Friday, December 5, 2014

Quick Clean Up Time Before the Holidays With More Natural Cleaning Tips : Getting Rid of Soap Scum

The decorations are going up this weekend but I'm cleaning up real quick this afternoon before the fun starts!!  Here's some more natural homecleaning ideas for you....

I know this isn't the most pleasant subject to talk about but it's surely a subject for "home ideas for real life"!  I'm talking about the soap scum on your shower tiles and glass doors that builds up to the point that it sometimes looks like you are viewing inside out through a patch of fog!  I know you feel me on this one ;-)..I'm not ashamed to talk about it.  I do not like cleaning our showers or tubs, for real!  Soap scum and that filthy film, is just hard to clean when you let it wait too long, before you get around to cleaning it.  Life gets busy and it happens, right? 

Well, what works?  Naturally, you have options and flexibility to create solutions that can tackle soap scum. I talked about how great lemon was for home cleaning, in a past post that I shared about Natural House Cleaners.  Lemon is just good for house cleaning because it can tackle bacteria like no other fruit. The high acidity levels that are found in lemons are just wonders of love when it comes to natural cleaners!  I did some research since my last post because I wanted to see what natural products could combat soap scum and lemon juice, of course, made the list...again!

However, there were the mention of three more household items that can help with getting rid of that dreadful soap scum.  They are distilled white vinegar, rubbing alcohol and limes.  Additionally, if the metal around your shower door is beginning to rust, I have a tip on how limes can help with that, as well!  The peace in knowing that there are no harmful chemicals used in, near or around your bathroom, is reason enough to begin using natural cleaning products, as often as you can.

Make it a great day!


Distilled White Vinegar is a great natural soap scum remover because it is made up of mild acids. The low acid in the vinegar dissolves the minerals and soap film that create the soap scum. Once it dissolves, the film can be easily wiped away. You can apply the vinegar directly to the soap scum or mix equal parts of distilled white vinegar and warm water in a spray bottle. Spray generously onto shower tiles and glass doors, let sit 5 minutes and wipe away, to a fresh clean look, using an old wash cloth or cleaning cloth.

Isopropyl Alcohol, also know as "rubbing alcohol", is useful for cleaning soap scum from tile and glass surfaces.  Combine 1 cup of rubbing alcohol with 1 cup of water and 1tbsp. of white vinegar.  Pour into a spray bottle.  Spray generously on the area that needs cleaning and wipe with a cloth or paper towel.  This solution is effective on soap scrum, glass and mirrors.  Your results will be squeaky clean! 

Limes are great for household cleaning also.  For basic housecleaning, this citrus fruit can replace vinegar in homemade cleaners.  Especially, if you do not like the smell of vinegar!  A lime-based solution can cut the grease and hard build up of toilet bowl rings and bathtub rings.  To make a general purpose lime-based cleaner, combine 6 drops of lime essential oil (you can find this oil in any vitamin store or where natural products are sold), 1tbsp. of borax (borax is a natural mineral), 2tbsp. of vinegar and 2 cups of hot water.  Pour solution into a spray bottle and use it for general purpose cleaning.  I make this solution often, as needed, when cleaning my bathroom sinks, tubs, showers and toilets.  Also, good for cleaning the grease off your stovetop. It cuts through grease well.

For rust removal, put a little salt on the rusted area, then squeeze the lime juice over the salt and rust.  Let the solution sit and work for about 2 to 3 hours and then scrub the area with the rind from the lime, to remove the rust.  Naturally beautiful result!

Courtesy of:  EHow