Last Updated: December 8, 2021

15 best soap scum removers for glass, tile & bath.

WRITTEN BY Grove Collaborative • 21 min read

You know the whitish, sickly grey scuzz that plagues the glass door and surrounding tile of your shower? That’s soap scum. It’s an icky film that looks like a poor imitation of sea foam, desperately haunting the walls of your tub and sink with a chalky appearance that you’re not entirely sure how to get rid of.


While we’d love to wax poetic about soap scum all day, we’d rather give you the best product recommendations for getting rid of it. There are a seemingly infinite amount of soap scum removers on the market, but most of ‘em contain harsh chemicals that you’d rather not coat your bathroom in. That’s why we’ve curated a list of the best soap scum removers. All of these products are made with natural ingredients, so you can remove the scuzz without the sketchy chemicals.


This list of products was determined by ratings and reviews from Grove members.

1. Mrs. Meyer's Multi-Surface Concentrate

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Meet your new cleaning companion: Mrs. Meyer’s Multi-Surface Concentrate. This formula uses healthy, plant-based ingredients to blast away dirt and grime from pretty much any non-porous surface inside or outside of your home. Plus, this concentrate is extra powerful and lasts longer because you dilute it (versus conventional spray cleaners, which …

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2. Dr. Bronner's All-Purpose Cleaner

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An all-purpose cleaner that really means for all purposes — this Dr. Bronner's All-Purpose Cleaner can tackle everything from doing laundry to mopping floors. It’s also a great option for households with pets and kids because it’s made with plant-based ingredients, including natural fir needle and spruce essential oils, and it’s dye-free, …

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$13.99
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3. Mrs. Meyer's Cream Cleaner

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Baking soda has been used for cleaning purposes for years and years, and this Mrs. Meyer's Cream Cleaner channels the scratch-free cleaning power of baking soda to help keep your bathroom, kitchen, and other rooms their cleanest. This household cleaner is made in the USA, paraben-free, bleach-free, non-caustic, and Leaping Bunny–certified. Plus, it …

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$3.99
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4. Bon Ami Powder Cleanser

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Say hello to your new best friend when it comes to bathroom, kitchen, and cookware cleaning. This Bon Ami Powder Cleanser is triclosan-free, sulfate-free, paraben-free, chlorine-free, dye-free, and hypoallergenic, so it’s a healthy choice for any household. Plus, it’s made in the USA with responsible, recycled-paper packaging and never tested on …

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14 Oz
$1.69
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5. Mrs. Meyer's Vinegar Gel Cleaner

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Say hello to a naturally thickened vinegar cleaning product that smells a whole lot better than other brands. This Mrs. Meyer's Vinegar Gel Cleaner has a nice lemon verbena scent, but tackles stainless steel just like your mom’s old, do-it-yourself concoction, without the pain of actually making it. Clean countertops, refrigerators, handles, knobs, …

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12 Oz
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6. Mrs. Meyer's Multi-Surface Cleaner

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This Mrs. Meyer's Multi-Surface Cleaner is kitchen-counter worthy, but can also be used in bathrooms and other rooms with often-touched surfaces waiting to be cleaned. Animal lovers will be happy to know it’s also vegan, 100-percent cruelty-free, and Leaping Bunny–certified. It’s made with essential oils and plant-based ingredients in the USA and …

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16 Oz
$4.29
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7. Grove Co. Daily Shower Cleaner Concentrate + Twist & Slide Glass Spray Bottle

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This set includes our shower cleaning concentrate that reduces build-up and eliminates soap scum on shower surfaces, combined with our Reusable Cleaning Glass Spray Bottle with Twist & Slide labeling system.

This bundle includes a set of two cleaning concentrates and one twist and slide spray bottle.

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1 x spray bottle, 1 x daily shower cleaner concentrate - 2 pack
$16.95
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8. Grove Co. Multi-Purpose Cleaner Concentrate + Twist & Slide Glass Spray Bottle

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This set includes our multi-purpose cleaner concentrate, proven to cut 2x more grease than other natural brands,* combined with our Reusable Cleaning Glass Spray Bottle with Twist & Slide labeling system.

This bundle includes a set of two cleaning concentrates and one twist and slide spray bottle.

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9. method Glass Cleaner

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If you think it’s impossible to keep your glass surfaces clean without kids, pets, or everyday life getting in the way — think again! This method glass cleaner easily takes off handprints, toothpaste splatter, unknown grit and grime, and other grunge left behind. It sprays a light mist on your glass that does the heavy lifting, and it’s available …

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10. method Daily Shower Spray

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Shower cleaning leaving you exhausted? Method’s daily shower cleaner takes the labor out of bathroom upkeep, helping you achieve sparkling tile and grout in just a few minutes a day. Simply spritz the spray liberally over your shower surfaces (doors, shower curtain, floor—you name it) and walk away, and method’s naturally derived powergreen …

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$2.99
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11. Aunt Fannie's Cleaning Vinegar

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You spend a good percentage of your time inside, so why not spend time embracing your inner housecleaner with plant-based products like this Aunt Fannie's Cleaning Vinegar. This cleaning vinegar is paraben-, sulfate-, and triclosan-free, and it’s vegan and Leaping Bunny–certified. It naturally breaks down dirt and other unwanted filth by using the …

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$6.99
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12. Mrs. Meyer's Tub & Tile Cleaner

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As the saying goes, a clean home is a happy home. Go the extra mile on your bathroom tile with Mrs. Meyer’s tub and tile cleaner. This powerful cleaner is great to use on most bathroom surfaces, including shower doors, floor tile, countertops, sinks, and tubs, but keep in mind it’s not safe to use on natural marble, brass, or wood. This US-based …

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13. Aunt Fannie's Glass & Window Vinegar Wash

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From the outside looking in, most glass cleaners leave behind some sort of residue — and the ones that don’t are usually full of crazy chemicals we can’t even pronounce. Aunt Fannie's Glass and Window Vinegar Wash does just the opposite — it leaves your glass and windows streak-free without using toxic ingredients. This microbiome-friendly window …

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14. method Foaming Bathroom Cleaner

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Don’t let your bathroom become the dirtiest room in your house, especially since it’s one of the most-used rooms by houseguests. Clean like a pro with help from method foaming bathroom cleaner’s nontoxic powergreen technology, and say goodbye to nasty mold and mildew buildup for good. Use this foam bathroom cleaner on tubs, tile, sinks, …

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15. Aunt Fannie's Bathroom Cleaner

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Your bathroom should be the cleanest place in your house. Leave a bottle of Aunt Fannie's Bathroom Cleaner under the sink to make bathroom maintenance a breeze. This plant-based cleaner combines the power of white vinegar with naturally derived ingredients like rosemary, lavender, and eucalyptus oil to cut through bathroom grime and kill germs. …

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FAQs

How do you remove soap scum?

Glass cleaners and shower cleaners are both fantastic choices to remove soap scum with ease. These products are specifically formulated to remove even the hardest of soap scum without breaking a sweat. Read more about how to remove soap scum on our Clean Team in-depth guide!


No spray on hand? Say sayonara to scum with this all-natural, DIY soap scum remover. It’ll banish your scuzzy woes, make your shower shine, and best of all — it’s not just for your bathroom. This super simple vinegar spray is great for cleaning countertops, stainless steel, windows, and floors.


To make the spray, get a reusable spray bottle and combine equal amounts of vinegar and water, then add one tablespoon of dish detergent. Spray the solution onto the soap scum, and allow it to sit for about 15 minutes. After it’s soaked on the scum, scrub it with a soft-bristle brush, then rinse with hot water.


How do you remove soap scum from glass?

Glass cleaners targeted to remove soap scum from showers are the best choices to get the scum outta your bathroom. There’s a ton of glass cleaners available and we’ve made mention of the best glass cleaners for soap scum in our list above.


Vinegar is another option to remove soap scum from glass. Just spray some cleaning vinegar on the areas of your bathroom that are riddled with scum, and wipe it away with a microfiber cloth or scrub brush. That’s it! You’re left with scum-free surfaces that glisten and gleam.


Is vinegar good for removing soap scum?

Vinegar does wonders to remove soap scum from glass, tile, metal faucets, and porcelain tubs. And it doesn’t stop there! Grove writer Phoenix took a bottle of cleaning vinegar and put it to work. Read her review after cleaning windows, the stovetop, and her microwave to see how vinegar worked on various dirty surfaces.


We love cleaning with natural products that are sustainable, nontoxic, and effective. And we want to share our passion for green cleaning with you! Get more quick tips and product recommendations from our Clean Team. We’ve got guides for all your cleaning needs, like garbage disposals, kitchen cabinets, and stainless steel so you can enjoy a happy, healthy household without too much elbow grease.


What is Grove Collaborative?

At Grove, we take the guesswork out of which products are good for you and your home. Every product meets strict standards for being nontoxic, effective, sustainable, and cruelty-free. Once you find products you love, we ship to your home on a flexible, monthly schedule.


If you're ready to make the transition to natural cleaning, beauty, and household products, shop Grove Collaborative's natural products for the eco-friendly tools to tackle the job.

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