Homemade Soap Scum Remover

Homemade Soap Scum Remover from HousewifeHowTos.com If it weren’t for my homemade soap scum remover, we’d have to remodel the bathroom. I mean it.

See, I hate our glass shower door! Some things a girl just wants to keep hidden…like, how her flabby bits wobble when she bends to shave her legs. Or how much soap scum collects on the shower doors between serious cleanings.

Well, I haven’t had much luck doing anything about the flabby bits, but this mix sure got rid of the soap scum fast!

How To Make Homemade Soap Scum Remover


  • Dawn original dish soap
  • White vinegar heated until VERY hot
  • An empty spray bottle
  • A microfiber cloth (or extension cleaning pole if you have a bad back)
  • A measuring cup


1. Using the measuring cup, add equal parts VERY hot vinegar and Dawn dish soap to the spray bottle.
2. Heavily spray the shower door or  surface that you want to clean. The solution will cling. That’s good.
3. Let sit 30 minutes to overnight.
4. Wipe clean with the rag and warm water.
5. Scrubbing hard probably won’t be necessary, but if there are particularly stubborn spots, go at them with a stiff-bristled brush.

That’s it!

Now, don’t stop here. Be sure to clean any shower mold and mildew that remains (though, if your vinegar is hot enough, this mixture may knock that stuff out anyway). And don’t forget to clean your shower head regularly, too. You can make these part of your weekly bathroom cleaning, or just do it when things start looking nasty.

Once your shower is spic and span, keep it that way using a daily homemade shower spray. It takes just seconds to use after the final shower of the day, and it will keep that yucky soap scum and mildew from recurring.

After all, wouldn’t you rather spend just a few seconds preventing a mess than hours cleaning one? I sure would!

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  • Lina Bickel

    I have a glass shower enclosure and I am so going to try this! http://oldmarriedlady.com

  • http://housewifehowtos.com/ Katie B of HousewifeHowTos.com

    It works so well! Our shower door was naaaaaaasty when we first moved in. (Naturally, it was sparkling clean when we bought the place. Go figure.) I fought with and fussed about the soap scum for ages before trying this. Best part, we were homeschooling back when I first tried this, and I got distracted by our school day after spraying it on. When I came back that evening and saw my shower door still goopy, I was certain I’d just made more work for myself, but it was just the opposite! The stuff wiped right away, and took the soap scum with it. Hooray!

  • http://technicalities.mu.nu/ Teresa

    I shall give this a try.  I’ve got some on our shower door that I keep looking at… Luckily it’s just a film and the door doesn’t have a metal surround where black gook builds up.  When I work up the energy to do it, I’ll let ya know how it goes ;)

    • http://housewifehowtos.com/ Katie B of HousewifeHowTos.com

      Please, do! Mine does have that metal surround, so I sprayed this stuff in the nooks and crannies then got out an old “spin brush” toothbrush and whirled it clean.

  • Shell

    Definitely going to have to try this- we have a curtain, not doors, but we get lots of soap scum on the tiles in the shower itself. Thanks!

    • http://housewifehowtos.com/ Katie B of HousewifeHowTos.com

      Shell, it should work just as well on tiles, but be careful about it getting on the floor of the tub. It’ll be slippery as all get out when you climb in to wipe those tiles!

  • Jenn Oates

    Thank God for Merry Maids. :)

    • http://housewifehowtos.com/ Katie B of HousewifeHowTos.com

      LOL, you lady of leisure!

  • Margi Lowry

    And to keep that shower door clean after you get the soap scum off, use a squeegee after every shower.  We use one in ours and it only takes a couple of seconds to get ‘er done right after you turn off the tap!

    • http://housewifehowtos.com/ Katie B of HousewifeHowTos.com

      I really need to get better about using the squeegee. My husband refuses to use it, but since my showers follow his it doesn’t really matter. The question is always: have I had my coffee yet? If not, then my brain just can’t wrap around cleaning.

  • pixleelo

    I just want to say that I just tried this recipe with Ivory diswashing soap because I don’t use Dawn and it worked just the same. If you really want to firm up the wobbly bits try a BarMethod Body class or DVD

    • Katie B.

      What, actually exercise?! *sigh* Yes, I definitely need to start doing that. Thanks for letting me know Ivory worked just as well. I love that stuff, too!

  • AnnB

    I’m trying this right now. I found out that some spray bottle deform/melt if the vinegar is too hot. Who knew!

  • matthew B

    Soap Scum Remover

    Used this the on Wed this week 20 nov2013, Got a cheap spray bottle from wall-mart and went to town. Here is the good an bad.
    Environment: My shower, standard shower/bathtub with shower curtain, nothing to note here.
    Last Clean: One month, two month THREE months, (in the voice of the Count) I cant really remember, 2 months I think. Been a big and I am in Central Texas, where the water is HARD people, and has enough fluoride I had yellow stains on my teeth as a kid. Again I digress
    Typical Cleaner Used: I live in a Apartment, middle High to High end, so while I clean and what my deposit back I don’t over do it. Usually as I take a shower I grab a Mr Clean Magic Eraser and scrub away, it has worked good but I always wondered if it disinfected or not, plus they cost a bit of cash, and I’m a Iraq Vet in college so money ain’t falling off of trees.

    Setup: So while I was using another item from this site (furniture polish and wax remover, I recommend that U try it at least once) I mixed the cleaner per instructions, and doubled the recipe to fill the whole spray bottle. I used White Vinegar, Walmart brand, water from the tap, and Palmolive Dish soap, (it had oxy clean in it, the only one I had at the house)more on that later.
    Heated Vinegar in Microwave for 5 mins, in Pyrex bowl, (filled bowl with regular water later and threw it in the Microwave to get the smell out. Worked good.)
    Mixed it all up and gave it a shake and prepped the bathroom
    Bathroom Area: We have (my wife and I ) a removable shower head which came in super awesome when cleaning time comes. So I removed all items and razors, brushes etc. And I took off my suction cup shave mirror, and two suction cups plastic corner shelves by OXO, (they are great shelves) but are covered in soap scum. I sprayed the mix all over and on the shelves inside everywhere.

    Here is where the Oxy in the soap I think came in, cause it was rough, and I have burned human poop in Iraq before. But It was fast spray.

    A hour later when back in with a Teflon safe old scrub pad. You know the type you can use on Calphalon Pans, and has a sponge side. So I took that and used water and that to clean it up.

    I will say it WORKS BETTER than anything else I have ever used, and I used all types of stuff. Even the plastic shelves which I had no hope for, were cleaned like brand new. Washed the excess off and let it all air dry.

    Now The not so good.
    You will need a funnel of some type, or you will have hot vinegar allover the place. Also get the good spray bottle at wall mart, the $1 is not worth it at all.
    The smell is hard to take, but that could of been the Oxy getting airborne, use any soap just don’t use that.
    Lastly get some surgery gloves or some protection, I work on cars all day but I did notice I have cracked knuckles when I finished, vinegar is strong stuff man
    I will say my show is a place of awesome now and I will do this over and over,

    Thank you this stuff is the best

  • Sandra

    I’ve just discovered this site and I’m finding it really helpful to become better organised. Thanks so much Katie for taking the time to set it up and maintain it. I have a question about your Soap Scum Remover. You say to use very hot vinegar when making it. Do you need to put it on the shower glass and tiles while it’s hot or does it work when cold also?

    • http://housewifehowtos.com/ Katie B of HousewifeHowTos.com

      Hi Sandra! I’m glad you’ve discovered my site. Come join us on the Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/housewifehowtos) for even more tips!

      As far as the soap scum cleaner, yes, it needs to be applied when the vinegar is hot. That helps break down the soap scum so the rest of the ingredients can do their work.

  • Amy

    Thank you for this!! I tried it today on my shower doors and was amazed at how easy it cleaned them!

    • http://housewifehowtos.com/ Katie B of HousewifeHowTos.com

      Glad to have helped, Amy!

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