Wednesday, April 8, 2009

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It was a dark and stormy night...well, not really, it was a sunny and gorgeous afternoon. I was filled with energy. So much so that I decided to conquer the hard-water mineral deposits on our textured-glass shower doors.

Here's the before picture:

I have previously tried any number of solutions to this problem. My main arsenol of cleaning products are vinegar, Windex, and Bar Keepers Friend. I didn't have faith, though, that they would be up to a problem that had even outlasted scraping with a straight-edge razor. That is to say, I know that vinegar could do it, if I could soak the doors in it...but I couldn't think of a way to keep it on the doors short of taking the doors down and laying them flat, and I wasn't ready to go that far. So in the past I have caved in and bought things like BAM...or whatever it's called...doesn't matter, 'cause it didn't phase the problem. I have tried WD40 after getting an e-mail forward that specifically said it miraculously cleaned shower doesn't. The Scrubbing Bubbles just made a mad dash for the drain. I know I've tried other stuff, but can't remember what all. So today, I figure what the heck, I'm going to try one of my old faithfuls. So I get in the all-together and climb in the shower with my trusty Bar Keepers Friend and my plastic kitchen scrubby.


Our musical guests, REM, singing their big hit...

That's me in the shower.
That's me in the. Steam. Bath.
Losing my religion.
Trying to keep. A. View.
And I don't know if I can do it.
Oh,no, I've scrubbed too much.
I haven't scrubbed enough.
Losing my religion.

(FYI - 'losing my religion' is a southern phrase that means to be at the end of one's rope, losing patience, and/or cussing...pretty accurately described how I was feeling...probably why that song played over and over in my head.)


Here's the after picture:

Ta-Da! It was quite a little workout, but, a lot easier than I anticipated, AND the results were awesome. I will never underestimate my Bar Keepers Friend again. It has kept my pots and pans and stainless steel sinks beautiful for decades, and now my shower doors.

Fade to black with our musical guests singing another of their hits...Shiny Happy Shower.

(Oh, and by the way, Sonic played no part in my endeavor, except for the fact that I never do anything strenuous without promising myself that I can have a Sonic Coke next time I go to town.)


  1. Well Happy 33rd Anniversary!!! I will now be buying you a squeegee for your shower so you will never be reduced to losing your religion and desecrating my favorite REM song over a dirty shower door again.

    Consider This.

    Consider This!

    Hint of insanity.

    Consider This!


    It's painful on your knees.


    What if all these soap scum scenes keep

    coming around.

    Now I've said too much.

    I hope that you are laughing.

    I hope I heard you sing.

    At least I know that I did try.


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  3. So sweet of you to be contemplating anniversary gifts. :)

    A squeegee won't work because there's not a flat surface due to the 'textured' glass. Tried it. That's why a straight-edge razor wouldn't work either.

    Consider This.
    Consider This!
    Hint of Insanity ... is hereditary!

  4. I knew you were going to say that. I thought of that after I posted this and was squeegeeing my flat surface shower door after my shower. How about some homemade coupons for free shower door cleaning? And hugs. :)

  5. Congratulations!!

    Few things make me feel it's sparklified like my clean (bright white) cloth shower curtain.

    And I'll have to check out your Friend, if I can find it.

  6. Kasey, nothing (and I mean NOTHING) would say 'I love you' like coupons for shower cleaning! I'll make it easy on you...I'm going to keep a hand towel handy so we can dry the doors off before exiting.

    Steph, I have a white shower curtain in my guest bathroom! I do love how it makes everything seem clean...that and my big stack of white towels.

  7. That's awesome!

    I've been complaining about the soap scum and not being able to get it off, despite using every product I could find, including vinegar.

    Must try Bar Keeper's Friend.

  8. Beki! I'm so glad you said that. Because one thing I wanted to mention in the original post and forgot was that I've read somewhere that using liquid bath soap instead of bar soap eliminates soap scum from happening/building up. We have really hard water, so will always have to contend with mineral deposits, but soap scum just makes it worse.


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