Soap Scum Remover – Day 15 – 31 Days of DIY Cleaners


Soap scum is that icky grey stuff which forms on tubs and tiles after you’ve showered.  It is a combination of body oils, hard water and oils from soap and shampoos.  This slurry sits in your tub and shower, dries, and sticks to any surface.  Purchasing tub and tile cleaner can be around $5-$6 and to boot, typically these have very strong and unsavoury smells.  This version costs just cents to make and I find it works just as well, if not better, than traditional soap scum products.  To bust it up, use this quick and powerful combo which costs pennies to make.  Scent with essential oils for added anti-mildew properties and a nicer cleaning experience.  The ingredients are safe, but are strong – so be sure to air out the bathroom while you clean!

  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup dish soap
  • 10 drops of essential oils, tea tree would be great here (optional)

Mix in a spray bottle, shake well and spray on affected areas.  Let this sit for a few moments, and then scrub well with a sponge.  Rinse well and buff surfaces dry.  Do not use this on natural stone such as marble or granite, vinegar doesn’t react well with those surfaces and may cause harm.

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  1. Why do so many of these cleaners call for essential oils? Is it just for the smell? Do they work as well without the oil? Seems to me they would make the things you are cleaning oily instead of clean.

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