A visibly dirty bathtub won’t help you much in cleaning yourself no matter the amount of soap and water you are using. Bathtubs need regular cleaning to keep the dirt and grime at bay. We also recommend giving your bathtub a deeper scrubbing for a more thorough cleaning at least once a month. Getting rid of lime-scale, mineral deposits, soap scum, and dirt from your bathtub can be a tough job, but we offer a few tips and ideas that can help you clean your bathtub quickly and efficiently.
Table of Contents
- How often should you clean a bathtub?
- How to clean a bathtub with mold or mildew?
- How to clean a bathtub naturally?
- How to clean a bathtub drain?
- How to clean a bathtub with salt and grapefruit?
- How to clean bathtub with baking soda?
- How to clean a bathtub with vinegar?
- How to remove stains from a bathtub?
- How to clean a bathtub with a commercial product?
- How to clean a fiberglass bathtub.
- How to clean a bathtub with bleach?
- How to clean bathtub jets?
- How to clean a bathtub ring?
How often should you clean a bathtub?
If a bathtub in one bathroom is regularly used by four people, it is going to need frequent cleaning compared to the bathtub that is used by only one person. If you don’t clean your bathtub daily and leave it for monthly cleaning, you are going to have a much harder time cleaning it. Give your bathtub regular cleaning before you get into the bath. It will not only save your time during a thorough monthly cleaning, but it will also save you from having to use all of your scrubbing power.
Bathtub cleaning supplies:
- Dish soap
- Scrub brush
- Scrub sponge
- Baking soda
- Cloth or hand towel
- Tub-and-tile cleaner
- Spray bottle
- An old toothbrush
How to clean a bathtub with mold or mildew?
If you notice any mold or mildew in your bathtub, fill a spray bottle with hot water and four tablespoons of bleach, before you start cleaning.
- Now, spray that mixture onto the areas with mold or mildew, and let it soak in thoroughly.
- In the meantime, sprinkle baking soda throughout the bathtub.
- Then, scrub the bathtub surface with a scrub sponge or a stiff nylon sponge dipped in a mixture of half-gallon water and two tablespoons of dish soap.
- To clean stains, sprinkle baking soda directly onto the sponge or the brush after dipping it in the water and dish soap mixture. For tougher stains, use the bleach solution.
- Scrub away the mold from the bathtub.
- Once you are satisfied that your bathtub looks clean, use the bathtub hand sprayer or a pitcher or cup filled with warm water to rinse the tub.
- You can then polish the tub faucet, drain, and handles with a clean, dry cloth if desired.
How to clean a bathtub naturally?
Follow the following tips to clean your bathtub naturally:
Use your shower to wash the bathtub before your start bathtub cleaning process. If you don’t have a removable shower head, use a bucket to pour water around in the bathtub.
How to clean a bathtub drain?
If you have a lot of debris stuck in your tub, wipe it away with a paper towel first and then wash the bathtub. Clear debris and hair from the drain after each use. Otherwise, it might clog up your drain and a plumber may be needed.
How to clean a bathtub with salt and grapefruit?
Using grapefruit and salt scrub is a popular natural method. The acid from the grapefruit, when combined with the abrasiveness of the salt, will help you scrub away the grime from your bathtub and leave it smelling like citrus. We recommend wearing cleaning gloves for this method.
- Cut a grapefruit in half and cover the open side with salt.
- Sprinkle some salt on the wet surface of the tub.
- Now, scrub the bathtub with the grapefruit, releasing its juice as you move it around. You may need another grapefruit if one grapefruit doesn’t get the job done.
- You can now rinse away all the salt and pulp from the tub.
How to clean bathtub with baking soda?
Create a bathtub scrub by mixing one cup of baking soda with a half cup of castile soap add a few drops of peppermint or tea tree essential oil for an enhanced, lasting pleasant scent.
- Dip a sponge in this mixture and scrub the surface of your bathtub. It works well to remove soap scum. Rinse your bathtub with water when done.
How to clean a bathtub with vinegar?
Make vinegar spray by adding one cup of vinegar and one cup of water in a clean spray bottle. Shake it well.
- Spray the solution on your bathtub. Scrub it down with a sponge. Then, rinse away the vinegar with fresh water.
How to remove stains from a bathtub?
- Make a baking soda paste by adding water into baking soda until it forms a paste-like substance. It helps with removing rust stains.
- Apply this paste on a sponge and use it on the rusty areas or even on the whole bathtub as a general cleaner, and then spritz over it with white vinegar. Leave it for 10-15 minutes and then scrub with a sponge.
- Rinse away the baking soda and vinegar with water.
- Use Borax and lemon to remove hard stains.
- Sprinkle Borax on the stains.
- Cut a lemon in half and rub it on the stains. Leave it for 15 minutes.
- Rinse the bathtub clean.
Clean your bathtub every day with warm water to wash away any dirt. Wipe off the water with a clean sponge or towel to avoid dried water spots.
How to clean a bathtub with a commercial product?
- First of all, put on gloves. Chemicals in the cleaners can be harsh and can hurt your skin.
- Clear your bathtub of debris such as hair or loose dirt, using a paper towel.
- Rinse the bathtub with the shower stream.
- Choose a sponge or a brush that isn’t too soft or too hard. An abrasive brush or sponge may take the finish off your bathtub. Choose an old toothbrush to clean smaller spaces, crannies, and areas around the faucet. You can also use a Magic Eraser which works perfect on acrylic bathtubs. Magic Erasers are inexpensive and are easily available on general stores and supermarkets.
- Now, pick a cleaner of your choice. Read the manufacturer’s instructions before you start using it. Make sure that your bathroom is well-ventilated because bathroom cleaners as some fumes can be overwhelming.
- Apply the cleaner as stated in its instructions. Let it sit or scrub it away as directed.
- Use a toothbrush to scrub the dirt away from smaller spaces.
- Rinse the bathtub with warm water to get rid of chemicals.
How to clean a fiberglass bathtub.
- Make diluted vinegar spray in a clean spray bottle.
- Spray it all over your bathtub’s surface, including all the cracks, cervices, and hardware.
- Let it sit for 30 minutes.
- Now, wet a cleaning sponge with vinegar.
- Sprinkle baking soda on the bathtub and scrub it gently all over the surface using the wet sponge. This combination of vinegar and baking soda also works as a disinfectant and brings back the shine of a new tub.
- Rinse the tub well with water.
How to clean a bathtub with bleach?
- Bleach shouldn’t be used on bathtubs containing iron. It will cause the iron to oxidize and leave behind red streaks on the surface. Using bleach on acrylic or enameled bathtubs is not a good idea, and it will cause the acrylic coating to decay.
- Some manufacturers allow the use of powdered oxygen bleach on acrylic bathtubs. Make sure to read the owner’s manual before you use bleach on the bathtub.
- Your bathroom should be well-ventilated because the fumes from the bleach can be overpowering and cause breathing problems.
- NEVER mix bleach with other cleaners, ammonia, or vinegar. It can produce toxic fumes. If you have used one of these products, make sure to clean the surface of the bathtub well before applying the other product. Mixing bleach with water is safe.
- Wear heavy-duty rubber cleaning gloves and cover your eyes with goggles or glasses to protect yourself from the bleach.
- Wear old clothes before using bleach because bleach can discolor fabrics. Even when patting down the surface of your bathtub, use a white towel or cloth or something that you don’t mind getting discolored.
How to clean bathtub jets?
- First of all, read your bathtub’s user manual. For some bathtubs, it is recommended to close the air controls during cleaning, and for others, it is recommended to leave the air controls open.
- Fill the tub with water, add a half cup of mild dish soap and four cups of bleach if your tub is really dirty. If your tub is mildly dirty, two cups of bleach will get the job done.
- If your bathtub’s faucet doesn’t heat the water at 140 degrees Fahrenheit or 60 degrees Celsius, boil some water on the stovetop until it reaches the suggested temperature and pour it into the tub.
- Now, turn the jets on and leave them for 20 minutes. After that, empty the tub by pulling the drain out.
- Fill the tub again with lukewarm water and turn the jets on for another 20 minutes.
- After that, empty the tub by pulling the drain out so that all the residue bleach is thoroughly drained. Wipe the surface of the tub dry with a clean towel to prevent skin irritation should any bleach residue remain.
How to clean a bathtub ring?
A bathtub ring gets dirty more frequently than the bathtub itself. The dirt gets stuck on its sides and leaves behind prominent, dark-colored stains. Cleaning these stains can be a very tough job without the right remedies. Here are some easy solutions to clean bathtub rings.
Take about a ¼ cup of dish detergent and add water until it becomes a paste-like substance. Use a wood or plastic utensil to mix it. Apply the paste on the bathtub surface and scrub the ring using a firm brush. Leave it for 20 minutes and then rinse away the paste with water.
Pour some shampoo directly over the ring and scrub it with a brush until you see the stain residues removing. When the stains disappear entirely, rinse the shampoo away with water.
The acetic acid inside the white vinegar helps dissolve the stains even if nothing else seems to work. Pour or spray distilled or white vinegar onto the ring. Let it sit for a few minutes, and then scrub the ring with a firm-bristled bathroom brush to remove the stains. Rinse the vinegar away with water.
Don’t use apple cider vinegar or any vinegar that has an acetic acid concentration higher than 3%, because it can damage porcelain surfaces. Never use any kind of vinegar on granite or marble tubs because natural stones are extremely sensitive to acids.
Baking soda and peroxide
Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide contain natural compounds that help remove hard stains around bathtub rings. Mix two parts baking soda with one part peroxide. Apply this solution on the bathtub ring and let it sit for 30 minutes. Scrub the ring thoroughly and rinse away the residue baking soda after removing the stains.
Bathtubs endure all kinds of dirt, grime, and waste, and these materials tend to stay on the surface of your bathtub if you don’t clean them regularly and do a deeper cleaning session monthly.