Bathroom Soap Scum Remover

Bathroom Soap Scum Remover

You don't have to purchase specialised cleaning products solely for your bathroom; it's all about knowing the right ingredients for the task at hand, and that's where this article comes in handy! 

Combatting soap scum buildup is simple: neutralise it with an acidic solution. We'll guide you through creating this solution and transforming it into a gel.

Ingredient 1: Vinegar 

Vinegar, whether white or apple cider, serves as an effective acidic solution for dissolving soap scum. Opt for vinegar from the food aisle rather than cleaning vinegar, which contains petroleum-based ingredients and is not intended for consumption.

When using vinegar as a spray, there's no need to dilute it further, as it's naturally water-based. This property allows you to thicken it with Xanthan Gum to create a gel-like consistency.

Ingredient 2: Citric Acid

Citric acid, an equally effective yet cheaper alternative to vinegar! This is one budget-friendly solution for dissolving soap scum. Just mix 1 teaspoon of citric acid powder with 500ml of warm water to achieve the same acidic pH as vinegar. You can even prepare this directly in a spray bottle for added convenience! 

Stay tuned as we'll guide you on how to thicken it into a gel, providing a homemade alternative to store-bought cleaners.

P.S. Resist the urge to combine citric acid with vinegar—it won't alter the pH and will only result in unnecessary waste.


Turning your solution into a gel

If you prefer a gel-like consistency for your soap scum remover, you can turn either the vinegar of citric acid solution into a gel.  Here's how:


- 500ml Vinegar or Citric Acid Solution

- 1/4 teaspoon Xanthan Gum

- 1 tablespoon Glycerine


- Mixing jug

- Measuring spoon

- Whisk or Spoon


- 500ml gel


1. Add the Glycerine and Xanthan Gum into a bowl and mix well until it is free of lumps & forms a gel.

2. Add your vinegar or citric solution and whisk until it is fully combined and the mixture is the consistency you desire.

Now you have a soap scum remover gel that you can easily apply to your bathroom surfaces!

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