Soapy Shower Scum? Simply Safe Solutions For Removing Stubborn Soap Scum From Your Glass Shower

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Soapy Shower Scum? Simply Safe Solutions For Removing Stubborn Soap Scum From Your Glass Shower

11 December 2015
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If you own a home with a large glass shower enclosure, you may already understand the benefits this bathroom update offers. From a larger, airy shower for bathing and relaxing to the increase in your home's total value, glass shower enclosures are excellent options for a master bathroom. Unfortunately, they are not immune to the dreaded buildup of soap scum. Even if you're just planning on having a custom glass enclosure installed for a larger shower, this information is important to know. 

You first inclination may be to use a traditional glass cleaner to remove this soapy residue. However, many of these glass and bathroom cleaning sprays contain chemicals that are too harsh to use in an enclosed shower stall. These volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, can irritate your skin and eyes while affecting your breathing. Thankfully, removing this soapy buildup using natural ingredients is a safer option. Using one of these natural, soap scum removers, your custom shower enclosure will be clean in a non-toxic manner.


One of the best ways to prevent soap scum on your glass shower is to prevent it from building up, but doing so will require a few minutes of your time each day.

After you shower, use a squeegee tool to remove excess water and soap from your glass panels. Run the rubber blade of your squeegee tool up and down and side to side over the glass panels. Be sure to wipe off the rubber blade after each swipe.

Spending a few minutes to squeegee the glass after you shower will decrease your risk of heavy buildup and the need for a more involved cleanser.

Rubbing Alcohol Solution

If you do require a cleanser to remove the soap scum from the glass shower panels, consider an effective, non-toxic solution using a few common ingredients. In a spray bottle, add the following:

  • 2 cups of warm water
  • ¼ cup of rubbing alcohol
  • ¼ cup of white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons of cornstarch

Mix the ingredients by shaking the bottle. Then, spray the solution on one section of glass at a time. Allow it to sit and soak the glass for a few minutes before using your squeegee tool to remove the excess. Dry the shower enclosure with paper towels.

The rubbing alcohol and cornstarch will dissolve away heavy buildup while the vinegar's acidic properties eat through stubborn soap scum. In addition, the antibacterial nature of vinegar will kill any mold or mildew inside your shower.

Baking Soda Solution

Sodium bicarbonate, or baking soda, is also an effective option for removing heavy buildup of soap scum. This powder substance creates a bubbling, fizzing sensation when it comes in contact with moisture on a surface. This carbonation dissolves away dirt, soap, and stubborn scum from your shower glass without much effort.

Pour 1 cup of baking soda into a spray bottle and add 2 cups of warm water. Shake the bottle to mix before dousing your shower panels. Allow the baking soda solution to sit and soak onto your glass for 10 minutes before rinsing with your shower sprayer.

To clean your shower tile and grout, spray the baking soda solution and allow it to rest for a few minutes. Wipe down with a damp microfiber cloth before rinsing with your shower sprayer.

Citrus Spray

If you want to remove stubborn soap scum and freshen up your bathroom's odor, consider making a cleaner using a few favorite citrus fruits.

Remove the peels of a few oranges, lemons, and limes. Add to a spray bottle and fill with distilled water. Shake to mix and store the bottle at room temperature for a few weeks, allowing time for the water to become infused with the citrus.

After the time, spray the solution on your shower enclosure and allow it to sit for a few minutes. Use a damp microfiber cloth to wipe down your glass panels and doors before rinsing with your shower sprayer. Dry with paper towels.

A glass shower enclosure is a great option for your bathroom, but proper cleaning is essential to protecting its beauty and value. Using these non-toxic solutions, you can remove stubborn soap scum while enhancing the shower's airy, modern design.