Find me someone who loves cleaning the shower and tub, and I tell you you’ll only get frustrated because no one – NO ONE – loves to do that. It’s no fun trying to remove soap scum from shower and all those hard water stains on glass shower door.
I’m not here to convince you otherwise, but maybe there are some ways to make this daunting task suck a little less. You can make a homemade soap scum remover (and more!) that works as an awesome hack to make cleaning the shower and tub much easier. Here are seven ways to do it.
Prevent soap scum from building up
What is soap scum? Soap scum is from the different chemicals from your soap and shampoo that react with hard water and accumulate through time. See those white, hard-to-remove spots in your shower or tub? Yep, that’s the one!
Now that you’ve worked so hard on removing all of that stubborn soap scum, try these simple solutions to prevent it from coming back. The Family Handyman suggests applying Aquapel or Rain-X to your shower doors.
Both of these products are meant to repel rainwater from windshield glass, but they will also do the same for your shower. The water will bead, and instead of staying on your glass, letting the soap scum develop, it will simply repel, fall down the glass, and into your drain.
Make a non-toxic, wonderful-smelling cleaner
Since soap scum can be difficult to remove, you might think your only option would be a toxic, stinky, hardcore type of cleaner – thankfully, that’s not true. You can make your own non-toxic, pleasant-smelling cleaner that removes soap scum just as easily.
Oily Rockstars has a great tutorial on how to make this all-natural cleaner using 4 ingredients: baking soda, Thieves Household Cleaner, vinegar, and essential oils. Head over to their blog for the full instructions.
Use a Magic Eraser
Like the name says, the Magic Eraser by Mr. Clean is quite literally ‘magic.’ You can use these wonderful sponges (and their generic brands, well) on just about anything. Removing crayon stains from a wall, and cleaning stains from countertops. The good news is this is also a good hack for how to remove soap scum from bathtub.
According to How Stuff Works, “the secret behind these types of erasers is a material commonly called melamine foam. With just a little water, melamine foam can dig in and destroy stains that other products can’t touch.”
Use Bar Keepers Friend
Bar Keepers Friend is one of those miracle-cleaning products. No, really, it’s amazing. The canned, powdered cleaning product was originally introduced in 1882 and has been a hit ever since. If you’re wondering how to remove water spots from shower glass door, this is your answer.
Simply sprinkle a bit of Bar Keepers Friend on a damp sponge and wipe away the soap scum on your shower doors. Rinse and reveal a beautiful, shiny, clear glass door.
Use Dawn and vinegar
If you don’t have a Magic Eraser, this simple mixture is also known to be pretty magical as well. All you’ll need to do are these 4 easy steps:
- Heat a cup of vinegar in the microwave for 30 seconds
- Pour a cup of Dawn into a spray bottle
- Add the heated vinegar to the spray bottle
Head over to the Yummy Mummy Club for her full tutorial and step-by-step instructions.
Add some cornstarch
To take your Dawn and vinegar cleaning solution up a notch, cornstarch can do the trick. Fabulessly Frugal tried this easy trick and found that it reduces the soapy suds from the Dawn, that means – less rinsing! Head over to the blog for a full tutorial.
Remove soap scum from shower using a dryer sheet
Did you know dryer sheets are super versatile outside of the laundry room? If you moisten a dryer sheet and gently scrub your shower doors, tile, and porcelain, the soap scum will disappear right before your eyes.
Aren’t these neat ways to remove soap scum from shower? We hope these will help ease one of the most dreaded tasks in your home — cleaning the bathroom. Try each of these, and let us know which natural soap scum remover is your favorite!
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