I need a suggestion: I'm looking for an extremely non-toxic tub/tile cleaner that will annihilate soap scum. BTW, scum is here to stay, not changing soap.
Magic eraser. It's a sponge form of fine sandpaper.
CLR claims they are environmentally friendly.
Baking soda with a little white vinegar scrub away.
Try those white magic erasers. No cleaner required. Just wet and rub. It's like magic. Try them on your stained Pyrex too.
Vinegar and orange oil.
White vinegar. If the scum is heavy, alternate between vinegar and really hot water. Use a brush. Soap scum is an aggregate of soap and hard water deposited. The vinegar attack the calcium and the hit water dissolves the soap.
CLR works faster than vinegar, and isn't too nasty.
To fend off soap scum buildup, consider a water softener.
And Dawn can also help, especially if the scum also contains oils, like bath oils or even body oils.
Blue Dawn dish soap mixed 1:1 w/ vinegar - spray & let sit for a bit (1hr I think?)
I saw this on Pinterest & gave it a shot in my bathtub and it WORKS. You still have to use a little elbow grease, but not much.
I forgot the heat-it-up step. I don't know if it matters or not, I followed the instructions when I did it.
Heat would speed up the reaction between the calcium and vinegar. It's not essential, but would speed up the process.
I'd try vinegar first. Maybe with some baking soda to help scrub.
Combining baking soda with vinegar will neutralize the acid in vinegar. Better to use one, then the other, alternately.
Yeah. I'm trying to think of times when I've tried that. I know I've used baking soda with *something,* and that I've used something else with vinegar. Maybe it was kosher salt (kosher just for the bigger crystals).
I've done the vinegar thing but hydrogen peroxide and baking soda is amazing!
I like my spray bottle of white vinegar. I have very hard water.
Found this on Dr. Google: regrowroots.wordpress.com/2013/01/18/diy-soap-scum-remover-natural-soft-scrub-alternative/
I'll have to try this... I've never seen it w/just soap and soda...
Never tried this one!
Baking soda and vinegar maybe?
I use vinegar to clean everything. 1/2 water, 1/2 vinegar, plus tea tree oil
If you have dogs or cats, be careful with tea tree oil. It's a toxin to them.
I love the smell of tea tree oil. My wife uses it on her feet.
TTO diluted to use in cleaning isn't going to be hazardous to my k9s (nearly 60 & 80lbs - and they don't lick it!). I'm very cautious w/potential hazards (including essential oils, cleaning products, and foods!). Thanks for the reminder though!