|Written by Thomas Conroy|
Introduction: The task of cleaning is rarely easy despite all of the modern chemicals and processes available, and one of the worst cleaning jobs is right there in the bathroom - attempting to get rid of soap scum. In it's essence soap scum is really just a concoction of the chemicals in the soap we use combined with body oils and dead skin cells that when wet are nearly invisible, but when they dry can adhere to any surface like glue. To get rid of soap scum the old-fashioned way requires extensive scrubbing which can easily scratch bathroom tiles and plumbing hardware. For these reasons the easy way is the best way to get rid of soap scum and there are a few basic tips that can simplify the job that are little more than common sense fixes.
Step 1: The easiest way to get rid of soap scum is to not let it accumulate in the first place. This can be as simple as making a habit of wiping the shower area with the same bath towel you use to dry off after showering. This only takes a few seconds to accomplish and can reduce the build-up of soap scum by as much as 90% if performed with diligence. Another good preventive action is immediately after cleaning the bathroom wipe the surfaces where soap scum accumulates with an essential oil such as lemon oil. This not only makes it difficult for soap scum to adhere to the surfaces but also makes the bathroom smell pretty darn good.
Step 2: As far the actual cleaning of bathrooms to get rid of soap scum goes there are two proven cleaners that work every time - ammonia or vinegar. Take a cup of hot tap water and mix it with either one cup of ammonia or vinegar and place it into a spray bottle, and then spray the shower walls with a liberal amount in a top to bottom fashion. Wait about five or ten minutes and wipe down the area that was sprayed and the soap scum should be gone. For really severe cases of soap scum presence the cleaning mixture can be made a bit stronger and can be applied and wiped twice.