Soap Scum On My Skin?

by Mel
(Plano, Texas)

I'm a new soaper and would like to know, what can I add to my soap so that when I rinse off, I don't feel like there's a "film" left on my skin?

I've tried several recipes. The goat's milk additive was the most comfortable but so far, only commercially available detergent bars seem to leave nothing behind.

Thank you for taking the time to answer my question.


I did a quick Google check and I found that Plano Texas seems to have hard water and this is likely the reason you are experiencing soap scum to such an uncomfortable degree.

Hard water contains large amounts of dissolved minerals such as calcium and magnesium. These minerals bind with the soap and stop the soap from dissolving in your water. The result is soap scum.

The reason this does not happen with commercial soaps you have bought is probably either due to the bar not actually being soap but rather a detergent or due to the addition of Tetrasodium EDTA which is a chemical added to the formula to reduce soap scum.

To help prevent soap scum from happening in your shower, you could try installing a filtering shower head. They seem to be relatively inexpensive and the filters are said to last about a year.

If you prefer a bath to a shower, you can use Epsom salts in your bath water. Apparently the calcium and magnesium in your water will be replaced with sodium and potassium and this will allow your soap to lather better and should reduce the soap scum.

Adding baking soda to bath water will also soften your water.


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by: Anonymous

Thank you, Anonymous! I have one and thought I was imagining things.

by: Anonymous

FYI...shower filters will do absolutely nothing to soften water. It's not chemically possible for shower filters to to do so. For some reason people just assume that shower filters are softening their water. The shower filter companies know this very well, and simply go along with misleading people. Shower filters can only filter chlorine, odors, and maybe some sediment. That's all folks. The shower filer industry takes advantage of the fact that most people don't understand the difference. Anyway, you would need a whole home water softening system.

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by: Mel

Cathy, Thanks for your contribution. I knew there was a chemical that made soap feel slipperier but for the life of me, I couldn't remember what it was. :D

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