Bathroom, Cleaning

How to Remove Soap Scum with Soap

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So, I didn’t get a post out last week and I apologize. It’s not that my house was perfectly clean and I didn’t have anything to show you, it was that my house was a disaster zone that I didn’t have time to properly clean. That’s the story I’m going with, although if you follow me on Facebook, you’ll know it’s true.

Anyhoo, I have this theory that hot water and soap can clean just about anything and it’s working out pretty well so far.  I decided that I would try it out on the bathtub and see if it could get rid of the inevitable soap scum build up. The vinegar and dish soap trick worked pretty well, why won’t this one? Oh, wait, it does work! But with less suds and vinegary smell. Here’s how to remove soap scum with hot water and dish soap.

Let’s take a look at what we’re dealing with first. I actually did let my tub get this bad so I could take good before and after pictures, so don’t judge me, I really do hate having a dirty bathtub. It’s gross.

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I know, amazing shot in a room with no windows.

Step One:  Add a small squirt of dish soap and fill the tub up with hot water just past the soap scum line.

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Step Two: Let it soak! Close the door and let it soak for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
I was cleaning the rest of my house while I was waiting.

Step Three: Drain tub until there’s about an inch or two of water left and add more dish soap then scrub!
The soaking should have softened up the scum so this should be light scrubbing.


Step Four: Rinse and you’re done! Tada, sparkly clean tub with no more soap scum.

While cleaning the soap scum from the tub, I realized that the very soapy water at the end is important because soap scum does not like to come off all by itself. Duh. That and the dish soap eats through the body oils and dirt making it easy to scrub off the remaining nasties. I loved this solution because I didn’t have to go out and buy a specific chemical for the tub and this method is safe for any tub type.

If you have a stand up shower, I’d recommend cleaning it right after you’ve showered because all of the steam should have soften up the soap scum. Then have a bowl of hot water and soap you can dip your scrubby into.

What are your best tips to remove soap scum?

Happy Cleaning!


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