It is never good to let soap scum build up to a point where it is thick and ugly. It consists of more than just dried soap as well, and includes a sedimentary mass of soap, dirt, body oil, dead skin, mildew, dust and hard water deposits. It can truly become a major task to clean if you let it build up over time, so it is best practice to do a regular cleaning of your bathroom!
Clean Soap Scum Naturally
Baking soda’s mild abrasive action and natural deodorizing properties make it a powerful natural replacement for harsh commercial scouring powders.
Sprinkle baking soda onto a damp sponge to tackle grimy bathtub rings, scour vanities, or remove food deposits from the kitchen sink.
For tougher grime, make a paste of baking soda and water. To make the paste, use a big bowl and put in some baking soda. Slowly add water while stirring until it is the same consistency as toothpaste. Then you can apply the paste to the tub or sink, and allow to stand for 20 to 30 minutes. Dirt, soap scum and deposits soften and are made much easier to remove.
Homemade Vinegar Spray
Mix in a sprayer bottle:
1 cup white vinegar
1 cup water
For really tough bathroom surfaces such as shower walls, pump up the cleaning power by removing the sprayer element and heating the solution in the microwave until barely hot.
Spray shower walls with the warmed generously, allow to stand for 10 to 15 minutes, then scrub and rinse. The heat helps soften stubborn soap scum and loosens the existing hard water deposits.
Undiluted White Vinegar
Undiluted white vinegar straight out of the jug will make fast work of tough cleaning problems involving soap scum and hard water deposits.
Corn Starch For Shower Doors
Remember how we made the baking soda paste earlier? Now you simply do the same thing, only this time use corn starch instead of the baking soda. Once you have created your paste, apply it onto the shower doors and scrub gently with a sponge. Once the entire surface has been scrubbed, wipe all of the corn starch off with a damp towel or two. Next, rinse the doors with either the shower head or a pitcher of water. Finally, using a liberal amount of straight white vinegar, spray the shower doors down and wipe them off.
Never use harsh abrasives such as steel wool, Brillo Pads, sandpaper, or similar rough materials for cleaning soap scum. These items can leave scratches and gouges on the surface of your tub or shower. Soap scum will collect in these gouges and make future cleanings even more difficult, and we don’t want that now do we when we clean soap scum naturally the next time!