Testing Pinterest Finds: SCUM BUSTING!

Posted by: Ursula Zamora on Wednesday, August 15, 2012

I don’t know about you, but when I see/hear people talk about their “world famous” this or “world’s/THE best” that I just don’t believe it. If it truly were “world famous” or the “world’s best”…wouldn’t we have heard about it prior to our Pinterest surfing?

Well, when I came across a pin from FabuLessly Frugal on Pinterest for the “The Best Soap Scum Remover” I was skeptical. Having purchased an older Florida home in “as is” condition, we were lucky to purchase a home that for the most part was very nearly a complete renovation except for a couple of rooms-including the bathroom. While cosmetically it was not bad, cleanliness was something to be desired. For 2 years I have been trying a variety of ways to make my glass shower doors go from a lovely “Soap Scum Off-White” to clean and clear.

I took them outside and spritzed with water and sprinkled baking soda on there. I used commercial soap scum removers. I prayed that each and every thing I tried would make it less gross and remove however many years of caked on soap and ickiness.

Enter Pinterest and FabuLessly Frugal’s pin with simple ingredients and minimal “prep” time. Score! After putting the ingredients together and letting it cool down I couldn’t wait to try it out. Be warned-because of the vinegar, you’ll want to make sure your bathroom window is open or the exhaust fan is on. I not only sprayed my shower doors, but the tile as well. Of course, if the door was that scummy the tiles were too.

Because of the imagined length of time that the tiles and door were in such a state, I let the concoction sit for about 30 minutes, but I think normally 5-10 would suffice any surface. With a “2nd hand” sponge (one demoted from dish duty to house cleaning) in hand, I made sure to rewet the surfaces due to Florida heat drying everything quickly. My trusted sponge and I then got to work.

I had expected to expend a good amount of elbow grease as I had with all my other cleaning attempts, but much to my surprise this miracle concoction made clean up a breeze! There were a couple of tough spots around the edges, but all in all my hopes for clean and clear shower doors were finally realized. Not only clean and clear shower doors, but shower tiles, tub bottom and bathroom sink!

This cleaner surely gets a “World’s Best” in my book!!

This miracle in a bottle couldn’t be any easier to create:

1 cup white vinegar
1 tbsp. cornstarch
2 tbsp. dish soap of your choice
Spray bottle

Add 1 tbsp. of cornstarch to 1 cup of white vinegar and stir to combine using a fork, whisk or whatever you have on hand. You can either microwave for 2 minutes or heat on the stove until heated (and visibly slightly thicker) and remove from the stove. Add the dish soap to the mixture and combine. It should have a more gel like texture.

With a funnel, pour the mixture into a spray bottle (either one that you are reusing-be sure to wash well first or a new bottle that you can label) and let it cool down.

Shake well prior to using and happy scum busting!

Do you have a Pinterest find that you would like us to test or want to suggest to us?  Feel free to leave a link in our comments!


Haley Bierstock commented on Thursday, August 16, 2012
I am sensitive to a lot of harsh household cleaners, so this looks like a much better option than wearing a mask while cleaning. THANK YOU!

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