How to Remove Soap Scum from Shower Walls

Soap scum is a common problem in our shower or bathroom. The yellowish or brown spot is generally grown by the residue of soap.

However, if you don’t clean it, it may pave the path for growth in the shower wall. So, how to remove soap scum from shower walls?

In this cleaning guide, we let you know some DIY techniques to get rid of soap scum from your bathroom. So, let’s dive into this guide to keep your bathroom free from any type of scams or stains.

How to Remove Soap Scum from Shower Walls

9 Ways to Remove Soap Scum from Shower Walls

1. Solution of bleach & warm water

Removing the soap scum from the shower wall is easy if you have the right cleaning product in your hand.

Firstly, make a cleaning solution mixing a gallon of warm water and three-four cups of bleach.

Then, dip a scrubbing brush into the bleach solution and scrub the shower walls.

Secondly, use the solution on the soap scum areas and leave it for 10 minutes to sit.

Finally, wipe away the wall with the brush and rinse with clean water.

2. Solution of vinegar & dish soap

Firstly, take equal parts of vinegar and dish soap. Then, mix them and put them in a cup.

Secondly, keep them 30 seconds in the microwave to warm them up. Heating them will help to mix both ingredients properly.

Thirdly, pour both the ingredients into a spray bottle and shake the bottle to mix them.

If the solution is a bit thick, you can add some warm water to make them thin. 

Then, spray the solution over the soap scum area with the spray bottle.

Afterward, leave it for 30 minutes to sit the solution.

Next, use a damp sponge to wipe away the bathroom wall for getting rid of the soap scum. And then, rinse with clean water.

Finally, dry your bathroom wall using a towel.

3. Baking soda & hydrogen peroxide

Firstly, make a paste mixing baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.

Then, using a brush or microfiber cloth to apply the paste over the scum area of the walls. Next, give a few minutes to sit the paste on the wall.

And finally, use a scrubbing brush to scrub the bathroom walls and wash away with clean water.

4. Use the paste of baking soda, vinegar, and table salt

Firstly, make a paste blending a cup of baking soda, vinegar, and table salt.

Then, apply the paste over the scum area with a washcloth. Give some minutes (5-10 minutes) to sit the paste properly.

Secondly, we recommend you to use a brush to scrub the wall.

Finally, rinse your bathroom wall with water to clean.

5. Dawn dish soap and bleach

First off, make a solution by pouring water, bleach, and several drops of dawn dish soap into a spray bottle.

Secondly, spray the solution you make on the soap scum area of your shower wall. Then, let it sit for a few minutes.

Thirdly, use a grout brush to scrub away the wall.

Finally, wash away your shower wall with clean water.

If this solution doesn’t work to remove the scum, you can use CLR or vinegar.

6. Use scrubbing bubbles

Applying scrubbing bubbles is another excellent way to get rid of soap scum from the wall.

Using a washcloth, apply the bubbles on the wall. Then, give it 5-10 minutes to sit on the affected area properly.

Then, brush away the area with a soft-bristle brush.

Finally, wash away the shower wall with clean water.

7. Applying Undiluted White Vinegar

You can also get rid of soap scum from your shower wall by applying undiluted white vinegar.

To do that, fill a spray bottle with undiluted vinegar. Then, spray the solution over the affected area with the sprayer.

Also, you can use a washcloth to apply the solution if you have not a spray bottle.

Then, use a grout brush to scrub away the wall. And lastly, rinse your bathroom wall with clean water.

8. Solution of white vinegar, ammonia, and borax

Firstly, pour a gallon of warm water in a bucket. Then, mix half a cup of white vinegar & ammonia, and one-fourth of borax into the water.

Then, mix all the ingredients properly to make a solution. Afterward, use a washcloth to apply the solution over the soap scum area.

Next, use a scrubbing brush to scrub away the wall. Finally, wash out your wall with water to clean.

9. Use commercial cleaner

Finally, you can use a commercial cleaner to remove sticky and hard soap scum from your shower wall.

However, you need to take some precautions before using a commercial cleaner.

Before using it, read the manual guide carefully as the cleaner is too harsh.

It is recommended to apply the cleaner in a small area to check whether it damages the wall or not.

If it doesn’t damage the wall, apply it. After applying, give some minutes to sit.

Then, use a sponge and wet it in warm water. Afterward, scrub the wall with the sponge. Next, wash away the shower wall with clean water.

And lastly, dry the wall with a towel.

How to remove soap scum from fiberglass shower walls?

When it comes to cleaning fiberglass shower walls, soap scum can be a nuisance. With a stubborn residue, even vinegar can’t remove it properly. But there is a fix for everything. You will need Krud Kutter, WD-40, a scrubber, and baking soda.

  • First, spray some Krud Kutter on the fiberglass and wait for 15 mins. 
  • Now, use a scrubber sponge and water to rub off the stain. 
  • For the edges, mix some baking soda with water and apply it.
  • After you washed everything clean, it is time for the second scrub.
  • Use WD-40 on the scrubber and apply it directly to the soap scum. 
  • Leave it for 10 mins and scrub it off, using a circular motion.

Conclusion

I hope you find this cleaning guide on how to remove soap scum from shower walls helpful.

The best part of this guide is- all the cleaning solutions or paste we recommended are made using household ingredients.

It means all of them are safe and efficient to remove soap scum from the wall.

However, if the DIY cleaning methods fail to get rid of soap scum, try out our last method: use the commercial cleaner.

So, are you going to try out these DIY methods to clean the soap scum in your bathroom? Have you ever tried out any of these?

Leave a comment below to let us know.

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