4 ways to remove bathroom soap scum

Soap scum – the enemy of every bathroom and caused by a combination of minerals in the water and the ingredients in soap. Here are 4 ways you can try to get rid of it.

May 19, 2022

Cooking oil spray  

Yep, we know, weird but give it a try! Shake the can of cooking oil spray and lightly spray your bathroom tiles. Leave for 5 minutes and then rinse with soapy water

Tumble dryer fabric softener sheets

Wet two or three fabric softener sheets and rub soap scummy areas.  

Citrus scented furniture polish  

Simply spray onto the soap scum and leave 10-20 minutes before giving it a bit of a scrub with soapy water. Then rinse.

DIY soap scum remover


1 cup of vinegar

1 cup of dish soap

2 spray bottles

Put the cup of vinegar in the microwave for about 30 seconds

Add to the spray bottle with the dish soap

Shake to mix

Spray onto your soap scum afflicted areas and wait for 5-10 minutes  

Spray with clear water in another spray bottle

Turn on the shower for a couple of minutes

Dry with a microfibre cloth 

Results will vary and depend on how bad your soap scum is! Give some of these a go – they are cheap and readily available ingredients, and you have nothing to lose – except your soap scum!

Tips to avoid soap scum

  • Squeegee your bath or shower area after every use – or wipe down with your towel once you are dry.
  • Use liquid soap or shower gel as it’s the fatty acids in bar soap that cause soap scum.
  • To prevent soap scum while you enjoy a nice relaxing bath, add a handful of Epsom salts. The soap residue from the bath will go right down the drain and won't get stuck on your tub!