Cleaning lovers have revealed their favourite trick for removing soap scum from shower doors – and it really works.
The hack, which costs pennies, removed dried on bubble marks and makes cloudy screens gleam again.
All you’ll need is a bottle of Cif cream cleanser and a plastic sandwich bag.
But how do we know the cleaning hack works? Well, we tried it…
An Aussie mum posted the trick on a cleaning Facebook group.
She explained that she uses a ziplock bag to buff her shower door up to scratch.
All you need to do is wash down your shower door with water, throw on some Cif and work it in with the plastic bag.
You should pop your hand into the bag and wear it like a glove to make it easier.
The mum wrote: “So I was told about this hack to clean shower screens and decided to try myself, OMG!”
“Sprinkle some [Cif] onto your screens and get a plastic bag – yes you heard that right – wear it like a glove and wash your screens.
“It works! It keeps it clean for so long!
“And it is so easy – no scrubbing needed and nothing else to clean it with. Try it and thank me later!”
So, we tried it…
Having read this clever hack online, I looked up at my shower door.
Unfortunately, the coronavirus lockdown meant that my cleaner hadn’t been round for over three months.
The cloudy film on my shower window clearly showed that I had not picked up the slack.
So, I gave the trick a try.
Here’s what happened…
Firstly, I scrubbed down my shower door, front and back, with hot soapy water.
The water is still in my sink in the photo – you can see it’s taken off a layer of the scum.
Then, I dripped on a generous amount of Cif and worked it into the screen using my plastic bag glove.
I used circular motions and left it to sit for two minutes.
Then, I took my bag-glove again and worked it in harder, adding more Cif where the tough patches were.
Now, the original hack says there’s no scrubbing required.
This may be true for clean queens, but I had to work the Cif into my door for a good ten minutes to lift the worst scum.
(Oh, the shame).
I did both sides and some tough spots wouldn’t budge.
I left the Cif to sit on them and then moved onto the second door.
The door closer to the wall was much easier to clean, the grime came off within about two minutes.
This may be because the Cif sat on it for longer.
I discovered that using a bag with line-seals meant that I could use the hard plastic bits to scrape off some of the scum.
A squeegee could probably do this more effectively, but it worked anyway.
I went over the first door again and most of the bubbles did come off.
I rinsed both doors, front and back.
Yes – water did go everywhere in my bathroom.
I then dried off the doors and polished with a glass cleaner.
My screens were 90% gleaming.
So, does it work?
I may have sweated a little bit, but it removed almost all of my screens clouding.
I imagine that if you haven’t left it for three (cough, four) months then it would make them spotless.
Plus, a bag of food bags costs around £1 for 100 from Tesco.
A bottle of Cif also costs £1.
I used one bag and about a fifth of the bottle of cream cleaner.
So, per use this trick will set you back 21p.
I would recommend!
Mums online were baffled by how the hack could work, but were keen to try it themselves.
One wrote: “I use Cif all the time but will use a plastic bag and see what that does.”
“I’m definitely trying this,” added another.
You should – it really does work.