends to accumulate lime scale, soap stains, mold and other germs. In today’s article, we teach you the best tips and home remedies to clean the screen glass or window, its base and the shower faucet. All you need is one of these products on hand: white vinegar, ammonia, baking soda or alcohol. Let’s go!
Having a germ-free, dirt-free bathroom is essential to maintaining a clean and safe home. If you’re new to cleaning and don’t know what the best products are for cleaning and disinfecting the bathroom, keep reading! We’ve prepared a complete guide to cleaning the shower enclosure and leaving it looking like new.
If you already have experience, but want to learn first-hand which homemade products are best for removing limescale, dirt and mildew from the shower enclosure, whether it’s sliding, fixed or glass, stay with us! This guide is for everyone!
Why Do Screens Accumulate a Lot of Scale?
Day after day, shower or bathtub screens accumulate a lot of limescale (which comes off the water), dirt (soap scum and hair) and, in many cases, mildew stains (black stains caused by condensation).
If the shower enclosure is not cleaned frequently, it becomes a real germ dump. And it’s not just the enclosure that is affected, but also the tiles, the joints, the base of the tray and the shower faucet. Over time, dirt can stick to our screen and be harder to remove. So act fast!
Homemade Products to Remove Limescale and Dirt From Screens
- Cleaning Vinegar: A must-have multi-use in household cleaning is white vinegar (specific cleaning). It is an economical, ecological and natural product that has enough capacity to clean and disinfect from the first application. We can’t ask for more!
- Ammonia or liquid ammonia. Liquid ammonia, if used responsibly, is one of the best products for deep cleaning accumulated dirt in a bathroom. In particular, it is perfect for removing all the lime and soap residue from the screen and glass. If the tiles are also dirty or have traces of dirt, do not hesitate to use ammonia.
- Baking soda. Baking soda is another star product that will also help you remove all traces of lime and dirt from a screen.
- Cleaning alcohol. For plastic screens, this product will leave them as shiny as the day they were made.
Let’s see how these 4 products apply to cleaning the shower enclosure (glass, window or plastic) so that it is shiny and disinfected!
1. White Vinegar (Specific Cleaning)
To remove limescale and dirt from a glass or crystal enclosure, use white vinegar diluted in water.
Preparation: In a spray bottle, add one cup of white vinegar and one cup of hot water. Add a little liquid detergent (this can be dishwasher safe) and the juice of a lemon. The lemon will give it that fresh aroma we love so much in cleaning. Shake the mixture so the ingredients are well integrated and that’s it.
Application: Spray the formula on the screen, inside and out. Make sure the product is all over the surface. Leave it on for 2-5 minutes, then use a microfiber cloth (or other lint-free cloth) to rinse the screen. You’ll immediately see how the dirt and scale build-up disappears. To make it even shinier, spray the product again and rinse. The results are almost magical!
2. Liquid Ammonia
In a sprayer, pour 1 liter of hot water plus 20 ml of liquid ammonia. Before spraying, open doors and windows. Ammonia has a very strong odor.
Application: Spray on all surfaces to be cleaned (outside and inside the wall) and let the product work for a few minutes. After this time, rub and rinse – always from top to bottom – with a cloth soaked in water.
If your shower enclosure or its base has small black spots, it’s mold! But don’t be alarmed, ammonia is perfect for removing it. Plus, it prevents it from happening.
– Tip: When doing this cleaning, wear latex gloves. Ammonia is a very strong product and can irritate your skin. Safety first!
3. Baking Soda
Baking soda is another versatile product that can be used to clean just about anything: shower screens, whiten clothes, whiten bathrooms, remove blood stains from clothes, etc.
Preparation: A homemade cleaner that goes hand in hand to remove lime stains on the shower screen is obtained from baking soda and white vinegar. To do this, in a container or sprayer, add 1 cup of white vinegar plus 2 tablespoons of baking soda. If you see that the mixture is very pasty, add more vinegar.
Application: Apply the mixture to the glass of the partition and leave it for 5 to 10 minutes. Then wipe with a cloth or wipe moistened with water and you’re done. To add an extra shine, you can wipe the glass with a cloth dampened with lemon juice. This is one of our favorite tips!
4. Alcohol for Plastic Screens
The vast majority of shower enclosures are made of glass or glass, but there are also plastic ones. If your screen is plastic, the solution to removing stains will come from cleaning alcohol.
Application: To do this, simply moisten a cloth (or any other lint-free cloth) in cleaning alcohol and pass it through the shower enclosure from top to bottom. To finish cleaning, dampen a cloth in water and wipe again.
– Tip: Wear gloves and open doors and windows when cleaning. Alcohol has a very strong characteristic odor that may cause reactions.
There you are! With those tips, your bathroom screens will be always clean! Do you have some other tips? Let us know in the comments below.