It’s Magic!! No Really, It Is!


Moving really puts your housecleaning on display! It highlights the areas that you do not prioritize or deem unimportant. Ouch.  One of my low priority places is the glass shower door in my master bedroom. The main reason it is low priority is only Nate and I see it. Even when we have a house full of guests it is not used by anyone else. Since Nate’s expectations for cleanliness are even lower than mine, it definitely doesn’t get cleaned as often as it should. But when you are trying to sell a house and the master bathroom is one of the most important areas, the shower door quickly got moved towards the top of the list.

Over the years I have tried many different products in attempt to get the glass doors “see-though clear” again. A few have kind-of worked, some not at all. One surprise success was using a dryer sheet instead of a sponge.

But, behold! I have finally found the best solution, thanks to my Grandma! She has this magical concoction that does wonders on glass!

Here is the recipe:

Granny D’s Wonderful Glass Cleaner
1 Cup rubbing alcohol

3 TBSP  CLEAR or Pure Ammonia

1 TBSP dishwashing liquid soap (I use the original Dawn)

1 gallon of water

Put soap in last as it foams.

Since I forgot (maybe on purpose 🙂 ) I do not have a before picture. I did find one corner that we missed to give you an idea of the status of the door before we cleaned it. Look at the clarity of Hannah’s pant leg for a reference point.  Yuck.


Now look at how clear Hannah is after we (by ‘we’ I mean my mom) used the magical stuff. We also used a Magic Eraser (generic) to seal the deal. It may take one or two go arounds depending on how clean it is to start, but I am confident you will be very happy with the results.


I also use this on my windows, inside and out, and on mirrors. If your glass doors are giving you a headache, try this recipe.

Have you found your own magic glass cleaner? If so, please share!


4 thoughts on “It’s Magic!! No Really, It Is!

  1. Leah says:

    I don’t have glass shower doors, but I use something similar to clean the shower and I call it the Magical Shower Cleaner! Mix equal parts vinegar and blue Dawn dish soap. Warm the mixture up and then spray all over the shower walls and floor (turn on vent b/c of vinegar fumes!). Let sit for a couple of hours, then wipe clean. Our shower was pretty bad b/c like you, no one else saw it, so I let it go. Without any hard scrubbing, all the grime wiped right off! It’s even easier now that I’ve cleaned it well the first time. 🙂

    1. Dana says:

      Leah, I think I did use this once and had pretty good results. One question- after it is mixed and you want to use it again the next time, do you have to rewarm the mixture?

  2. Dana says:

    One thing I forgot to mention is you treat this like Windex. You rub it on and wipe it dry with a paper towel. If you have black/white print newspaper that works really good too.

    1. Leah says:

      I’ve done it both ways, but I think it works better warmed up. I just poured it out into a glass measuring cup and microwaved, then poured back in. Bonus – you can easily clean your microwave by using the steam from heating the cleaning solution. 🙂

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