What is the Best Way to Remove Soap Scum?

United States
August 25, 2008 9:39pm CST
It seems I've tried every cleaner on the market to remove soap scum. The ones that work nearly take your breath away. Does anyone out there have a sure fire way to remove soap scum? I'm up for suggestions;)
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@i12read (57)
• United States
27 Aug 08
I use the Mr Clean Magic Eraser sponge. No fumes, but a little elbow grease needed. I have asthma and can't use cleaners, and when my children used the cleaners I couldn't go in the room for a long time. I was sold on these sponges from the beginning. They work better than just scrubbing with regular sponges, and with only 1 bathroom for 7 people, we would have to use cleaners every day.
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• United States
26 Aug 08
I actually use a mild degreaser to remove soap scum. I fill the tub with maybe an inch or two of water, add degreaser and use the scrubby side of a sponge. The soap scum comes right off without a lot of scrubbing.
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• United States
26 Aug 08
I don't know what your shower is made of, so I can't recommend any scrubbies or harsh chemicals. However, vinegar is awesome! When we moved into the house we're in, the bathroom was encrusted with soap scum and hard water. A couple of weeks of spraying and soaking with vinegar got them out without a problem. Good luck!
@tlb0822 (1414)
• United States
26 Aug 08
Try either dawn dish soap, or the works greene cleaner. I use dawn when I am out of the works and it works wonders with an abrasive sponge. The works takes it right off, and all you have to do is wipe it with a damp wash cloth. They both work pretty well for me.
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• Malaysia
26 Aug 08
What about pouring hot boiling water onto the place and then scrub it off. Soap has some elements of oil in it so I guess it makes it easy for you to scrub afterwards when the soap scum has loosen because of the hot water. But I suggest you try on a small spot first before doing it all over, so you can determine whether it is the best solution or not.
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@newtondak (3950)
• United States
26 Aug 08
Use a sponge with an abrasive side - but the kind you can use on non-stick pans, not the kind that is used on metal pans. Squeeze on an ample amount of liquid dishwasher detergent - such as Cascade liquid and rub on the surface. If it is extremely bad, you can let it set for a few minutes and then scrub again and rinse off.
• United States
26 Aug 08
Vinegar just straight Vinegar let it sit then scrub off.
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@modmommy (44)
• United States
26 Aug 08
I found a great trick for this one... I got a rectangular (sponge sized) semi-abrasive scrubber that is used to clean grills. It's got an "sos" type pad on it that is about 3/4 of an inch thick. I used that on the bathtub.... miracles never cease to amaze me...
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@walijo2008 (4649)
• United States
28 Aug 08
I know what I use to get soap scum off is Scrubbing Bubbles, its a foam spray that you spray in your shower or bathtub, let it sit for about 30 mins. then go and rinse it off, if you have alot of soap scum, you'll have to scrub it a little with a sponge, but it will come off pretty easy. You can also use the Mr.Clean Magic Eraser sponge on it and it will get it off too.
@ganderlot (352)
• United States
28 Aug 08
Lemon oil (furniture lemon oil)will clean well and prevent further build up.Borax works well. Circular scrubbing always works better than the back and forth scrubbing.
@Anne18 (11036)
28 Aug 08
I just the basic cleaner from the supermarket and lots of elbow grease. But if you wwipe over every day then soap scum won't happen.... only takes a mintue to wipe
• Lubbock, Texas
28 Aug 08
I'm with the other "naturalists". Vinegar. It may not all come off at once, but daily applications and allowing it to set will remove it! I use apple cider vinegar. Some people use white vinegar. Either one will work.