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How to Get Rid of Soap Scum

soap scum in shower tubHave you ever wondered how to get rid of soap scum? Well, I have! If you’ve ever encountered soap scum on your sink, shower, tub or wherever else, you know it can be extremely unsightly; and frankly, just gross. It’s one of those things you wish you never had to deal with, but if you want to get rid of it and do you best to prevent it from coming back again, something needs to be done immediately. Read on below to get some ideas on how to remove soap scum from the different areas of your home:

What is Soap Scum?

You can see soap scum on your bathtubs, shower curtains, bathroom fixtures, doors, sink etc. Well, soap scum is actually a white or gray colored thin layer and this is caused because of the minerals present in the water, which we call hard water! This hard water, when mixed with the soap that we use and the dust, which is present everywhere, forms soap scum. This, when ignored, will become very difficult to remove. Soap scum keeps occurring whenever that area is used and if it is not removed at an early stage, it will discolor the whole area and start giving a foul odor.

Preventing Soap Scum from Forming

Before I go ahead with giving you tips, understand that it is always better to prevent the soap scum. Soap scum can be prevented by wiping dry your tub, shower, sink or tiles after using it. Or, the places can be painted using a furniture wax or polish so that the soap scum does not form.

Vinegar Home Remedy for Soap Scum

Home made remedies are available in plenty but the one which really suits the pocket is Concentrated Pure Vinegar.

Take 3 cups of pure vinegar, pour it in the toilet bowl and scrub it with toilet brush. This will eliminate soap scum, even if it has been occupying the space for many years. But if it is tough, then measure 2 cups of vinegar, warm it slightly in a microwave and spray it directly on the soap scum. Leave it for sometime and rinse it clean.

If soap scum is found in the sink, take a clean spray bottle and fill it up with concentrated pure vinegar. Spray the whole area and leave it for sometime and then wipe it off with a clean soft cloth.

Use Lemon Juice to Remove Soap Scum

If you can’t afford to buy vinegar, then, go in for lemon juice and water. Take 4 cups of water, make it really hot and pour in it 2 table spoon of lemon juice. Put this mixture in a spray bottle and spray it on the area where there is soap scum. Leave it for 10 minutes and then wipe it off with a clean and wet sponge. Voila! You’ll see a clean and sparkling space.

Ammonia & Water Mix

You can also use Ammonia and Water to remove soap scum. Take one part of ammonia and mix it with 2 parts of water. Spray it on the area where there is soap scum with the help of a sprayer and leave it for sometime. Rinse off the area where it has been sprayed and wipe it clean.

Additional Methods to Get Rid of Soap Scum

  • To be more cost effective, you can use soda and borax. Take 2 cups of soda and 1 cup of borax; make a mixture of the same. Take a wet sponge, sprinkle this mixture on it and use it on the area where the soap scum is to get rid of it.
  • You can use dryer sheets on the walls to get rid of soap scum by rubbing them on that area.
  • If you don’t have time to prepare these mixtures then you can buy from shops the ready made ones like Mr. Clean Magic. This really works magic on the soap scum and helps get rid of the same.
  • You can use Automatic Shower Cleaner also. This can be used on shower curtains also with much ease. This is very easy to use and you don’t have sit and scrub. After all, at the end of the day, everybody wants less work and better results!


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  2. How about PREVENTING soap scum instead of having to clean it?
    There is a great technology to condition your hard water: ELECTRONIC WATER CONDITIONERS, inexpensive to buy and operate, available in many
    brands, they take the hard minerals out of solution and place them in
    suspension. They eliminate and prevent lime scale and soap scum. Of course, the main benefit of these modern systems is to prevent and eliminate lime
    scale from your water heater saving precious energy. But among the many
    “side effects”, water washes better, shower heads and faucets are scale free, toilet rings and scum lines disappear, water tastes much better, even pets and plants prefer it. After researching the many brands available, we found the best value to be the Scalewatcher 3 star, and the best customer service we found at … we love our Scalewatcher!

  3. Step1 : Use windex and a few dryer sheets to wipe down the soap scummy surface. This will create a lather on the surface.
    Step 2: Use windex and clean paper towels. And good old fashioned elbow grease.
    Step 3: You win!!!

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