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Soap scum. Ick. It lurks in the shower, clings to the faucet, and mocks us with its filmy, mineral-laden grin. We know, soap scum is an ongoing challenge easily avoided. But wait! Today we’re going to give you a few DIY cleaning solutions to once-and-for-all, beat this bathroom beast and reclaim your bathroom!

First, a brief word on prevention: consistency is the key. A quick squeegee after every shower, and a daily microfibre cloth wipe-down can do wonders. But for long-neglected scum it’s a different story. For this, we have a two-pronged attack plan using what we call: natural wonders and the commercial cavalry.

Natural Wonder #1: Vinegar

Distilled white vinegar is a cleaning champion and its acidity cuts through soap scum. Simply fill a spray bottle with equal parts vinegar and water, spritz the affected area, let it sit for 15 minutes (patience is a virtue), then scrub with a non-abrasive sponge, and rinse. For stubborn scum, heat the vinegar slightly for a one-two punch.

Natural Wonder #2: Baking Soda

Baking soda, the gentle giant of cleaning, tackles soap scum with a soft touch and is perfect for cleaning soap scum off glass shower doors. Make a paste with baking soda and a little water, spread it on the scum, let it sit for 20 minutes, then scrub and rinse. Want to add a little kick? Mix the baking soda with a bit of vinegar for a fizzy cleaning fiesta!

Natural Wonder #3: Lemons

Not just for making lemonade. Lemons add citrusy freshness to any cleaning routine. Cut a lemon in half, sprinkle it with baking soda, and use it to scrub away soap scum in the tub, shower or sink. Not only will your bathroom be sparkling, it’ll also smell like a spa retreat.

Commercial Cavalry: When Nature Needs Backup

Sometimes, our natural wonders need a little help. Opt for a commercial cleaner specifically designed for soap scum. But here’s the hero’s tip: always test the cleaner in a small, inconspicuous area first. You don’t want to inflict any collateral damage on your bathroom beauty!


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