Thick, foggy lines streak on the bathroom walls and doors; what nightmare can this possibly be? Drum roll please: soap scum!
Soap scum is an uninvited guest and together we will explore 3 easy – and natural – ways to prevent soap scum.
What is Soap Scum?
Soap scum is the solid streaks visible on bathroom glass and doors. Soap Scum is made when solid soap mixes with hard water and is not cleaned away immediately. In technical terms, the calcium or magnesium in water reacts in the fatty components of a soap and creates lime soap. Along with having an unsightly appearance, it serves no cleaning purpose and can become a home to bacteria.
No fear! Preventing soap scum will be easy once you learn the top 3 natural ways.
3 Easy Ways to Prevent Soap Scum!
1. Organic Liquid Soap
Using organic soap, such as Castile Soap, will help prevent soap scum from building up. The liquid consistency and lack of chemicals, makes this soap unable to stick to bathroom walls.
- Step 1: Replace your commercial soap in your shower or bath with organic liquid soap.
- Step 2: Use as normal.
2. Organic Lemon Oil
Lemon oil contains citric acid, which will prevent soap scum with regular use.
- Step 1: Place 1-3 drops of organic lemon oil on a cloth.
- Step 2: Rub into dry soap scum affected area.
- Step 3: Let it sit for 10 -15 minutes, depending on how much soap scum is present.
- Step 4: Once soap scum is gone or less visible, rinse with warm water.
- Step 5: Repeat if needed.
3. Baking Soda and White Vinegar
Baking soda is a natural non-toxic abrasive which can be used injunction with white vinegar to sanitize and deodorize. This is a great combination to prevent soap scum.
- Step 1: On damp soap scum surface, sprinkle baking soda generously.
- Step 2: Spray white vinegar over the baking soda.
- Step 3: Let your baking soda and white vinegar mix sit for 10 minutes.
- Step 4: Rub soap scum area vigorously in circular motions for 5 -10 minutes.
- Step 5: Rinse off with warm water.
Preventing soap scum can be done in 3 easy and natural ways. These tips and tricks allow more time and enjoyment for homestead enthusiasts.