19 August 2012

Pin Busters! D-I-Y Scum Buster

Soap scum. There's a reason it's called scum. And like most nasty things, once it gets a foothold, it's not letting go without a fight. That's where the D-I-Y scum buster comes in! According to the pin, you spray this stuff on the tub/shower, let it sit for awhile, then either just wipe it away with a sponge/cloth.

D-I-Y Scum Buster

1 part white vinegar
1 part Dawn dishwashing detergent (the original blue)

I put 1 cup of each ingredient into a spray bottle (purchased at the grocery store) and just tipped it back & forth gently to mix. (I'm sure you could re-use an old spray bottle if you prefer.)

I had two uses in mind for this product:
1) Gus likes to use bar soap, and bar soap likes to leave scum. So, the tile on the floor tends to get soap scum build-up between visits from the cleaning lady. Not good. So I'm hoping I can just spray this on & bust that scum without busting my... well, you get the idea.
2) Lulu likes to use a lot of super-hold hairspray. In her bathroom. Over the counter & sink. And she never wipes it off. Ever. It's so bad, the cleaning lady has to bring in special industrial-strength cleaner to cut through the gunk. I'm hoping if I spray this on the sink once or twice a week, it will cut down or eliminate the hairspray shellac.

Unfortunately, since hairspray is clear, you couldn't really see the build-up in the pictures - and I didn't take a picture of the tile in the shower - so you'll just have to take my word for it...

The verdict: Pin-worthy!

Now, my observations:

1) For the soap scum, gentle wiping was sufficient; for the hairspray build-up, a little more elbow grease was needed. I think if used on a regular basis, less effort will be required to remove the hairspray in the future.
2) The original post said to leave it sit overnight - I only left it for about an hour, and it was plenty of time to soften things.
3) There are a lot of thick suds from the Dawn. I read one comment that said sprinkling with salt will cut the suds. So now I have to keep salt upstairs?? I think maybe next time, I'll try using a little less Dawn in the mix. The trick will be to cut the suds without losing any of the scum-busting power.
4) You can smell the vinegar, but it dissipates fairly quickly. And it's 100X better than the chemical smell of a store-bought product.
5) One commenter (on the original post) said that they put the solution in one of those long-handled dish scrubbers (the kind that holds dish soap in the handle) and hangs it in the shower to use daily. Great idea!

(You can see the original post here.)
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2 comments:

  1. I just gotta say - lovin' the "new" blog! Pin Busters is probably my favorite. Keep it up, Kim! :)

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  2. Thanks, Jessica! I'm having a lot of fun with it so far. Of course, my addiction to Pinterest helps a lot, LOL!

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