Limescale on the shower's glass surfaces? Here's some all-natural methods to help you remove this effectively

by Mark Bennett

May 30, 2024


Amongst the most difficult of household cleaning chores, cleaning the glass surfaces in the shower tops the list (especially in areas where the water is hard). Hard water deposits limescale on glass and can be challenging to remove.

Fortunately, there are several all-natural remedies that will help you out with this chore and we provide a short guide below:

1. Routine and squeegees


Regular, routine cleaning is key: ensure you clean the shower's glass surfaces after each use to prevent limescale from settling and buidling up on it.

Keep a squeegee handy inside your shower and use it every time you've showered. This only takes a few minutes and will save you a lot of time and effort cleaning later on.

Deep cleaning of your shower is also essential: do this every 2 weeks and you will see how effective it is.

So, what products can you use for deep cleaning of the shower? Well, check out below the all-natural detergents/cleansers you can prepare yourself:


1. Baking soda

A bowl of baking soda

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Baking soda is a highly effective product to use for cleaning chores all around the home. To use baking soda to remove limescale from your shower, simply make a soft paste by mixing it with a little water; then, spread this paste evenly over the entire surface to be treated. Leave to act for at least 30 minutes (or up to 1 hour for particularly stubborn limescale). After the alloted time, scrub the paste around using a soft cloth/sponge in circular movements and applying too much force (to prevent the slightly abrasive action of the baking soda from scratching the glass). Then, rinse everything off with plenty of warm water and dry thoroughly with a soft, clean, dry cloth.

If mold also is present in your shower cubicle, you can treat this with a mixture of baking soda with hydrogen peroxide. Leave this mixture on the mold for 30 minutes before scrubbing and rinsing off.

2. Weak acids

For particularly stubborn limescale build-up, you can use weak acids to remove it. White vinegar and citric acid are two weak acids that are the most commonly used for household cleaning chores, including limescale removal. Proceed as follows:

  • Citric acid: this acid can be used purchased in powder form, but you can choose to use citrus fruits which contain it. For the powdered version, dissolve 200 grams of citric acid powder in 800 ml of distilled water and use this mixture to spray down all the surfaces to be cleaned of limescale. Leave on to act for 15 minutes before scrubbing with a sponge or soft cloth. Then rinse and dry thoroughly. If using fruit, you can cut a lemon in half and rub this over the areas to be cleaned of limescale. Leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing off with plenty of warm water and drying with a soft, clean cloth.
  • White vinegar is also very effective in removing limescale. Use as a spray (neat - for very stubborn build-ups - or diluted in a 1:1 ratio with water). Leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing off with warm water and drying with a soft cloth.

Finally, we remind you that cleaning the shower with detergent and water after each use will leave a thin protective flim on the glass which will make it more difficult for limescale to adhere to.

How do you remove limescale from your shower cubicle?