How To Get Rid of Soap Scum

By Subodh / May 18, 2011

Saturday night is rapidly approaching. You need to find a way to get rid of soap scum before your guests arrive and decide to use your bathroom.

The hardest to remove substance is soap scum. The method for removal of soap scum should be considered very carefully.

Stain Locations

Soap scum is a stain that could appear just about anywhere in the bathroom. For instance, it is found on the sides of the tub, on the wall, and on sliding shower doors. It may even accumulate on the floor.

Soap scum appears where people wash. The drippings from the soap (especially bar soap) then harden and remain on the bath or shower surfaces. The longer it sits the harder it is to remove.

Here are some popular ways to get rid of soap scum:

Option #1: Vinegar method- Gather your vinegar, a spray bottle, a clean towel, and a measuring cup. You are going to be also using your microwave, if you have one otherwise the stove.

The first step is to measure two cups of water. Then use your microwave to warm up that water, but do not warm it too hot. You could also heat it using a low heat setting on a stove top.
Probably a minute or two of time would be all you need to heat the vinegar. It should be warm to the touch, but not so hot it would burn your fingers or hand when using it.

This warm vinegar should be poured into a spray bottle. Then, you can spray it on the soap scum. This vinegar should then be allowed to sit for two minutes after spraying.

Then, you would begin the wiping process a few minutes later. Then, you can wipe the area dry with a clean towel or dryer sheet (recommended soap scum scrubbing tool).

Option #2: The Ammonia Recipe- Ammonia is a certified scum remover. It dissolves fat that makes up the majority of soap scum. You are advised to use gloves for the scrubbing process. As far as the mixture, all you need is one part ammonia with two parts water.

This mixed ammonia solution can then be placed in a spray bottle. As you spray the soap scum should soften and the loosened scum can be wiped away with a rag or towel. Then, you can rinse the area thoroughly to make sure the ammonia residue has been removed.

Option #3: Homemade soap scum remover- This is a substance that can very easily remove soap scum from all kinds of surfaces. For instance it works on shower heads, grout, soap holders, tiles, and more.

For this job you need the following ingredients: ½ cup baking soda, 1/3 cup ammonia, ¼ cup vinegar, and 6 cups of water.

Instructions for this task: Remember you should only use the ammonia by itself. It should not be used mixed with bleach. This solution should then be applied to problem areas.

Then you should start scrubbing with an acrylic or terry cloth. While doing so you are advised to use gloves so the ammonia does not irritate your skin. You are going to need six parts of water to one part ammonia for this purpose.

Option #4: Borax- This is an abrasive substance that will not harm surfaces where soap scum resides. However, if your bathroom has an acrylic versus ceramic tiles then you should use a sponge designed for use on acrylic. This will help further avoid damage, and then afterwards you can rinse the solution with warm water.