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There Is A Secret To Cleaning Glass Shower Doors And I Know The Secret

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SqualorJolie Kerr is a cleaning expert and advice columnist. She’ll be here every week helping to answer your filthiest questions. Are you dirty? Email her.

But I’m not going to tell you the secret. The end!

Haha just kidding, just kidding, of course, I’m gonna tell you but, man, it would be an incredible flex if I refused to tell you and instead let you all live out the rest of your lives with streaky, cloudy, water-stained glass shower doors.

Okay so here’s the secret: Dryer sheets.

No really, that is the secret. This is me being as serious as a heart attack.

I will also tell you another secret: I don’t actually know why dryer sheets work to remove the water spots and soap scum that builds up frustratingly fast on glass shower doors, and that doesn’t seem to budge no matter how much glass cleaner or limescale remover you use. But I do know that they work!

Okay, one more secret and then we’ll get into the operation of this, um, operation: The dryer sheet doesn’t even have to be a new one. It can be one you already used in a load of laundry. Upcycling!

Alrighty, so now let’s get to the part where I tell you how to do this thing. Get the dryer sheet wet, sort of ball it up and just rub the thing all over the glass. This will feel a bit awkward, mostly because dryer sheets don’t do a great job of getting wet, but you will do your best and it will all be okay.

After you give the shower doors a good going over with the dryer sheet, there will probably be a cloudy, milky film, and you should not feel worried about that. Wipe it off!

“BUT WITH WHAT SHALL I WIPE IT, DEAR JOLIE, DEAR JOLIE?”

There are options! You could use glass cleaner and either paper towels or a microfiber cloth.

Or you could use a squeegee to wick away the residue.

Which brings me to this: If you have glass shower doors, the best thing you can do to keep them clean is to buy a squeegee and use it to remove water after each shower. I know, I know! That sounds like a lot to ask but it is a several-second-only operation, once you get used to it you’ll hardly even think about doing it, and also who doesn’t love squeegeeing? Squeegeeing is fun!


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Jolie Kerr

Jolie Kerr is a cleaning expert, advice columnist and the host of the podcast Ask a Clean Person