How to Remove Soap Scum From a Shower Stall

Soap splashes from our bodies as we wash to shower stall walls, where it hardens and becomes soap scum. The soap turns a grayish color, dulling the shiny finish of shower walls. A buildup of soap scum is difficult to remove as it sticks tightly to walls.

Remove soap scum with white vinegar.

The soap needs to be softened with certain products to ensure proper removal. Removing the soap scum, and making it difficult to attach to shower walls, help to keep your bathroom looking fresh and clean.

  1. Pour two cups of white vinegar into a microwave-safe bowl and heat in the microwave for 20 seconds. Pour the vinegar into a spray bottle.

  2. Open a window and turn on the ventilation fan. Spray the vinegar over the soap scum on the shower stall. Allow the vinegar to soften the soap scum for five minutes.

  3. Wipe the soap scum from the shower stall with a dryer sheet. The dryer sheet contains enough grit to remove the soap scum without damaging shower walls. Use several dryer sheets if needed to remove all the soap scum.

  4. Rinse the shower stall with a sponge and cool water. Dry the shower stall with a towel.

  5. Spray a furniture polish containing lemon oil onto an acrylic scrub sponge, and apply to the shower stall walls. The lemon oil discourages soap scum buildup. Wipe the polish from the shower stall walls with a clean cloth.


Dry shower stalls after each use to reduce soap scum buildup and hard water deposits.