How to Make Homemade Cleaner to Remove Soap Scum Off a Bath Tub

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How to Make Homemade Cleaner to Remove Soap Scum Off a Bath Tub
Making your own bathtub cleaner can keep chemicals away from your skin. (baby girl playing in bathtub image by jedphoto from

Soap scum can be challenging to remove. Though many products you can purchase at the store will eat through that discoloured ring on your bathtub, many of them are filled with harsh chemicals that can damage your skin if they are not entirely removed from the bathtub before it is used again. If you create your own cleaner to remove soap scum from your bathtub at home, though, you can be aware of what you're putting on a surface that will eventually have contact with your skin.

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Things you need

  • White vinegar
  • Spray bottle
  • Water
  • Baking Soda
  • Bowl
  • Soda Water

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  1. 1

    Combine 1/2 cup of baking soda with 3 tbsp of water and mix to form a paste.

  2. 2

    Apply the paste to the soap scum, using your sponge to work the gritty paste into the dirt.

  3. 3

    Rinse with water.

  4. 4

    Pour undiluted white vinegar into a spray bottle. The amount you use depends on the surface of your bathtub. A full cup should work in most cases.

  5. 5

    Spray the soap scum ring with the vinegar.

  6. 6

    Use your sponge to scrub the vinegar into the soap scum until it has disappeared.

  7. 7

    Rinse your sponge and then pour the soda water on it. Use the soda water to scrub the area where the soap scum ring was once more.

  8. 8

    Rinse the bathtub with water and allow it to air-dry.

Tips and warnings

  • Don't worry about the scent of the vinegar. It will disappear when it dries.
  • Do not mix the baking soda and vinegar as this can cause a chemical reaction that may create a slight mess.

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