Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Conquering Soap Scum

Inspired by the many uses I've already read about and tried for baking soda, I decided to see if it was up to the challenge of the soap scum in my bath tub. I must confess, scrubbing the soap scum out my bath tub is one of the lowest priorities in my world. I guess I've always rationalized that it was clean dirt.

I made a paste out of baking soda and water. I spread this in a thin layer over the bottom of the tub and let it sit for the day. I'm not sure if this was a necessary part of the process but we were going out to the beach anyway so it fit right in.

When I got back home, I filled a cup with vinegar and working from the part of the tub farthest away from the drain, began pouring a little vinegar onto the baking soda paste. I followed each pour with a little scrubbing with a scrub brush. The scrubbing effort was very minimal and within 10 minutes, the tub was gleaming white!

6 comments:

faraboverubies said...

hi! I enjoy your blog. I read this tip once and have used it ever since: Keep your used dryer sheets. Throw a couple of them in the shower with you and do some swipes around the bottom of the tub with your feet. Works like a charm!

KleoPatra said...

GREAT idea, you. Thanks. Also kudos to faraboverubies, above, for the other nice hint.

Heloise Jr., you!

Harmonia said...

I found a good alternative to arm and hammer baking soda! Bob's Red Mills has it, too! It's aluminmum free. And it's more "green"...they don't test on animals!

Rachael said...

I love using vinegar and baking soda to clean but I never thought of this. Think it would work on minor rust stains? I'll have to try it out...

Sally Parrott Ashbrook said...

I'm loving your blog! I'm going to add you to my blogroll.

Katie said...

Welcome faraboverubies and sally parrot ashbrook.

Rachel, give it a try on rust stains and let us know if it works.

Thanks to everyone for their hints as well.