How to Clean Soap Scum From Shower Doors

here are plenty of good and bad things about glass shower doors and managing soap scum can deter homeowners from wanting them. My glass shower is the original of my 1951 home, so it is coffin-like compared to modern all-glass shower doors (swoon), and I’m not too crazy about the etched swan. All that aside, I’ve managed to keep soap scum at bay.

You noticed how I said “keep soap scum at bay” and not “keep soap scum away,” right? Soap scum is a natural part of life. Learning how to maintain it is as important as learning how to clean it.

What Causes Soap Scum?

The scum we’ve all grown to know and hate is caused by paraffin wax in soap reacting to hard water. Our experiences with soap scum may vary depending on water quality and bathing preferences, but in some degree, it’s something you battle on glass shower doors, tile, vinyl shower curtains and in the bathtub. It’s most visible on glass.

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