Asked on Jul 15, 2013

How do I keep my shower tile clean from soap scum?

Dori Lies
by Dori Lies

My tile showers are starting to look bad from soap scum. How do I keep them clean? Any recommendations on the best shower tile cleaners?

  22 answers
  • Bonnie D Bonnie D on Jul 15, 2013
    2 parts vinegar and one part Dawn in a spray bottle. Spray on tile, let set, scrub lightly and rinse.
  • Dori Lies Dori Lies on Jul 15, 2013
    Thank you again Bonnie! I appreciate your comment and will give it a try!
  • Z Z on Jul 16, 2013
    Once it's clean buy yourself a squeegee and use it on all surfaces after each shower. I also keep a magic sponge in my shower to use when needed too. Rarely do I have to do any more cleaning than those two things.
  • Trent-Tonya Sharp Trent-Tonya Sharp on Jul 16, 2013
    We have been in our new home for four yrs and no soap scum ... HOW ?? I clean with baking soda, after I clean I use Rain X a small amount on a wet cloth goes a long way,
  • Rebecque D Rebecque D on Jul 16, 2013
    In GA we have hard water and soap scum that builds up in our showers and over the years I have tried may things including wd40. The only thing I found to really work is Bar Keepers Friend. You can find it in the cleaning aisle in many stores. Is comes in a gold can and looks a lot like comet. The difference is that is is not as abrasive due to their secret ingredient-acid! Wear gloves to protect your hands.
  • Therese C Therese C on Jul 16, 2013
    Rain X is good, or baby oil on a rag. Once you have it clean, rub the Rain X or baby oil on the walls of the shower. (be careful not to get it on the floor of the shower..slippery!) If you have glass shower doors, use the Rain X on them.
  • Valerie G Valerie G on Jul 16, 2013
    Sounds crazy... but dryer sheets cut through soap scum - just dampen them in wipe over the tiles.
    • Ella Ella on Sep 27, 2014
      @Valerie G Just tried the dampen dryer sheets.....worked perfectly.... simple and easy..... we have very hard Well water.....good for drinking .....I will also apply the Rain X slow the soap scum.
  • Dori Lies Dori Lies on Jul 16, 2013
    Thank you all for your comments! I have 3 showers with tile and glass doors so will give each of them a try with your suggestions.
  • Sia@South 47th Sia@South 47th on Jul 16, 2013
    Pls let us know which one worked better for you Dori!
  • Bonnie D Bonnie D on Jul 16, 2013
    Let us know what works best! Sia and I will happily let you try the Rain X, baby oil, etc.
  • Jeanette S Jeanette S on Jul 17, 2013
    When we moved to a new home, I knew I did not want to spend a lot of time scrubbing tile...don't mind spraying it down and rinsing it for sanitation, but spending hours cleaning is not my choice. So I instigated a routine that your bath towel was to be used to wipe down surfaces when after you finished drying your body! Now, almost 43 years later, my bathrooms look like they are new. It can be done!
  • Peg Peg on Jul 17, 2013
    I have squeegies in my showers too. Everyone has to wipe off excess water and soap after showering. Less time cleaning for me. Keeps the surfaces looking better.
  • Kelli Sickles Kelli Sickles on Jul 17, 2013
    I have heard that Rain X works great but I also heard that if you use any type of car wax twice a year it works great too.
  • Cindy Cindy on Jul 18, 2013
    First thing I have done is get rid of all bar is the biggest bad guy for scum. As has already been mentioned...after showering, spray down all soap and squeegee down only takes a min. or two extra and I only clean my show once a month, really sanitize...other wise I spray scrubbing bubbles and spray down. Lastly ....only use liquid soap ....or u will get scum.
  • Dori Lies Dori Lies on Jul 19, 2013
    Thank you everyone for your comments. I did try Bonnie's formula of white vinegar and Dawn dishsoap and that did the trick. I have purchased Rain X and a squeege to keep it spot free. I also agree with Cindy that bar soap leaves quite a scum and have switched to liquid soap and a scrubbie. Again, thanks everyone!
  • Sia@South 47th Sia@South 47th on Jul 20, 2013
    @Dori Lies Thank you for letting us know which worked best! @Bonnie D We have our answer! ;) xo
  • Sherrie Sherrie on May 13, 2014
    If you have travertine tile and are using vinegar it will break it down. Even through vinegar is considered natural it should be used with caution on tile. If this is a surround tub and shower with no tile vinegar would make a wonderful cleaner.
  • Rita Rita on Mar 25, 2015
    Use Benaz to clean soap scum off tile and glass. Order on Best product on the market. Bar soap is what creates soap scum, if you use liquid soap you'll notice a huge difference. Bleach and vinegar are the worst things you can use on your grout. Benaz cleans soap scum and hard water spots on glass and tile.
  • Becky Becky on Apr 24, 2015
    Clean the tiles well, then use car wax! It works great!
  • Dori Lies Dori Lies on May 01, 2015
    Tank you all for your comments! I have tried many of these suggested solutions and they do work!!!
  • Vinegar and Dawn dish soap in a spray bottle.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Sep 06, 2023

    I use a mixture of Blue dawn dish soap (5-6 oz) in a 32 oz empty water bottle, fill with vinegar. In the cap, either make slits with a knife or poke holes and give the bottle a mix. Spritz all over your shower/tub, then brush with a dollar store broom tto spread it around. Let set for about 30 min rinse well. Keep this broom dedicated for this purpose so your shower does not get scratched. Repeat as needed.

    To prevent after you have cleaned it, wipe or squeegie til dry. Then coat with automotive wax, some people use Rainex with success.