How to Clean Shower Glass and Prevent Glass Cancer.

How to Clean Shower Glass and Prevent Glass Cancer.

As it turns out, Shower Glass needs TLC. It hates harsh chemicals. In its normal state, glass it is not porous. However, when exposed to harsh chemicals over time, a glass surface will eventually become porous. This is when Glass Cancer can occur...

What causes Glass Cancer?

I myself, was a self proclaimed chemical lover, and had a hard time accepting this at first. But before that that moment arrived...I delighted in trawling the household cleaning aisles at my local supermarket. I baulked at any ‘eco friendly’ brands. According to my then self, they did not work. I needed chemicals. The more chemicals, the smellier, the more claims made, the better. And they sucked me in and I tested out everything on offer. But, my self confessed love of chemicals came back to bite me. My chemical karma started slowly, and grew, and no matter how much I sprayed and scrubbed my glass shower screen, the fog and speckles kept on growing and would not budge. It is then, that I learnt that my shower was not dirty, it had glass cancer. And to make it worse, there was no one to blame but myself, oh, and my harsh chemicals.

I then imagined what harsh chemicals were doing to our bodies if they can do that to the surfaces in our homes, and made it my mission to find products that would not harm the surfaces in our homes and of course, ourselves! But, they also had to work!

Why does Glass Cancer occur?

When exposed to an acid solution (harsh chemicals), a glass surface will eventually become porous; however, the rate at which this occurs depends greatly on the acidity of the solution and the temperature. As for glass being porous, in its normal state it is not porous. However, as documented in the Corning Museum of Glass, under certain chemical conditions glass can be attacked by an acid solution, rendering the surface porous:

Therefore…In its normal state glass is not porous. However, under certain chemical conditions glass can be attacked rendering the surface porous - which will eventuate in Glass Cancer. 

Glass Cancer and is caused by harsh chemicals, and leaving those chemicals on the glass for too long, or, using harsh chemicals over a long period of time.

How do I know if my Shower Glass has Glass Cancer?

If you have thoroughly cleaned your shower glass, and you can still see a ‘fog’ or ‘streaks’, or it just looks a little speckly, almost inside the glass when the glass is dry, is not necessarily scum. If your glass ‘squeaks’ when you run your fingers over the clean glass – the offending streaks are something more hideous…it is most probably glass cancer/corrosion. 

How can you fix Glass Cancer??

Unfortunately…Nothing can fix this, other that replacing your glass…

But, you CAN slow Glass Cancer down and prevent it!!!

How to Prevent Glass Cancer.

Go natural! That is my all time number one tip.

Any of the products from the Neatspiration Bathroom Collection are safe, but, my favourite is Neatspiration Lemon Oil.

My absolute favourite Lemon Oil use, is for cleaning the shower. I have tried so many things and have never had a better result - on both tiles and glass. Lemon Oil also keeps your shower cleaner for longer as the water beads off it - resulting in you having to do much less work. Lemon Oil will look after your surfaces, doesn’t leave any residue so it does not need to be rinsed and will not cause Glass Cancer.  Lemon Oil is a great cleaning agent because it has both antifungal and antibacterial properties. It is also antiviral, an antiseptic and a disinfectant. It is also an odour neutralizer meaning it does not mask odours, but eliminates them, by killing the germs that create them.

How to clean your Shower Glass with Lemon Oil.

STEP 1 – Dilute Neatspiration Lemon Oil into an Aluminium spray bottle – Essential Oils eat through plastic bottles, and spray all over the glass. Leave for 10 min or so, and then respray.

STEP 2 – Then scrub with a damp Microfibre Cloth for dirty showers, or for touch ups, you can spray and clean with a dry microfibre cloth.

STEP 3 – Immediately re spray, and buff with a dry microfibre cloth, or even better, a glass cloth.

This will leave your Shower Glass, fog free, streak free, and shiny as. Be kind to your Shower Glass and it will look great for years to come.

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