Removing Soap Scum From Bath Tub or Shower

Have you ever had trouble cleaning scum off of your bathroom tiles or shower doors? Well, I've got a great tip that's sure to help. Use your leftover fabric softener sheets to rub them off. You barely have to scrub at all. I think the secret to it is the quilted design. Anyway, now you can enjoy cleaning soap/bathroom scum with ease.

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By Jessamyn from Honolulu, HI

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Removing Soap Scum From Bath Tub or Shower

Comet powder with a drop or two of Dawn liquid dishwashing soap works, so does the spray Comet cleaner. Let it sit, but don't let it dry and scrub with the rough side of a two sided sponge. Here is the trick, after you get it clean, wax the walls not the floor with automotive wax. My favorite is RainX wet wax. As well as using RainX windshield treatment on any glass. (09/02/2007)

By Brandi

Removing Soap Scum From Bath Tub or Shower

I just moved in with a room mate. There was a room mate before me, who never cleaned. The walls of the bath tub were black and thick (plastic tub). I tried cleaning it several times before this, but I put half a bottle of Lime Away all over the tub, with the drain closed. And every 5 minutes I would go and smear the stuff in the tub around. Let it set, did this like three times. Then I took a green non-scratch 3mm pad and scrubbed while I had the hot water running and it all smeared off. I went in the bathroom the next morning and it was blinding. This also works very well for the grooves at the bottom of the tub. A must try. (11/23/2007)

By Crystal

Removing Soap Scum From Bath Tub or Shower

Use Lime Away first and scrub with a sponge. Let it sit wet. Rinse then use a wet sponge with a fresh fabric softener sheet wrapped around it. Scrub a bit lightly to spread the softener. Soak a few minutes, then get a "plastic" putty knife (any hardware store has them) and gently scrape and it comes right off. Wax tub sides after its spotless or apply Rain-X. (11/24/2007)

By Chris

Removing Soap Scum From Bath Tub or Shower

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I use SOS pads on the side of the tubs where the soap scum ring is and it works wonderfully, I usually spray it with Comet first and immediately use the SOS pads and it comes off great. The bottom of my tub has the no slip finish with the little grooves and I am having a really hard time finding something to clean that. (01/02/2008)

By Amy

WD-40 Works better than anything on this Site

I have had a horrible time keeping my tub clean. After trying many things on this site I found that many of them work great, but I read somewhere to use WD-40. This works better than anything I have tried before. Simply spray it on and wipe it off. No scrubbing. Give it a try. I would advise using something else for the bottom though as WD-40 is slippery. (02/02/2008)

By James

Removing Soap Scum From Bath Tub or Shower

After scrubbing our shower walls on and off for most of the day, my husband walked in with a drywall finishing knife. He sprayed Grease Lighting on the shower walls and then scraped the walls with the finishing knife. It worked great. The whole job was finished in about 10 minutes. Then we applied wax to the walls to prevent the problem. Just be careful to hold the finishing knife flat against the walls to prevent scratching. (03/16/2008)

By Belinda

Removing Soap Scum From Bath Tub or Shower

I moved into a house with years of soap scum buildup, and, after trying dozens of tips from this site and others plus trying every commercial cleaner I could find, nothing worked. The only way I finally solved the problem was to get a putty knife and scrape off the soap scum. (04/11/2008)

By Fred

Removing Soap Scum From Bath Tub or Shower

That worked. Thanks. The baking soda paste and Magic Eraser did the trick with very little scrubbing. The Eraser alone did not do it, only the combo. (07/07/2008)

By Cleaning Challenged

Removing Soap Scum From Bath Tub or Shower

Hair conditioner (can you believe it) left on for hours will clean the bottom of really grubby fiberglass shower perfectly. Found this out by accident when a plastic bottle of pink hair conditioner broke and spilled all over the base of my shower. Hours later I wiped it away and the fiberglass shower base was spotless, shiny clean, and not the least bit slippery. (08/31/2008)

By Suz

Removing Soap Scum From Bath Tub or Shower

Okay, guess what works. Easy off Fume Free Max. It also says Lemon scent. I read it some where, went out and got some, tried it and it worked great. Spray it on and let it set, depending on how bad the scum is. Mine was pretty bad, so I left it on for about 20 minutes and took a sponge to it with the scrubby side and it came right off. Try it. (10/03/2008)

By Renee M.

Removing Soap Scum From Bath Tub or Shower

In my case, my bathtub was a perfect storm of grunge caused by living in an area with extremely hard water, and bathing in Ivory soap "every day". I had to use a combination technique to combat both the scum buildup and the calcium deposits:

  1. First, scrubbed the area down quickly with the dryer sheet. This removed the top layer of soap-related buildup, but I was still left with a nasty ring around the tub, and thick solid crud around the area of the drain.

  2. Second, coated the tub with a lemon, (especially the faucet, and other metallic elements) and left the juice on for 15 minutes. Lemon juice does a great job of dissolving calcium deposits, whether in the hot water heater, or in your tub.

  3. Third, scraped off the (now softened) solid crud around the drain with the screwdriver, and wiped down the metallic parts. Gleaming.
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  4. Fourth, created a thick paste of baking soda and smeared it over the remaining tub ring, and left it to sit for another 15 minutes.
  5. Fifth, wiped down the paste with a moistened dryer sheet, and Viola! Clean tub.
This took a lot more elbow grease and patience than the wipe-it-and-forget-it method promised, but it may be because of the poor water quality in my area. Oh, and the poster who suggested switching to liquid body soaps probably has a good point. (12/30/2008)

By Happier Housewife

Removing Soap Scum From Bath Tub or Shower

I would not touch dryer sheets. They are very toxic. (02/01/2009)

By Chip

Removing Soap Scum From Bath Tub or Shower

I use vinegar in a spray bottle. It works for most cleaning jobs around the house. Good luck. (02/01/2009)

By K W

Removing Soap Scum From Bath Tub or Shower

Although it may be a hassle to do, I use a squeegee (just about) every time I finish showering, while I'm still in there, after the water is turned off. It really prevents a build up of mold and mildew, ever a challenge here in Florida. I find it prevents most build up, and makes it much easier to clean. I try to avoid toxic chemicals, when possible. Vinegar and baking soda work, when the buildup hasn't gotten out of hand. My challenge is the tracks for the sliding glass shower doors. (03/22/2009)

By Grayce

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