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How to prevent soap scum

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Stop soap scum

There's nothing fun about spending a day scrubbing your shower, but there is a way to prevent soap scum. Here are some easy ways to stop soap scum stains from taking over your tub!

Woman cleaning tubStep 1: Clean it first

To maintain a clean shower and tub that's free of soap scum stains, start with a clean one! Scour the area with a cleanser appropriate for the surface of the shower or tub.

Step 2: Make it slick

Once the surface is entirely clean and dry, use a rag to apply Gel Gloss or car wax to the shower or tub walls, which will make it harder for soap scum to stick to the surfaces.

Step 3: Do it daily

Invest in a daily shower cleaner to stop soap scum from returning. Scrubbing Bubbles Automatic Shower Cleaner cleans the surfaces of the shower and tub, thus preventing soap scrum with the touch of a button—no scrubbing required! If you have a glass shower door, keep a squeegee in your shower and simply squeegee the door after every shower. You can also keep a small stack of dry, clean rags by your shower to wipe the surfaces down after your shower. If you do this on a daily basis, you can avoid a major cleaning project that will take up half your day and prevent soap scum from getting out of control.

Step 4: Switch out your soap

As its name suggests, soap scum is caused by bar soap (well, the paraffin in bar soap is actually the culprit, if you want to get technical). To really stop soap scum buildup, switch to synthetic soap, liquid soap, or gel body soap.

Step 5: Do double duty

To prevent soap scum while you enjoy a nice hot soak, sprinkle some Epsom Salts into your bath. The soap residue from the bath will go right down the drain and won't get stuck on your tub.

Prevent soap scum with these simple steps and you won't have to succumb to showering among the skuzzy stuff!

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