Cleaning and Removing Soap Scum Stains  

Removing soap scum from glass, ceramic, tile, porcelain and other bathroom surfaces can be a chore and a stubborn one at that. Some people think it’s the second-worst thing in the bathroom anyone ever has to deal with. Does it seem like when you’re done cleaning the bathroom, the soap scum seems to come shining through like it wasn’t even touched? 

Soap scum can build up pretty quick especially if you have a lot of people using the shower every day. Today we are going to share with you some ways you can remove stubborn soap scum without all the elbow grease and aggravation. In some cases, it’s the precautionary measures one takes that can help keep the soap scum from building up in the first place.

5 Ways to Remove Soap Scum

1. Wipe Down Surfaces

The best way to deal with soap scum is to prevent it from building up in the first place. Shower gel, soap, shampoo, and conditioner all leave behind a thin film of oils and other gunk that leaves a haze on tubs, showers, and bathroom walls.

After showering or bathing, use a bathroom squeegee to wipe down the walls and all tile surfaces to help prevent the formation of mildew, bacteria, and soap scum. Squeegees are also the perfect tool to wipe down glass-enclosed showers stalls and keep them shining like new! 

2. Borax

Borax has been around forever and is useful for many household cleaning tasks. This scouring powder will kill any mold, mildew, odor, and make soap scum disappear. You probably want to wear a pair of latex cleaning gloves when working with borax.

Just sprinkle some borax in the tub, add a little water to make a paste, let it soak, and give it a good scrub. The final step is to use warm water to rinse off all remaining traces of soap scum down the drain.

3. Vinegar

Another home remedy cleaning tip is – vinegar. You can mix together 2 cups of white vinegar, 2 cups of warm water, and one teaspoon of dishwashing liquid in a spray bottle. Spray surfaces generously with the mixture to douse the tub and walls, let it soak in for a few minutes, scrub as needed, and rinse away.

4. Baking Soda

You can make a paste out of baking soda and water. Add about 1/3 cup of baking soda to a small bowl and stir in just enough water to make a thick paste. Use a clean sponge or microfiber towel to rub the paste on bathroom walls, shower doors, and the tub – or any surface that’s coated with soap scum. Let it sit for a few minutes then rinse everything off with clean, warm water.

5. Use a Product Designed to Clean Soap Scum

If the home remedies mentioned above don’t work, choose a product specifically designed to handle soap scum. Rejuvenate® Soap Scum Remover makes tough soap scum disappear on contact, leaving behind a streak-free finish.

This bathroom cleaner is non-abrasive and bleach-free and is safe to use on chrome, plastic, glass, ceramic tile and other surfaces. You simply spray the product on, let it work its magic, and then rinse it off. For heavily coated surfaces, let the soap scum remover soak in for a few minutes and rub any stubborn deposits away with a sponge or brush before rinsing.  

Scrubbing the tub is probably not on anyone’s list of favorite chores to do at home. When you have the right bathroom cleaning supplies, tools and products on hand then it isn’t so bad. Rejuvenate Soap Scum Remover was chosen by a leading home and garden magazine as the winner of the new product award for the Best New Tile Cleaner.