September 23, 2022
There are plenty of commercial cleaners that promise to remove soap scum from glass shower enclosures. Most of them do a good job if used weekly or more often. The key is to follow product directions and give the cleaner time to work before wiping or rinsing away.
If you would prefer to make your own cleaner, all you need is baking soda and distilled white vinegar. Pour one cup of baking soda into a small plastic bowl and add about one-fourth cup of distilled white vinegar, or just enough to form a thick paste. The mixture will fizz and when it stops, dip a microfiber cloth or sponge into the paste and apply to the glass doors. Let the paste remain on the glass for at least 15 minutes. Then wipe down the surfaces with a microfiber cloth and plain water. Rinse very well and dry completely to prevent spotting.
If the soap scum is particularly heavy, make the baking soda and vinegar paste as directed. In a separate bowl, pour one-half to one cup table salt. After dipping your sponge or cloth into the baking soda mixture, dip it in the table salt and begin cleaning. The table salt will add a bit more abrasiveness to the mixture, which will help to cut through the build-up.
Similar to hard water stains, soap scum (or lime soap) is the white chalky residue composed of calcium stearate and magnesium stearate (among other materials). When they mix with hard water, soap scum can form.
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