Many homeowners find soap-scum on shower walls, shower doors, bathtubs and sinks. This thick layer of dingy looking grime ruins the appearance of the bathroom and make it look dirty. soap-scum is the residue soap leaves behind on glass shower doors, ceramic shower tiles, shower curtains and any bath, shower or sink surface. soap-scum leaves behind a dull, dingy almost clouded appearance and completely ruins the look of the room. There are many commercially made soap-scum removers sold in stores, but they are formulated from harsh chemicals which are not good for many types of surfaces not to mention they are not healthy for you or your family. There are a few alternative cleaning methods to try which are actually just as effective, if not more effective than the store bought soap-scum removers. Removing the soap-scum from the surface restores the look of the tile, tub and other areas of the room to make it look bright and clean agin.
Removing soap-scum From Shower Curtains and Liners
Take the showercurtain and liner down from the rod.
Place the curtain and liner into your washing machine.
Add a few like color towels.
Pour the recommended amount of laundry detergent into the washing machine along with 1 cup of white-vinegar.
Removing soap-scum From Surfaces
Fill a spray bottle with white-vinegar.
Generously mist the glass shower doors, bathtub, sink or ceramic tile.
Dampen a clean, soft rag with white-vinegar and rub soap-scum off of the surface. Thoroughly flush with plain-water to avoid water spots and stains.
Do not use white-vinegar on granite or marble because the acid in the white-vinegar will etch the surface. Always rinse tile and porcelain surfaces thoroughly with plain-water because over time the acid in the vinegar will dull the surface.
For tough or built on soap-scum; mist the surface with white-vinegar.
Scrub the walls, sink or tub with a nylon scrubber, rinse with plain-water and dry.
Do not use any harsh abrasive materials such as steel wool or a stiff scrub brush.
Really Tough soap-scum
For really tough soap-scum buildup; mist the surface very generously with the white-vinegar.
Generously sprinkle baking soda over the top. The chemical reaction between the white-vinegar and the baking soda will bubble away the soap-scum.
For glass shower doors and walls, it is actually more like throwing the baking soda at them.
Rinse well with plain-water and dry.
Prevent soap-scum Buildup
Of course one way to prevent soap-scum buildup is to thoroughly rinse and dry all surfaces as soon as you are finished showering or bathing, but we all know that's probably not going to happen.
An easier way to prevent soap-scum buildup; apply lemon oil to a clean soft rag and wipe a light coat on glass shower doors, sinks and tile walls.
Do not apply lemon oil to shower floors or bathtubs because the lemon oil is slippery and will cause the surface to be very slippery.
Reapply lemon oil every 8 to 12 weeks depending on use.