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How To Clean Even The Worst Soap Scum





We moved into this house 4 months ago. Prior to moving in I spent two entire days scrubbing from floor to ceiling. It was pretty dirty when we first move in, but it was nothing that a good vacuuming and a little elbow grease couldn't fix. However, there was one area of the house that never got cleaned... the kids/guest bathtub. I had attempted to clean it during those first two days but after spending an hour scrubbing away with no luck I decided the kiddos could just use the master bath until I had more time to spend cleaning it.

After searching the internet, I found a new idea and I decided to take one more crack at cleaning the tub. I filled a spay bottle up with vinegar, no diluting just strait up white vinegar. Then I set a timer to go off every ten minutes. Every time the timer went off I would take the spray bottle and soak the entire tub and shower surround with vinegar. The idea here is that you want to keep the area wet but not so wet that the vinegar just runs off.





{Ten minutes worked great for me however if you want to try this you may need to go longer or shorter between sprays depending on how hot it is and the airflow you have in the room.}
I did this for about 2 hours and used a bottle and a half of vinegar. Then I mixed together some baking soda and water {about 2 tablespoons baking soda to 8 oz water}. Using one of those green kitchen scrub pads, I dipped it in the mixture and then started scrubbing away at the tub and shower. {I had to stir the mixture a few times since the baking soda kept settling at the bottom of the container}

Guess what happened after an hour of scrubbing?

I HAD A WHITE TUB AND SHOWER!!!



Yes, it did take quite a bit of scrubbing but I saved us a few hundred dollars since we no longer have to buy a new tub and shower!!! I just wish I would have tried this method sooner and saved money on the all of the cleaners I bought that had no effect.




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23 comments:

  1. Wow...that took way more work than it should of. When we first moved into our townhouse, the tub and shower were stained brown, probably like yours was. It was disgusting. Guess what I used to get it off? Goo Be Gone. Miracle in a bottle. Not the greenest thing to use, but I put it in a spray bottle, coated the shower, let it sit for 2 minutes, then wiped EVERYTHING off. The tub looked like it was brand new and I didn't have to put a lot of elbow grease into it. I rinsed the entire shower with very hot water after wiping it and it all washed away, no problem. It was amazing. I wish I would have known you were having a problem sooner. I would have suggested Goo Be Gone. It may have saved you the hours of work!

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    1. I never thought to use goo be gone. I'll have to keep that in mind. Thanks for the tip.

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    2. Warm up about a cup of vinegar and mix it with a cup of original blue dawn put in a spray bottle spray shower and let soak for 2 hours then scrub scum comes right off

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  2. i've been using vinegar and baking soda alot recently but never thought to use it in the tub. Great information, thanks.

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    1. The power of vinegar and baking soda is amazing. I have been using those two ingredients for most of my cleaning and I love it.

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  3. Wow, great idea. I'm pregnant so I'm trying to stay away from any harsh chemicals but I've moved into a situation just like you're describing. The prior owners must've never washed this stand up 2 person shower. Its gross. I can't wait to try this out tonight!

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  4. I shall give it a try too !

    we have very hard water and hard water build up is a constant problem even the CLR doesnt work on my big tub and that stuff is so toxic !

    -KAT-

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  5. I started using vinegar and baking soda primarily because my asthma suddenly and inexplicably got soooo sensitive to everything imaginable. Forget bleach or other cleaning, disinfecting products. And I've stayed with it because it works, it's better for the pocketbook for sure and better for the environment.

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    1. Definitely better on the pocketbook and safe enough that I don't mind letting my two year old help me clean with it.

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  6. I use vinegar and baking soda on tough pet stains too! These two products together work wonders! Never thought of using it on the bathtub...thanks for the new tip!

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  7. Good going! I'm happy for you!!!:)

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  8. Thanks for the tip! I'm going to try this on my shower door!

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  9. thank you thank you thank you!!

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  10. I use no-odor generic oven cleaner. It cuts the soap scum and grime like magic. I just spray and let it set for about 15 mins., and then I take a sponge with a nylon scrubber side and just go over the tub and shower, then rinse. It's not the greenest solution, but it's fast and works great.

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  11. That's awesome, I need to try this. Thanks for sharing!!

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  12. Definitely going to try this. I can't stand the fumes from some strong bathroom cleaners

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  13. Wow thank you so much for sharing! I will definitely try this in my bathroom. I've really enjoyed reading your blog, I'm your newest follower :-)

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  14. This is great! It sure beats scrapping it off with a razor like we did in college.

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  15. Don't forget to use a melamine (branded as Magic Eraser) sponge. They're great on soap scum!

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  16. Dandruff shampoo seems to work well on soap scum too. I've used the store brand with the same ingredient as Head and Shoulders.

    If it was mineral build-up, the acidity of the vinegar is probably what did most of the work. CLR is stronger and more toxic but works the same way.

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  17. I use a pair of exfoliating gloves ( I buy at the dollar store) when I clean my shower and tub. They work just like the green scrubbing pads and you don't drop them! Plus you have a scrubbing surface on every finger to get in every nook and non-flat surface! I just throw them in the washing machine when I'm done, and when they wear out, I buy another set for $2.00!

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    1. DianeMargaret MillerNovember 6, 2012 at 9:56 PM

      LOL
      I thought I had finally had an original idea!!!
      Oh well...it still works GREAT!!!

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