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DIY Methods to Remove Soap Scum Build-Up

DIY Methods to Remove Soap Scum Build-Up

When it comes to bathroom cleaning, there’s no bigger challenge for anyone than getting rid of soap scum. Soap scum is created when the fatty acids in your soap mix with minerals like calcium and magnesium in water. The result is a white, scummy build-up that is insoluble in water, making it incredibly tough to remove soap scum. Even worse, soap scum can be a breeding ground for dangerous bacteria.

But soap scum isn’t invincible. In fact, there are a number of household products and DIY methods that you can use to remove soap scum build-up in your tub, shower, or anywhere else. Below, the cleaning professionals at Maid Right have collected tips on what materials and products you can use to get rid of soap scum in your bathroom.

Materials for Soap Scum Removal 

Soap scum is a pain to remove, so you might be tempted to cut down on your cleaning time by using an abrasive cleaning tool. This is usually a bad idea. Most tubs and showers can be damaged by abrasive cleaning tools like pumice stones, hard-bristle brushes, and heavy-duty sponges. It’s best to let your cleaning products break down the soap scum, then use a non-scratch sponge or soft bristle brush to finish the job. Remember that patience and elbow grease are preferable to a permanently damaged tub or shower. 

Store-Bought Soap Scum Products

There are a range of store-bought products that you can use to clean up soap scum. Modern products use chemicals like, N-alkyl dimethyl ammonium chlorides, N-alkyl dimethyl ethylbenzyl ammonium chlorides, or sulfamic acid to break down soap scum. After allowing these products to sit for a few minutes, you can easily wipe away with a sponge or soft cloth. While not as a dangerous as some cleaning products, it’s important to note that these cleaners do present a health risk and are less eco-friendly than DIY materials.

DIY Recipe: Dish Soap, Water, and Vinegar

If you’d prefer a safer method for cleaning soap scum, you can do so by making your own soap scum cleaner at home. This recipe requires just three ingredients: water, vinegar, and dish soap.

  1. In a spray bottle, combine equal parts water and vinegar.
  2. Add one to two tablespoons of regular dish soap.
  3. Seal and shake the spray bottle to mix the components together.
  4. Spray the mixture on soap scum and allow to sit for 15 minutes.
  5. Wipe down the surface with a damp washcloth.

While you’ll need to let this mixture sit a little longer than store-bought cleaners, it will allow you to safely remove soap scum with less damage to your wallet and the environment.

Does your bathroom need a deep clean? If so, your local Maid Right can help. Call (855) 624-3744 today for a no-cost cleaning consultation.