Four household items to remove ‘stubborn’ shower screen limescale – but there’s 3 to avoid

Cream cleaners and ammonia-based solvents should be avoided as they can make the glass go streaky, damaging it over time.

Instead, the experts at suggest using alternatives such as white vinegar, lemons and salt to achieve a “spotless finish”.

John Cutts, glass expert at said: “It can be challenging to clean a shower screen without leaving streak marks especially when there’s soap scum and mineral buildup.

“Many assume that common cleaning products like bleach and scouring pads work well in cleaning the glass, but this isn’t the case. It can often make them look worse after rinsing with water and can result in a streaky finish.

“We recommend using acidic fruits like lemon and lime to get rid of tough marks as well as condiments like salt to remove hard-water build up.”

Household items to use to clean shower screens

1. Lemons and limes with white vinegar

Both fruits “work surprisingly well” when cleaning shower screens as the acidity can help to “remove stubborn stains”. 

Simply squeeze the fruits into a mixture of white vinegar and water before grabbing a damp microfibre cloth and cleaning the screen in a circular motion, then rinse off to finish.

The trick is to let it sit for a good 10 minutes to let it soak in before using the cloth to wipe it down.

2. Salt 

The popular condiment can also help to remove hard water buildup on a shower screen. 

For an additional trick, put some salt onto a lemon and scrub the screen to “maximise the cleaning benefits”. The salt provides additional abrasiveness to scrub the grime away.

3. Washing up liquid 

Put some washing-up liquid onto a sponge and scrub the screen in a circular pattern. 

The expert urged: “Make sure to rinse it off with distilled water to prevent any streaks.”

4. White toothpaste 

White toothpaste can help to “remove soap scum” from the shower door. Put it on an old toothbrush to get hard-to-reach corners so households can achieve a “spotless finish”.

Household items to never use to clean shower screens 

1. Scouring pads 

The abrasive material can “do more harm than good” to a shower screen. John explained: “The material can scratch the glass surface and leave behind a soap residue.”

2. Bleach 

The chemicals in bleach will “damage” the glass over time. It’s a great way to clean the shower floor and drain to eliminate bacteria, but “avoid using it on the screen”.

3. Ammonia-based cleaners 

Using ammonia-based products can “cause more streaks”, making the shower “look dirtier”. Heavy usage can also damage the rubber rim around the bottom of a screen.