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!
Why does soap scum form?
If you use soap, it’s almost impossible to avoid the formation of soap scum on your shower walls, shower curtains, and tub floor. It’s the result of calcium and magnesium particles in your water combining with the oils and other ingredients in soap. The harder your water is, the more likely soap scum will occur.
Not sure if you have hard water? If you have soap scum, you probably do have it. Other signs that you have hard water include spots on your glasses or dishes after they’ve been through the dishwasher, stains that look like rust in your toilet bowl, and faucets or shower heads that get clogged and dirty. With very hard water, you might even notice a strong metallic odor.
Is soap scum harmful?
Every time you use soap and water, a new layer of soap scum forms over the existing one, creating multiple layers. These layers trap skin flakes, among other organic substances, and produce a microbial biofilm which includes harmful bacteria.
When water hits the soap scum on your shower walls or shower curtain, this bacteria bounces onto your skin and becomes airborne in steam.
So, yes, it can be harmful. Fortunately, this homemade soap scum remover easily gets rid of it and treats the bacteria, too.
Tips for dealing with soap scum
• Switch to body wash. Synthetic soaps like body wash don’t contain the organic fats that bar soap does. As a result, they’re less likely to create soap scum.
• Soften your water. In areas with very hard water, installing a water softener can not only reduce soap scum but also get your clothes and bodies cleaner, and prolong the life of your other appliances. A water softener system removes the calcium and magnesium ions in water. The result is more effective cleaning with less buildup and scale clogging your pipes.
• Keep it clean with this spray. A quick once-over with this daily homemade shower spray will keep soap scum from returning. It also prevents mold and mildew, too.
• Help with cloudy glass shower doors. If your shower doors look like they’re etched with hard water spots, you need to scrub them with a stainless steel pad and a homemade soft scrub mixture. Rinse well afterward and then use this Homemade Soap Scum Remover on the tub walls and floor for a sparkling shower that looks like new.
Homemade Soap Scum Remover
Do not use this on granite or natural stone! If your shower is made of granite, marble, travertine, or other natural stone, this is not the solution for you. Instead, try my homemade granite cleaner recipe.
You will need:
1. Using a measuring cup, add equal parts VERY hot vinegar and Dawn dish soap to the spray bottle. To do my shower, I need 1 cup of each.
2. Heavily spray the shower door or surface that you want to clean. The solution will cling. That’s good.
3. Let sit at least 30 minutes. Overnight is even better.
4. Rinse while wiping with a microfiber cloth.
5. Scrubbing hard probably won’t be necessary, but if there are particularly stubborn spots go at them with a stiff-bristled brush.