How to Remove Soap Scum Lime Deposits


Lime deposits form when water containing minerals evaporates on surfaces. The minerals left behind produce a whitish mark that holds fast to surfaces such as faucets or sinks. Soap scum is normally left behind in showers or tubs that were not rinsed properly. The soap hardens, leaving a caked-up mass difficult to remove with ordinary cleaners. Cleaning soap scum and lime deposits from surfaces is not hard once you have the proper tools.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubber gloves White vinegar Spray bottle Plastic sandwich bags Rubber bands Sponge Salt Towel or cloth
  • Open windows and doors, or turn on the ventilation fan in a bathroom. Place rubber cleaning gloves on hands. Pour undiluted vinegar into a spray bottle.

  • Spray the vinegar onto soap scum and allow it to remain for 20 minutes. Pour white vinegar into a plastic sandwich bag, and secure the bag onto a sink or shower faucet with a rubber band. Allow the bags to remain on the faucets for 30 minutes.

  • Pour 1 tsp. of salt onto a damp sponge and scrub the soap scum. The salt provides enough agitation to remove the softened soap scum without damaging surfaces. Add more salt to the sponge as needed.

  • Remove the bags from the faucets, and scrub with a damp sponge. The acidic properties in the vinegar loosen lime deposits, allowing for simple clean up.

  • Rinse the areas when cleaned with cool water. Dry with a towel or a clean cloth.

Tips & Warnings

  • Wipe wet areas with a towel or cloth after each use to reduce soap scum and lime deposits.

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