Today I’m going to share with you two things that drive me insane in the shower. One of them is soap scum, and the second thing is constantly having to clean it. And if you think this is bad enough at home with at most a few showers to deal with, imagine dealing with dozens of properties with serveral showers each… now you understand why it can be such an issue for me!
So what I’m going to do is clean this off using a formula that I found online from the good folks that manage rental properties in Tucson (http://extendedstay-tucson.com)… it uses stuff you can pretty much find anywhere, and that is using baking soda and vinegar.
So baking soda and vinegar, when you put them together, they create a chemical reaction and the acidity of that will cut through the soap scum. But you have to make a paste, so I made a paste like this, and what you’re going to do after you make that paste is wipe it all over your glass and leave it sit there for 10-15 minutes and then you are going to wipe it back off.
And then, the next part that I am going to use, which you don’t commonly see in the shower, but you see it more for automotive purposes is Rain-X. So Rain-X is a product that you put on your windshield and it causes water to beat up and just drip off the surface. So I am going to show you how to use both of these items to prevent soap scum and maybe make your life a lot easier.
Okay, so the first step that I am going to take is applying the baking soda and vinegar concoction together and putting it onto the actual glass on the shower door. So I made my concoction a little bit – how do I describe this? – it’s, as you can see, it’s got liquidity to it. It’s somewhat of a liquid, but it’s mostly a paste. And I wanted it to be pasty because I am going to use a sponge to wipe it onto this glass.
So that’s what I am going to do now. And then, once I get it on the glass, I’m going to leave it sit for probably 10 or 15 minutes, so that the baking soda and vinegar will cut through the soap scum itself. So let’s go ahead and do that so you have a good idea of what you’ll be working with. So you can see here, I am just putting the actual baking soda- vinegar solution on here.
And I guess the other cool thing about this is the fact that it’s natural, it doesn’t contain any kind of harsh chemicals. Honestly, I was going to use Kaboom, but it said not to use it on frosted glass, so that’s why I am using the vinegar and baking soda. So we’ll put this on here, we’ll let it sit for 10 or 15 minutes, and we’ll come back and take a look and see what it looks like.
Okay, so we let the baking soda and vinegar solution sit on the shower glass for 10-15 minutes, and honestly, it’s looking pretty good. The next thing that you can do is use common window cleaning supplies, like a window sponge like this, and clean off the glass. Honestly, it creates a little bit of a mess using the paste, but it’s not anything that you can’t clean up and wash down the drain.
Certainly, it’s safe. And I totally think that this is looking so much better. So use a sponge like this. And then, the next thing that you want to do, once you get it all clean, is use a squeegee, like so, to squeegee off all the excess baking soda and vinegar solution. So do that and then I’ll show you the next step for how we can actually make this not accumulate soap scum.
But, again, make sure you get this mixture off, dry it with a towel, make sure it’s totally dry and then you can move on to the next step with the Rain-X. All right, everybody. This is the last step in this process of cleaning your soap scum and allowing your new glass surface, your newly cleaned surface, to not accumulate those particles, those minerals and soap residue that creates a faded look.
So you can see here that the vinegar and baking soda solution worked awesome. Hopefully you can see that. If you can’t, take my word for it, it’s good to use that kind of paste on a glass door like this. And then, the second step, like I said before, is to use Rain-X two in one. Again, this is two in one glass cleaner plus rain repellent.
So what this is going to do is when you spray this on here, you’re going to spray it directly onto the glass, and then wipe it off with either a paper towel or a microfiber cloth like this. So let’s go ahead and do that. When you do apply the Rain-X, it’s going to make water beat off this and run down. And when the water does that, hopefully the soap scum will do that too.
So let me show you. It’s fairly simple to do. You shake it up real good, take the top off, and again, you just spray this onto the actual glass. So in this case, I am going to use some microfiber cloth and just wipe this all over the glass surface. It’s going to help clean the surface and it’s also going to apply the Rain-X beating technology to your shower door glass.
So that’s my biggest tip for preventing soap scum on your shower door, and I really think that this extra step can help you eliminate the soap scum cleaning responsibilities that you have on a weekly or biweekly basis. So thanks a lot for joining me, I really appreciate it, and I hope you have a great day!