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Wave Goodbye to Soap Scum with This Simple Fix

Posted January 21, 2023 by Mike Lewis under Tips

Wave Goodbye to Soap Scum with This Simple Fix

The Problem with Soap Scum

Soap scum is the bane of my existence. No matter how much I scrub my shower and tile surfaces, a filmy residue always seems to build up over time. The stubborn, whitish deposit sticks to tiles, glass doors, sinks – pretty much anywhere water and soap meet.

I’ve tried everything to get rid of soap scum: scrubbing with abrasive cleaners, using bleach-based products, even spraying down my shower with vinegar. While these methods work for a little while, the soap scum inevitably comes back. It’s frustrating to have to constantly re-clean surfaces that should stay sparkling between regular cleanings.

According to cleaning experts, there are a few reasons why soap scum develops so readily in bathrooms:

  • Hard water – Water that contains high amounts of mineral deposits like calcium and magnesium makes soap form scum more easily. The minerals bind with soap, creating an insoluble film.

  • Residual soap – Soap that isn’t adequately rinsed off will dry and cake on surfaces. Over time, layers of soap scum build up.

  • Oils and dead skin – Oils from our skin, hair products, and dead skin cells also get trapped in the sticky soap residue.

A Simple DIY Solution

I was just about ready to give up my battle against soap scum when I came across a shockingly simple solution. All it requires is two inexpensive, natural ingredients: distilled white vinegar and dawn dish soap.

Here’s how to whip up the miracle cleaner:


  • 1 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dawn dish soap (blue)


  1. Combine the vinegar and dish soap in a spray bottle.
  2. Shake well to fully incorporate the ingredients.

That’s it! Couldn’t be easier.

The vinegar helps dissolve soap scum while the Dawn cuts through grease and oils. Together, they make a powerful cleaner that can banish built-up grime.

How to Use It

My new DIY soap scum spray makes cleaning the bathroom a cinch:

  1. Spray directly on tiles, glass, chrome, sinks, tubs, shower doors – anywhere prone to soap buildup. No need to dilute or rinse.

  2. Let it sit for a few minutes to allow the ingredients to penetrate and lift the scum.

  3. Wipe down with a soft cloth, sponge, or scrub brush. Rinse if desired.

I like to give my shower a thorough coating after each use. This prevents any fresh soap residue from hardening.

For really stubborn, caked-on scum, I let the cleaner work its magic for 10-15 minutes before scrubbing. It cuts through the gunk with minimal elbow grease required!

I also use it:

  • To clean sink drains and faucet fixtures
  • On shower curtains to remove mildew
  • To wipe down mirrors and make them sparkle

Vinegar and Dawn make a non-toxic, eco-friendly cleaner that’s safe for most surfaces. However, you may want to spot test on more delicate materials like natural stone.

Why This Combo Works Wonders

There’s a good reason why vinegar and Dawn dish soap make such an effective cleaner. Let’s look at the benefits of each:


  • Acetic acid in vinegar dissolves mineral deposits and soap scum
  • Has antibacterial properties to inhibit mold and bacteria growth
  • Removes hard water stains
  • Non-toxic and environmentally friendly

Dawn Dish Soap

  • Strong surfactants cut through grease, oils, and grime
  • Contains no dyes, synthetic perfumes, or phosphates
  • Rinses cleanly without streaking or residue
  • Safe for most surfaces when diluted properly

Combining the degreasing power of Dawn with the scum-cutting acidity of vinegar is a double whammy against grime. The small amount of dish soap mixed with the vinegar won’t leave behind any soapy film.

Farewell Soap Scum!

I wish I had discovered this miracle DIY cleaner sooner. Thanks to the dynamic duo of Dawn and vinegar, I can easily keep my bathroom shining without nasty chemicals.

Here are the key benefits I’ve experienced:

  • Cuts through stubborn, built-up soap scum
  • Prevents new soap scum from forming
  • Non-toxic and safe for most surfaces
  • Cheap and made with common household items
  • Minimal scrubbing required

No more endless scrubbing that never fully removes the soap scum! Just a simple, natural spray that actually works to banish scum for good. My bathroom has never sparkled more, and keeping it clean is now a breeze.

So if you’re fed up with soap scum recurring no matter what you do, give this vinegar and Dawn spray a try. I guarantee it will have your bathroom surfaces soap-scum free in no time!

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