I was a chemistry major in college and therefore love chemical reactions (I’m a proud nerd and yes, Star Wars is my favorite movie).
Vinegar is really acetic acid and this is why it’s such a thorough cleaning solution.
The acidity helps cut through dirt and grime (are these two things different?).
Baking soda is sodium bicarbonate.
When you combine vinegar and baking soda they form carbonic acid.
Carbonic acid is unstable and immediately decomposes to carbon dioxide and water.
The fizzing you see when baking soda and vinegar are combined comes from the carbon dioxide, NOT the carbonic acid.
The CO2 is safe and this is why a baking soda/vinegar cleaning solution is a family friendly household cleaner.
After the CO2 fizzes off you’ll have a dilute solution of water and sodium acetate.
Enough chemistry, let’s get to cleaning your shower doors
Place about 1/2 cup of baking soda in a plastic container and pour enough white vinegar on it to form a pasty mixture.
Use a spoon to mix the baking soda and vinegar.
You’ll immediately see fizzing, but again, this is just the CO2.
Once the fizzing stops take the Scotch Brite sponge and scoop up some of the paste.
Wipe the paste on the shower door glass.
Yes, the paste will get all over the shower floor but it’s not that bad to clean up.
I just scooped it into the plastic container with the spoon.
You can let the paste sit on the shower doors for 10-15 minutes (go watch your favorite TV show or catch up on sleep-the latter is my preference).
Use a window scrubber and water to thoroughly clean off the paste mixture.
Then dry the shower doors with the window squeegee and a paper towel.
Check to make sure the soap scum is completely gone.
I was super excited when I didn’t see any hard water stains or soap scup left on my shower doors.
It was like I discovered the cure for baldness or something else that was more important-like how to get kids to eat green beans.