Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Soap Scum Killer

This is the first time I've ever used a homemade household cleaner.  I had spent so much money trying to get rid of the soap scum and hard water marks in my tile shower, to no avail.  The best retail product I'd found was Comet Bathroom Cleaner for Soap Scum & Hard Water Film.  It looked great after I first used it, but the next morning everything was streaky again (though a little less so).  

Naturally, I was intrigued by something billed as the "Soap Scum Killa" and decided to give it a try.  

Soap Scum Killa

What you need:
- 1 cup Distilled white vinegar
- 1 cup Dawn dish soap (must be the blue kind for some reason)
- Spray bottle
- Microwave

To Do:
Heat up 1 cup vinegar for 2 minutes.  
Pour into spray bottle.
Add 1 cup blue Dawn to spray bottle.
Shake gently. (If you shake too much you'll get an overload of bubbles which makes it harder to spray out.)

Spray the mixture on and let it set for two hours, or overnight for really tough stains.  Then just rinse with water and a sponge.  Voila!  I thought my stains were really bad, but I was so excited to see the results that I just waited for two hours.  It was plenty of time for me, but if you need to go longer, I'm sure it would just be better.

I think one of the tricks here is that the Dawn makes the vinegar stick to the walls rather than running down the sides.  That gives it more time to destroy the gunk.

To conclude:  
-The ratio is equal parts vinegar and Dawn.  You can make more or less as needed.  I found this amount was just enough for my shower.  

- I haven't tried reusing the solution after it has set.  I'm thinking I'll just make a new batch each time, because I liked the idea of the vinegar being warm.  Plus, the amount I made didn't leave any extra when I was done.

- Everything I've read about this says the Dawn must be the blue kind.  I didn't want to deviate from the norm, so I got the blue kind, and it worked great.

- My shower did smell like vinegar for about an hour after I did this, but then it was just fresh and clean after that.

I didn't take any photos of the before and after, because I tried this shortly before I started blogging about these finds.  Here's a before-and-after from the source blogger at Life, Crafts, Whatever.



I must say, the results I saw were very similar, and I used it on the shower door and the stone tile inside the shower.  Amazing!  This was so easy, and the streaking has stayed gone for a week.  This soap scum killer will be my go-to shower cleaner from now on.  

Tried it, loved it!

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