NWR: Soap Scum!!

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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10748 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

I use a spray foam (Bubbles something?) to clean our bathrooms. I spray it on when the surface is dry (so the water doesn’t dilute it) and let it soak for 10-15 mins. Then I get in the shower and scrub it all with a hard two sided sponge – I think it’s meant to clean pots and pans actually – before I have my regular shower. 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@Stiletto13:  we have horrible hard water and bc of the the soap scum is worse. I’m a huge fan of the dawn vinegar, more vinegar then dawn ratio for me. What about lime away or clr, that also helpedy my soap scum ..

Post # 6
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10494 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

The spray foam stuff works, but it really bothers my asthma.

I also get sponges from the dollarstore.  I think they are similar to a magic eraser – blue on one side and white on the other and they are amazing at removing soap scum.

Post # 7
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Busy bee

The apartment complex I used to live in used oven cleaner to de-gunk tubs and showers when tenants moved out.

Using shower gel instead of bar soap will cut down on how scummy the surfaces get.

I swear by the daily shower sprays and a wipe down with a sponge plus heavy-duty cleaner every week. But that won’t help until after all the grime is gone.

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Ugh, this really strikes a nerve with me! I have tried everything on soap scum and hard water stains, including vinegar, CLR, oven cleaner, Goo Gone, every commercial cleaner imaginable, you name it. I just recently found the answer. Magic Erasers! Comes right off! As a bonus, they just released a Magic Eraser shower and tub scrubber, with a long handle. 

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Stiletto13:  Scrub Free is miraculous!  DH litereally never cleaned his bathrooms before I moved in (except when his mom would come over and do it for him – gross!)  I tried the dawn and vinegar and it sucked.  I sprayed it down with scrub free and let it sit for 20 minutes or so, all the soap scum wiped away without scrubbing.  Scrubbing Bubbles is similar, but I don’t think it works as well.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I clean bathrooms for a living! I work for an environmentally friendly company, so we don’t use harsh stuff. When our regular bathroom cleaner doesn’t work, we use stuff called Bon Ami. It works ridiculously well! Its a powder, you put it on a sponge, scrub and rinse. The only time it didn’t work for me was on a tub that hadn’t been cleaned for so long it was stained blue near the drain.

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I vote oven cleaner! I also really like Mr Clean beach pads!

Post # 13
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989 posts
Busy bee

@Stiletto13:  I’m a huge fan of cloudy ammonia for just about everything! Although it didn’t budge some sticky residue on the tiles from the underside of a toilet mat (we had washed the mat and the non-slip back had disintegrated and stuck to the floor!). Spent ages scrubbing, then tried nail polish remover- it worked! As with anything – spot check first, and be sure to use in well ventilated areas or wear a mask!

Post # 14
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679 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

When we had well water (super-hard, minerally) and had all sorts of soap and mineral residues the only thing that cut through it was the Kaboom spray. But it only worked where the spray made direct contact. Man I don’t miss that at all!

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Liquid fabric softener and a magic eraser is what my girls use for our residential and move-out cleans. Works like a charm! It’s about 50-50 water/fabric softener. 

Post # 16
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556 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I have super hard well water that leaves white mineral deposits on everything! I tried lots of harsh cleaners including lime away and nothing worked. I finally tried plain old baking soda and BAM! Perfect, shiny, clean tub.

I got the tub wet, sprinkled with lots of baking soda, then doused my sponge with vinegar to wipe it away. Fyi, I tried the same thing on my ceramic cooktop after all my harsh chemical cleaners failed. Again… Perfect! I now have about 20 boxes of baking soda in my cupboard. 🙂

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