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Cleaning Soap Scum is Easy When You Know How

Soap scum is a dirty drag if you love a shiny, healthy bathroom. The stuff forms on sinks, tubs, and shower curtains and attracts mold and mildew like nobody’s business. But soap scum doesn’t have to be the bane of your existence. In fact getting rid of it is easy with a good cream cleanser like Soft Scrub.

  1. Know thy enemy: If you’re going to fight soap scum you should know this one salient fact: It’s not soap and it isn’t scum. Soap scum starts out as calcium and magnesium, minerals in hard water. The minerals combine with soap to create a sticky mixture that bonds to surfaces in the bathroom. But that’s not all – soap scum also includes the oils, dead skin, and hair that rinse off your body when you bathe. This stuff is like manna from heaven for mold and mildew which grows in scum and gives your bathroom a musty odor.
  2. Destroy the scum: Soft Scrub with Bleach Cleanser on a wet towel will instantly cut through soap scum while killing mold and mildew. Soft Scrub cleans and disinfects tubs, countertops, shower fixtures, sinks, tiles, and toilets and leaves them shiny.
  3. Stop it in its tracks: As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure – and that goes double for soap scum. If you use Soft Scrub once a week, you prevent soap scum from gaining a foothold. Also remember to regularly wash your shower curtains and bathmats in the washing machine on the gentle cycle. Add half cup of vinegar to the water to dissolve the scum.
  4. Long-term solutions: If you live in a region with hard water you might want to install a water softener which removes calcium and magnesium. This not only prevents soap scum, but will also lengthen the life of your water heater and other appliances.

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