Asked on Jul 21, 2013

Years of soap scum buildup from the previous owner

by Pamela
Bathroom has years of soap scum build up in the tub and on the glass shower doors, I have tried everything. Can anyone help?
  25 answers
  • Diane Diane on Jul 21, 2013
    Bar Keepers Friend and a Scotchbrite pad worked for me. I have a fiberglass tub and it did not scratch it.
  • Pamela Pamela on Jul 21, 2013
    Thanks Diane
  • Robyn Robyn on Jul 22, 2013
    ScumBlaster will work, I order mine online
  • Pamela Pamela on Jul 22, 2013
    Thanks Robyn, how much elbow grease is involved?
  • Robyn Robyn on Jul 23, 2013
    My favorite number for cleaning, ZERO. It is this amazing stuff. You spray it on and it dissolves it. It was developed for cement trucks. You can even touch it. I even spray it on, wait for the scum to ooze down the doors, and take a shower while I am rinsing it off. I know, CRAZY good!
  • Willie Willie on Jul 23, 2013
    Pamela: I use 1 part vinegar, and 1 part Dawn dish washing detergent . Heat vinegar in microwave to get it hot,then mix with the Dawn in a spray bottle. If yours doors are really bad spray them down and let it set a while. You may have to do this a couple of times to get all the soap scum off. But this stuff really works. Hope this helps
  • Karen powell Karen powell on Jul 23, 2013
    Vinigar ! People Vinigar is the new tool for everthing. On 100 degree days water and vinigar wipe cools the body down . Cleans soap scum off of fiberglass tubs sinks and cleans pot and pans. when your lost on how to clean somthing try vinigar . It cleans tolites ! sofens clothes . Its all natural ! My first line of defence is none toxic all natural vinigar !
  • Pamela Pamela on Jul 23, 2013
    Thank you everyone, now I have to get busy. Will post what worked the best for me.
  • Bev Wianecki Bev Wianecki on Feb 13, 2015
    I have tried bar tenders friend and rain something wndow cleaners nothing workd on my glassshower doo. Then my son told me about Clear Shower. Wal Mart is the cheapest. I buy the big bottle refill almost half the price after you get the spray bottle He uses it on his shower curtain. spray on after showering and leave Curtain never molds or stains. He told me I could do the same with the glass. It works but Iike to squeege it afterwards I get one at Wal Mart in bathe dept. White with a suctionn cup , Love it
  • Robin Miller Cresci Robin Miller Cresci on Feb 13, 2015
    I used to clean rentals for people. I used PineSol. Always worked well for me.
  • Gayle Gayle on Jun 01, 2015
    Vinegar and baking soda. I just read it on this site.
  • Vickie Vickie on Jun 18, 2015
    After you get it clean, use good car wax on the doors and on the sides of the tub and the fixtures. Don't use it on the bottom of the tub or shower floor. Rub it on then wipe off good. You won't have to worry about cleaning anything but the bottom of the tub for at least 6 months. I used to do this when I cleaned houses professionally. The clients were very happy.
  • Karen Usoff Karen Usoff on Jun 18, 2015
    Miracle bathroom cleaner: here's the recipe: It cleans anything -- just spray, let it sit and walk away, come back in about 5 minutes, wipe off with microfibre cloth -- haven't found anything that works better -- cleans jewelry, cleans scum around sinks and faucets, It's a miracle: Mix in a large bowl and let settle, it will foam a ton -- 1 Professional spray bottle (worth the extra $1); 8 oz. distilled white vinegar; 4 oz. lemon juice, 2 oz. liquid soap (I use Dawn original), 2 tsp. baking soda, 10 oz water -- mix all together, let settle, put in bottle, squeeze out suds gently, and go make your bathroom and anything else sparkle.
  • Jennifer Cabrera Jennifer Cabrera on Jul 03, 2015
    I've tried everything under the sun! The best and safest thing that worked for me was using steel wool #0000 (super fine) on it. This will not scratch the glass or ceramic tile, but I wouldn't use it on any fiberglass tubs. Best of luck - that stuff is hard to remove!!
  • Wet & Forget Wet & Forget on Jul 07, 2015
    If you don't prefer the smell of vinegar or bleach, we would suggest giving our Wet & Forget Weekly Shower cleaner a try. It doesn't require any scrubbing or wiping. It cleans and prevents the build-up of soap scum, grime, oils, mold and mildew stains. We have tons of reviews on Amazon.
  • Beth Yeaton Beth Yeaton on Jul 21, 2015
    Kaboom spray.
  • G G on Aug 09, 2015
    Kaboom foam is even better than the spray! Hold your breath, spray and get out of the bathroom. Have all bathroom fans for that bathroom turned on before you start.
  • Michelle Weissbrodt Michelle Weissbrodt on Aug 20, 2015
    Coconut oil is what I use. It does an awesome job of taking off the soap scum making the glass shower door see thru again.
  • Marion Nesbitt Marion Nesbitt on Aug 20, 2015
    Friend moved into house where tiles around tub looked like they had never been cleaned. Like Jennifer used steel wool - but in a wetted down SOS pad where you get some soap for lubricant. (Use this method to clean build-up of mineral deposits on my storm windows, too.) Rinsed them off well. Looked like new. Sprayed afterward with Windex and wiped again for a nice smell.
  • Arleen M Arleen M on Aug 20, 2015
    If Brookstones still makes their soap scum remover try that. I used it years ago when my kids were young. It also worked great on their bath tub toys. If you can't find that try a paste made with vinegar and baking soda. Spread it around and let it set for a while before removing.
  • Srdaze Srdaze on Sep 04, 2015
    Bar Keepers Friend-elbow grease. There are many posts online about it. Sur la Table carries it as does Ace Hardware.
  • Luba Luba on Sep 14, 2015
    я смешиваю 200гр.соды +1ч.л. моющего для посуды+ воды до получения кашицы и этим составом очень хорошо отмываю
  • Oliver Jane Oliver Jane on Jun 17, 2022

    If you prefer to utilize store-bought goods, you can remove soap scum from tiling, tubs, and showers with bleach such as Clorox.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jun 17, 2022

    How to Clean Years of Soap Scum Using 3 Easy Strategies

  • Spray it with vinegar, let it sit and then scrub with a plastic scrub pad. Repeat.