When the minerals from hard water are combined with the fatty acids from soap, the result is soap scum, and it can be pretty disgusting and hard to clean.  But, it also contains oil from skin, dirt, and bacteria; yuck!

Nobody likes soap scum: Every shower and bath you and your family take, causes more and more soap scum to build, which, over time,d makes it more challenging to clean.

Here are three cleaning agents that we use to clean soap scum before it turns into a nightmare to clean:


Bring it on cleaner is an amazing product that we use to clean soap scum, and a number of problems that are caused by minerals in hard water.

This is by far one of the best cleaning products on the market today, and is also good for tiles, granite tops, shower doors, and a whole lot more.  





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Borax is not only amazing as a mineral itself at taking away soap scum, but it also has the added benefit of taking away mold and mildew, and lasts longer than other cleaners.

We recommend combining this with a couple of cups of water, 3 ounces of detergent, and letting it sit for 15 to 20 minutes, before scrubbing it off with a good quality soft bristle brush.

Vinegar and Others

If you can handle the smell of it, vinegar is an awesome natural cleaner that removes soap scum from your bathroom.

We typically soak the soap scum, using white vinegar (picture left), for 15 to 20 minutes.  Then we scrub it off with a soft bristle brush, so as to not scratch any surfaces.

You can also try:

  • Baking Soda
  • Essential Oils
  • Lemon Juice
  • Castile Soap



Using an effective cleaner on a regular basis is the key to having a healthy and livable bathroom.  

Let us know in the comments if you have any other cleaners that you recommend!