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The Best Way to Remove Soap Scum

Soap scum got you down? Check out our DIY soap scum remover!

By: Amy Jackson, Editor, DIYIdeaCenter.com
Updated July 26, 2018
The Best Way to Remove Soap Scum

There's nothing more relaxing than a nice, long bath or shower, and with products like DIY bath bombs, DIY sugar scrubs, and all sorts of shower lotions, we want to stay in our bathroom all day. However, there's nothing yuckier than dealing with gross, scum-filled bathrooms.

Luckily, you can stop your search for the best way to remove soap scum from shower doors, tile, and bathtubs. Here at DIYIdeaCenter, there's a cheap and easy DIY answer for everything!

These simple DIY solutions are the absolute best ways to get rid of soap scum. Before you know it, your bathroom will be as fresh and sparkling as when it was first installed. You'll be soaking your cares away again in the blink of an eye. Say goodbye to your soap scum woes, and say hello to The Best Way to Remove Soap Scum!

(Hint: It's easier than you think!)
 

What Is Soap Scum?

You may be squinting at that ugly ring around your bathtub wondering, "Exactly what is soap scum?" (And do you really need to scrub it off?)

In truth, soap scum is not just dirty, used-up soap. In reality, it's minerals from the water mixed with dirt, body oil, and bits of skin and bacteria. As you can imagine, that means that soap scum is definitely unhygienic. Even worse, as time goes on, the minerals firm up like concrete, building up showering after shower and bath after bath. The longer that soap scum goes uncleaned, the more difficult it is to get rid of.

So in a word, yes: you should absolutely get rid of that soap scum ASAP! But what is the best way to remove soap scum?
 

What Is Soap Scum?

The Best Way to Remove Soap Scum

There are a number of commercial products you can use to clean soap scum, such as: Borax, baking soda, and ammonia.

However, what if we told you that you can make a DIY soap scum remover in mere minutes with products that you have hanging around the house--and it cleans just as good  as the stuff you'd buy in the store and never touch again? We think that would qualify as "the BEST way to remove soap scum"!

Luckily, this isn't just a hypothetical. Here is our foolproof recipe for DIY soap scum remover.

  1. One cup Dawn dish soap
  2. Three cups white vinegar
And that's it! No really, that's it. (If you wanted to really get fancy, you could mix them in a spray bottle!)

The best of all? This is a no-scrub formula! Once a week, while you are showering, take two seconds to spray the walls of your shower with this DIY soap scum remover, and before you step out, spray it off with the handheld sprayer. It will rinse away as good as new, and it takes mere minutes. Or spray the bathroom down before you go to bed, and in the morning give it a swipe with a washcloth!
 

The Best Way to Remove Soap Scum

Other Great Household Cleaning Hacks

Now that your bathroom is sparkling clean, don't you think the rest of your house should match? Spruce up your household with these tips and tricks:

  1. Homemade Miracle Bathroom Cleaner
  2. How to Make Laundry Detergent
  3. Natural DIY Garbage Disposal Fresheners
  4. Easy Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaner
  5. Tile Floor Homemade Mopping Solution

To you, what's the hardest or most tedious thing to clean? Let us know in the comments!

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My bathtub needs some TLC so I'll be trying this this week.

What! Are you kidding me. I have got to try this. Just Dawn and vinger. What a super easy, inexpensive and eco-friendly way to clean off soap scum. I have tried a lot of products and so far nothing works so I will be giving this a try. Anyone try this yet?

Love these tips! Cleaning the shower is my LEAST favorite chore, but I think these ideas will make it much easier.

My shower is disgusting, so I'm bookmarking this for later this weekend when I can finally tackle it - thanks for the good tips!

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