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The BEST Homemade Soap Scum Remover

This Homemade Soap Scum Remover is amazing. Ever since I got the recipe from a friend at work a few years ago, my battles with soap scum are a thing of the past. I barely even have to scrub anymore! And it’s made with two super-inexpensive ingredients that you probably already have on hand. So read on to find out how to make it and enjoy letting this spray do your bathroom scrubbing for you!

White Vinegar and Dish Soap in Shower

Vinegar + Dish Soap = No More Scrubbing!

Yup, that’s it, just two ingredients: white vinegar and dish soap. Mix equal amounts in a spray bottle, give it a good shake, and you’re done. Spray it onto your soap-scummy surfaces, let it sit for awhile, and then wipe away with a microfiber cloth or cleaning sponge. Ta-da! Enjoy your fabulously clean shower!

Now, if you’ve got some scum accumulated, it may still take you a bit of scrubbing to remove it all at first. But once you have a clean surface, you shouldn’t need to scrub again as long as you keep up with using the spray regularly.

And the best part is that there are no harsh, dangerous chemicals involved, just two simple, safe ingredients that are also inexpensive and easy-to-find! As I mentioned when I shared the Easy Homemade Granite Cleaner I love to use, I am all about finding homemade cleaning recipes that help me save money and avoid nasty chemicals in my home. If you feel the same way, you will love this Homemade Soap Scum Remover!

Here’s the printable version of the recipe:

The BEST Homemade Soap Scum Remover

An easy recipe for a Homemade Soap Scum Remover that will scrub your shower for you!


  • 1 part white vinegar*
  • 1 part dish soap (preferably Dawn)


  1. Mix the two ingredients in a spray bottle and shake well to combine. Shake before each use. Spray onto surface to be cleaned, let soak for several minutes, then wipe away with a microfiber cloth or cleaning sponge.

Recipe Notes

* Inexpensive vodka can be used as an alternative for the vinegar if the smell is an issue. 

What About the Vinegar Smell?

One thing you may be wondering about is the smell. Won’t your bathroom be left smelling like vinegar? The odor is admittedly pretty strong at first, but personally I don’t mind it. I’m so happy to be using a cleaner that is inexpensive, safe, non-toxic, and yet still super effective that I’m perfectly willing to endure a little vinegar smell while I’m cleaning. It bothers me a lot less than the cleaning products I used to buy that were filled with chemicals that I knew were bad for me, whether they smelled good or not. Also, I find that the odor fades pretty quickly once you rinse off the cleaner, especially if you run your bathroom exhaust for a little while.

If you REALLY can’t get used to the vinegar smell, you could try using inexpensive vodka in place of the vinegar (similar to the Homemade Granite Cleaner). I haven’t tried it personally, but if you do, let me know in the comments below how it works for you.

It’s Never Been Easier to Clean Your Shower!

Cleaning bathrooms has always been one of my least favorite chores. I used to spend what seemed like forever on my hands and knees scrubbing away at pesky soap scum. Now I can spray this Soap Scum Remover, let it sit for awhile, come back with my microfiber cloth and be done with the shower in just a few swipes and a quick rinse. It’s fantastic and I hope that you find it just as effective and efficient in cleaning your home!

Please let me know in the comments what you think if you try this recipe. I’d also love to hear about any cleaning products, recipes, or techniques that you’ve found that make the process so much easier. I’m always looking for new things to try!

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