How To Keep Soap Scum Off Bathtubs

Over time, your tub will be full of it.  Now, unless you are privy on the many wondrous ways on how to avoid the soap scum buildup, you will inevitably have to work your elbows in getting your tub clean. The problem is that removing soap scum is quite a chore that you will really abhor. Fortunately, there are several methods you can explore and implement that will prevent the soap scum from infesting and wreaking havoc to your tub.

  • Act fast. The best way to ensure that soap scum buildup never sees the light of day will be to clean your tub every day or every time after a bath.  Letting the soap scum adhere to your tub for even a few hours will make it difficult for you to clean up later on.  So, make sure to clean the tub as often as you can to prevent the soap scum from adhering.
  • Opt for liquid soap or wash. Most people use bar soaps.  They are cheaper and more convenient to use.  Unfortunately, they are also the cause of soap scum due to the fact that they are made with talc.  To avoid soap scum, simply substitute your bar soap with a liquid variant.  Liquid washes and soaps are talc-free hence, no soap scum.
  • Wax the tub. Applying a nice layer of was on your tub before using it is actually a good idea.  The wax will protect the tub from the adhering and staining qualities of soap scum.  This will provide a sort of self-cleaning property since water will wash the scum away easily.  
  • Use soft water. If your water supply is hard, then it is full of minerals.  Mineral stains can greatly increase the chances of soap scum adhering to your tub.  That said if you want your tub to be a bit more protected from soap scum, consider treating your water supply to make it soft.  Residential water softeners are readily available at your home supply store and can easily be installed.
  • Clean regularly. As mentioned above, you should always clean up after every bath to prevent soap scum buildup.  Of course, cleaning up every time can be quite tedious, not to mention time consuming.  That said if you can’t clean the tub after every use; consider keeping a rigid 2 to 3 times a week bathtub cleaning schedule.
  • There are many solutions you can use to clean your bathtub.  Obviously, you can go with the commercial cleaners found at your local home supply store.  However, if you are looking to save money, you can consider these homemade recipes using ingredients found at home.
    • Use a mixture of liquid detergent (1 part) and water (3 parts) in a bucket. Apply on the problem areas of the tub and let it set for about fifteen minutes. The applied mixture will soon evaporate and dry.   When that happens, simply reapply it and scrub.  The first application will loosen the scum and the second application along with the scrubbing will dislodge it.  Rinse the tub after and wipe it dry with a clean cloth.
    • Use a mixture of baking soda and water to make a paste.  Apply the paste to the tub and let it set for about 10 minutes before scrubbing.  Rinse the tub after and all the soap scum should be gone.
    • Pour white vinegar into a spray bottle and spray on the soap scum filled areas of your tub.  This will effectively dissolve the buildup through the natural acidity of the vinegar.  It will also deodorize your tub.

There you have it, practical tips to keep your bathtub spotless and scum-free.


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