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Bar Soap with Less Residue

My husband will not give up bar soap in the shower. Does anybody know what kind of bar soap leaves less residue in the tub?

Lynn from Albany, NY

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August 31, 20070 found this helpful

Any kind of pure glycerin soap should do the trick. Bath and Body Works runs them on special $5 for 5 all the time. My DH uses the plain vanilla one and doesn't complain about it.

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Anonymous
September 17, 20180 found this helpful

No soap from Bed and Body Works or any store like this has ingredients that kills germs or cleans dirt, swet, and etc from the skin.

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August 31, 20070 found this helpful

In addition to $5 bars at Bath and Body, you could get them even cheaper at the Dollar Tree. Also, I think Ivory Soap is good. And then there is baby soap...real gentle.

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April 27, 20190 found this helpful

Ivory leaves soap scum rings.

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By Dean (Guest Post)
August 31, 20070 found this helpful

All soaps will leave a film and it becomes more noticeable over time. The best way to keep a shower or bath scum free once the scum has been cleaned is to wipe down the shower or tub with a towel after each use.

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You will remove the soap film and water drops with the towel. You have to get in the habit of doing this after every shower or bath. I do this and my shower looks as good as the day it was installed.

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November 24, 20180 found this helpful

I use a squeegee, which you can find at most dollar stores. Simply squeege the water across the top in stripes and then to the bottom, and wipe any excess or missed spots and the fixtures with a towel or microfiber cloth. I never have a soap scum problem.

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August 31, 20070 found this helpful

Neutrogena and Pears aren't supposed to leave a residue.

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August 31, 20070 found this helpful

Try Dr. Bronner's liquid soap. i know you said he likes bar soap but this is real soap not body wash. It is way less messy then bar soap. as a plus it is good for the environment and is recommended for laundry use and household cleaning.

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A little goes along way so you get a lot of bang for your buck. They have a really good almond scent that is guy friendly.

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Anonymous
August 10, 20170 found this helpful

Oh - not so. I have given up Bronners because the residue is terrible. I've used a variety of them and had issues with all of them.

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By Veronica (Guest Post)
September 1, 20070 found this helpful

I recognize the situation. My boyfriend's shower is disgusting. I read that acid (e.g. vinegar) would react with the soap residue and make it come off. It worked, sort of, but not completely.

Later I learned that artists (the type that paint pictures) sometimes use oil to clean stuff. I tried, and found that the soap residue can be dissolved with cooking oil. Then the cooking oil can be removed with the same stuff you use on your dishes. This worked better than the vinegar.

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September 1, 20070 found this helpful

Lynn, The very best scum cleaner I have found is
Comet Bathroom cleaner. It's wonderful! Don't know

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of any soap that won't cause scum.J.B.

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October 29, 20170 found this helpful

This my have worked on the older steel tubs but not on todays fibre glass. Use Comet and watch the surface disintegration begin!

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By Kate (Guest Post)
September 1, 20070 found this helpful

Zest

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September 2, 20070 found this helpful

Dove White soap! For many reasons. For his skin especially!
I clean my shower/tub area with this wonderful product called Bar Keeper's friend. It cleans, fiberglass, glass shower doors, stainless steel, copper, brass (it's a polisher), porcelain, and the list goes on...check out their site @ http://www.barkeepersfriend.com You can find this product at most grocery stores.

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Just look where the comet or ajax is located. I promise you if you use it you will say goodbye to soap scum. Just use it weekly. And use whatever soap you want!
Jennifer CA

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March 8, 20190 found this helpful

If you check, you will find that this cleaner's active ingredient is really just oxalic acid. You can order this very inexpensively from amazon and just use a little bit for cleaning your tub and shower. It makes cleaning a breeze. This from a retired chemist. Regards

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By df (Guest Post)
September 3, 20070 found this helpful

AVOID deodorant soaps- they leave far more scum than others I think.

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By BeeNAlaska (Guest Post)
February 12, 20090 found this helpful

I use Amazing Soap. It is a glycerin soap that is all natural. You can find them on the web at www.AmazingSoap.com

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February 12, 20090 found this helpful

My husband also insists on a bar of soap in the shower. The clear glycerin bars leave the least residue IMO. I stockpile the B&BW bars when they are on sale for $1. Dial also makes a glycerin bar--I think it's the White Tea one. Keep on the lookout for glycerin soap in dollar stores, Big Lots,ethnic groceries, etc. as sometimes you hit the jackpot unexpectedly.

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It's important to keep the shower walls clean. I wipe down the walls with an old towel or squeegee.

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Anonymous
October 12, 20170 found this helpful

Ivory soap? It's the worst

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January 3, 20190 found this helpful

I have the same problem! Help!!

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January 28, 20190 found this helpful

My bathtub was disgusting, I had it refinished, the guy told me not to use bar soaps cause they leave scum buildup. I'm trying to find info to corroborate or contradict his advise. I've only found contradicting opinions. ; (
I guess I just need to wash it every week.

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March 8, 20190 found this helpful

regular soaps leave an insoluble film due to the ends of the soap molecules forming insoluble compounds that leave the film. Soft soaps have the ends of the molecules changed to sodium ions that form sodium salts that are always soluble so you do not get the soap scum or film which again is just insoluble salts formed. These are facts and I know because I am a retired chemist/ chemistry professor. I hope this helps your understandiong of soaps. It is just chemistry. Regards

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May 30, 20190 found this helpful

Used to be that Zest was the go-to brand for no-scum bar soap. The name was bought by another brand, and now it is one of the scummiest. Ick. I have found that Lever 2000 is a good quality, inexpensive bar soap that leaves virtually no scum.

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