How to Clean Soap Scum Off a Shower Curtain

Over time, soap scum develops on your shower curtain as soap residue and grime collect and build up on the surface.

Your shower curtain is just one surface where soap scum builds up.Your shower curtain is just one surface where soap scum builds up.
As soap scum builds up, it develops a white film on your shower curtain, causing the shower curtain to look unsightly and dirty. Many commercial cleaners are available to remove soap scum from your shower curtain, but using home remedies will save you money and chemical exposure.

Remove your shower curtain from the shower. Fill the washing machine with warm water and the regular amount of heavy-duty laundry detergent. Add 1/2 cup baking soda and 1 cup white vinegar to the water.

Place your shower curtain in the washing machine with two large towels. The baking soda and vinegar will work to remove the soap scum from your shower curtain as it washes.

Hang-dry your shower curtain outdoors, if possible, until it's completely dry. Bring your shower curtain inside and lay it on the floor with the side of the curtain that faces the inside of your shower facing up.

Pour lemon oil, used to polish wood furniture, onto a clean cloth. Rub the lemon oil into the surface of your shower curtain. Lemon oil will repel water and soap scum, preventing your shower curtain from developing soapy film.

Things You Will Need

  • Heavy-duty laundry detergent
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 2 towels
  • Lemon oil
  • Clean cloths

Tip

  • Keep a spray bottle of vinegar in the shower and spray down your shower curtain and walls after each shower to prevent soap scum and mildew buildup.

About the Author

Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.