I love keeping my bathroom clean without spending a fortune.
Here’s how to make a highly effective and inexpensive soap scum remover:
- Gather my ingredients: white vinegar, baking soda, and Dawn dish soap.
- Mix ½ cup white vinegar, two tablespoons baking soda, and two tablespoons Dawn together.
- Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and shake well.
- Generously spray the solution on soap scum and let sit for a few minutes.
- Scrub using a brush or sponge and rinse thoroughly with water.
To use my homemade soap scum remover, I start by combining the white vinegar, baking soda, and Dawn dish soap in a spray bottle. I make sure the lid is on tight and give it a good shake to mix everything together evenly. The vinegar works to dissolve the hard water spots, the baking soda acts as an abrasive to break up the soap scum, and the dish soap cuts through any greasy residue.
Next, I generously spray the mixture directly onto the glass shower doors, tub, tap, or wherever there’s a buildup of soap scum. I find that letting the solution sit for a few minutes gives it time to work its magic. For particularly stubborn areas, I might leave it for up to half an hour.
After waiting, I grab a sponge or a brush and give the treated areas a good scrub. The abrasive action of the baking soda combined with the cleaning power of the vinegar and soap makes it easy to remove the scum. Finally, I rinse everything off thoroughly with water, and I’m always left with sparkling, scum-free surfaces. It’s quick and easy, and I save money since I’m using ingredients that are already in my home.
Soap scum build-up doesn’t look appealing at all. It makes glass doors, tubs, and sinks look old. If not removed for weeks, it can accumulate mold, dirt, and serve as a breeding ground for harmful bacteria. Also, if you allow soapy build-up and hard water stains on shower surfaces for an extended period, it will cause permanent damage and etching on glass and stainless steel. “I always emphasize to my clients the importance of regular cleaning to prevent permanent damage,” advises Clara Webster, a seasoned authority in home organization, “especially when it comes to soap scum and hard water stains.”
If you are not sure what soap scum and hard water accumulation look like, take a good look at your glass doors to see if they have a cloudy appearance because this is the first sign of a soapy door and hard water buildup.
Here are some easy-to-make DIY soap scum remover recipes for glass shower doors, stainless steel shower heads, glass doors, the toilet bowl, shower curtains, and other parts of your bathroom.
- Here's how to make a highly effective and inexpensive soap scum remover:
- Wiping My Shower Walls with Microfiber Cloth
- I Use Vinegar, Baking Soda, and Dishwashing Soap
- I Mix White Vinegar and Hot Water
- Using My Dawn Dishwashing Soap
- Using Isopropyl Alcohol and Dish Soap to Clean My Granite
- Cleaning My Showerheads with Vinegar
- Coating My Stainless Steel Sink and Faucets with Baking Soda
- My Recipe for Homemade Soap Scum Remover
How I Clean Showers and Make a Powerful Soap Scum Remover
Fortunately, there are many ways to clean a bathtub and remove soap scum build up on bathroom surfaces without spending too much on store-bought cleaning products.
You can even use some of them for how to clean Jacuzzi tub jets if you have a jetted tub. Try several of the recipes to find the one that works best for your needs.
Wiping My Shower Walls with Microfiber Cloth
Using DIY soap scum remover can undoubtedly help, but prevention is the key to bathroom cleaning. If it is too late, removing hard water spots and etching may be irreversible. To prevent damage from happening to your glass shower stalls, wipe them down after each use with a squeegee or a microfiber cloth.
I Use Vinegar, Baking Soda, and Dishwashing Soap
Glass shower doors are prone to harboring soap residue and scum now and then, as well as accumulating hard water stains. To clean soap scum build up on a glass door and shower walls, here is the perfect baking soda based DIY scum remover recipe.
Pour the ingredients into the spray bottle and shake well to make the best DIY cleaner for glass shower doors. Spray generous amounts onto the soap scum build up on the glass doors. Let the mixture sit for a few minutes or up to half an hour. Scrub away soap scum with the brush or sponge and rinse thoroughly with water.
This mixture is also a great way to clean mirrors with accumulated soap scum and toothpaste spatter.
I Mix White Vinegar and Hot Water
Hard water is one of the reasons why soap scum gets stuck on tubs, sinks, and other bathroom surfaces. Hard water contains high levels of minerals.
This mixture serves as a water softener and is only one way to clean a shower liner. To try this homemade soap scum cleaner, prepare the following homemade cleaner.
Carefully pour hot water and vinegar into the glass spray bottle. Shake the mixture thoroughly and spray copious amounts into the bar soap suds and residue build-up. For tough stains, let the mixture sit for five to ten minutes. After that, wash it clean.
Using My Dawn Dishwashing Soap
Dishwashing liquids are potent cleaners. Aside from eliminating grease and grime, it is handy for removing tough stains and hard water spots. Use this simple but effective DIY mixture for cleaning soap scum from tub and shower areas with ease.
To create your DIY soap scum remover, mix equal parts of the dish soap and white vinegar and shake well. Once thoroughly blended, spray generous amounts of the mixture on the shower doors or shower curtains that you want clean. Let the mixture sit for at least 30 minutes.
Rinse thoroughly with water and wipe clean with a microfiber cloth. No scrubbing is necessary, but for stubborn spots, use a soft bristled brush. Do not use this recipe on natural stone or granite walls.
Using Isopropyl Alcohol and Dish Soap to Clean My Granite
Many DIY cleaners are made of vinegar and lemon juice, but these cleaning products damage natural stone and granite surfaces. However, you do not have to buy expensive cleaners to shine, disinfect, and clean your granite bathroom floors!
Combine and pour all the ingredients in the spray bottle. Shake well before each use. After spraying on marble or granite surfaces, wait for about thirty seconds to wipe clean with a soft damp cloth. No rinsing is necessary.
Cleaning My Showerheads with Vinegar
If you noticed that your showerhead is not spraying evenly, soap scum and hard water residue might be clogging the nozzles. The best way to keep the water flowing as it should is to clean a showerhead with vinegar. Vinegar’s acidity level aids in dissolving mineral deposits that are found in hard water.
Pour the vinegar and baking soda into the container. It should start to bubble due to the chemical reaction occurring between the two cleaners. Next, submerge the showerhead into the solution. Make sure that it is thoroughly soaked.
Leave it for one hour or, if your showerheads are excessively dirty, let it soak overnight. After that, rinse the showerhead with warm water and turn it on to allow the water to flow and clear the nozzle.
Make sure to wash all of your DIY soap scum remover mixture off the showerhead. Wipe it dry using a soft cloth or a paper towel.
Coating My Stainless Steel Sink and Faucets with Baking Soda
Keeping stainless steel faucets and sinks clean is a tedious job. Toothpaste, soap suds, facial creams, hard water spots, and other stuff gets stuck on the surface easily. To get rid of this grime on your sink and stainless steel faucets, use this recipe.
First, rinse the sink or faucet with water. Then sprinkle ample amounts of baking soda to cover and coat eighty percent of the stainless steel area. Use the sponge in the direction of the steel grain.
Pour the vinegar in the spray bottle or directly sprinkle on the surface. If desired, apply a paste of cream of tartar. Wash thoroughly and rinse well.
Why I Use a Homemade Soap Scum Remover
For many individuals, DIY soap scum remover is the best way to clean soap residue and stains on bathroom surfaces. Homemade soap scum cleaners are the weapon of choice against hard water spotting and grime build up because they are safe and are chemical free. They don’t give off an intoxicating smell which may cause lung problems and irritation.
With a little bit of elbow grease and some everyday household products, you can make a safe solution for bathroom cleaning. So, try the recipes above, let the homemade soap scum remover do its job, and stop worrying about cleaning your bathrooms.
My Recipe for Homemade Soap Scum Remover
- 8 ounces vinegar
- 4 tbsp dishwashing liquid
- 4 tbsp baking soda
- Measuring cup
- 12-ounce sprayer bottle
- Pour the vinegar, baking soda, and dish soap into the sprayer.
- Shake to incorporate all the ingredients.
- Spritz bathroom surfaces.
- Let the soap scum eliminator work for up to 30 minutes.
- Scrub away residue.
- Rinse with fresh water.
Double or half the recipe as needed.
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