Cleaning Acrylic plastic and glass with soap scum: Many insert showers and bathtubs are made from molded acrylic. These are easy to clean when they are brand new and have their coating still in place, and before they collect any soap scum. But eventually the wipe-clean properties deteriorate and soap scum builds up, making acrylic showers a pain to get completely clean. Preventative care is ideal, with a vinegar and essential oil postshower/bath spray that prevents soap buildup. But once the soap scum is there, you’ll need something a bit stronger to cut through it. Since we’re not using toxic chemicals, that something stronger means you—you’ll have to use some muscles to scrub, but you won’t be going it alone. The foaming action of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda will release most of the grime.
Mildew and Soap Scum Prevention Spray
• 2 cups Citrus Vinegar (pg. 16)
• 2 tablespoons rubbing alcohol
• 25 drops lemon essential oil
Combine ingredients in a 16-ounce spray bottle. Shake well. Spray shower and bathtub liberally with this mixture after each use.
Soap Scum Scrub
• ½ cup baking soda
• ½ cup table salt
• Warm water
• Hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle
Mix the salt and baking soda together in a small bowl. Spray the surface well with warm water. Sprinkle liberally with the baking soda mix. For vertical surfaces, add the water to the baking soda and salt to make a paste, and rub the paste on the area. Spray to saturate with hydrogen peroxide. Let sit for 15 minutes. Scrub well using a soft scrub brush or sponge. Use a toothbrush to get into tricky areas, such as shower doors and around drains. Rinse well.
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