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SimplyThick® EasyMix™ - The Magical Soap Scum Remover?

What happens when you have the best dysphagia thickener in the world and you are stuck at home for a month or more?  You figure out that you might have the best thickener in the world – not just the best dysphagia thickener!

The shower doors needed cleaning.  And there was soap scum.  So, I asked my wife what to use and she said “vinegar works the best, but it runs down the door too quickly.”

BINGO!  I can fix that!

Granted, I already knew from earlier in my career that xanthan gum - the thickening agent in SimplyThick® EasyMix™ - is used to thicken acidic cleaners to increase the cling on vertical surfaces.  But I still had to make it work.

After a quick internet search, I had a base formula and created my own new and improved shower door cleaner:

Combine in a bowl:

  • 4 oz water

  • 4 oz white vinegar

  • 1 Tablespoon liquid dish soap

  • 12 g of SimplyThick® EasyMix™ - depending on what you have on hand, this is 2 mildly thick packets, 1 moderately thick packet or 2 pump strokes.

First, I mixed with a whisk.  You can mix fairly quickly, but be careful to not mix too fast so you don’t stabilize a foamy mess! Next, I poured the mixture into a spray bottle with a kitchen funnel and went to work. Thickened solutions don’t form a spray mist as nicely as thin liquids with a hand sprayer.  But I did adjust the nozzle to make the spray as misty as possible. I let it sit for 10-15 minutes.  Then, I wiped and rinsed the doors off. The doors looked great with very little scrubbing!

Try it out yourself and let me know if you like it!


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