How to Clean Your Shower Door Tracks

Do you have hard water stains and soap scum gunk on your shower door tracks? Easily clean them with this trick! vinegar | cleaning tips

Another neglected area in our shower is the shower door tracks…which means that they have gotten kind of gross!

So, I thought I would try to clean my shower door tracks using natural ingredients, like vinegar.  You’ll need:

Do you have hard water stains and gunk on your shower door tracks? Easily clean them with this trick!

  • Distilled White Vinegar
  • Paper Towels
  • Old Toothbrush for scrubbing
  • Q-Tips for scrubbing tight spots
  • Water Spray Bottle for rinsing

Everything that I read said to stop up any holes with a paper towel and then pour vinegar into the tracks.  However, because this is a shower stall with a door that opens and closes rather than a shower door that slides closed, there was no deep track with holes.

So, I poured vinegar onto a paper towel and laid the paper towels onto the track and let them sit for 30 minutes.  Be sure to turn on your exhaust fan because the smell of vinegar can be strong (although not toxic).  Once the 30 minutes was done, I simply took an old toothbrush and ran it across the tracks.  All the gunk and goo came right off.  For the tight spots, I used a Q-tip to clean it.  Then, I took a spray bottle with water and rinsed the vinegar off the tracks.  Much better now!

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  1. Kristi Thornburg says:

    Do all your cleaning tips that use vinegar use distilled white vinegar? Like on the jewelry cleaner it doesn’t have a picture nor does it say what kind.

  2. You’ve inspired me to get in there and attack those nasty shower door tracks. Vinegar does everything! Love your site and can’t wait to explore some more. I so believe in all natural cleaners. We only have one earth!

  3. Amber says:

    Ok my house was built in the 80’s with those darn glass showe doors. I’ve tried everything to clean the water stains off. I have found it. I wish I would done a before & after but I was very skeptical & never expected for it to work. You need to scrub some.

    Best glass shower door cleaner:
    1 cup dawn
    1 cup hot vinegar (microwave 2 min.)
    Spray on shower doors & scrub. You really only need to scrub if the water build up is bad.

  4. Marcia says:

    How do you clean the tracks that are UNDER the shower doors?

    • Like if you have sliding doors rather than one that opens? We had something similar in our first apartment, and we would stop up the holes with toilet paper and add vinegar. Let it soak for awhile and then try to clean them as best as you can. Clear out the toilet paper from the holes and rinse with water.

  5. Hi, what is dawn from N.Z. We don’t have that stuff down here!

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  7. Oofy Prosser says:

    We have the newer style shower doors: one-sided track (like yours) but with a nylon guide (pictures at to hold the sliding doors in place. Problem is, most of the guide is available for cleaning, but not all of it (otherwise the doors might fall off). How can we get under the door to clean that last bit? Thanks.


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