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How to Remove Soap Scum

Soap scum buildup can be a source of frustration for homeowners when cleaning their bathrooms. This cloudy glaze is very difficult to remove. Simply scrubbing with bathroom cleaner will not solve the problem. Cleaning soap scum is hard to do because it is composed of a variety of things including mildew, hard water, mineral deposits, soap talc and body oils. Luckily Maid Brigade is here to help! Read on for tips on how to get rid of soap scum.

What is Soap Scum?

If you have a cloudy film on your bathtub, shower door, sink or tile, you've got a soap scum problem. When hard water and soap meet, bad things happen; namely, we're talking about soap scum. This white solid is formed when the fatty acids in soap interact with the mineral ions in hard water. The verdict? A difficult-to-clean mess!

Green Cleaning Tips for Soap Scum Removal

If you’re asking how to clean soap scum, remember, baking soda is your friend!

  • Sprinkle a large amount of baking soda on a cloth or sponge, dampen and scrub.
  • For tougher soap scum build up, you can also try making a paste out of baking soda and vinegar.
  • Let the paste sit on the stain and then scrub. The acidity in the vinegar will help break down the scum.
  • If you have stubborn soap scum that refuses to budge you can also try spritzing lemon juice on the stained area and then scraping with a tile scraper. Please note: do not use a tile scraper on granite, travertine or slate tile as it will damage the surface.
  • Once you have removed the soap scum from the shower, daily maintenance can help prevent future build up.
  • After showering take a squeegee or a towel and mop off excess water.


Our cleaning tips are here to help you keep your home in great shape between thorough cleanings. Of course, the way to ensure your show stays soap scum free is to give us a call at your local Maid Brigade office.

Allow Maid Brigade to handle the rest for you! For a FREE estimate, click here: Maid Brigade House Cleaning Estimate, or call a cleaning professional today at 888-578-9171!