7 surprising ways to clean soap scum you wish you knew sooner

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Soap scum is that white chalky substance that builds up on your bathtub and in your shower. It occurs when soap mixes with the magnesium in hard water. If left for too long, it can be incredibly difficult to remove.
The secret to easy removal is frequent cleaning. But even if you've soap scum build for a while, these tutorials will help you remove it and keep it under control.
1. Mix Dawn and vinegar
Also known as the miracle cleaning solution, Dawn and vinegar are a powerful combination. This soution can effectively remove the toughest of soap scum. The Yummy Mummy Club recommends spraying it on and allowing it to do its magic for 10 minutes before wiping it and the soap scum off your shower walls and doors.
2. Barkeeper's Friend
This commercial cleaning powder is a powerful scrubbing agent gentle enough to use on acrylic, porcelin and glass. Joe Keegan of Times Union simply sprinkled the scrubbing powder on a damp sponge and gently wiped away the soap scum from his shower doors. A quick rinse revealed sparkling clean glass. To see what he tried that did not work visit the Times Union blog here. ​
3. Add a bit of cornstarch
Adding cornstarch to your Dawn and vinegar soap scum remover gives you the cleaning power without a lot of suds. This is perfect for on shower doors and bathroom sinks. The reduced suds means you don't spend as much time rinsing. The tutorial takes you step-by-step through this creative cleaning recipe.
4. All natural essential oils
People love their essential oils for more than just the way they smell. Many are strong cleaners and disinfectants. Oily Rock Stars shares her recipe for an essential oil soap scum remover that uses Theives Household Cleaner and lemon essential oil. This homemade soft scrub has more uses than just in the shower. ​
5. Use a Magic Eraser
Magic Erasers by Mr. Clean act as a very gentle sanding substance to remove unwanted marks from many different surfaces without causing damage. Home Tester Club recommends them for removing soap scum from your bathtub and shower. You simply wet the sponge and rub over the soap scum to remove it. You may need to use a little elbow grease for this chemical-free soap scum remover.
6. Prevent soap scum on glass
Once you've taken the time to remove the soap scum from your glass shower doors, take one more step to prevent it from returning. The Family Handyman uses an auto-glass treatment to prevent soap scum from attaching to glass surfaces. This tutorial shows you how to do it yourself.
7. Simply spray every day
This creative solution not only cleans, but will prevent soap scum from returning if you give your shower or bath a quick spray every day. Mom4Real combines distilled water with hydrogen peroxide, alcohol, castille soap, and vinegar for an effective cleaner and soap scum prevention spray. Once she's thoroughly cleaned her shower, she simply sprays her shower once a day with her homemade soap scum solution.
Once you've taken the time to remove the shower scum from your bathroom, taking a few quick minutes every week to wipe down surfaces can keep it from reforming. Prevention sprays, the use of liquid soaps and the installation of a water softener can also help prevent soap scum and save you from scrubbing. Share these effective soap scum removal tips with your friends and family on Facebook!
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