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peacefullife October 29th, 2013 4:17am

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.

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FIAT2LUX On Planet Earth
10/29/13 5:48 am

Magic eraser. It's a sponge form of fine sandpaper.

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comppete Las Vegas
10/29/13 1:01 am

CLR claims they are environmentally friendly.

TopsQueen Oregon Coast
10/28/13 11:58 pm

Baking soda with a little white vinegar scrub away.

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badattitude no place like home
10/28/13 11:44 pm

Try those white magic erasers. No cleaner required. Just wet and rub. It's like magic. Try them on your stained Pyrex too.

wendit Chicago
10/28/13 11:38 pm

Vinegar and orange oil.

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Wert A picture of my junk
10/28/13 9:34 pm

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.

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Wert A picture of my junk
10/28/13 9:35 pm

CLR works faster than vinegar, and isn't too nasty.

Wert A picture of my junk
10/28/13 9:36 pm

To fend off soap scum buildup, consider a water softener.

Wert A picture of my junk
10/28/13 9:37 pm

And Dawn can also help, especially if the scum also contains oils, like bath oils or even body oils.

icytoes the tepid north
10/28/13 9:33 pm

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.

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icytoes the tepid north
10/28/13 9:35 pm

geekmom.com/2013/07/dawn-and-vinegar-cleaner/

I forgot the heat-it-up step. I don't know if it matters or not, I followed the instructions when I did it.

Wert A picture of my junk
10/28/13 9:49 pm

Heat would speed up the reaction between the calcium and vinegar. It's not essential, but would speed up the process.

susanr Colorado
10/28/13 9:26 pm

I'd try vinegar first. Maybe with some baking soda to help scrub.

Wert A picture of my junk
10/28/13 9:39 pm

Combining baking soda with vinegar will neutralize the acid in vinegar. Better to use one, then the other, alternately.

susanr Colorado
10/28/13 9:53 pm

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).

Goldiemol dry side of WA
10/28/13 9:24 pm

I've done the vinegar thing but hydrogen peroxide and baking soda is amazing!

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2katz I live in Nebraska
10/28/13 9:22 pm

I like my spray bottle of white vinegar. I have very hard water.

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peacefullife Land of Moss
10/28/13 9:25 pm

I'll have to try this... I've never seen it w/just soap and soda...

opie99 left coast best coast
10/28/13 9:18 pm

Baking soda and vinegar maybe?

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opie99 left coast best coast
10/28/13 9:20 pm

I use vinegar to clean everything. 1/2 water, 1/2 vinegar, plus tea tree oil

Wert A picture of my junk
10/28/13 9:43 pm

If you have dogs or cats, be careful with tea tree oil. It's a toxin to them.

WillametteKevin Mossopolis
10/28/13 10:59 pm

I love the smell of tea tree oil. My wife uses it on her feet.

peacefullife Land of Moss
10/29/13 12:23 am

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!