How to Clean a Bathtub [Cleaning a Bathtub the Right Way]

How to Clean a Bathtub

Taking a relaxing bath at the end of a long and stressful day is the perfect ending to any day. But do you want to soak in a grimy bathtub soiled with soap scum, oils, unsightly rust stains, and other residues?

It is a fact that bathtubs can easily become soiled.

In order to make the bathing experience perfect, you should keep the bathtub in a clean and sanitary condition.

Thankfully, some excellent commercially available cleaning solutions, such as OxiClean, Clorox OxiMagic, Clorox Clean-Up, and others, make the bathtub cleaning experience easy and quick. Some of the detergents are specifically designed for removing limescale stains, such as CLR Cleaner and Lime-A-Way.

When using a bathtub cleaning detergent, remember to follow the instructions of the manufacturer for the best result.

Natural home remedies for cleaning the bathtub

If you don’t like using chemicals for cleaning due to potentially toxic fumes or because of environmental or financial reasons, then you can easily use some common and cheap household items and materials to deal with your dirty bathtub. Chances are, you already have what you need in your home.

Here are the tools which you will need to give your bathtub a thorough cleaning:

  • White vinegar
  • Dish soap
  • Baking soda
  • Bleach (if you have mildew)
  • A scrub brush
  • A sponge
  • A cloth
  • A spray bottle
  • A bucket

Steps to clean your bathtub with natural solutions

You can start by wetting the entire surface of the bathtub with clean water and then sprinkling baking soda on all of its surfaces.

Another all-natural method for starting the bathtub cleaning is filling a spray bottle with equal parts warm water and vinegar, mixing them, and spraying the entire bathtub with it. After you are done, let the solution sit for about 15 minutes before proceeding with the next step.

Then fill a bucket with warm water and several spoons of dishwashing detergent and use a scrub brush to clean the tub.

Periodically rinse the bathtub with soapy water until it is clean, and after that, rinse it thoroughly with clean water.

Wipe the bathtub with a microfiber or other soft and absorbent cloth.

Removing stubborn stains and mildew

If your bathtub has mildew or mold stains, then you should start by wetting the surface, sprinkling with baking soda, and then spraying it with the vinegar-water solution like in the first step.

Let the baking soda and vinegar sit for several minutes, and then scrub the bathtub with a sponge or a soft cloth so that paste is formed on the surface. Let the paste sit for another 15 minutes, and then proceed to wipe it off, or use a brush to scrub it off and rinse it.

For more persistent mildew stains, you can use a solution of warm water with four tablespoons of bleach in a spray bottle to spray the stain or the entire bathtub. Let it sit and soak in for 15 minutes, and then sprinkle the stain or the whole bathtub with baking soda.

A paste of two parts baking soda and one part hydrogen peroxide can also be used to eliminate mildew spots from a bathtub. After applying the paste to the stain, leave it alone for an hour so that the stain can absorb the paste’s healing properties. The next step is to wash it with fresh water and wipe it down.

Scrub the tub with a brush and then flush it with clean water.

White vinegar is effective at removing limescale and hard water stains from bathtubs if left on the stain for around two hours. Then, give the stained area a good scrub using a paste made of vinegar and baking soda, and then wash it with water to remove any remaining paste.

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