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I am at my wit's end and this is driving me nuts. We have very hard water, and we also have clear glass shower doors. Not a great combination. I've tried everything to get the hard water stains off but nothing's working, so I come you all for some other ideas.<br><br>
I've tried: (all with a scrub sponge)<br><br>
white vinegar<br>
white vinegar with baking soda<br>
lime away<br>
bar keeper's friend- extra strength<br>
Borax<br>
White King<br><br>
Nothing makes a difference! Grr!<br><br>
This morning tried a scotch brite pad on one small corner and, well, it removed all of it but left a bunch of scratches. So that's not an option. At least I know the stuff will come off!!<br><br>
Any ideas? Thanks!<br><br>
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Lime-Away works very well BUT it is really nasty stuff. I just dont know of anything natural or healthy that is strong enough to remove hard water marks.
 

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Didn't work well on our shower doors. Like I said, the only thing that worked was a scratch pad that left scratches on the glass.<br><br>
Sigh,<br><br>
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Have no ideas for getting off whats already there, but maybe get a squegee (sp?) to take the water off for future showers. A friend of ours uses one for their clear glass shower stall. I can't imagine they are too expensive. Just put a little sticky hook in the shower to keep it hung up neatly. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I second the squeegee suggestion! My parents have very hard well water, and have a little squeegee hanging in each of their showers. It only takes a second to wipe down all of the shower walls, and really helps! I think they got their cute baby squeegees at a pool/hot tub store - They're all plastic, and narrower than the normal window-washing variety.<br><br>
I cleaned dorms during one of my college summers. We used an industrial-strength product to remove soap scum from showers that hadn't been cleaned once since fall quarter. Whatever the product was, it really worked worked, but I can't remember the brand name. I'll ask my friend who was on the maintenance crew full-time and get back to you if I can track down a name. Whatever it was, I'm sure it wasn't exactly up for Earth-Friendly Cleaner of the Year...Still, if you could just get rid of the soap scum you have now and start fresh with a squeegee to prevent future build-up, it might be worth it.
 

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We used a squeegee up until about 6 mos. ago when it broke. I had NO idea it would build up this bad!! Esp. since I cleaned the bathroom at least every other week. Today's latest effort was to try an SOS pad since it won't scratch glass. I scrubbed the heck out of one portion of the door until my arm ached, and it looks minimally better than the rest. Also got a squeegee. So I guess if I just keep the water from building up again, and use the SOS every day for, oh, say, a year, I might end up with nice looking doors again sometime.<br><br>
There's one other product that says works great and is eco-friendly, but it's $17 a bottle on the net, not sold locally, and I just don't feel like dishing out that much $$ right now.<br><br>
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The last natural thing you could try is soak the doors with vinegar, then use a sponge with baking soda and scrub...use a scrub brush if you have one. If it's really built up it might take a few tries. I used to do this with our tubs and it took forever.<br><br>
The easier solution- Scrubbing Bubbles cleaner.
 

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Dh likes Lime-A-Way, but I prefer Kaboom (in the purple bottle)...I think it works much better, and it certainly smells waaaaaay better!<br><br>
We use the Arm & Hammer everyday shower spray after every shower. It smells nice and fresh, and keeps the shower fairly clean between bathroom cleanings.<br><br>
Mind you, neither of these products is very eco-friendly...but my showers are clean.
 

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I used to clean houses in Albuquerque (another time, another life) and we would use razor blades - as long as the surface was wet, it wouldn't scratch<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Thanks you all for the suggestions. I tried the vinegar soak, I tried the scrubbing bubbles. Nothing worked. I swear we have the hardest water in the world. I finally broke down and bought a really expensive cleaner but it had a money back guarantee so I thought I'd try it. Besides, we've already spent that much on nasty chemicals.<br><br>
And . . . IT WORKED!!! It's a non-toxic powder of some sort. Looks like ash or something, but safe to use around food prep areas so I thought it sounded promising. Doesn't scratch the glass either. I have only done one small area because it takes a lot of elbow grease but it works!!!<br><br>
So just passing this on in case anyone else wants to try it. I have learned my lesson! From now on we are using the squeegee religiously.<br><br><a href="http://www.gokart.net/shop-utopia/spotx/" target="_blank">http://www.gokart.net/shop-utopia/spotx/</a><br><br>
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See if you can find a product called Edfred - I think that's the correct spelling, could be Ed Fred. Anyway, we have VERY hard water and it's the only thing that ever worked... it works GREAT too!
 

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To soak glass in vinegar --<br><br>
Wet a paper towel with vinegar and plaster it up on the wall. Then use a spray bottle to keep wet over several hours or until deposits loosen.<br><br>
One scrubbing tool that works great and doesn't scratch many things is pumice stone. It is harder than a lot of mineral deposits but softer than many surfaces.<br><br>
Good luck!
 

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Plastic scrubbing pads got the first layer of mineral deposits off of the tub here. You know, the ones that come in packs of 3, sort of look like steel wool only completely different?<br>
Oh, Scotch brite pads work ok as well.<br>
I will have to try this stuff though. My mom does have the hardest water in the world. If you leave a glass of water on the counter over night, it will actually get a white crust. It rusted those "brass" shower doors in 6 months.
 

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Ok my suggestion doesn't exactly fit into Healthy Home but I have heard multiple times that if you rub your shower doors with new fabric softener sheets it will keep the deposits from building up.
 
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