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How to Clean the Plastic Strip at the Bottom of a Glass Shower Door

When my husband and I were getting ready to sell our house, I cleaned like it was the Spring Cleaning season on steroids! That house was deep cleaned top-to-bottom and side-to-side. The best part about the entire thing was that I quit procrastinating on some of the projects I just never had time to get around to. One of those projects was cleaning the plastic strip at the bottom of our glass shower door.

Deep cleaning the shower was part of my regular cleaning routine, but I didn’t always focus on the details. Sometimes getting the bulk of the shower clean and a quick wipe down of the glass shower doors was all I could do. Can you relate?!

When it was time to start showing our house, I knew it was time to make the shower look brand new again. I deep cleaned the shower, made the shower doors sparkle and finally cleaned the gunk out of the plastic strip on the bottom of the door.

Here’s how…

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How to Clean the Plastic Strip at the Bottom of a Glass Shower Door

Evaluate the issue.

It’s difficult to tell from the picture, but there is soap scum and buildup underneath and over the plastic strip.

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Here’s a close up…

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Remove the plastic strip.

Well, you may not know this, but that plastic strip can be removed. Quite easily actually. Start by grabbing one end and pull down. You may have to tug quite a bit. After all, it is meant to seal the door and keep water in the shower! Once you get it started, you can remove the rest of the plastic strip easily.

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Clean the plastic strip.

The next part is where the real work comes in. But, if you have the right tools, it’s actually pretty easy.

I stuck the plastic strip in the tub, sprayed some cleaner on it and scrubbed like crazy with hard-bristled cleaning brush. Then I rinsed and repeated. Twice!

You could use any your regular shower cleaner, a cleaner made specifically for the gunk on your plastic strip (mold, mildew, soap scum), a homemade cleaner, all-purpose cleaner, anything really. And you could use any type of scrubbing tool to clean it like an old toothbrush or scouring pad. You also need a little (or a lot) of elbow grease depending on how dirty your plastic strip is.

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Finish cleaning glass door and replace plastic strip.

While the plastic strip is off the door, you’re able to REALLY clean the glass door. There’s nothing in the way so it makes it so much easier to clean the door. When the door is clean, replace the plastic strip.

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That’s it! Now you can enjoy your sparkling clean shower!

I’d love to hear from you! Do you have a glass shower door? Have you ever cleaned the plastic strip before? 


  • Jean April 26, 2013, 8:27 am

    Hi, this looks like a neat trick that I want to try. However I’m having difficulties pulling the strip off the door.. Also, would it be very difficult to fix the strip back to the door? Thanks

    • iDreamOfClean April 26, 2013, 2:15 pm

      The one I had was just slipped on tightly so it was pretty easy to remove. There might be some strips that are glued to the door making it difficult to remove and replace.

  • Deb April 29, 2013, 5:04 pm

    botTom for the title of the article. ;)

    • iDreamOfClean April 29, 2013, 7:50 pm

      sheesh…I need a professional editor :)

  • Robin Dance August 8, 2013, 6:59 am

    I had NO idea you could remove that strip…never even tried. Genius!

  • Joanie @ Zagleft August 9, 2013, 8:29 am

    Had absolutely no idea that strip could be removed. This will be my project for the weekend!

  • steph January 25, 2014, 1:22 pm

    Hi I love this idea but I have one problem I have those old shower doors that slide and mine have the actually weather stripping in the frame that are just discusting any idea how I could clean that..?? Thanks