How To Remove Soap Scum From Bathroom Surfaces

Are you tired of soap scum in every corner of your bathroom? This guide will help you learn how to remove soap scum from bathroom surfaces.


Soap scum is an inevitable result in a bathroom. This chalky residue sticks to shower doors, tiles, fixtures, and other surfaces. Soap scum builds up when the fatty acids in the bar soap react with the minerals (magnesium and calcium stearate) in the water.

If you rely on hard water, you will notice more soap scum, and removing it can be difficult if present for a long time. The good news is that a bit of attention to bathroom surfaces on a daily basis will help you keep soap scum at bay. More you can read below.

So, let’s get started on removing soap scum from the bathroom!

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How To Remove Soap Scum From Bathroom Surfaces

Collect Tools

  • Sponge
  • Squeegee
  • Spray Bottle
  • Microfibre cloth
  • Scrub Brush
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Soft bristle brush
  • Wet pumice stone

Required Materials

  • Baking soda
  • Distilled white vinegar
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Borax
  • Dishwashing detergent

Wear rubber gloves before you begin cleaning to protect your hands. Here we discuss various areas and solutions where soap scum occurs.

Remove Soap Scum From Shower Doors

Fiberglass shower doors are an excellent choice for your bathroom. They can, however, quickly become dull due to soap scum buildup. So don’t be tense; here is the solution.


For Fibreglass Shower Doors

Follow these Steps:

• Combine 1 cup baking soda and ¼ cup white vinegar.

• Combine these ingredients in a mixing bowl and set aside until the mixture stops fizzing.

• Then, take a microfiber cloth and dip it into the mixture, or use a spray bottle to apply it to the fiberglass shower doors.

• Set aside 15 to 20 minutes.

• Next, scrub using a sponge and rinse it with clean water.

• Wipe down the surface with a clean cloth.

• If the soap scum persists, try the following cleaning solution:

• Instead of distilled white vinegar, use hydrogen peroxide.

• Combine 1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide and 1 cup baking soda.

• Again, repeat the above process.

For Glass Shower Doors

To remove soap scum from a glass shower door, the first method can be used as recommended for fiberglass doors. However, it is difficult to remove soap scum from a glass shower when you live in a hard water area. Try the below steps:

Method 2:

• Mix equal parts vinegar and water in a spray bottle, then add a tablespoon of dishwashing liquid.

• Spray the solution on the glass door.

• Allow it to sit for about 20 minutes.

• Using a non-scratch sponge, scrub in slow circles.

• Rinse with clean water.

• Use a squeegee so that no soap or water marks are left on the glass when it dries.


Remove Soap Scum from Shower Curtains

Depending on the curtain material, removing soap scum from shower curtains may need a gentler approach than other typical shower surfaces.


Follow these Steps:

• Combine vinegar and warm soapy water to make a cleaning solution.

• Then remove the shower curtains and soak them overnight in the cleaning solution.

• After that, rinse them and hang them to dry.

Remove Soap Scum from Bath Tub and Sink


If you take baths, the inside of your fiberglass or porcelain tub and sink will receive the brunt of the soap scum. Here is the solution.

Follow these Steps:

• Use borax powder as a household cleaner. It aids in the killing of mildew and mold.

• Combine 1 cup borax, 2 tablespoons dishwashing detergent, and 2 cups water.

• Combine all of the ingredients and make a paste.

• Apply this paste to the affected area with a soft bristle brush.

• Wait 15 to 30 minutes. Please ensure that the paste does not dry completely.

• Using a soft bristle brush, begin scrubbing the paste again.

• If used properly, the bristle brush removes soap scum and paste.

• Fill the tub with warm water and rinse it.

• Finally, use a microfiber cloth to dry the bathtub surface.

Remove Soap Scum from Tiles

Ceramic tiles are more difficult to clean than glazed tiles. Here’s how to make your cleaning solution.


Follow these Steps:

• Mix 1 cup baking soda with ¼ cup distilled white vinegar.

• Dip a microfiber cloth in the cleaning solution and apply it to the affected area.

• If you find it difficult to remove the solution, use a wet pumice stone. A wet pumice stone will assist you in removing the soap scum.

• Finally, rinse with warm water and a clean cloth.

Remove Soap Scum From Showerhead


Follow these Steps

• To begin, remove the showerhead.

• Next, make a cleaning solution with vinegar + water.

• Soak the showerhead in the cleaning solution or wrap a bag filled with vinegar around the showerhead before soaking it.

• Next, soak a cloth in the cleaning solution and wipe it over the shower tubing & pipes. Then leave it to work.

Try Some Commercially Available Soap Scum Cleaners

Various soap scum cleaning products are available in the market, especially for soap scum removal. However, be cautious when using commercial products. Read all instructions carefully before you use them.

How To Prevent Soap Scum In Bathroom

• Replace soap bars with liquid soap.

• Try to keep your tub and shower dry.

• Make a cleaning solution with vinegar and water, store it in the bathroom, and use it daily after a shower. Then, using a microfiber cloth, clean it up.

• If you live in a region with hard water, use a water softener. Soap scum loves hard water.

• Add a quarter cup of baking soda or Epsom salt to your bubble bath before you begin. Because this solution softens hard water and prevents soap scum.


So, these were some best methods for dealing with soap scum using home cleaning solutions. But first, take some preventative measures to remove soap scum from bathroom surfaces. So, instead of tensing up, start your BATH & ENJOY YOUR SHOWER!

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