Do you feel like it is taking you forever to clean the bathtub or the shower caddy and glass walls? You literally hate it how all your efforts seem to vanish at the very first shower that you take after that serious bath scrub? Looks like you are in the club of those who do not know how to make the soap scum go away from the bathroom… Just do not overstress with it, soap scum is a real pain for a lot of people, especially since it literally starts building up the moment you step into the shower caddy. Plus, the title of this blog post should be a clear tell-tale that it is not that hard to get rid of it either.
First things first, know what you are dealing with
With every shower or bath that you take, the splashes of water and soap that spread pretty much everywhere will turn into this nasty scum. It is a build-up of soap, sloughed off skin, dirt, natural body oils, bacteria, and minerals from the water.
Ignore it and it will turn into such a solid build-up that it will feel like trying to wash out… concrete! Arm yourself with our bathroom cleaning tips and you should not have a hard time to clear that soap scum in an easy and natural way.
What do we mean by natural cleaning solutions, you wonder?
From using the lemon as a power ingredient to clean up your house with green cleaning products to freshening up the house with other citrus, or even vinegar or coffee… you know us. We are all about a natural approach, as often as possible. Fortunately, this is one of the situations where it is possible to clean the scum without harsh chemicals.
Our top choices in terms of natural ingredients for cleaning the bathroom are:
- White vinegar
Borax – it is a natural mineral, with abrasive properties and a great deodorizing, plus it stops mould and mildew. Make a paste out of 1 cup of borax, 2 cups of water and 2 tbs of liquid dishwashing detergent. Spread and let sit for 15 minutes. Scrub with soft bristle before it dries out. Rinse well with hot water and wipe well with paper towels.
Tip: You can try the same formula, with the same amounts, replacing the borax with baking soda. If you prefer a more acidic natural bathroom cleaner, try 4 cups of white vinegar with 4 cups of water and 1 tbs of dishwashing detergent, applying it for 15 minutes, scrubbing, rinsing and wiping just the same!
Ammonia – as an alkaline natural ingredient, it does a great work at removing waxy soap scums. A solution made of 2 cups of water and 1 cup of ammonia, sprayed over the soap scums and allowed to sit for about 30 minutes, will work out well. Rinse very well and make sure you keep the windows open while working with it because it has a very strong smell.
At this point, regardless of the solution that you have chosen, your bathtub or shower walls should sparkle. So, allow us to end this post of how to make soap scum go away from your bathroom with a very effective advice: regular maintenance is the key to avoiding serious build-ups in the long run.
For now, wipe the clean surfaces with a towel and let the air in, to dry them perfectly. And from now on, as you finish your shower and start rinsing, spray on a bit of your shower cleaner and put the shower to rinse the walls too! The bath will wash along with you and there will be considerably less soap scum left behind. Also, it helps if you use liquid soap instead of solid soap, that one is known to leave fewer traces behind!