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How To Remove Soap Scum

If soap is so good for you, why does it leave behind that icky, gooey scum? Get rid of the gunk!


  • Step 1: Wear gloves Put your gloves on and get ready to do battle.
  • Step 2: Mix in softener Mix the fabric softener into the bucket of water.
  • Step 3: Moisten a cloth Moisten a cloth in the mixture and apply it to the soap-scummy areas.
  • Step 4: Let it sit Let it sit for a few minutes.
  • Step 5: Wipe away scum Use the same cloth to wipe away the scum.
  • TIP: If the scum is particularly stubborn, attack it with a plastic-bristled scrub brush.
  • Step 6: Rinse the tub Rinse the tub with water. Use a pot or cup to splash any parts of the tub the tap and showerhead won’t reach.
  • TIP: Wiping your shower dry with a towel after each use can help prevent the buildup of the evil scum.
  • Step 7: Wipe it dry Wipe the treated areas dry with the other cloth and throw a victory party!
  • FACT: About 10 billion pounds of soap is produced worldwide every year.

You Will Need

  • Rubber gloves
  • Two clean
  • dry cloths
  • A bucket with four qt. of warm water
  • One c. of liquid fabric softener
  • A plastic-bristled scrub brush

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