Home Cleaning Tips: Remove Soap Scum From Shower

Why buy harsh chemicals when all of the ingredients for soap scum removal can be found right in your pantry? Homemade recipe for cleaning with natural, alternative ingredients included.

It's a sad fact of life. In our quest to keep ourselves clean, we end up dirtying our showers. Before we know it, we've accumulated quite a bit of soap scum. The reason soap scum is so hard to remove is because it's made up of many different things. Body oils, mildew, mineral deposits, and talc from soap and hard water are a sampling of what's found in the film that's coating our shower doors. We've all tackled this nuisance at least once in our lives and sometimes it seems like our endless scrubbing gets us nowhere. This won't be the case after you read this article, however. Not only are there easy solutions for soap scum removal, but there are ways to prevent it as well.

First some remedies for removing soap scum from your shower:

1. In a spray bottle, mix one part ammonia to two parts water. Spray where necessary and scrub with a sponge or scrubbing tool such as a brush or scouring pad. Rinse with clear water. (To avoid skin irritation, wear gloves when using ammonia.)

2. Pour warm vinegar into a spray bottle and apply to the affected area. Let sit for about 30 minutes and scrub with a sponge or brush. Rinse with clear water.

3. Moisten a dryer sheet and rub onto dirty area to remove the soap scum. Rinse with water.

4. Mix one part automatic dishwasher detergent to three parts water. Spray solution onto the dirty area and let sit for about 15 minutes and scrub with sponge or brush. Rinse with water.

5. Make a paste of baking soda and water; apply to walls and scrub. Rinse with water.

6. Tile cleaner will remove buildup caused by soap and hard water.

7. Avon's "Skin so Soft" body spray is not only an effective insect repellent, when sprayed onto soap scum, it's also an effective cleanser.

For best results, clean your shower directly after it's been used. The water and humidity will help loosen the gunk that has built up, making it easier to remove. There are also a number of products on the market specifically formulated to remove soap scum from tile walls, but why purchase expensive chemicals when there are some inexpensive cleaning products already in your home? Before bringing home a harsh chemical, first see if one of the above remedies work.

Once you have your shower free of soap scum, there are some steps you can take to prevent future buildup:

1. After every shower, wipe down walls and doors with a chamois cloth or squeegee. Keep shower walls dry to prevent mildew buildup.

2. Rub shower walls and doors with furniture, car or other paste wax to prevent the buildup caused by soaps, shampoos, dirt and mineral deposits. (Caution: Never wax the shower floor. This can cause a very bad fall.)

3. Use liquid gel soap instead of solid bar soap. This will keep talc from collecting on your shower walls.

4 Wipe down shower walls and doors with lemon oil to keep soap scum from building up.

Once you know how to prevent soap scum, it will be easier to keep your shower clean and you won't have to spend hours each year trying to remove these stubborn stains. Your shower will shine!

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