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Removing Stubborn Soap Scum From Shower Doors – 10 Surefire Tips

Removing Stubborn Soap Scum From Shower Doors

Today we’re going to teach you how to remove soap scum from your shower doors. It doesn’t matter if you’re trying to remove the soap scum from your shower doors, shower tiles, or bathtub, one of these tips is bound to work for you.

Soap scum is a white or gray film that occurs in showers or tubs from soap product combining with hard water, dirt, bacteria, and shed skin. If you’re not sure if your build up is soap scum or hard water stains take your nail and try to scrap it. If you’re able to remove any of the film from the surface it’s soap scum, if not then it’s hard water stains.

Tip #1

To remove soap scum, you’ll need a commercially produced alkaline product such as Zep Shower Tub and Tile cleaner. The trick is to really soak the affected areas that have soap scum. One way to do this is to soak paper towels or cleaning cloths in the solution and stick them to the affected areas. Allow the solution to soak on the soap scum areas for at least 30 minutes or longer.

Next use a nylon brush to tackle the remaining soap scum. You a scrub brush to add additional cleaning solution to the surface as necessary.

Tip #2

The Magic Eraser made by Mr. Clean is another option for removing soap scum. Just apply a light amount of pressure to the Magic Eraser with your hands moving in a circular motion and you’ll have a perfectly clean shower or tub in no time. By the way, Magic Eraser is non-toxic too.

Tip #3

A natural miracle soap scum cleaner and one that you probably won’t believe until you try it. Mix cream of tartar sauce and lemon juice together until they form a paste. Get a scrubbing brush and rub it onto the soap scummed area in a circular motion. Rinse with clean water and dry.

Tip #4

A green alternative would be to take regular table salt and add it to a container. Then add enough white vinegar to the salt until you form a paste. Once you have a paste apply the product to a nylon scrub brush and clean. Rinse with water and towel dry.

Tip #5

Spray Scrubbing Bubbles cleaner on the soap scummed area and allow to sit for 20-30 minutes. Take a scrubbing brush and scrub in a circular motion and watch the ugly soap scum stains disappear. With this method, the Scrubbing Bubbles does most of the work for you.

Tip #6

This tip is more of a preventative measure than an actual cleaning method. Get an empty spray bottle and combine 2 parts water with 1 part white vinegar. Keep this all natural solution in your shower and spray after ever shower use. Allow the solution to air dry, the vinegar smell will dissipate within an hour after using it.

Tip #7

Get a Bounce Dryer Sheet and scrub away with a Scrub Daddy Scratch-Free sponge on the scummy area. The dryer sheets are quite effective on soap scum especially after they suds up a bit. Rinse with clear water and repeat if necessary.

Tip #8

For this soap scum cleaning tip, you will need some Weiman Glass Cook Top Cleaner, an inexpensive paintbrush and a bowl. Pour one cup of glass cook top cleaner into a bowl and use the paintbrush to coat the infected surface. A swirling motion is best combined with a medium pressure. Resist the urge to try and scrub with the brush – just paint the solution on the area.

Once the area is completely coated let it sit for about 30 minutes or longer. Rinse off with clear water and squeegee the area or dry off with a lint free cloth.

Tip #9

Combine 1 1/2 cups of hot water, 10 drops of tea tree oil, 3/4 cups of white distilled vinegar, 2 teaspoons of Borax and 1 teaspoon of castile soap. Mix the ingredients together well, when finished put the solution in a spray bottle. Spray solution on soap scum area, scrub with a brush, rinse and dry when done.

Tip #10

Form a paste by combining liquid castile soap, 3/4 cups of baking soda, 5 drops of tea tree oil and 5 drops of lemongrass. Apply paste to brush and scrub the affected areas. Allow to sit for 10 minutes, spray with vinegar and wipe off with a clean cloth when done.

Additional Tips

  • Use liquid soaps or body wash instead of bar soaps.
  • Dry out tub and shower after each use.
  • Light coat the sides of tubs and showers (not the bottom) with lemon oil (Lemon Pledge works wonders), car wax or Rain-X. Oil helps repel water from the glass and shower tiles.
  • Heat and steam from the shower make it easier to clean soap scum so clean after every shower.
  • Tea tree oil not only helps prevent bacteria growth it also has many antiseptic properties present as well.

Try one or all of these 10 tips for removing stubborn soap scum from shower doors and let us know which one works best for you.

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